J. Ping Liu, a University of Texas at
Arlington physics professor who is working to develop
stronger magnets for sustainable energy applications, has been named a fellow of
the American Physical Society in 2013.
Liu joined the UT
Arlington Department of Physics College of Science in 2002 and researches the
development of advanced nanocomposite magnets that have high performance while
containing fewer expensive rare-earth
materials. The advanced magnets can be used in nearly every industry and
consumer device from computers to cars to medical imaging systems and cell
In his more than a decade long tenure as a faculty member, Liu and his Nanostructured
Magnetic Materials Group have worked as a leader in the research area and have
carried out world-class work that has led to recognition from the American
A citation accompanying the
honor noted Liu’s “pioneering work
in research on advanced permanent-magnet materials, including innovative work
on bottom-up approaches to fabrication of nanocomposite magnets with reduced
rare-earth content via novel techniques."
Pamela Jansma, dean of the UT Arlington College of Science, said Liu’s
latest honor is well deserved.
“Dr. Liu has been producing outstanding research in his field while
mentoring students for more than a decade at UT Arlington, and he has remained
continuously funded by grants that are a testament to his laboratory
success," Jansma said.
Liu’s total research funds
have exceeded $10 million including those of nearly $1 million received this
fall from U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Department of Defense and an
The APS represents more than
50,000 members of the physics community. The APS fellowship is an honor that
the international professional organization bestows on no more than one-half of
one percent of its members each year. According to the group, election as a
fellow signifies exceptional
contributions to the physics enterprise; for example, outstanding physics
research, important applications of physics, leadership in or service to
physics, or significant contributions to physics education.
Liu is the third APS fellow in
the UT Arlington College of Science. The others are Andrew White, professor of
physics, and Roy West, a retired professor and former department chair.
The University of Texas at
Arlington is a comprehensive research institution of more than 33,300 students
and 2,200 faculty members in the epicenter of North Texas. It is the second
largest institution in The University of Texas System. Total research
expenditures reached almost $78 million last year. Visit www.uta.edu to learn more.