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Ziyi (Eric) Hu

Educational and Research Backgrounds

I obtained my master degree at Northeastern Petroleum University in China (2018). During my three-year master period, I was supervised by Prof. Huaiyuan Wang and worked on designing functional superhydrophobic and superamphiphobic solid thinfilm materials. I also got myself familiar with characterizing technologies such as SEM/FESEM, XRD, differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), atomic force microscopy (AFM) and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS).

In 2019, I started my PhD at Swansea University with the support from 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 was the syntheses of metal, alloy and polymer (mostly fluoropolymers) thin films using various methods. In addition to that, I also investigated the microscopic structures and anti-corrosive properties of these thin film materials by SEM/FESEM, XRD, DSC and EIS (for the determination of resistance and charge transfer property). At Swansea University, my focus was on the development of single-crystalline 2D metal chalcogenide nanomaterials (e.g., narrow bandgap PbS and SnS) via colloidal approaches. My current projects are the synthesis of atomically thin 1D encapsulated nanowires and investigation of their properties based on electron microscopic imaging and spectroscopic (using both ultrafast and steady-state equipment) techniques. The aim would be to "visualize" the ultrafast exciton dynamics and charge transfer in such extremely thin 1D nanomaterials.

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