Hongliu studied physics at Beijing Normal University in Beijing, China. After he obtained his PhD in theoretical physics at 1998 he came to Germany as an Alexander von Humboldt fellow. He has been working in universities and institutes in Potsdam, Dresden, Chemnitz and Bayreuth. His past research is mainly in the field of nonlinear dynamics and chaos. He joined the chair of Prof. Cuniberti in October 2013 and is now working on the LTA battery project.