Liangbing (Bing) Hu, Associate Professor
Department of Materials Science and Engineering
University of Maryland, College Park
Abstract I will start by giving an overview of active research activities in my research group located at University of Maryland Energy Research Center, including wood materials toward sustainability, 3000K high temperature materials (Science 2018; Nature Energy 2018) and processing, and beyond-Li ion batteries (solid state, Na-ion, Nature Materials 2017). Then I will focus on our recent development on assembly and functionalization strategies of wood nanocellulose aimed at specific properties, with an eye toward high impact applications including energy, electronics, building materials and water treatment, including nanomanufacturing and light management in transparent nanopaper for optoelectronics (as a replacement of plastics, PNAS 2016); transparent and light guiding wood (replace glass); mechanical properties of densely packed nanocellulose for lightweight structural materials (replacement of steel, Nature 2018); artificial tree for high-performance water desalination and solar steam generations; mesoporous, three-dimensional carbon derived from wood for advanced batteries (replacement of metal current collectors for beyond Li-ion batteries, PNAS 2017); and high performance thermal insulation materials (Science Advanced 2018).
Bio Liangbing Hu received his B.S. in physics from the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC) in 2002, where he worked with Prof Yuheng Zhang on colossal magnetoresistance (CMR) materials for three years. He did his Ph.D. in at UCLA (with George Gruner), focusing on carbon nanotube based nanoelectronics (2002-2007). In 2006, he joined Unidym Inc (www.unidym.com) as a co-founding scientist. At Unidym, Liangbing’s role was the development of roll-to-roll printed carbon nanotube transparent electrodes and device integrations into touch screens, LCDs, flexible OLEDs and solar cells. He worked at Stanford University (with Yi Cui) from 2009-2011, where he work on various energy devices based on nanomaterials and nanostructures. Currently, he is an associate professor at University of Maryland College Park. His research interests include nanomaterials and nanostructures, roll-to-roll nanomanufacturing, energy storage focusing on solid-state batteries and Na ion batteries, and printed electronics. He has published over 250 research papers (including Science and Nature in 2018) and given more than 80 invited talks. He received many awards, including: the KINGFA Young Investigator Award Lecture (ACS Cell Division), the Nano Letters Young Investigator Lectureship (2017), Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award (2016), ACS Division of Energy and Fuel Emerging Investigator Award (2016), SME Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award (2016), University of Maryland Junior Faculty Award (School of Engineering, 2015), 3M Non-tenured Faculty Award (2015), Maryland Outstanding Young Engineer (2014), University of Maryland Invention of Year (2014 Physical Science), Campus Star of the American Society for Engineering Education (2014), Air Force Young Investigator Award (AFOSR YIP, 2013). For more info, please visitwww.bingnano.umd.edu. Dr. Hu is the (founding) director of the Center for Advanced Center for Advanced Renewable Biomaterials (CRAB) at the University of Maryland College Park (www.crab.umd.edu). He is also the Co-founder of Inventwood Inc. (www.inventwood.com) with efforts to further commercialize the aforementioned cellulose nanotechnologies.