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Ziyi (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 WangLink opens in a new window, I worked on the fabrication of superhydrophobic and superamphiphobic materials via cost-effective chemical approaches.

In 2019, I started my PhD study at Swansea University (supervisor: Prof. Christian KlinkeLink opens in a new window). After I moved from Swansea to Warwick, I joined both the group owned by 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 characterization of their anti-corrosive property. My PhD project at Swansea University was to develop single-crystalline 2D metal chalcogenide nanomaterials (e.g., rock-salt PbS and SnS). My current research focus in Warwick is to study the atomic structures and transient spectroscopic performances of 1D nanowire-filled single-walled carbon nanotubes (NW-filled SWCNTs).

Structure of material

Nanostructure and dimensionalities of SWCNT-based material can be studied by dark-field STEM imaging.

Spectroscopic characterizations on the SWCNT hybrids

Near-infrared fluorescence of small-diameter semiconducting SWCNTs (e.g., (6,4), (6,5)).

The decay dynamics of SWCNTs.

Signatures of the free carriers in SWCNTs.


2022 Ziyi Hu*, Ben Breeze, Reza J. Kashtiban, Jeremy Sloan*, and James Lloyd-Hughes*, Zigzag HgTe Nanowires Modify the Electron–Phonon Interaction in Chirality-Refined Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes. ACS Nano, DOI:

2021 Ziyi Hu, Ryan O'Neill, Rostyslav Lesyuk, Christian Klinke*, Colloidal Two-dimensional Metal Chalcogenides: Realization and Application of the Structural Anisotropy. Accounts of Chemical Research, 54, 20, 3792–3803, DOI:

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

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

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


2021 Huaiyuan Wang, Ziyi Hu, Yanji, Zhu, Yixing Zhu, Chijia Wang, Method and device for preparing high strength and durable super-hydrophobic film layer on inner wall of elongated metal tube. US Patent, US 11078572 B2

Conference Activities

(Upcoming) Aug, 2022, ACS Fall Meeting, Presentation title: Modifying electron-phonon interaction in chirality-refined single-walled carbon nanotubes by zig-zag HgTe nanowire filling

November, 2021, 7th Nano Today Conference, Presentation Title: Synthesis and Spectroscopy of Chirality-Refined HgTe-Filled Single Walled Carbon Nanotubes


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

Attended Events

January 5th-20th, 2019 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