"Sustainability in Action!"
The Liu research group focuses on electrochemical energy storage, electrocatalysis, and homogenous catalysis employing earth abundant element based catalysts and materials. We strive to achieve sustainable, economical, and environment-benign energy and chemical transformations and to address the global energy and environment challenges simultaneously. Our research is highly multidisciplinary embracing inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, materials science, and electrochemical engineering.
Openings Available (please send applications to Tianbiao Liu, email@example.com)
The Liu group has openings for undergraduate assistants, graduate students, postdoc researchers, and visiting scholars. Motivated students and PhD chemists are welcome to join our research program. See our opening page for details.
191120 Our highlight paper on "Dawn of Calcium Batteries", was accepted by Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. Congrats to Kevin! A sweet appetizer for the upcoming group Thanksgiving party!
191114 Leo attended 2020 Scialog Conference on Advanced Energy Storage in Tucson, AZ. Met with many friends and great fun to write a two page proposal.
191107 Leo attended the 2019 Fall user proposal board meeting in the Molecular Foundry at LBL and gave an invited talk on energy storage. A great pleasure to meet up friends and collaborators!
191104 Our paper "An Efficient Viologen-Based Electron Donor to Nitrogenase", was accepted as a communication paper by ACS Biochemistry. It is a collaborative project with Lance group. Congratulations to both groups!
191014 Bo's ACIE hot-paper was highlighted by ChemistryViews, "Better Electrolyte for Redox-Flow Batteries: pH-Neutral aqueous organic redox-flow battery with an ammonium anthraquinone anolyte" [Link]. Here is a concise Youtube highlight prepared by ChemistryViews: www.youtube.com/watch?v=3FIRpdc1-5w
191010 Our aqueous organic flow battery technology was recognized as the finalist for the 2019 Utah Innovation Award on Clean Energy. Congratulations to past and current members contributing to this project!
190928 Leo gave four invited seminars at University Wisconsin-Madison, University of Ohio, Argonne National Laboratory, and Notre Dame University. Thanks so much for the invitations!
190914 Our invited ACS Els review article on organic redox flow batteries was highlighted as the journal cover featured with USU Old Main [Link]. A perfect moon cake for the group!
190901 Welcome Zhenting from Qingdao University of Technology and Chuanbin from China Ocean University joining us as visiting students!
190828 Leo gave two invited seminars at Ohio State University and IUPUI. Thanks very much for the invitations!
190825 Leo gave two invited talks at the ACS San Diego on redox flow batteries and electrocatalysis.
190816 Our invited review article on organic redox flow batteries was accepted by ACS Els. Congratulations to Jian and co-authors!
190730 Bo and Jian's manuscript on the synthesis and application of ammonium anthraquinone anolytes for metal free, pH neutral redox flow batteries was accepted by ACIE as a full research article (our 3rd paper accepted in July!!) Congratulations to Bo and Jian for this nice work, well done! [Link]
190715 Kevin's work on the synthesis of redox active MOFs was accepted by Inorganic Chemistry. Congratulations to Kevin for his 1st 1st-authored paper! [Link]
190701 Our manuscript on the CoS/CoS2 heterojunction electrocatalyst promoting the performance of sulfur redox flow batteries was accepted by Nature Communications [Link]. It was also among the editor selected NC Focus on Energy Materials [Link]. Congratulations to all co-authors!
190531 Our ACS EL paper on electrochemical N2 reduction reaction (ENRR) was highlighted by an ACS EL Energy Focus. [Link]. It was an interview report between the Journal of ACS EL and Leo Liu, and two other experts on ENRR, Lauren Greenlee from University of Arkansas, and Douglas MacFarlane from Monash University.
190522 Our Mg-FPB electrolyte was highlighted by ChemistryViews [Link]. Also a cover at ACIE [Link].
190410 Bo's paper entitled "Electrochemical Nitrogen Reduction to Ammonia by Mo2N: Catalysis or Decomposition?" was accepted as an Energy Express paper by ACS Energy Letters! Congratulations to Bo and other co-authors. [Link]
190330 Leo delivered an invited talk at 2019 Spring ACS on viologen flow batteries and hang out with many friends.
190325 Our 2nd ChemRxiv preprint was submitted for Bo's NRR work entitled "Electrochemical Nitrogen Reduction to Ammonia by Mo2N: Catalysis or Decomposition?" [Link]
190308 Two papers were accepted by J. Mater. Chem. A and Dalton Trans. on the same day. Our JMCA paper entitled "A 1.51 V pH Neutral Redox Flow Battery towards Scalable Energy Storage" was also selected as one of 2019 JMCA Hot Papers. Congratulations to Jian, Wenda, and other co-authors. Check it out here [Link].
190305 Our MgFPB manuscript was accepted as a very important paper (VIP) by ACIE. Congratulations to Jian, Yujing, and other co-authors. Check it out here [Link].
190211 We submitted our 1st preprint to ChemRxiv on "A Stable, Non-corrosive Perfluorinated Pinacolatoborate Mg Electrolyte for Rechargeable Mg Batteries". [Link]
190209 Our Joule paper was exclusively highlighted by a Joule Preview entitled "Return of the Iron Age" by Prof. Ulrich Schubert from Friedrich Schiller University Jena (Germany) [Link].
190205 Leo received the NSF career award! What a graceful and timely🧧 red packet to my group during the Chinese 🐷 New Year! The credit goes to all of the hard-working and bright students, postdocs, and visiting
scholars (current and past) in my group.
190127 Bo Hu was recognized as the College of Science Doctoral Researcher of the Year! Congratulations!
190104 Leo had an interview with Chinese Science Daily (中国科学报) to discuss the status and opportunities of redox flow batteries for broad energy storage applications. Check it out here [Link].
190102 We received the USU Research Catalyst grant to support our Mg battery work. We appreciate the support!
190101 Leo received the 2018 Scialog Fellowship co-funded by Sloan Foundation and Research Corporation on Science Advancement to develop advanced redox flow batteries. Thanks very much for the opportunity! Happy New Year!