Dr. Lianjun Liu received his Ph.D. from School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering at Nanjing University, China in 2011. After that, he became a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, where he initially focused on novel photocatalysts development and CO2 capture and catalytic conversion to solar fuels and currently is working on heavy metal ion removal from water by developing a capacitive deionization technology using graphene-based adsorbent materials.
Dr. Liu has developed expertise in nanomaterial (carbon, metal oxide crystals) synthesis, purification and surface functionalization, chemical analysis, and in situ techniques for monitoring catalytic reaction processes. He has over 40 journal publications on novel materials R&D and fundamental understanding of reaction mechanisms. Dr. Liu has received several awards from UWM Research Foundation, Jiangsu Province, and Nanjing University Graduate Innovation Research Foundation. His long-term goal is to address the exciting and critical scientific challenges that occur in the field of energy conversion and sustainable environment through nanomaterials innovation and nanotechnology development.