Zhu Liu is a Professor in Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Manchester. She teaches high-temperature oxidation and surface engineering to MSc students. Her research activities focus on laser surface engineering for corrosion protection and a wide range of surface functionalisation and modifications using laser technologies. In recent years, her research team has carried out extensive research in laser nano-engineering and synthesis of novel nano-materials for perovskite solar cell applications. Her team has also pioneered a novel laser synthesis route to fabricate single-atom catalysts for hydrogen production, hydrogen fuel cells and batteries.