Research Interests

Welcome to The Liang Research Group in the School of Materials Science and Engineering at Nankai University. The motivation of our research is to study and fabricate new functional materials to enable innovative applications on various kinds of stretchable electronics via novel, low-cost, scalable microfabrication and printable manners. We are interested in fundamental and applied studies on new materials and next-generation electronics that will  contribute to the improvement of human well-being.  


Dr. Liang initiated the research field of fabricating printable and intrinsically stretchable electronics using all stretchable and printable components. His current focus areas of research include: 1) Intrinsically elastomeric functional materials; 2) Intrinsically stretchable electronics; 3) All-solution printable process for stretchable electronics; 4) Healable functional materials for electronics; and 5) Multinational sensors and actuators; 6) Novel flexible and transparent electrodes for electronics. He has authored and co-authored more than 30 journal papers with 3000+ citations. Some of his first author and co-first author papers are published in high impact journals such as Nature Photonics, Nature Communications, Advanced Materials, ACS Nano, and Advanced Functional Materials. Additionally, his work has been reported by Nature Photonics, MRS Bulletin, New Electronics, C&EN, IEEE Spectrum, EE Times, R&D Magazine,, and many other media.

Selected Publications

1.      Liang, J. J., Li, L., Niu, X. F., Yu, Z. B., Pei., Q. B.* “Elastomeric polymer light emitting devices and displays” Nat. Photonics 2013, 7, 817.

2.      Liang, J. J., Li, L., Chen, D., Hajagos, T., Ren, Z., Chou, S-Y., Hu, W., Pei, Q. B.* “Intrinsically Stretchable and Transparent Thin Film Transistors Based on Printable Silver Nanowires, Carbon Nanotube and Elastomeric Dielectric” Nat. Commun. 2015, 6, 7647.

3.      Liang, J.J., Tong, K., Pei, Q. B.* “A Water-Based Silver-Nanowire Screen-Print Ink for the Fabrication of Stretchable Conductors and Wearable Thin-Film Transistors” Adv. Mater. 2016, DOI: 10.1002/adma.201600772.

4.      Liang, J. J., Li, L., Tong, K., Ren, Z., Hu, W., Niu, X. F., Chen, Y. S., Pei., Q. B.* “Silver Nanowire Percolation Network Soldered with Graphene Oxide at Room Temperature and Its Application for Fully Stretchable Polymer Light-Emitting Diodes” ACS Nano 2014, 8, 1590.

5.      Liang, J. J., Huang, L., Li, N., Huang, Y.*, Wu,Y. P., Fang, S. L., Oh, J., Kozlov, M., Ma, Y. F., Li, F. F., Baughman, R., Chen. Y. S* “Electromechanical Actuator with Controllable Motion, Fast Response-Rate and High-Frequency Resonance Based on Graphene and Polydiacetylene” ACS Nano 2012, 6, 4508.

6.      Liang, J. J., Huang, Y.*, Oh, J., Kozlov, M., Sui, D., Zhang, L., Fang, S. L., Baughman, R., Ma, Y. F., Chen, Y. S.* “Electromechanical Actuators based on Graphene and Graphene/Fe3O4 Hybrid Paper” Adv. Funct. Mater. 2011, 21, 3778.

7.      Liang, J. J., Huang, Y.*, Zhang, L., Wang, Y., Ma, Y. F., Guo, T. Y., Chen, Y. S.* “Molecular-level Dispersion of Graphene into Poly(vinyl alcohol), and Effective Reinforcement of Their Nanocomposites” Adv. Funct. Mater. 2009, 19, 2297.

8.      Gong, C. K.#, Liang, J. J.#, (#co-first author) Hu, W., Niu, X. F., Ma, S., Hahn, T., Pei, Q. B.* “A Healable, Semitransparent Silver Nanowire-Polymer Composite Conductor” Adv. Mater. 2013, 25, 4186.

9.      Li, J. P.#, Liang, J. J.#, (#co-first author) Li, L., Ren, F. B., Hu, W., Li, J., Qi, S. H., Pei, Q. B.* “Healable Capacitive Touch Screen Sensors Based on Transparent Composite Electrodes Comprising Silver Nanowires and a Furan/Maleimide Diels-Alder Cycloaddition Polymer” ACS Nano 2014, 8, 12874.

10.  Huang, Y.#, Liang, J. J.#, (#co-first author) Chen, Y. S.* “An Overview of the Applications of Graphene-Based Materials in Supercapacitors” Small 2012, 8, 1805-1834.

11.  Li, L.#, Liang, J. J.#, (#co-first author) Chou, S. Y., Zhu, X. D., Niu, X. F., Yu, Z. B., Pei, Q. B.* “A Solution Processed Flexible Nanocomposite Electrode with Efficient Light Extraction for Organic Light Emitting Diodes” Sci. Rep. 2014, 4, 4307.