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BingNano 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) in 2002, where he worked on colossal magnetoresistance (CMR) materials.
  • Got his PhD in Physics from UCLA with George Gruner in 2007, where he worked 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.


▪    2015          Maryland Academy of Science Outstanding Young Engineer Award

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

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

▪    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


Students Awards:

▪    2014          Steve Lacey (Department of Materials Science and Engineering Student Research Award)

▪    2014          Kathleen Rohrbach (MSE Chairmans’s Outstanding Senior Award)

▪    2013          Jiayu Wan (Future Faculty Program)

▪    2013          Nick Weadock (Hertz Graduate Fellowship – First round interviewee, Department of Materials Science and Engineering Student Research Award

▪    2012          Sepideh Parvinian (the Fall Technical Symposium Research Poster Contest at University of Maryland, College Park)

▪    2012          Nick Weadock (Dinah Berman Memorial Award, Awarded to one undergraduate engineering student for academic excellence, leadership, and service to the Clark School of Engineering)

▪    2012          Sepi Parvinian (IMAPS Best Student Poster Award)



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’s

1208 Engineering Lab Building (Building 89)

University of Maryland College Park 20742

Email: binghu AT umd DOT edu

Phone: 301-405-9303


Student Office:

1147 Engineering Lab Building (Building 89)

University of Maryland College Park 20742

Phone: 301-405-1591