Materials Innovations for Emerging Energy Technologies
Liangbing (Bing) Hu
Minta Martin Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Maryland, College Park
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 and processing (Science 2018; Nature Energy 2018; Nature Nanotechnology, 2019.), and garnet-based solid-state Li-metal batteries including interface engineering (Nature Materials 2016;) and 3D Li ion conductive framework (PNAS 2016).
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 such as energy, green building, and water, including light management in transparent nanopaper for optoelectronics (as a replacement of plastics), 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), nano-ionic thermoelectrics (Nature Materials, 2019), and radiation cooling (Science, 2019).
Liangbing Hu received his B.S. in physics from the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC) in 2002, where he worked on colossal magnetoresistance (CMR) materials for three years. He did his Ph.D. in at UCLA, focusing on carbon nanotube based anoelectronics (2002-2007). In 2006, he joined Unidym Inc (www.unidym.com) as a cofounding 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 from 2009-2011 with Prof. Yi Cui, where he focused on various energy devices based on nanomaterials and nanostructures. Currently, he is a professor at University of Maryland College Park. His research interests include wood nanotechnologies, 3000K for extreme materials, and beyond Li-ion batteries. He has published over 350 research papers (including Science and Nature in 2018) and given more than 150 invited talks. He received many awards, including: Young Innovator Award (2019, Wiley-Small Journal); Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists (2019 Finalist); TAPPI Nano Middle Career Award (2019); 2019 Exemplary Research Recognition, 2018 R&D 100 Winner, 2018 HIVE 50 Innovator, Highly Cited Researchers list by Clarivate Analytics (2016, 2017, 2018), 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 visit www.bingnano.umd.edu. Dr. Hu is the (founding) director of the Center for Advanced Center for Advanced Renewable Biomaterials (CARB) at the University of Maryland College Park (www.carb.umd.edu). He is also the CoFounder of Inventwood LLC. (www.inventwood.com).