Dr. Ping Liu is a Professor of Nanoengineering and Director of the Sustainable Power and Energy Center (SPEC) at UC San Diego. Prof. Liu’s research focuses on electrochemical materials science including its applications in energy conversion and storage as well as nanomaterials synthesis. His work on rechargeable lithium batteries include design of both solid and liquid electrolytes, sulfur cathodes, and safety.
Prior to joining the Jacobs School faculty in 2016, Prof. Liu was a Program Director at the Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E), where he initiated and managed research programs in energy storage for electric vehicles and thermal management technologies to improve building energy efficiency. He was the manager of the Energy Technology Department at HRL Laboratories and was a research staff member with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). Prof. Liu has published 140 peer-reviewed papers and has been issued 40 US patents in the broad areas of batteries, fuel cells, sensors and actuators.