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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 1: Team NATURE after defense. Photo includes: Gemstone team, Dr. Liangbing Hu and Dr. Tian Li.
Photo 2: Team NATURE was presented the best presentation award during graduation ceremony. Photo includes: Gemstone team and Dr. Tian Li. 

2/1/2017 - 5/14/2017

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. 


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



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.


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" -



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,,



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


Check out the UMD press release on NSF Graduate Fellowship awardees featuring Marcus Carter here

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.


See the link below for the awards page:



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


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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




Bing Research Group participates in 2013 Materials Research Society Fall Meeting in Boston, MA

Colin Preston, et. al, "Highly Transparent and Conductive Nanopaper Electrode with Enhanced Light Scattering," W7.05 - Oral Presentation

Hongli Zhu, et. al, "Transparent Paper for Flexible Electronics," M5.23 - Poster 



Hongli Zhu delivers invited keynote presentation at the International Symposium on Fibers Interfacing the World in South Carolina titled "Cellulose Fiber As Building Blocks for Electronics and Energy." Check out the link below:


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).


Check out the link below for more information on the event:


Nick Weadock and Bing Research Group featured in NPR News for reports published in "Tin Anode for Sodium-Ion Batteries Using Natural Wood Fibers"


Audio Clip 

Article: All Charged Up: Engineers Create a Battery Made of Wood



"Tin Anode for Sodium-Ion Batteries Using Natural Wood Fibers" receives widespread attention in global science news media





Bing Research Group participates in Maryland Day 2013, thanks to all who shared their interest in our projects!

Royal Society of Chemistry features Bing Research Group Publication Transparent Nanopaper with Tailored Optical Properties (Nanoscale, 10.1039/C3NR00520Hin Chemistry World




Nick Faenza and Nick Weadock of Bing Research Group among award recipients at the 2012-2013 A. James Clark School of Engineering's Honors and Awards 


 Nick Faenza received The Department of Materials Science and Engineering Outstanding Materials Student Service Award






Nick Weadock received The Department of Materials Science and Engineering Student Research Award







Check out the following link for the entire story:



Chemical and Engineering News among recent reports on Bing Research Group publication Highly Transparent and Flexible Nanopaper Transistors (ACS Nano, 10.1021/nn304407rco-primary authored by Hongli Zhu:


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Prof. Liangbing Hu receives U.S. Air Force Office of Scientific Research Young Investigator Program Award (AFOSR YIP) 

Check out the story released by the MSE newsfeed below: 


Prof. Li finishes her visit with the Bing Research Group after 6 months.  Thank you Professor Li for all your contributions to the group!




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

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CONGRATULATIONS to Sepideh Parvinian for winning the Fall Technical
Symposium Research Poster Contest at University of Maryland, College Park with her poster on Scalable Water-Based Transfer for Nanomaterial ThinFilms




Nicholas Weadock, a junior materials science and engineering major, received the Dinah Berman Memorial Award, which recognizes academic excellence combined with leadership or service to the Clark School. Weadock is an honors student who played a key leadership role in designing and operating the university’s winning 2011 Solar Decathlon entry, WaterShed. He designed the heating, ventilating and air conditioning system and ran the house during the intensive 10 days of competition on the National Mall.


  • 02/01/2012, Student’s office is ready!
  • 08/20/2011, Bing took the faculty position in the department of Materials Science and Engineering & Energy Research Center at University of Maryland College Park.