Dr. ir. Danqing Liu

Associate Professor at the TU/e

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 a postdoctoral student on new mechanisms of surface activation. In 2015 she was a Research Fellow at the Institute of Complex Molecular Systems in Eindhoven, The Netherlands.

In 2019, she was appointed as Assistant professor (Tenured) and has advanced to the position of Associate professor in 2023 at the Department of Chemical Engineering and Chemistry, Eindhoven University of Technology. In 2021, she was appointed as Visiting professor at South China Normal University (SCNU). Since 2015, she has received funding >7 million euros to support her research

Danqing Liu

Awards and grants

  • Open Technology Program (OTP)
  • Open Technology Program (OTP)
  • EuroTech PhD program
  • EHCI Collaborative Project
  • Open Technology Competition (NWO)

  • Michi Nakata Prize for Early Career Achievements, International Liquid Crystal Society (ILCS)
  • Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions, Innovation Training Networks (ITN), European Commission.
  • Klein-1, Dutch Research Council.
  • Facebook Reality Lab
  • Becton, Dickinson and Company
  • Immuno-engineering, Eindhoven University of Technology
  • Start-up grant, Innovational Research Incentives Scheme, Dutch Research Council.
  • JITRI-SLiC: Jiangsu Industrial Technology Research Institute (JITRI)
  • Merck
  • VENI, Innovational Research Incentives Scheme, Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research
  • 4TU HTM New Horizon grant for organizing an International workshop
  • 4TU HTM New Horizon
  • Dutch Polymer Institute ‘golden thesis’ Nomination

Invited lectures

  • PhotoIUPAC, Amsterdam
  • Physics@Veldhoven, online.
  • Gordon Research Conference (GRC) Liquid Crystals, 27th June – 2nd July 2021, Manchester, New Hampshire, USA.
  • Pacifichem 2020 Congress, 15th-20th December 2020, Hawaii, USA. (postponed due to Covid-19 pandemic).
  • 28th IUPAC Symposium on Photochemistry, 12th-17th July 2020, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
  • Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) Conference, 18th-22nd May 2020, Bilbao, Spain.
  • International Liquid Crystal Elastomer Conference (ILCEC), 15th-18th September 2019, Eindhoven, The Netherlands.
  • International workshop on “Microscale Motion and Light”, 22nd–26th July 2019, Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems (MPIPKS), Dresden, Germany.
  • Westlake International Symposium in Engineering, 19th-21st July 2019, Hangzhou, China.
  • 4th International Conference on Bioinspired and Zwitterionic Materials, 16th-19th June 2019, Rolduc Abbey, the Netherlands.
  • Artificial Molecular Switches and Motors Gordon Research Seminar (GRS), 8th-9th June 2019, New Hampshire, USA.
  • SPIE-Photonics West, Liquid Crystals. 27th January-1st February 2018, San Francisco, USA.
  • The 6th International Symposium on Liquid Crystal Photonics, 5th-7th May 2017, Tianjin, China.
  • International Liquid Crystal Conference (ILCC), 31st July-5th August 2016, Kent, USA.
  • 2015 SPIE OPTO, Emerging Liquid Crystal Technologies X, 7th-12th February 2015, San Francisco, USA.
  • American Chemical Society (ACS), Liquid Crystals and Polymers, 21st-25th April 2013, New Orleans, USA.
  • SPIE-Photonics West, Liquid Crystals, 21st-26th January 2012, San Francisco, US