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Affiliated with

  • Laboratory of Stimuli-responsive Functional Materials and Devices, Department of Chemical Engineering and Chemistry, Eindhoven University of Technology. Groene Loper, 5612 AE, Eindhoven, The Netherlands.
  • Institute for Complex Molecular Systems. Eindhoven University of Technology. Groene Loper 5, 5612 AE, 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 (Tenture) at the Department of Chemical Engineering and Chemistry, Eindhoven University of Technology. 

Dr. Liu has around 30 publications in important peer-reviewed journals as Nature Communications, Advanced Materials, Advanced Functional Materials, Proceedings of the National Academy of Science and Angewandte Chemie Int. Ed. She is the recipient of a Dutch national 4TU grant (2015), and Veni grant (2016) from Dutch national science foundation (NWO) to proceed her research within the Netherlands.

Research profile

Details of my research profile please refer to www.danqingliu.nl

With the broad backgrounds in various disciplines (electric, mechanical and chemical engineering), Danqing Liu is a materials scientist. In the work, she attempts to fill the field between molecular sciences, such as synthetic organic chemistry, and the dimensions of the more macroscopic materials including morphology and shape control. Special in the approach is the transfer or even amplification of the responsive (dielectric-, ferroelectric-, piezoelectric-, and/ or photo-chemical) effects of a single molecule to the macroscopic level of a device. This is realized by incorporating the functional molecules into suitable and cooperative host materials, such as liquid crystals.

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)

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Research Output 2009 2019

1 Citation (Scopus)

Combined light and electric response of topographic liquid crystal network surfaces

Feng, W., Broer, D. J. & Liu, D., 1 Jan 2019, In : Advanced Functional Materials. 1901681

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Liquid Crystals
Liquid crystals
liquid crystals

Morphing of liquid crystal surfaces by emergent collectivity

van der Kooij, H. M., Semerdzhiev, S. A., Buijs, J., Broer, D. J., Liu, D. & Sprakel, J., 1 Dec 2019, In : Nature Communications. 10, 1, 9 p., 3501

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Liquid Crystals
crystal surfaces
liquid crystals

Static and dynamic control of fingerprint landscapes of liquid crystal network coatings

Feng, W., Broer, D. J., Grebikova, L., Padberg, C., Vancso, J. G. & Liu, D., 2019, In : ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Liquid Crystals
Liquid crystals

Surface dynamics at photoactive liquid crystal polymer networks

Liu, D., 19 Aug 2019, In : Advanced Optical Materials. 7, 16, 15 p., 1900255

Research output: Contribution to journalReview articleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Liquid crystal polymers
liquid crystals
Liquid Crystals
30 Citations (Scopus)

4D printed actuators with soft-robotic functions

López-Valdeolivas, M., Liu, D., Broer, D. J. & Sánchez-Somolinos, C., 2018, In : Macromolecular Rapid Communications. 39, 5, 7 p., 1700710

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Thin films


NWO Veni Award : Communicating polymers towards haptics and soft robotics

Danqing Liu (Recipient), 2016

Recognition: NWOVeniScientific



DBL Energy

1/09/14 → …


Student theses

Dynamic Lotus Effect

Author: Wang, D., 2014

Supervisor: Liu, D. (Supervisor 1) & Broer, D. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master

Enhanced surface topographies in liquid crystal polymer networks: photo-responsive LC droplets

Author: Sirma, B., 2017

Supervisor: Broer, D. (Supervisor 1), Liu, D. (Supervisor 2) & Hendrikx, M. (Coach)

Student thesis: Master

Formation of surface topograpies in liquid crystal networks on soft substrates

Author: Zhou, Y., 1 Sep 2017

Supervisor: Schenning, A. (Supervisor 1), Broer, D. (Supervisor 2), Liu, D. (Supervisor 2) & Sijbesma, R. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master


Photo/ electric responsive sponge in liquid crystal networks

Author: Schuster, M., 2017

Supervisor: Liu, D. (Supervisor 1) & Broer, D. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master

Protective coatings for oscillating bi-layered system

Author: Koeken, E., 2018

Supervisor: Visschers, F. (Coach), Liu, D. (Supervisor 2), Broer, D. (Supervisor 1) & Mes, E. (External person) (External coach)

Student thesis: Bachelor