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Hu, Liangbing

Liangbing Hu
Associate Professor
1208 Engineering Lab Building
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Ph.D., UCLA, 2007

Research Interests 

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.

Current Research Projects 

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.

Selected Publications 

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.

Selected Presentations 

L. Hu, Y. Cui, Nanowire Energy Science and Engineering, Invited Talk, MRS Fall 2010.

L. Hu, Y. Cui, Designing Inorganic Nanostructures for Solar Cells and Energy Storage Devices, Invited Talk, American Vacuum Society, Energy Frontiers Topical Conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 2010.

L. Hu, Recycle Your Copier Paper Into Batteries with Nanotube Inks, Invited Talk, Society of Manufacturing Engineers, Nashville, Tennessee, June 2010.

L. Hu, Y. Cui, New Transparent Electrodes for Solar Cell Applications. Invited Master Class, Printed Electronics Conference USA, San Jose, 2010.

L. Hu, Energy Storage Based on Conductive Paper, MRS Spring 2010

L. Hu, Silicon Nanoparticles-Si Nanowire Hybrids for Li-ion Anodes, MRS Spring 2010.

Related News 

"Super Wood" wins multiple awards
Professors Hu and Li receive over $3.6M in funding November 28, 2018

MSE PhD Candidate Steven Lacey Wins ECS Research Award
Lacey to present research at 234th ECS Meeting in Cancun. June 4, 2018

MSE PhD Candidate Yonggang Yao Takes 1st Place in 2018 Dean's Doctoral Research Competition
Yao, advised by Liangbing Hu, will complete his PhD this Spring. May 10, 2018

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. March 29, 2018

3D Li metal anode provides high energy and improved safety
Energy storage breakthroughs March 27, 2018

UMD ARPA-E Innovations transitioning to commercial reality
Transforming energy research into useable technology March 26, 2018

Biofilm Made of Cellulose Nanofibers Offers Robust, Eco-friendly Materials for Emerging Applications
Corresponding research paper published in Advanced Materials. March 13, 2018

Sturdy Insulator Made of Wood
Bio-friendly insulating material created by UMD engineers. March 9, 2018

Durable Wood Carbon Sponge Could Be the Future of Wearable Sensors, Pollutant Treatment
Research, led by MSE Professor Liangbing Hu, published in Chem. March 1, 2018

2018 ARPA-E Summit to Showcase UMD Innovations
UMD Energy Innovation Technologies dominate February 26, 2018

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.  February 22, 2018

Professor Salamanca-Riba receives $2M in Advanced Manufacturing Award
Reducing material usage and energy waste February 15, 2018

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. February 12, 2018

Wood Provides a Spongy, Eco-Friendly Replacement for Synthetic Materials
Liangbing Hu’s research group develops wood-based aerogel, published in ACS Nano. February 12, 2018

Super Wood Could Replace Steel
A new process could make wood as strong as titanium alloy but lighter and cheaper February 7, 2018

UMD Researchers Focus Energy on Current Collector Improvements
Research paper published in Advanced Energy Materials. January 16, 2018

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. January 4, 2018

UMD Researchers Work to Mitigate Water Scarcity Crisis with Solar-Powered Devices Made of Wood
Low-cost, enviro-friendly devices use natural nanoengineering October 10, 2017

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. August 28, 2017

Liangbing Hu Wins 2017 KINGFA Young Investigator Award
Hu was selected for this award based on several fronts of wood nanocellulose-based technologies. August 21, 2017

UMD’s bio-compatible battery garners international coverage
One-of-a-kind device showcased for medical, scientific advances August 1, 2017

UMD engineers invent the first bio-compatible, ion current battery
One-of-a-kind device stores electrons July 17, 2017

Energy Department Announces $19.4 Million Investment in Advanced Vehicle Technologies
Drs. Wachsman, Hu and Wang receive awards. July 12, 2017

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? May 30, 2017

Liangbing Hu Wins NANOLetters Young Investigator Award
Dr. Hu was selected for this award for his contributions to the fields of nanoscience and nanotechnology. May 17, 2017

MSE Researchers Interviewed by Voice of America
Scientists in Liangbing Hu's research group explain novel uses of wood. April 27, 2017

Wood filter removes toxic dye from water
Hu, Das flow water through wood in new use of natural materials April 20, 2017

MSE Undergrad Offers Oral Presentaion at ECS Meeting
John Hayden will speak on Nanocarbon Current Collectors for Aqueous Batteries. March 31, 2017

Safer Batteries Made With Wood
Nature's 'bio-structure' helps UMD/MSE engineers solve Li metal battery failure problems. March 21, 2017

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. March 17, 2017

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. March 2, 2017

A peek under a hybrid’s hood reveals wood?
Engineers at UMD make all-wood supercapacitor February 16, 2017

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 December 19, 2016

Transparent Wood: Clark School Research in the News
‘Cooler than glass’ windows receive international coverage August 30, 2016

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 January 28, 2016

Hu wins 2015 Junior Faculty Outstanding Research Award
Shows "promise [for] significant and lasting impact" in nanoscience November 12, 2015

University of Maryland Researchers Accept NASA Mission: Build a Better Battery for Space Exploration
UMD researchers awarded NASA funding for advanced energy storage technology August 18, 2015

New Battery Demonstrates “Sweet Spot” of Electrolyte Thickness and Composition
Atom-scale synthesis makes highly conductive LiPON for solid-state battery July 28, 2015

Transparent, Interactive Nanopaper Uses Touch to Generate Electricity
New material described in ACS Nano, featured in Nanowerk and C&EN. July 17, 2015

Small Can Be Strong and Tough
The smaller the cellulose fibers, the stronger and tougher the paper they make, to UMD researchers’ surprise July 8, 2015

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. June 5, 2015

Gu, Kozen Take 2nd in 2015 Dean’s Masters and Ph.D. Competition
Students recognized for exceptional graduate research. May 12, 2015

MSE Announces 2015 Thesis and Dissertation Awards
Gu, Kozen will represent MSE in Dean’s Clark School-level competition. April 24, 2015

Welcome to Graphene Beach!
Jiayu Wan wins Materials Research Society’s Science-As-Art competition. April 24, 2015

Lacey Wins Nat'l Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship
Award supports graduate student’s study of printed and flexible electronics and batteries. April 23, 2015

Bailey Awarded NSF Graduate Research Fellowship
Four materials science students receive Honorable Mentions. April 21, 2015

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. March 24, 2015

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 February 16, 2015

Saving Energy with ‘Personal HVAC Systems’
UMD awarded more than $5 million by ARPA-E to fund potentially transformational research. December 23, 2014

Faster Charging Technique Boosts Battery's Capacity
Unique in situ measurement of optical and electrical transport led to discovery. December 1, 2014

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. November 18, 2014

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. September 22, 2014

UMERC's Advanced Energy Storage Technology Selected by NASA
Energy storage research at UMERC has been selected by NASA to potentially power future space missions. August 8, 2014

Adding Lithium Boosts Transparency and Conductivity of Graphite
New material designed to boost performance of solar cells, displays, and electronics published in Nature Communications. July 1, 2014

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. June 26, 2014

Department of Energy renews NEES EFRC for four years
The center develops highly ordered nanostructures that offer a unique way of looking at the science of energy storage. June 20, 2014

Hu, Wachsman Win Invention of the Year Award
MSE/UMERC professors team with U. Calgary to create advanced Li-ion batteries. May 2, 2014

NSF Graduate Research Fellowships and Honorable Mentions
MSE alumnus and current students recognized by National Science Foundation. April 24, 2014

The Quest for a Better Battery
UMD Invention of the Year Finalists Charge Ahead April 15, 2014

2013-2014 MSE Undergraduate Awards
Exceptional students recognized at annual ceremony. April 10, 2014

Nanopaper Featured in Nature Photonics News & Views
Article highlights Hu Group’s recent paper in Nano Letters. March 26, 2014

Hu Honored by American Society for Engineering Education
Professor named “Campus Star.” March 2, 2014

Bartis and Wan Join Future Faculty Program
Program prepares graduate students for a career in academia. January 27, 2014

Transparent Nanopaper Could Make Paper Electronics a “Thriving Technology”
Zhu presents work on new material at MRS and in Energy & Environmental Science. January 27, 2014

Hu: Invited Talk at Printed Electronics U.S.A.
Professor presents group's development of transparent and conductive paper. December 16, 2013

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. December 12, 2013

ResearchFest 2013
ResearchFest 2013 September 22, 2013

NSF Grants for Graphene Research Awarded to Hu, Rubloff
Research at the nano-scale nets university over half-million dollars in funding August 26, 2013

UMD Researchers Awarded Two ARPA-E Grants for Electric Vehicle Energy Storage Systems
Eric Wachsman and Chunsheng Wang receive funding to create innovative batteries for electric vehicle energy storage systems. August 23, 2013

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. August 21, 2013

"Battery Made of Wood" Featured on National Public Radio (Audio)
Professor and alumnus interviewed for Morning Edition. July 17, 2013

A Battery Made of Wood?
Wood fibers help nano-scale batteries keep their structure June 18, 2013

Flexible Nanopaper Featured in Chemical & Engineering News
ACS Newsmagazine reports innovation in nanoscale technology February 6, 2013

Air Force Supports Study on Nanopaper for Electronics, Aircraft
Hu wins prestigious Air Force Young Investigator Award. January 30, 2013

Rubloff Co-Authors Major DoE Report on Emerging Energy Technologies
Publication focuses on opportunities in mesoscale science. December 5, 2012

Hu Joins MSE Faculty
Professor offers expertise in nanotech, energy devices and flexible electronics. June 24, 2011