dr. D. (Danqing) Liu - Expertise

Liu, dr. D.
Address :
Technische Universiteit Eindhoven
P.O. Box 513
Department :
Department of Chemical Engineering and Chemistry
Section :
Stimuli-responsive Functional Materials & Devices
Positioncategory :
Postdoc (PD)
Position :
Room :
STO 0.41
Tel :
+31 40-247 2836
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  • Liquid crystals
  • Soft robotics
  • Interactive materials
  • electronic skin
  • dynamic surface topographies


Affiliated with

  • Laboratory of Stimuli-responsive Functional Materials and Devices, Department of Chemical Engineering and Chemistry, Eindhoven University of Technology. Den Dolech 2, 5612 AZ, Eindhoven, The Netherlands.
  • Institute for Complex Molecular Systems. Eindhoven University of Technology. Den Dolech 2, 5612 AZ, Eindhoven, The Netherlands.

  • SCNU-TUE Joint Lab of Devices Integrated Responsive Materials. South China Normal University. No. 378, West Waihuan Road, Guangzhou Higher Education Mega Center, Guangzhou 510006, China.

Academic background

Danqing Liu received her master degree in Electrical Engineering in 2009 at the Delft University in The Netherlands. She joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands for her PhD research. She developed polymer responsive surfaces based on hydrogels and liquid crystal polymers. She received her PhD degree in 2013. In the same year she joined the Department of Chemical Engineering and Chemistry at the same university working as postdoctoral student on new mechanisms of surface activation. In 2015 she was Research Fellow at the Institute of Complex Molecular Systems in Eindhoven, The Netherlands. From 2019 she is appointed as Assistant professor at the department of Chemical Engineering and Chemistry, Eindhove University of Technology. 

Dr. Liu has around 30 publications in important peer reviewed journals as Nature Communications, Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, Langmuir, Angewandte Chemie Int. Ed. And Macromolecules and she is recipient of a Dutch national 4TU grant, and Veni grant from Dutch national science foundation (NWO) to proceed her research within the Netherlands.

Research profile

Within the group Stimuli-responsive Functional Materials and Devices (SFD) of the Department of Chemical Engineering and Chemstry of the Eindhoven University of Technology and ICMS I work with a number of PhD students and Post-doc on soft robotic functions based on liquid crystal networks where the various molecular accessories are assembled in the two dimensions of a coating. The emphasis is on motile surfaces that dynamically alternate their surface topographies, e.g. from flat to pre-designed corrugated structures. Several trigger principles are being investigated such as light and environmental changes responsive system. Recently, the use of an electric field as the stimulus is explored, which has the feasibility to be directly integrated into current electronic devices. Further I study the human-device interaction and haptics at those dynamic coating surfaces. Another dynamic function brought into coating is rejection of solid contamination or the secretion of liquids. For the latter purpose, coatings are developed that repeatedly emit and uptake liquid by a designed trigger such as light, pH, electric field signals. 

Education and Teaching

  • 6EMA62  Cross disciplinary course: Device integrated responsive materials (Mede-docent)
  • 6EMA60 (2017-GS4) Natural versus synthetic materials 2.0
  • 6I2X0 DBL Energy (Docent)