Dr Wenqing Liu

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Dr Wenqing Liu is a Reader and Head in Nano-Electronics and Materials at Royal Holloway University of London, United Kingdom. She is a Senior Fellow of RAEng/Leverhulme Trust and Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy (HEA). She got her first degree in Physics from Nanjing University and her Ph. D from the University of York. She was an EPSRC PDRA at University of Cambridge and a visiting scholar of Hong Kong University (HK) and Nanjing University (CN). Her research concerns low-dimensional spintronic systems. The vision is to advance new materials, architectures and mechanisms in the quest to control, measure and exploit the quantum spin of electrons and further quasi particles in solid state materials. These new tools would have applications in future generations of low-dissipation logic devices, in-memory computing, neuromorphic computing, and quantum computing. She has published several papers in high-impact journals such as Physical Review LettersNature Communications, Science AdvancesAdvanced MaterialsNanoletters, and ACS Nano as the research lead, and given over 50 (invited) talks in major conferences and the worldwide universities/research institutes. She is the invited author of several major review articles such as “Hybrid Spintronic Materials:  Growth, Structure and Properties” on Progress in Materials Science (impact factor = 39.6).


Dr Liu is a member of the UK STFC Diamond peer review panel and the UKRI New Horizons review panel. She is a referee for several major UK/EU/international funding bodies such as UK EPSRC, UK MRC, NOW (Netherland), and India Alliance. The scope of the proposals ranges from large scale capital bids to competitive fellowshipslike UKRI Future Leader Fellowships.


Dr Liu has a portfolio of several research grants and maintains a strong set of national and international collaborations. She is the PI of the EPSRC grant ‘Topological Spintronics’, Royal Society grant 'Enhancing Quantum Anomalous Effect in Magnetic TIs', and PI/CI of more than 450 shifts of beamtime at the worldwide synchrotron-radiation stations including such as Diamond Light Source (UK), Max-lab (Sweden) and the Advanced Light Source (US), equivalent to over £3 M. She is the recipient of the RAEng/Leverhulme Trust Senior Fellowship in 2019 (each year RAEng gives out only 7 Senior Fellowships nationwide). She is the recipient of the international research prize IAAM Young Scientist Medal (featured) in the year 2017, in addition to several prestigious home institute awards such as KM StottMemorial Prize, York VC’s Special Award and Holbeck Award.


Research Key Words: Quantum Materials, Condensed Matter, Spintronics, Synchrotron-radiation, Ultra-high vaccum technologies, Nano-electronics



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