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Materials Innovation and Manufacturing (MIM)

We seek to understand and explore the characteristics of emerging nanomaterials with large aspect ratios such as fibers, tubes and sheets and their hybrids. We are interested in the nanoscale fundamental science and the large-scale applications through nanomanufacturing. Our aim is to use rationale assembly to manipulate electrons, ions, photons, phonons and mechanical properties toward multi-functionalities.  Our current research interests include:

  • Emerging energy storages beyond Li-ion;

  • Sustainable nanomaterials (e.g. wood nanocellulose) for energy and environmental applications;

  • Nanoscale materials synthesis and nanomanufacturing;

  • Flexible electronics.


The Principle Investigator

Dr. Liangbing (Bing) Hu


  • Born in Hubei Providence, China in 1982. 

  • Obtained his BS in Physics from University of Science and Technology of China (USTC) in 2002, where he worked on colossal magnetoresistance (CMR) materials.

  • Got his PhD in Physics from UCLA, where he worked on nanoelectronics with carbon nanotubes.

  • Co-founded Unidym Inc in 2006 and continued working there until 2009 as a scientist, where he led the effort on roll-to-roll coating and devices integrations of transparent carbon nanotube films.

  • Did his Postdoc in Stanford MSE from 2009-2011, where he worked on electrochemical energy storages.

  • Started his career as an assistant professor at MSE and Energy Research Center at University of Maryland College Park in 2011, where he is leading a group focusing on nanomaterials and emerging devices.



  • 2019     The 2019 Highly Cited Researchers list by Clarivate Analytics

  • 2019     Young Innovator Award, Wiley-Small

  • 2019     Minta Martin Professor of Engineering, Universit of Maryland

  • 2019     Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists (Finalist)

  • 2019     TAPPI Nano Middle Career Award

  • 2019     Plenary speaker, The 2nd International Symposium of Nanocellulosic Materials, Tianjin, China 

  • 2019     Invention of the Year, Physical Science, Strong and Tough Graphite-Paper Composites

  • 2019     Exemplary Research Recognition (the only one in the engineering school of UMD)

  • 2018     The 2018 Highly Cited Researchers list by Clarivate Analytics

  • 2018     2019 Young Innovator Award in NanoEnergy, Journal of Nano Research

  • 2018     2018 R&D 100 Winner, Super Wood: Stronger and Lighter Than Steel 


  • 2018     Henry J.E. Reid Award (NASA Langley)

  • 2018     Finalist in Energy for the 2017 World Technology Awards

  • 2017    Most Influential Scientific Minds, the 2017 Highly Cited Researchers list by Clarivate Analytics (rank in the top 1% most-cited in their respective fields over a recent 11-year period)

  • 2017     ACS Nano Letter Young Investigator

  • 2017     KINGFA Young Investigator Award, ACS Division of Cellulose and Renewable Materials

  • 2017     Nano Letters Young Investigator

  • 2016     Finalist of “Energy Ideas to Change the World” by DOE ARPA-E

  • 2016     Emerging Investigators, Inorganic Chemistry, Royal Society of Chemistry

  • 2016     Emerging Young Investigator’ for Up-and-Coming Perspective by Chemistry of Materials (American Chemical Society)

  • 2016     ECS-Toyota Young Investigator Fellowships Finalist, 2015

  • 2016     ACS Division of Energy and Fuel, Emerging Investigator Award

  • 2016     ONR Young Investigator Award

  • 2016     SME Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award

  • 2015     Fibers Society Plenary speaker

  • 2015     Junior Faculty Award (School of Engineering), UMD

  • 2015     3M Non-tenured Faculty Award

  • 2014     Maryland Outstanding Young Engineer

  • 2014     UMD Research Leader

  • 2014     Invention of Year 2013 (Physical Science), UMD 

  • 2014     Emerging Young Investigator by Journal of Materials Chemistry

  • 2014     Campus Star, the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE)

  • 2014     UMD Research Leader

  • 2013     Air Force Young Investigator Award (AFOSR YIP)

  • 2012     Minta Martin Award

  • 2012     Nominated by UMD for Packard Foundation Fellowship

  • 2010     Innovation Award, Society of Manufacturing Engineer, Nashville, Tennessee

  • 2006     Outstanding Teaching Fellow, Department of Physics, UCLA


1208 Engineering Lab Building (Bdlg 089)
University of Maryland

College Park MD 20742



  • 2018~present, Associate Editor, Energy Storage Materials

  • 2018~present, Editorial Advisory Board of Advanced Functional Materials

  • 2016~present, Committee chair of TAPPI on Electronic Materials, Optical Materials and Catalysis/Templating

  • 2014~present, Editorial Board of Nature Scientific Report

  • 2016~2017, Editorial Board of Energy Storage Materials

  • Editorial Board of Frontiers in Energy Storage

  • Editorial Board of Supercapacitor

  • MRS Symposium Lead-Organizer, MRS Fall, Solid State Batteries: Materials, Interfaces, and Performance, Boston, 2018.

  • Symposium Lead-Organizer, 255th ACS National Meeting,  Wood-Based Materials for Energy and Water, New Orleans, Louisiana, 2018

  • Symposium Co-Organizer, Two-dimensional Materials for Energy and Fuel, 254th ACS National Meeting, Washington DC, 2017

  • 'Manufacturing Science and Technology' Program Committee for the AVS 64th International Symposium & Exhibition, also 63th  

  • Symposium Lead-Organizer, Cellulose Electronics, TAPPI Nano, 2017 International Conference on Nanotechnology for Renewable Nanomaterials. 

  • 2016 MRS Energy Storage  

  • Symposium Lead-Organizer, TAPPI Nano, International Conference on Nanotechnology for Renewable Nanomaterials, 2016  

  • 2D Materials: Graphene & Beyond & their Device Applications,  252nd ACS National Meeting, 2016 

  • Innovative Chemistry & Materials for Electroenergy Production & Storage, 252nd ACS National Meeting, 2016 

  • Symposium Lead-Organizer, MRS Fall, Nanocellulose Materials and Beyond-Nanoscience, Structures, Devices and Nanomanufacturing, Boston, 2015 

  • Symposium Lead-Organizer, TAPPI Nano, 2015 International Conference on Nanotechnology for Renewable Nanomaterials, Atlanta, 2015  

  • Symposium Co-Organizer, Two-dimensional Materials for Energy and Fuel, 249th ACS National Meeting, Denver, Texas-Division of Energy and Fuel, 2015 

  • Symposium Co-Organizer, Two-dimensional Materials for Energy and Fuel, 247th ACS National Meeting, Dallas, Texas-Division of Energy and Fuel, 2014 

  • Symposium Lead-Organizer, 3rd International Symposium on Graphene for Energy and Fuels, 248th ACS National Meeting, San Francisco, California-Division of Energy and Fuel, 2014 

  • Symposium Lead-Organizer, Applications and Manufacturing of Devices on Paper and Textiles, 61th AVS National Meeting, Baltimore, Maryland, 2014  

  • Symposium Co-Organizer, ISDRS 2013 International Semiconductor Device Research, Hyatt Regency Bethesda, Maryland, 2013 

  • Symposium Lead-Organizer, Materials Challenges and Integration Strategies for Flexible Energy Devices and Systems, MRS Spring, San Francisco, 2014 

  • Symposium Co-Organizer, Capacitors and Related Systems for Energy Storage, 245th ACS National Meeting, New Orleans-Division of Energy and Fuel, 2013 

  • Symposium Co-Organizer, 2nd International Symposium on Graphene for Energy and Fuels, Indianapolis, Indiana, 2013 

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