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Eric Hu

Educational and Research Backgrounds

I obtained my master degree at Northeastern Petroleum University in China (2018). During the period, I carried out researches on the design of functional superhydrophobic/superamphiphobic thin film materials, under the supervision of Prof. Huaiyuan Wang.

I then started my PhD at Swansea University, under the support of China Scholarship Council (supervisor: Prof. Christian Klinke). Very recently, I moved to the University of Warwick and continued my PhD study under the supervision of Dr. Jeremy Sloan and Dr. James Lloyd-Hughes.

Research Orientations

My previous work is on the syntheses of inorganic (nickel-copper alloy, zinc) and polymer (mainly fluoropolymers) films, and the investigation of their structural and anti-corrosive properties by SEM/FESEM, AFM, XRD, DSC and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS). At Swansea University, my focus was on the development of single-crystalline 2D metal chalcogenide nanomaterials by colloidal approaches. My current projects are synthesizing atomically thin 1D encapsulated nanowires and characterizing them, using both imaging and spectroscopic techniques.

Publications and Patents

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:

2017Method and device for preparing high-durability super-hydrophobic film on inner wall of slender metal pipe. Application No.: PCT/CN2016/100885, Publication No.: WO 2018/058457


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

Attended Events

2019, 5th-20th September, invited as a visiting PhD student to 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