Hang Liu

Hang Liu

Hang Liu
Assistant Professor
(Faculty of the Composite Materials and Engineering Center, and Materials Science and Engineering Program)

Research Interests

• Nanofiber production and application in smart sensing textiles, biomaterials, and protective garments
• Bio-based biodegradable product development, applications, and degradation profile
• Textile waste recycling
• Structure-Property analysis of polymeric materials (fiber, yarns, and fabrics)

Teaching Interests
• Textiles
• Textile Product Analysis
• Product Development in Textile/Apparel Industry

Recent Publications

1. Liu, W.C., Liu, S.Y., Liu, T., Liu, T., Zhang, J.W., Liu, H. (2019) Eco-Friendly Post-Consumer Cotton
Waste Recycling for Regenerated Cellulose Fibers. Carbohydrate Polymers, 206, 141-148.

2. Zhang, S., Liu, T., Hao C., Wang L.W., Han, J., Liu, H., Zhang J.W. (2018) Preparation of a Lignin-
based Vitrimer Material and Its Potential Use for Recoverable Adhesives. Green Chemistry, 20,

3. Zhang, X., Liu, S.Y., Liu, H., Zhang, J.W., Yang, X. (2017) Molecular Dynamics Simulation of the
Mechanical Properties of Multilayer Graphene Oxide Nanosheets. RSC Advances, 2017, 7, 55005.

4. Lee, E., Kim, I., Liu, H., Cho, G. (2017) Exploration of AgNW/PU Nanoweb as ECG Textiles Electrodes
and Comparison with Ag/AgCl Electrodes, Fibers and Polymers, 18(9), 1749-1753.

5. Yu, T., Xu, Z., Liu, S., Liu, H., Yang, X. (2017). Enhanced hydrophilicity and water-permeating of
functionalized graphene-oxide nanopores: Molecular dynamics simulations. Journal of Membrane Science.
550, 510-517.

6. Zhu, R., Yadama, V., Liu, H., Harper, DP., Lin, R. (2017) Fabrication and Characterization of Nylon
6/Cellulose Nanofibrils As-spun Nanocomposite Filaments, Composite: Part A. Applied Science and
Manufacturing, 97, 111-119.

7. Liu, WC., Liu, T., Liu, H., Xin, JN., Zhang, JW., Muhidinov, ZK., and Liu, LS. (2017) Properties of
poly(butylene adipate0co-terephthalate) and sunflower head residue biocomposites. Journal of Applied
Polymer Science, 134 (13), DOI: 10.1002/app.44644.

8. Liu, WC., Liu, T., Liu, T, Liu T., Xin, J., Hiscox, WC., Liu, H., Liu, L, Zhang, JW., (2017)
Improving Grafting Efficiency of Dicarboxylic Anhydride Monomer on Polylactic Acid by Manipulating
Monomer Structure and Using Comonomer and Reducing Agent, Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research,
56 (14), 3920-3927.

9. Cowan, J., Saxton, A.M., Liu, H., Leonas, K.K., Inglis, D., and Miles, C. (2016) Visual Assessments of
Biodegradable Mulch Deterioration Are Not Indicative of Changes in Mechanical Properties. HortScience,
51(3), pp.245-254.

10. Fu, Y., Zhang, J.W., Liu, H., Hiscox, B., and Gu, Y., (2013) “Ionic Liquid-Assisted Exfoliation of
Graphite Oxide for Simultaneous Reduction and Functionalization to Graphene with Improved Properties”,
Journal of Materials Chemistry A., 1(7), 2663-2674.

11. Fu, Y., Maguire, R., Liu, H., and Zhong, WH., (2011) “Special wetting behavior of a graphitic
nanofiber-modified epoxy generalized for rough textured fabric surfaces”, Colloid and Polymer Science,
289 (2), 141–148.

12. Fu, Y., Liu, H., and Zhong, WH., (2010) “Wetting Characteristics of Epoxy Resins Modified by Graphitic
Nanofibers with Different Functional Groups”, Colloids and Surfaces A: Physicochem. Eng. Aspects, 369
(1), 196–202.

13. Liu, H. & Leonas, K., (2010) “Weight Loss and Morphology Changes of Electrospun Poly(?-caprolactone)
Yarns During in vitro Degradation”, Fibers and Polymers, 11(7), 1024-1031.

14. Liu, H., Leonas, K., and Zhao, Y.P., (2010) “Antimicrobial Properties and Release Profile of
Ampicillin from Electrospun Poly(?-caprolactone) Nanofiber Yarns”, Journal of Engineered Fibers
and Fabrics, 5(4), 10-19.


1. 2019 Cotton Incorporated – Cotton In the Curriculum Award (Co-PI)
2. 2019 Cotton Incorporated – Research Grant (PI)
3. 2018 – 2019 Murdock Charitable Trust Commercialization Award (PI)
4. 2018 – 2019 Joint Center for Aerospace Technology Innovation (PI)
5. 2018 – 2019 Cotton Incorporated – Cotton In the Curriculum Award (PI)
6. 2017 – 2020 Walmart U.S. Manufacturing Innovation Award (PI)
7. 2017 – 2020 USDA AFRI High Education Challenge Grant (Co-PI)
8. 2017 Commercialization GAP Fund, Washington State University (PI)
9. 2017 National Science Foundation Center for Bioplastics and Biocomposites (Co-PI)
10. 2017 AMDT Research Seed Grant, Washington State University (PI)
11. 2016 – 2017 Environmental Protection Agency P3 Award Phase I (PI)
12. 2014 – 2015 Samuel H. and Patricia W. Smith Teaching and Learning Endowment (PI)

Educational Background

Ph.D.-Textile Sciences – University of Georgia
M.S.- Textile Engineering – Donghua University
B.S.- Textile Engineering – China Textile University