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Jie Liu


George Barth Geller Professor of Chemistry in Trinity College of Arts and Sciences

Dr. Liu’s research interests are focusing on the chemistry and material science of nanoscale materials. Specific topics in his current research program include: Self-assembly of nanostructures; Preparation and chemical functionalization of single walled carbon nanotubes; Developing carbon nanotube based chemical and biological sensors; SPM based fabrication and modification of functional nanostructures.

Appointments and Affiliations

  • George Barth Geller Professor of Chemistry in Trinity College of Arts and Sciences
  • Professor of Chemistry
  • Faculty Network Member of The Energy Initiative
  • Bass Fellow

Contact Information:

  • Office Location: 2105 French Science Center, Durham, NC 27708
  • Office Phone: (919) 660-1549
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  • Rice University, 1999
  • Ph.D. Harvard University , 1996
  • M.S. Shandong University (China), 1990
  • B.S. Shandong University (China), 1987

Awards, Honors, and Distinctions:

  • Fellow. American Physical Society. 2013
  • AAAS Fellows. American Association for the Advancement of Science, The. 2012

Courses Taught:

  • CHEM 210DL: Modern Applications of Chemical Principles
  • CHEM 295: Introduction to Research Independent Study
  • CHEM 311: Physical Chemistry II
  • CHEM 311L: Physical Chemistry II Laboratory
  • CHEM 393: Research Independent Study
  • CHEM 394: Research Independent Study
  • CHEM 493: Research Independent Study
  • CHEM 494: Research Independent Study
  • ECE 511: Foundations of Nanoscale Science and Technology
  • NANOSCI 511: Foundations of Nanoscale Science and Technology

In the News:

Representative Publications:

  • Ma, L; Gao, X; Zhang, W; Yuan, H; Hu, Y; Zhu, G; Chen, R; Chen, T; Tie, Z; Liu, J; Wu, T; Jin, Z, Ultrahigh rate capability and ultralong cycling stability of sodium-ion batteries enabled by wrinkled black titania nanosheets with abundant oxygen vacancies, Nano Energy, vol 53 (2018), pp. 91-96 [10.1016/j.nanoen.2018.08.043] [abs].
  • Zhang, W; Hu, Y; Ma, L; Zhu, G; Zhao, P; Xue, X; Chen, R; Yang, S; Ma, J; Liu, J; Jin, Z, Liquid-phase exfoliated ultrathin Bi nanosheets: Uncovering the origins of enhanced electrocatalytic CO2reduction on two-dimensional metal nanostructure, Nano Energy, vol 53 (2018), pp. 808-816 [10.1016/j.nanoen.2018.09.053] [abs].
  • Liu, J; Wang, M; Xu, N; Qian, T; Yan, C, Progress and perspective of organosulfur polymers as cathode materials for advanced lithium-sulfur batteries, Energy Storage Materials, vol 15 (2018), pp. 53-64 [10.1016/j.ensm.2018.03.017] [abs].
  • Liang, J; Zhu, G; Wang, C; Zhao, P; Wang, Y; Hu, Y; Ma, L; Tie, Z; Liu, J; Jin, Z, An all-inorganic perovskite solar capacitor for efficient and stable spontaneous photocharging, Nano Energy, vol 52 (2018), pp. 239-245 [10.1016/j.nanoen.2018.07.060] [abs].
  • He, S; Ji, D; Novello, P; Li, X; Liu, J, Partial Surface Oxidation of Manganese Oxides as an Effective Treatment to Improve Their Activity in Electrochemical Oxygen Reduction Reaction, The Journal of Physical Chemistry C, vol 122 no. 37 (2018), pp. 21366-21374 [10.1021/acs.jpcc.8b04977] [abs].

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