Associate Professor

Associate Professor
Research Areas: Soft Materials Engineering, Bioinspired Design and Fabrication, Soft Materials Mechanics, 3D Printing, Biomaterials and Soft Electronics, etc

Dr. Ji Liu is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Energy Engineering at SUSTech. Ji obtained his PhD degrees from the University of Bordeaux (France, Physiochemistry of Condensed Materials) University of Liege (Belgium, Chemistry) at 2013. Then he carried out post-doc researches in the University of Cambridge (UK, 2014-2018) and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (US, 2018-2019), working on functional soft material design, fabrication, engineering, and applications in biointerfaces, dynamic adhesion and human-machine interfaces, etc. He is a recipient of Erasmus Mundus joint PhD fellowship (2010), Marie-Curie Research Fellow (2015), Young Investigator Award (Japan Polymer Research Group, 2017), Overseas High-Caliber Personnel in ShenZhen (Level C 2020), Guangdong Pearl River Talents Program Introduces High-Level Talents (2020), and MIT Technology Review Innovators Under 35 in China (2020), etc.

Work experiences:
◆ 01/2020 – till now Associate Professor, SUSTech, Shenzhen, China
◆ 09/2019 – 12/2020 Assistant Professor, SUSTech, Shenzhen, China
◆ 02/2018 – 08/2019 Postdoctoral Research Associate, MIT, Cambridge, USA
◆ 06/2014 – 01/2019 Marie-Curie Research Fellow, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK
◆ 12/2013 – 05/2014 Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Liege, Liege, Belgium

Education background
◆ 2013,University of Bordeaux (France), Ph.D in Physiochemistry of Condensed Materials
◆ 2013,University of Liege (Belgium), Ph.D in Chemistry
◆ 2010,Chinese Academy of Sciences, M.S. in Polymer Chemistry and Physics
◆ 2007,Zhejiang University of Technology, B.Eng. in Material Science and Engineering

◆ MIT Technology Review Innovators Under 35 in China (2020)
◆ Guangdong Pearl River Talents Program Introduces High-Level Talents (2020),
◆ Overseas High-Caliber Personnel in ShenZhen-Level C (2020)
◆ Japan Polymer Group, Young Investigator Award (2017)
◆ Marie-Curie Research Fellow (2015)
◆ PhD Thesis, Mention Tres Honorable (2013)
◆ Erasmus-Mundus Joint Doctorate Scholarship (2010)
◆ Outstanding Graduates of Zhejiang Provinces (20007)

Publication Highlights:
◆ J. Liu,†(co-first author) S. Lin,† X. Liu,† Z. Qin,† Y. Yang, J. Zang, X. Zhao. Fatigue Resistant Adhesion of Hydrogels. Nat. Commun.2020, 11, 1071.
◆ S. Lin,† J. Liu,† (co-first author) X. Liu, X. Zhao. Muscle-like fatigue-resistant hydrogels by mechanical training. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci.2019, 116, 10244-10249.
◆ S. Lin,† X. Liu,† J. Liu,† (co-first author) H. Yuk, H. Loh, G. Parada, C. Settens, J. Song, A. Masic, G. McKinley, X. Zhao. Anti-fatigue-fracture Hydrogels. Sci. Adv.2019, 5, eaau8528.
◆ J. Liu, C. Tan, O. A. Scherman, Dynamic Interfacial Adhesion though Cucurbit[n]uril Molecular Recognition. Angew. Chem. Int. Eng.2018, 57, 8854-8858.
◆ J. Liu, O. A. Scherman, Cucurbit[n]uril Supramolecular Hydrogel Networks as Tough and Healable Adhesives, Adv. Funct. Mater.2018, 28, 1800848.
◆ J. Zhang,† J. Liu,†(co-first author) Z. Yu, O. A. Scherman, C. Abell, Patterned Arrays of Supramolecular Microcapsules. Adv. Funct. Mater.2018, 28, 1800550.
◆ C. Tan,† J. Liu,† (co-first author) A. Groombridge, S. Barrow, C. Dreiss, O. A. Scherman, Controlling Spatiotemporal Mechanics of Supramolecular Hydrogel Networks with Highly Branched Cucurbit[8]uril Polyrotaxanes. Adv. Funct. Mater.2018, 28, 1702994.
◆ J. Liu, C. Tan, Z. Y. Yu, N. Li, C. Abell, O. A. Scherman, Tough Supramolecular Polymer Networks with Extreme Stretchability and Fast Room-temperature Self-healing, Adv. Mater. 2017, 29, 1605325.
◆ J. Liu, C. Tan, Z. Y. Yu, Y. Lan, C. Abell, O. A. Scherman, Biomimetic Supramolecular Polymer Networks Exhibiting both Toughness and Self-Recovery. Adv. Mater.2017, 29, 1604951.
◆ J. Liu, Y. Lan, Z. Y. Yu, C. Tan, R. Park, C. Abell, O. A. Scherman, Cucurbit[n]uril-Based Microcapsules Self- Assembled within Microfluidic Droplets: A Versatile Approach for Supramolecular Architectures and Materials, Acc. Chem. Res. 2017, 50, 208-217.
◆ J. Liu, C. Detrembleur, M. C. De Pauw-Gillet, S. Mornet, C. Jerome, E. Duguet. Gold Nanorods Coated with Mesoporous Silica Shell as Drug Delivery System for Remote Near Infrared Light- Activated Release and Potential Phototherapy, Small 2015, 19, 2323-2332.