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Nian Liu

Assistant Professor - ChBE

Nian Liu

Nian Liu began as an Assistant Professor at Georgia Institute of Technology, School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering in January 2017. He received his B.S. in 2009 from Fudan University (China), and Ph.D. in 2014 from Stanford University, where he worked with Prof. Yi Cui on the structure design for Si anodes for high-energy Li-ion batteries. In 2014-2016, he worked with Prof. Steven Chu at Stanford University as a postdoc, where he developed in situ optical microscopy to probe beam-sensitive battery reactions. Dr. Liu’s lab at Georgia Tech is broadly interested in the combination of nanomaterials, electrochemistry, and light microscopy for understanding and addressing the global energy challenges. Dr. Liu is the recipient of the Electrochemical Society (ECS) Daniel Cubicciotti Award (2014) and American Chemical Society (ACS) Division of Inorganic Chemistry Young Investigator Award (2015).

Research Areas of Interest:

  • High-energy, low-cost, ultra-safe battery technologies
  • Application-driven nanoscale materials design and manufacturing
  • In-situ diagnosis and fundamental understanding of strategically important chemical and physical processes


Awards and Distinctions: 
  • Young Investigator Award, Division of Inorganic Chemistry, American Chemical Society (ACS), 2015     
  • Daniel Cubicciotti Award, The Electrochemical Society (ECS), 2014
  • Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Self-Financed Students Abroad, 2014
  • Franklin Veatch Memorial Award of Stanford University, Department of Chemistry, 2013