Prior to joining the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University at Buffalo as an Assistant Professor, Dr. Liu received his PhD in Materials Engineering from the University of Alberta in 2018, working on advanced materials and nanomechanics for energy harvesting. He was a postdoctoral fellow at the University at Buffalo from 2018 to 2020, working on the mechanoelectrical and photo-tribo-tunneling effects.
Dr. Liu is passionate about understanding and manipulating fundamental physics at materials surface and interfaces for energy and sensing applications and is the pioneer on the dynamic Shottky diode direct-current (DC) generator. He has 25 refereed publications in high-profile journals such as Nature Nanotechnology, Science Advances, Matter, Materials Horizons, and Nano Energy, and has also filed 1 US provisional patent and 4 invention disclosures. Dr. Liu is the recipient of many distinguished awards and honors such as the Microsystem and Nanoengineering (MINE2020) Young Scientist Award, Best Scientific Research Award, 2019 US Nanosymposium on Scanning Probe Microscopy, Alberta Innovates–Technology Futures (AITF) Graduate Award, National Award for Outstanding Graduate Student Overseas, and has been an invited speaker at several professional conferences including MRS, SPIE, and NENS.
The commercialization of Dr. Liu’s technology has been supported by the NSF I-corp program and UB Accelerator program.