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Hu, Liangbing

Hu, Liangbing

Minta Martin Professor
Materials Science and Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Maryland Energy Innovation Institute
Electrical and Computer Engineering
1208 Engineering Lab Building

EDUCATION

Ph.D., UCLA, 2007

Nanomaterials and nanostructures; energy storage: battery, supercapacitors for various applications; energy conversion: solar cells, solar fuel, transparent electrode, light-trapping; printed electronics including nano-ink, roll-to-roll printing, flexible electronics (display, touch screen, energy), and wearable devices.

  • The Bing Research Group works at the intersections of three fields: Nanomaterials, energy, and flexible electronics.
  • Current projects in nanomaterials include synthesis and nanomanufacturing, and the structure, properties and applications of materials. Areas of interest include nanocellulose (1D) and 2D materials.
  • The group's work in the design of energy-related devices include investigations of sodium-ion batteries, garnet-based solid state batteries, lithium-sulfer dioxide bateries, and nanobatteries.
  • Professor Hu has also become well known for his creation of flexible electronic materials and devices, such as transparent "nanopaper," nanotube ink, energy textiles, and tiny, printed antennae.

Professor Hu teaches "Nanotechnology for Energy: Principles, Materials and Devices" at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Professor Hu is also active in mentoring and outreach activities, including serving as an advisor to a Gemstone honors program team, hosting visits from high school students in Women In Engineering's LEAD Academy summer program, a partnership with Wheaton High School to create summer internships and new science lessons, and talking to visitors of all ages about materials science at Maryland Day.

  • L. Hu, D. Hecht, G. Gruner, Carbon Nanotube Thin Films: Fabrications, Properties and Applications, Chem. Rev., 110, 5790, 2010, Invited Review.
  • L. Hu*, J. W. Choi*, Y. Yang*, S. Jeong, F. La Mantia, L.-F. Cui, Y. Cui, Highly Conductive Paper for Energy Storage Devices, Proc Nat. Acad. Sci., 106, 21490, 2009.
  • Reported in the New York Times, Scientific American, Stanford News and by the BBC; most downloaded paper in PNAS.
  • X. Xie, L. Hu, M. Pasta, C. Criddle, Y. Cui, Three-dimensional Carbon Nanotube-Textile for High Performance Microbial Fuel Cell Anodes, Nano. Lett. 11, 291, 2011.
  • L. Hu*, H. Wu*, F. La Mantia, Y. Yang, Y. Cui, Thin, Flexible Secondary Li-ion Paper Batteries, ACS Nano, 4, 5843, 2010.
  • L. Hu, H. Wu, L. Cui, B. Sy, Y. Cui, Si-Nanoparticle Decorated Si-Nanowire Anodes for Li-ion battery, Chem. Comm., 47, 367, 2011.
  • L. Hu*, H. Kim*, J. Y. Lee, P. Peumans, Y. Cui, Scalable Coating and Properties of Transparent Silver Nanowires for Flexible Electronics, ACS Nano. 4, 2955, 2010.
  • News report in C&E News; most downloaded paper in ACS Nano.
  • L. Hu, H, Wu, Y. Gao, A. Cao, L. Cui, J. McDough, X. Xie, M. Zhou, Y. Cui, Silicon-Carbon Nanotube Coaxial Sponge as Li-Ion Anodes with High Areal Capacity, Adv. Energy Mater., Accepted.
  • L. Hu, M. Pasta, F. La Mantia, L.-F. Cui, S. Jeong, H. D. Deshazer, J. W. Choi, S. M. Han, Y. Cui, Stretchable, Porous, and Conductive Energy Textiles, Nano Lett., 10, 708, 2010.
  • Reported by CBS, Technology Review, Onearth, MRS Bulletin, Stanford News; most downloaded paper in Nano. Lett. and ACS journals.
  • L. Hu,* D. Hecht*, G. Irvin, Emerging Transparent Electrodes Based on Thin Films of Carbon Nanotubes, Graphenes and Metal nanowires, Adv. Mater. Invited Review, Online. 
  • L. Hu, D. Hecht, G. Gruner, Infrared Transparent Carbon Nanotube Thin Films, Appl.  Phys. Lett. 94. 081103, 2009
  • News report on Physorg, Laserfocusworld, Nanoforum; most downloaded paper.
  • L. Hu*, Y. Zhao*, K. Ryu, C. Zhou, J. Stoddart, G. Gruner, Light-Induced Charge Transfer in Pyrene/CdSe-SWNT Hybrids, Adv. Mater. 20, 939, 2008.
  • M. Rowell, L. Hu, G. Gruner, M. Topinka, M. McGehee, H. Prall, G. Dennler, N.S. Sarciftci, Organic Solar Cells with Carbon Nanotube Network Electrodes. Appl. Phys. Lett. 88, 233506, 2006.
  • (Cited over 250 times.)
  • J. Li, L. Hu, Y. Zhou, G. Gruner, T. Marks, Light-Emitting Diodes Having Carbon Nanotube Anodes. Nano Lett. 6, 2472, 2006.
  • (Cited over 100 times.)
  • L. Hu, D. Hecht, G. Gruner, Percolation in Transparent and Conducting Carbon Nanotube Networks. Nano Lett. 4, 2513, 2004.
  • (Cited over 300 times.)
  • Selected Patents and Patent Applications
  • G. Gruner, L. Hu, D. Hecht, Graphene Film as Transparent and Electrically Conducting Material, Issued, US 7449133, 2006.
  • Y. Cui, L. Hu, H. Wu, Cu Nanofiber Transparent Electrode, Nonprovisional STFD259P1.
  • L. Hu, J. Choi, Y. Yang, Y. Cui, Conductive Paper and Textile for Electronics, Stanford, Nonprovisional S09-252.

Li Member of UMD Invention of the Year Award Winning Team

Awards honor inventions with potential for transformative impact on science, society, and the free market.

Wood-based Technology Creates Electricity from Heat

Briber, Das and Hu make novel heat-conversion membrane

Clark School Faculty Members Named Highly Cited Researchers

Hu, Wang demonstrated significant influence through publication of multiple highly cited papers during the last decade.

"Super Wood" wins multiple awards

Professors Hu and Li receive over $3.6M in funding

2018 ARPA-E Summit to Showcase UMD Innovations

UMD Energy Innovation Technologies dominate

Super Wood Could Replace Steel

A new process could make wood as strong as titanium alloy but lighter and cheaper

Wood filter removes toxic dye from water

Hu, Das flow water through wood in new use of natural materials

DOE Awards $1.25M to UMERC Researchers to Develop Safer, Better Batteries

The Department of Energy awards UMD research on safer, better Lithium-ion battery technology as part of a $137 million investment in vehicle efficiency.

Surface Physics driven Nanomanufacturing opens up new possibilities of synthesizing Metal Chalcogenides Nanostructures

Assistant Professor Siddhartha Das publishes joint research outlining new method to synthesize Metal Chalcogenides Nanostructures.

CREB Kicks Off its Research and Innovation Seed Grant Program

Collaboration between UMD, NIST, and ARL facilitated by seed grant from the Center for Research in Extreme Batteries.

Small Can Be Strong and Tough

The smaller the cellulose fibers, the stronger and tougher the paper they make, to UMD researchers’ surprise

Saving Energy with ‘Personal HVAC Systems’

UMD awarded more than $5 million by ARPA-E to fund potentially transformational research.

Li and Hu Awarded NSF Grant to Study Challenges in Creating Materials that are Both Stronger and Tougher

NSF funds new research to tackle tough challenge in material design.

NSF Grants for Graphene Research Awarded to Hu, Rubloff

Research at the nano-scale nets university over half-million dollars in funding

UMD Energy Innovations Featured Prominently in the News

Clark School energy research, including solid oxide fuel cells and wood battery, featured in variety of mainstream media outlets.

A Battery Made of Wood?

Wood fibers help nano-scale batteries keep their structure

UMD Scientists and Engineers Present Papers at American Chemical Society Meeting

Exploring “the chemistry of energy and food” … and more

Flexible Nanopaper Featured in Chemical & Engineering News

ACS Newsmagazine reports innovation in nanoscale technology