Faculty Directory

Hu, Liangbing

Hu, Liangbing

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.

Two Clark School Faculty Named Finalists of Prestigious Blavatnik National Awards for Young Scientists

Hafezi and Hu are among 31 of the nation's rising stars who will compete for three Blavatnik National Awards.

Cooling Wood: An Eco-Friendly Building Material

Engineering team creates strong, sustainable solution for passive cooling.

Hu, Leite and Mo Promoted

MSE professors honored at the 2019 Engineering Assembly.

Yonggang Yao Awarded Charles A. Caramello Distinguished Dissertation Award

Yao will be honored at the May 14th UMD graduate school awards ceremony.

Hu Research Group Wins Invention of the Year Award

Hu and Li were honored for their high performance graphite-paper composites.

Solar evaporator offers a fresh route to fresh water

A self-cleaning device made of wood aims to make small-scale desalination more practical.

Wood-based Technology Creates Electricity from Heat

MSE research team develops novel heat-conversion membrane.

Liangbing Hu Nominated for Invention of the Year Award

Winner will be announced at the 2019 Innovate Maryland event on April 11.

MSE Students Thomas Farinha and Dylan Kirsch Honored at Clark Fellowship Reception

Both students are 2018 A. James Clark Fellowship recipients.

Liangbing Hu Honored for his ‘Sustainable’ Contributions

Hu has received multiple awards over the last year for his wood research.

"Super Wood" wins multiple awards

Professors Hu and Li receive over $3.6M in funding

Scientists Mix the Unmixable to Create 'Shocking' Nanoparticles

Researchers are the first to create nanoscale particles composed of up to eight distinct elements generally known to be immiscible.

UMD ARPA-E Innovations transitioning to commercial reality

Transforming energy research into useable technology

Sturdy Insulator Made of Wood

Bio-friendly insulating material created by UMD engineers.

Durable Wood Carbon Sponge Could Be the Future of Wearable Sensors, Pollutant Treatment

Research, led by MSE Professor Liangbing Hu, published in Chem.

2018 ARPA-E Summit to Showcase UMD Innovations

UMD Energy Innovation Technologies dominate

UMD Researchers Create New Architecture for Solid-State Li-ion Batteries

Novel garnet-fiber textiles maintain desired electrolyte flexibility while enabling high-capacity Li-metal anodes. 

Turning Up the Heat

New thermoelectric material, made of reduced graphene oxide, can withstand heat up to 3,000 K- will be used to collect waste heat and convert it into electrical energy.

Wood Provides a Spongy, Eco-Friendly Replacement for Synthetic Materials

Liangbing Hu’s research group develops wood-based aerogel, published in ACS Nano.

Super Wood Could Replace Steel

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

Clark School Researchers Recognized Among "World's Most Influential Scientific Minds"

Three Clark School faculty members have been named to Clarivate Analytics' 2017 Highly Cited Researchers list.

MSE PhD Student Receives 3-Year NASA Fellowship

Emily Hitz is one of only five recipients of Aeronautics Scholarships and Advanced STEM Training and Research Fellowship.

Liangbing Hu Wins 2017 KINGFA Young Investigator Award

Hu was selected for this award based on several fronts of wood nanocellulose-based technologies.

UMD’s bio-compatible battery garners international coverage

One-of-a-kind device showcased for medical, scientific advances

UMD Engineering Gives Solar Decathlon Team a Competitive Edge

What if we told you that wood can be used to make a smart window that is more energy efficient than glass?

Liangbing Hu Wins NANOLetters Young Investigator Award

Dr. Hu was selected for this award for his contributions to the fields of nanoscience and nanotechnology.

MSE Researchers Interviewed by Voice of America

Scientists in Liangbing Hu's research group explain novel uses of wood.

Wood filter removes toxic dye from water

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

MSE Undergrad Offers Oral Presentaion at ECS Meeting

John Hayden will speak on Nanocarbon Current Collectors for Aqueous Batteries.

Safer Batteries Made With Wood

Nature's 'bio-structure' helps UMD/MSE engineers solve Li metal battery failure problems.

MSE Student Receives Wells Fellowship

MSE Graduate Student, Emily Hitz, is one of three students to receive the 2017 Harry K. Wells Graduate Fellowships from the Clark School of Engineering.

UMERC’s Liangbing Hu pitches transparent wood technology at 2017 ARPA-E Innovation Summit

UMERC is a multidisciplinary initiative dedicated to advancing the frontiers of energy science and technology.

A peek under a hybrid’s hood reveals wood?

Engineers at UMD make all-wood supercapacitor

UMD Researchers Find Ultra-thin Solution to Primary Obstacle in Solid-State Battery Development

Clark School researchers are developing game-changing solid-state battery technology

Transparent Wood: Clark School Research in the News

‘Cooler than glass’ windows receive international coverage

You’ll Never Be-Leaf What Makes up This Battery

UMD materials scientists bake oak leaf, add sodium to cook up new large-scale battery possibility

Hu wins 2015 Junior Faculty Outstanding Research Award

Shows "promise [for] significant and lasting impact" in nanoscience

University of Maryland Researchers Accept NASA Mission: Build a Better Battery for Space Exploration

UMD researchers awarded NASA funding for advanced energy storage technology

New Battery Demonstrates “Sweet Spot” of Electrolyte Thickness and Composition

Atom-scale synthesis makes highly conductive LiPON for solid-state battery

Transparent, Interactive Nanopaper Uses Touch to Generate Electricity

New material described in ACS Nano, featured in Nanowerk and C&EN.

Small Can Be Strong and Tough

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

Creating Transparent Electronic Networks with Graphene-Based Ink

Printed transparent conductors are the first to use sodium ions embedded in reduced graphene oxide to boost performance.

Gu, Kozen Take 2nd in 2015 Dean’s Masters and Ph.D. Competition

Students recognized for exceptional graduate research.

MSE Announces 2015 Thesis and Dissertation Awards

Gu, Kozen will represent MSE in Dean’s Clark School-level competition.

Welcome to Graphene Beach!

Jiayu Wan wins Materials Research Society’s Science-As-Art competition.

Lacey Wins Nat'l Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship

Award supports graduate student’s study of printed and flexible electronics and batteries.

Bailey Awarded NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

Four materials science students receive Honorable Mentions.

Rubloff One of 9 Finalists for UMD Invention of the Year

Office of Technology Commercialization to announce winners at the Celebration of Innovation and Partnerships, April 29.

UMERC Researchers Came Out in Force at the ARPA-E Summit

UMERC Faculty promoted their transformative energy research last week at the ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit

Saving Energy with ‘Personal HVAC Systems’

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

Faster Charging Technique Boosts Battery's Capacity

Unique in situ measurement of optical and electrical transport led to discovery.

Hu, Leite Named Outstanding Engineer and Scientist of the Year (VIDEO)

Materials Science professors receive awards from the Md. Academy of Sciences and Md. Science Center.

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.

Adding Lithium Boosts Transparency and Conductivity of Graphite

New material designed to boost performance of solar cells, displays, and electronics published in Nature Communications.

Munday, Hu and Collaborators’ Research on Inside Cover of Advanced Energy Materials

Interdisciplinary collaboration leads to use of cellulose fiber paper as antireflection coating for solar cells.

Hu, Wachsman Win Invention of the Year Award

MSE/UMERC professors team with U. Calgary to create advanced Li-ion batteries.

The Quest for a Better Battery

UMD Invention of the Year Finalists Charge Ahead

Nanopaper Featured in Nature Photonics News & Views

Article highlights Hu Group’s recent paper in Nano Letters.

Transparent Nanopaper Could Make Paper Electronics a “Thriving Technology”

Zhu presents work on new material at MRS and in Energy & Environmental Science.

Hu: Invited Talk at Printed Electronics U.S.A.

Professor presents group's development of transparent and conductive paper.

Student’s Presentation of Conductive Nanopaper Featured in MRS Meeting Scene

New version composed of cellulose “nanoribbons” and silver wires can be produced using less energy.

NSF Grants for Graphene Research Awarded to Hu, Rubloff

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

"Battery Made of Wood" Featured on National Public Radio (Audio)

Professor and alumnus interviewed for Morning Edition.

A Battery Made of Wood?

Wood fibers help nano-scale batteries keep their structure

Flexible Nanopaper Featured in Chemical & Engineering News

ACS Newsmagazine reports innovation in nanoscale technology

Air Force Supports Study on Nanopaper for Electronics, Aircraft

Hu wins prestigious Air Force Young Investigator Award.

Hu Joins MSE Faculty

Professor offers expertise in nanotech, energy devices and flexible electronics.