Group lunch to celebrate our establishment and welcome new members (Jun 7, 2023)

We have a group lunch celebrate our establishment at UDel, also welcome new group members Joy and Kevin joining our group.

Gen have been selected for a Delaware Space Grant (DESG) Graduate Fellowship!

DESG Fellowships provide stipends to highly qualified graduate students in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics who are currently attending a DESGC member institution.


Collaborative paper published on Nature (April, 2023)

A collaborative paper “Depolymerization of plastics by means of electrified spatiotemporal heating” is published in Nature. Congrats to lead authors.

Please see the report of University of Maryland:

Electrified Plastic Recycling Toward A Sustainable Future.


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Liu Group welcomes new members (Apr. 1, 2023)

The Liu group welcomes postdoctoral scholar Song Luo, First year Ph.D. student Hasan Koybasi, and MS student Aditi Shambharkar.

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Open Postdoctoral Researcher Positions – University of Delaware

Two post-doctoral positions are available in the lab of Prof. Dongxia Liu in the Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Department at the University of Delaware. The positions are focused on green and sustainable chemical/energy conversions via heterogeneous catalysis, reaction engineering and electrifiable processes.

Interested candidates should have a background in one or several of the following areas: materials synthesis and characterization (e.g., nanoporous and metal oxide materials), membrane development and separations (e.g., inorganic membranes), kinetics and reactor studies (e.g., gas or liquid phase reactions in plug flow reactors). Additionally, expertise with electrochemistry or electrochemical synthesis is desirable. The position has a term of one to three years. A competitive salary and benefits package is available.

Please email to submit a CV as well as the contact information for 3 references.

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We moved to University of Delaware (Jan. 1, 2023)

Our research team moved to Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, University of Delaware.

Yuan Zhang-PHD-2022

Congratulations to Dr. Yuan Zhang for successfully defending her PhD thesis! (October, 2022)

Yuan defended her PhD thesis on October 12, 2022. Her research addressed “Defect Engineering of Supported Metal Catalysts for Selective Hydrogenation”. She will start her next role at FDA soon. Congratulations, Dr. Yuan Zhang!


Collaborative paper published on Nature and featured as the cover art for this issue! (May 2022)

A collaborative paper “Programmable Heating and Quenching for Efficient Thermochemical Synthesis” is published in Nature (DOI: 10.1038/s41586-022-04568-6).) Congrats to lead authors.

Please see the report of University of Maryland:

Electrified Heating Towards Green Methane Conversion and Ammonia Synthesis.



Mann’s paper published on Advanced Energy Materials! (Dec 2021)

Mann’s paper “Direct Nonoxidative Methane Conversion in an Autothermal Hydrogen-Permeable Membrane Reactor” is published in Advanced Energy Materials (Adv. Energy Mater. 2021, DOI: 10.1002/aenm.202102782. )

Please see the report of University of Maryland:

UMD Researchers Convert Methane Without Greenhouse Gas Emissions .

and the report of Chemical & Engineering News:

Reactor converts methane to heavier hydrocarbons without forming CO2 .


Junyan Zhang

Congratulations to Dr. Junyan Zhang for successfully defending his PhD thesis! (April, 2021)

Junyan defended his PhD thesis on April 7, 2021. His research addressed Rational Design of multifunctional zeolites for biomass conversion. Congratulations, Dr. Junyan Zhang!

Dr. Liu receives Junior Faculty Outstanding Research Award (Sept. 2020)

Dr. Liu is the recipient of UMD’s 2020 Clark School of Engineering Outstanding Junior Faculty Research Award. The Junior Faculty Outstanding Research Award is one of the highest honors the Clark School awards to junior faculty and was instituted in 2010 to recognize exceptionally influential research accomplishments by faculty in the first 10 years of their independent career.