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Bing Nano Research Group (Nanomaterials and Emerging Devices):

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 interest include: (1) nanoscale materials synthesis and nanomanufacturing; (2) emerging energy storages beyond Li-ion; (3) flexible electronics.


Professor Liangbing (Bing) Hu:

  • Born in Hubei Providence, China in 1982. 
  • Obtained his BS in Physics from University of Science and Technology of China (USTC), with Prof. Yuheng Zhang as advisor, in 2002, where he worked on colossal magnetoresistance (CMR) materials.
  • Got his PhD in Physics from UCLA, with George Gruner as advisor, in 2007, where he worked with Prof. Yuheng Zhang, on nanoelectronics with carbon nanotubes.
  • Co-funded 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 with Yi Cui, 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.


  • 2016           Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researcher, 2016
  • 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 Plentary speaker
  • 2015           Junior Faculty Outstanding Research Award (A. James Clark 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 Investigators J. Mater Chemistry
  • 2014           Campus Star, the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE)
  • 2014           UMD Research Leader
  • 2013           Air Force Young Investigator Award
  • 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
  • 2005           Best Poster Award, California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI)
  • 1999-2002  Excellent Student Fellowship, USTC

Synergistic Activities:

▪    Editorial Board of Scientific Report
▪    Editorial Board of Frontiers in Energy Storage
▪    Editorial Board of Supercapacitor
▪    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, 2013, Hyatt Regency Bethesda, Maryland
▪    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

Contact Information:

Dr. Liangbing (Bing) Hu:

1208 Engineering Lab Building (Building 89)
University of Maryland College Park 20742
Phone: 301-405-9303

Student Office:

1147 Engineering Lab Building (Building 89)
University of Maryland College Park 20742
Phone: 301-405-1591