T he 21st century presents unprecedented challenges to society and the environment. Global climate change is occurring, and we are facing problems related to energy and water scarcity. There is a pressing need for new and revolutionary technologies for addressing these problems.

The Liu Group studies and solves issues in energy, environment, and health. We design materials from the molecular level, construct structural engineering from different length scales, use advanced tools for detailed characterizations, and correlate the materials microscopic properties to macroscopic performance. Rationally-designed materials will be synthesized with tunable properties through chemical or electrochemical routes. Areas include resource extraction from water systems, separation and catalysis in liquid and gas phases, development of electrochemical system in manufacturing.

Research Overview

Materials by Design

Critical Elements Separation

Electrochemical Process



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