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Research interests

My group utilizes the basic principles in chemistry, material sciences, textiles and fashion, to enable novel applications and development of flexible, stretchable electronics, energy devices and functional fashion.

1. Smart textile and wearable electronics; fibre based sensors and energy storage;

2. Functional Fashion, including waterproof, UV blocking, self-heating, moisture management, thermal regulation, and antibacterial fabrics;

3. 2D materials and functional nanomaterials;

4. Tribology in textile:  hand feeling of garments; textiles reinforced polymer composite lubricants;

5. Sustainable development in the textile industry:  waste textiles/garments regeneration, and natural dye.


Design Beautiful and Useful garments, to make people's life Better

My group

I am in the following research themes groups in the School of Materials.


Currently, there are 14 PhD students, 3 Msc students and 3 UG students in my groups.


PhD study opportunities in the following topics:

Textile Bioengineering and Science,

Nano functional textile materials;

Fibre surface modification;

Smart materials and wearable intelligent textiles.



Dr Xuqing LIU is an Tenured Research Fellow in Textile Bioengineering and Science and serves as the Chair of Student Staff Liaison Committee of Postgraduate Taught (DoM).  Dr Liu obtained his BS in Chemistry at the Lanzhou University, China, then he joined the Chinese Academy of Sciences to start his research in developing new synthetic lubricates and tribology chemistry. In 2011, he moved to the Hong Kong Polytechnic University as a PhD student, studying smart textiles and functional fabrics. During 2013-2014, he was a visiting PhD student at the University of Manchester. Completing his doctorate in 2015, Dr Liu joined the University of Manchester as an independent Research Fellow and Group leader, where he investigates Fibre Surface Molecular Engineering. 

Dr Liu is the Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry(FRSC), Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts(FRSA), and Fellow of the Higher Education Academy(FHEA). He is a member of Future Fashion Factory, a member of Future Fashion Factory, a member of The Textile Institute, and a Professional Member of IOM3 (MIMMM).

He is serving on the Editorial Boards of Advanced Fiber MaterialsSmartMatEnergy & Environmental Materials. He is the Chairman of the Chinese Textile and Apparel Society(CTAS-UK). 

More than 90 research papers have been published in high-quality journals, such as Advanced MaterialsAdvanced Functional Materials, Nano Letters, Small, and ACS Nano.  

ORCID: http://orcid.org/0000-0001-5998-6546


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, the Hong Kong Polytechnic University

17 May 201117 May 2015

Award Date: 30 Sept 2015

The University of Manchester

25 Jun 201331 May 2014

Areas of expertise

  • QD Chemistry
  • Polymerization
  • Ionic Liquids
  • Electrochemistry
  • TJ Mechanical engineering and machinery
  • Tribology
  • Lubricant
  • wearable electronics

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Sustainable Futures
  • Christabel Pankhurst Institute


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