Hongxu "Shu" Liu

Graduate Student Researcher
Department of Materials Science & Engineering
210 Hearst Memorial Mining Building
University of California Berkeley, CA, 94720


Educational Background
B.S. in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (2006)
M.S. in Materials Science and Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley (2012)

Research Interest
Shu's research is in improving the energy density of polymer dielectrics for electrostatic capacitors. Electrostatic capacitors exceed batteries and electric double layer capacitors in power density but suffer from lower energy density. The family of polymers based on poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) has shown promise in achieving high energy density. Shu’s work involves optimizing processing conditions for these polymers as well as investigating embedded nanoparticle composite structures.

Hongxu Liu and Fiona M. Doyle, “Effects of Processing Conditions on the Breakdown of P(VDF-HFP) Films” submitted to IEEE Transactions on Dielectrics and Electrical Insulation, December 2012.

Hongxu Liu and Fiona M. Doyle, “Effects of thermal processing on crystallinity and dielectric properties of P(VDF-HFP) nanocomposites”, TMS Annual Meeting, Orlando, Florida, March 11-March 14, 2012.

2009 to 2011         Jane Lewis Fellowship Recipient
2006                     RESNA Student Design Competition Winner
2006                     Polygon Graduating Senior Award Recipient
2006                     Robert and Elaine Pott Scholarship Recipient
2005                     Faustin Prinz Scholarship Recipient
2004                     Obert Memorial Scholarship Recipient