Dr. Jian (Ken) Liu is an Assistant Professor in the School of Chemistry and Materials Science at RIT since Jan. 2023. His research is focused on studying small molecule capture and catalytic transformations via thermal or photo- catalytic pathways using a wide range of porous composites. In particular, his group is interested in: (1) (fine)tuning catalytic performance beyond the active sites; (2) photo/thermal-catalytic small gas conversions; (3) guest-host interactions (e.g., greenhouse gases and MOF composites) using in-situ spectroscopy studies combining with computational collaborations.
Prior to his current position, Dr. Liu gained his postdoctoral training of gas capture and conversions via MOF chemistry at Northwestern University in Hupp/Farha groups. Dr. Liu holds his Ph.D. degree in Materials Chemistry from Binghamton University - SUNY, where he worked with Prof. Wayne Jones on photocatalytic detoxification of environmental pollutants using electrospun TiO2 nanofibrous materials.
We are currently looking for motivated undergraduate and graduate (M.S. and Ph.D.) students. Please contact Dr. Liu through emails, if you are interested.
1, Jian Liu, Ying Yang, Timothy A. Goetjen, Joseph T. Hupp. Carbon-Efficient Conversion of Natural Gas and Natural-Gas Condensates to Chemical Products and Intermediate Feedstocks via Catalytic MOF Chemistry, Energy Environ. Sci., 2022, 15, 2819-2842.
2, Jian Liu, Timothy A Goetjen, Qining Wang, Julia G Knapp, Megan C Wasson, Ying Yang, Zoha H Syed, Massimiliano Delferro, Justin M Notestein, Omar K Farha, Joseph T Hupp. MOF-enabled confinement and related effects for chemical catalyst presentation and utilization, Chem. Soc. Rev., 2022, 51, 1045-1097.
3, Jian Liu, Zhiyong Lu, Zhijie Chen, Martino Rimoldi, Ashlee J. Howarth, Haoyuan Chen, Selim Alayoglu, Randall Q. Snurr, Omar K. Farha, Joseph T. Hupp. Ammonia Capture within Zirconium Metal–Organic Frameworks: Reversible and Irreversible Uptake. ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces 2021, 13, 17, 20081–20093.
4, Jian Liu, Zhanyong Li, Xuan Zhang, Ken-ichi Otake, Lin Zhang, Aaron W. Peters, Matthias J. Young, Nicholas M. Bedford, Steven P. Letourneau, David J. Mandia, Jeffrey W. Elam, Omar K. Farha, Joseph T. Hupp. Introducing Nonstructural Ligands to Zirconia-like Metal–Organic Framework Nodes To Tune the Activity of Node-Supported Nickel Catalysts for Ethylene Hydrogenation. ACS Catal. 2019, 9, 4, 3198–3207.
5, Jian Liu, Jingyun Ye, Zhanyong Li, Ken-ichi Otake, Yijun Liao, Aaron W. Peters, Hyunho Noh, Donald G. Truhlar, Laura Gagliardi, Christopher J. Cramer, Omar K. Farha, Joseph T. Hupp, Beyond the Active Site: Tuning the Activity and Selectivity of a Metal–Organic Framework-Supported Ni Catalyst for Ethylene Dimerization. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2018, 140, 36, 11174–11178.
6, Jian Liu, Danielle L. McCarthy, Michael J. Cowan, Emilly A. Obuya, Jared B. DeCoste, Kenneth H. Skorenko, Linyue Tong, Steven M. Boyer, William E. Bernier, Jr. Jones, Wayne E. Photocatalytic activity of TiO2 polycrystalline sub-micron fibers with variable rutile fraction. Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, 2016, 187, 154-162.