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Ziyi (Eric) Hu


I obtained my master's degree at Northeastern Petroleum University in China (2018). During the period of 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 routes. While I was focusing on the aspect of material chemistry at the time, I also became experienced in operating SEM/FESEM, XRD, differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), atomic force microscopy (AFM) and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS).

In 2019, I started my PhD study at Swansea University under the support of China Scholarship Council (supervisor: Prof. Christian Klinke). After I moved from Swansea to Warwick, I worked with the Microscopy Group and Terahertz/Ultrafast Spectroscopy Group. I am now supervised 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 the investigation of their anti-corrosive properties based on various characterization methods (e.g., SEM/FESEM, XRD, DSC and EIS). My PhD project at Swansea University was the development of narrow bandgap single-crystalline 2D metal chalcogenide nanomaterials (e.g., rock-salt PbS and SnS). My current research in Warwick is to study the atomic structure and transient spectroscopic performance of nanowire-encapsulated single-walled carbon nanotubes (NW-filled SWCNTs). To determine the structure/lattice parameter of these 1D material, I apply Warwick's amazing Aberration-Corrected Annular Dark-Field Scanning Transmission Electron Micrpscopy (AC-ADF-STEM), PeakForce Tapping-based (ScanAsyst) AFM and confocal Raman spectrometers. To "visualize" the exciton dynamics of such materials occurring at a sub-picosecond time scale, I characterize their steady-state and time-resolved spectral properties based on the facilities in Warwick Centre for Ultrafast Spectroscopy (WCUS).

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 in 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