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Emily Hitz featured one of the five leading early career researchers in materials science by Nature. Her work is incorporating inexpensive materials into new energy technologies to make them more accessible. She stood out from more than 10,000 researchers identified in the League of Scholars database as having five or more publications since 2015 in any of the following six materials-science-specific journals tracked by the Nature Index: ACS Nano, Advanced Functional Materials, Advanced Materials, Nano Letters, Nature Materials and Nature Nanotechnology. Read the full story.

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Photo credit: Hua Xie


Finalist of the Prestigious Blavatnik National Awards for Young Scientists Announced. Read the full story.



Professor Liangbing Hu (Department of Materials Science & Engineering) won the 2019 University of Maryland (UMD) invention of the year award in the physical sciences category for their high-performance graphite-paper composites. Read the full story.



Dr. Hu received TAPPI Nano Mid-Career Award. Read the full story.



"Super Wood" wins multiple awards. From left to right: Dr. Teng Li (Co-PI, UMD), Dr. Liangbing Hu (PI, UMD), Josh Cable (Inventwood LLC), Amy Gong (Inventwood LLC). Read the full story.

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A team of middle school students (Team 16815, Team name: The Return of the Two Hydrogen Bonding Narwhal Manatees That Drank The Last Potable Drop!), under First Lego League(FLL), which is an international robotics and scientific challenge competition, describe their project ideas to Dr. Liangbing Hu and Dr. Chengwei Wang and gain input.


Dr. Tian Li received “Forbes 30 under 30 – Energy” for her contribution to a remarkable scientific breakthrough -- the creation of "transparent" wood. Read the full story.


UMD ECS Student Chapter President, Steven Lacey, received the Outstanding Student Chapter Award on behalf of the student society at the 232nd ECS Conference (National Harbor MD). This is a national award that recognizes the dedication and commitment to ECS's mission and the advancement of electrochemical and solid state science & engineering education through outreach and technical activities.


Steven Lacey is featured in a video on the student section of the ECS website, where he discussed the benefits of being a ECS Student Member at the 232nd ECS Conference (National Harbor MD).


Visiting from MBDA, US Department of Commerce for wood and paper related technologies utilized in advanced building applications.


Congratulations to MSE undergrad, Dylan Kirsch, for winning "Best Overall Project Runner Up" at the Transportation Electrification REU Fair with the help of his mentor, Steven Lacey. 


Congratulations to Dr. Wei Luo for winning 1st place at the Beyond Lithium Ion Symposium-10 (BLI-X) poster session. Dr. Luo presented on "Garnet Solid-State Electrolyte: Transition from Superlithiophobicity to Superlithiophilicity."


Congratulations to the Gemstone team NATURE on winning the Best Presentation Award. The team was supervised by Dr. Liangbing Hu, focusing on the Nanopaper Applications to Universalize Renewable Electronics.

Photo on the left: Team NATURE was presented the best presentation award during graduation ceremony. Photo includes: Gemstone team and Dr. Tian Li. Photo on the right: Team NATURE after defense. Photo includes: Gemstone team, Dr. Liangbing Hu and Dr. Tian Li.


Liangbing Hu Wins Nano Letters Young Investigator Award.

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A transparent wood sample from Dr. Hu’s lab was on exhibit at Ohio State (Building Ohio State: From Forest to the Renovation of the Thompson Library). The exhibition sparks many inquiries on the possible use of transparent wood. 


Hu group interviewed by Voice of America. VOA news, “Scientists Find Ways to Use Wood in Electronic Devices


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

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Under the mentorship of PhD candidate Steven Lacey, Joseph Morgenstern was awarded "Best Overall Project Runner Up" for his Transportation Electrification REU project entitled "3D Printed Mesoporous Carbon-based Cathodes for Lithium-Oxygen Batteries."


Dr. Liangbing Hu is named a 2016 Highly Cited Researcher by Thomson Reuters for being among the top 1% most cited works for their subject field and year of publication.


Bing Research Group featured in ABC's Future Tense program on RN for research on transparent wood composites as energy efficient building materials.

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Bing Research Group undergraduate student Valencia Danner was selected as the 2016 recipient of the ASM DC Chapter’s Morgan L. Williams Memorial Scholarship for Undergraduate Students. 


Dr. Xiagang Han accepts a full professorship position at Xi-an Jiaotong University after joining the Bing Research Group in September 2011 as a postdoctorate.


Bing Research Group PhD candidate Steven Lacey received 1st place in the NanoDay 2016 Poster Competition in the category of "Readiness for Public Funding."


Bing Research Group PhD candidate Jiayu Wan won the Dorothy M. and Earl S. Hoffman Award from AVS, for outstanding achievement in vacuum science and technology.


Bing Research Group postdoc Hongli Zhu will be an assistant professor in the department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering in Northeastern University from the fall semester in 2015.


Bing Research Group postdoc Whenzhong Bao accepted a full professor position at Fudan University in the Thousand Talent Program for Young Outstanding Scientists.


Steven Lacey is featured on the front page of ARL Inside for winning the 2015 NDSEG Fellowship and being involved in several internships within U.S. Army laboratories. "ARL longtime student intern wins DOD fellowship"

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Bing Research Group PhD candidate Steven Lacey awarded 2015 National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship.


Hu received the Maryland Academy of Science Outstanding Young Engineer Award. Check the UMD story here. Press coverage can be found in the following: MD Science Center,,

Liangbing Hu: 2014 Maryland Science Center Outstanding Young Engineer Award


A team of materials engineering students including Bing Research Group PhD Candidate, Steven Lacey, improved the ballistic resistance of soft body armor twofold by modifying ballistic grade Kevlar fabric with PBA-functionalized carbon nanotubes. The project entitled "Novel PBA-grafted Carbon Nanotube Soft Body Armor" won First Place in the 2014 ASM Undergraduate National Design Competition.


Bing Research Group PhD candidate Marcus Carter, and group alumnus Nick Weadock (CIT) awarded 2014 NSF Graduate Fellowship. Bing Research Group PhD candidate Steven Lacey, and group alumnus Kathleen Rohrbach (Cornell) receive honorable mention by the 2014 NSF Graduate Fellowship Program


Bing Research Group participates in 2014 Materials Research Society Spring Meeting in San Francisco, CA.

  • Colin Preston, et. al, “Highly Conductive Spray Coated Carbon Nanotube Films,” R10.07 – Oral Presentation

  • Jiayu  Wan et. al, “Lithium-Intercalated Few Layer Graphene: Approaching the Limits of Transparency and Conductivity in Graphene-Based Materials,” LL2.04 – Oral Presentation

  • Xiaogang Han, et. al, “Atomic-Layer-Deposition Oxide Nano-Glue for Sodium Ion Betteries,” O6.10 – Oral Presentation

  • Xiaogang Han, et. al, “Reactivation of Dissolved Polysulfides in Li-S Batteries Based on Atomic Layer Deposition of Al2O3 in Nanoporous Carbon Cloth,” O8.54 – Poster


Jiayu Wan (Addressing Environmental & Energy Issues) and Colin Preston (New Technologies in the 21st Century) are awarded 2nd Place for their presentations in their respective sections at Graduate Research Interaction Day 2014 hosted by the Graduate Student Government of the University of Maryland.


Jiayu Wan wins 1st Place in the 2014 SPIE/IEEE/OSA student poster competition in optics and photonics


Hongli Zhu gives invited talk at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Colorado titled "Creating Electronic, Photonics and Energy Functions in Renewable Cellulose Materials."


Jiayu Wan among only 24 students chosen to join this year's Future Faculty Program in the A. James Clark School of Engineering.

The Future Faculty Program prepares doctoral students for career-long success in the academic world as mentors and researchers. Participants build skills in areas such as technical and grant writing, curriculum development, teaching, research, oral presentations, applying for academic positions, and interviewing.


Hongli Zhu is recognized by the Daily Record as an “Innovator of the Year,” an award that shines a light on the men and women who have created new products, services or programs that have improved their fields


Colin Preston’s oral presentation at the 2013 Materials Research Society Fall Meeting titled “Highly Transparent and Conductive Nanopaper Electrode with Enhanced Light Scattering” is highlighted in the MRS Meeting Scene newsletter


Jiayu Wan wins “best poster for MSE” titled “Intercalated Optoelectronics of 2D

Materials” at ResearchFest 2013, an annual event that highlights the best undergraduate and graduate-level research from the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering (ChBE), the Department of Materials Science and Engineering (MSE), and the Fischell Department of Bioengineering (BioE).


Bing Research Group welcomes the Montgomery College Science Club's visit to the Energy Research Center


Bing took the faculty position in the department of Materials Science and Engineering & Energy Research Center at University of Maryland College Park.

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