Ph.D., Textile Sciences – University of Georgia, Athens, GA

M.S., Textile Engineering – Donghua University, Shanghai, China

B.S., Textile Engineering – China Textile University, Shanghai, China

Professional Experience

2005 – present, Assistant Professor, Department of Apparel, Merchandising, Design and Textiles,  Washington State University

Research Interest

  • Polymer nanofiber production via electrospinning and application
  • Conductive fibers/fabrics for sensing
  • Textile waste recycling
  • 3D Printing in developing functional textiles
  • Textile waste recycling
  • Structure-Property analysis of polymeric materials (fiber, yarns, and fabrics)

Representative Publication

  1. Liu, W., Zhang, J., & Liu, H. (2019). Conductive Bicomponent Fibers Containing Polyaniline Produced via Side-by-Side Electrospinning. Polymers, 11(6), 954.
  2. Liu, W., Liu, S., Liu, T., Liu, T., Zhang, J., & Liu, H. (2019). Eco-friendly post-consumer cotton waste recycling for regenerated cellulose fibers. Carbohydrate polymers206, 141-148.
  3. Zhong, T., Wolcott, M. P., Liu, H., & Wang, J. (2019). Propionylation-modified chitin with improved solubility in green ethanol/water binary solvents for sustainable film and coating applications. Journal of Cleaner Production, 119458.
  4. Liu, T., Zhang, S., Hao, C., Verdi, C., Liu, W., Liu, H., & Zhang, J. (2019). Glycerol Induced Catalyst‐Free Curing of Epoxy and Vitrimer Preparation. Macromolecular rapid communications40(7), 1800889.
  5. Jang, E., Liu, H., & Cho, G. (2019). Characterization and exploration of polyurethane nanofiber webs coated with graphene as a strain gauge. Textile Research Journal, 0040517519844604.
  6. Zhong, T., Wolcott, M. P., Liu, H., & Wang, J. (2019). Developing chitin nanocrystals for flexible packaging coatings. Carbohydrate polymers, 226, 115276.
  7. 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, 2995-3000.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. Liu, H. & Leonas, K., (2010) “Weight Loss and Morphology Changes of Electrospun Poly(ε-caprolactone) Yarns During in vitro Degradation”, Fibers and Polymers, 11(7), 1024-1031.
  17. Liu, H., Leonas, K., and Zhao, Y.P., (2010) “Antimicrobial Properties and Release Profile of Ampicillin from Electrospun Poly(ε-caprolactone) Nanofiber Yarns”, Journal of  Engineered  Fibers  and Fabrics, 5(4), 10-19.
  18. Gupta, M., Cook, F., Etters, N., Wu, XL., and Liu, H., (2010) “Aqueous Processes for Dyeing Generic, Unmodified Polypropylene Fibers”, Journal of Engineered Fibers and Fabrics, 5(2), 27- 39.