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Eric Hu


I obtained my master's degree at Northeastern Petroleum University in China (2018). During my three-year study in the Center of Functional Composite led by Prof. Huaiyuan Wang, I made a progress in fabricating superhydrophobic and superamphiphobic materials based on cost-effective chemical approaches. While my main focus at that time was the chemical synthesis of materials, I gained experiences in the use of scanning electron microscopy (SEM/FESEM), XRD, differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), atomic force microscopy (AFM) and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS).

In 2019, I started my PhD study with the support from China Scholarship Council at Swansea University (supervisor: Prof. Christian Klinke). After I moved from Swansea to Warwick, I carried out works in the Microscopy Group and Terahertz/Ultrafast Spectroscopy Group. My current supervisors are Dr. Jeremy Sloan and Dr. James Lloyd-Hughes.

Research Areas

The project I used to work on was the fabrication of functional composite materials and the characterization of their anti-corrosive properties. My PhD project at Swansea University was to develop narrow bandgap single-crystalline 2D metal chalcogenide nanomaterials (e.g., rock-salt PbS and SnS). My current research area in Warwick is to study the atomic structures and transient spectroscopic performances of 1D nanowire-filled single-walled carbon nanotubes (NW-filled SWCNTs). To determine the lattice structure of these uniquely thin 1D nanomaterials, I carried out electron microscopic imaging based on Warwick's world-class Aberration-Corrected Annular Dark-Field Scanning Transmission Electron Micrpscope (AC-ADF-STEM). I also studied the properties of materials by SEM, peak-force tapping (ScanAsyst) AFM and confocal Raman spectroscopy (based in Warwick and CNRS (Nantes, France)). To "visualize" the sub-picosecond exciton dynamics and charge carrier properties of materials, I carried out steady-state and femtosecond pump-probe measurements in the Warwick Centre for Ultrafast Spectroscopy (WCUS) and terahertz lab.


2021Colloidal Two-dimensional Metal Chalcogenides: Realization and Application of the Structural Anisotropy. Ziyi Hu, Ryan O'Neill, Rostyslav Lesyuk, Christian Klinke, Accounts of Chemical Research.

2017Rapid development of thicknessā€controllable superamphiphobic coating on the inner wall of long narrow pipes. Ziyi Hu, Huaiyuan Wang, Yixing Zhu, Yanji Zhu, AIChE Journal, 63: 3636–3641, DOI:

2017Toward easily enlarged superhydrophobic materials with stain-resistant, oil–water separation and anticorrosion function by a water-based one-step electrodeposition method. Huaiyuan Wang, Ziyi Hu, Yixing Zhu, Shuhui Yang, Kai Jin, Yanji Zhu, Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research (ACS), 56, 4, 933-941, DOI:

2016A novel electrodeposition route for fabrication of the superhydrophobic surface with unique self-cleaning, mechanical abrasion and corrosion resistance properties. HuaiyuanWang, Yixing Zhu, Ziyi Hu, Xiguang Zhang, Shiqi Wu, Rui Wang, Yanji Zhu, Chemical Engineering Journal, 303, 37-47, DOI:


2021Method and device for preparing high-durability super-hydrophobic film on inner wall of slender metal pipe. Huaiyuan Wang, Ziyi Hu, Yanji, Zhu, Yixing Zhu, Chijia Wang, US Patent, US 11078572 B2

Conference Activities

November, 2021 7th Nano Today Conference


I am currently a lab demonstrator in the 1st Year Physics Laboratory.

Attended Events

2019, 5th-20th September, invited to visit the Institute of Physical Chemistry, University of Hamburg (Germany).

Contact Details:

TEL: +44(0)7846811936


MAS 3.09

Department of Physics, University of Warwick, CV4 7AL, UK