Materials for Sustainability Jianyu Liang

Materials for Sustainability
Jianyu Liang
In this talk, Dr. Liang will discuss the challenges of our sustainable future and the
advantages of nanotechnology in addressing some of the challenges. She will introduce
the WPI team’s work on developing nanomaterials for energy applications, such as the
use of carbon nanotubes and binary metal nanocatalysts for fuel cell applications and
the core-shell graphene-TiO2 nanoparticles as electrode materials for Li-ion batteries.
She will also introduce her group’s new initiative on green manufacturing of construction
materials from industrial wastes and byproducts.
Jianyu Liang (Ph.D. Brown University, 2005) is an Associate
Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Chemical
Engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI),
Massachusetts. She has also served as a guest researcher in
at Army Research Laboratory during her sabbatical leave in
2013-2014 academic year. At WPI, she established the
Nanoscale Materials and Nanomanufacturing Laboratory for
graduate and undergraduate research and created related
courses such as “Introduction to Nanomaterials and
Nanotechnology” and “Undergraduate Nanobiotechnology
Laboratory Experience”. Her current research work includes nanomaterials fabrication
and characterization, cold spray of nanostructured metallic materials, materials and
systems for sustainable energy, and green manufacturing of useful materials from
industrial wastes and byproducts.
Dr. Liang has authored over 60 articles in the areas of nanotechnology, materials
science, and electrochemistry and gave over 100 invited talks, seminars, presentations
and speeches. She is a reviewer of multiple federal programs such as NSF Materials
Research Science and Engineering Center program, and professional journals including
Her contact information:
Jianyu Liang, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Department of Chemical Engineering
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
100 Institute Road
Worcester, MA 01609
[email protected]