Lifeng Liu received both his MS (2004) and PhD (2007) degrees in Condensed Matter Physics from the Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences. He joined Max Planck Institute of Microstructure Physics – Halle (MPI-Halle), Germany in 2007, first working as a postdoctoral researcher and then as a member of scientific staff. He started his independent research career and became the head of group “Porous Alumina” in 2009. In 2011, he moved to the International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory (INL) and started a research group there. Lifeng has been actively working on nanomaterials and nanostructures since 2002, with particular emphases on fabrication and characterization of complex nanostructures, nano-magnetism, nanoscale solid-state reactions, ferroelectric nanostructures and nano-electrocatalysts. His recent interest is mainly focused on nanomaterials for renewable energy generation, storage and conversion. So far, he has authored/co-authored more than 80 peer-reviewed papers in major international journals, which have been collectively cited more than 1800 times, leading to an h-index of 25. He has actively served as an invited reviewer for more than 35 scientific journals including Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., ACS Nano, Advanced Functional Materials, Small, J. Mater. Chem., J. Phys. Chem., Nanotechnology, Nanoscale and Appl. Phys. Lett. Additionally, he was also invited as an external reviewer for evaluating research grant applications for National Engineering and Research Council of Canada and as a member of the organizing/scientific committee for a number of international conferences. He is currently the associate Editor of “Journal of Nanoscience Letters”.
Selected recent publications:
1) Daoai Wang,* Lianbing Zhang, Woo Lee, Mato Knez, Lifeng Liu* “Novel three-dimensional nanoporous alumina as a template for hierarchical TiO2 nanotube arrays” Small published online DOI: 10.1002/smll.201201784
2) Y. Yang,* Lifeng Liu*, F. Guder, A. Berger, R. Scholz, O. Albrecht, M. Zacharias, “Regulated oxidation of nickel in multisegmented nickel-platinum nanowires: An entry to wavy nanopeapods” Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 50 (2011) 10855-10858
3) Daoai Wang,* Lifeng Liu*, Fuxiang Zhang, Kun Tao, Eckhard Pippel, K. Domen, “Spontaneous phase and morphology transformations of anodized titania nanotubes induced by water at room temperature” Nano Lett. 11 (2011) 3649 (equal contribution)
4) Lifeng Liu*, Eckhard Pippel, “Low-platinum-content Pt5Cu76Co11Ni8 quaternary alloy nanotubes with markedly improved oxygen reduction activity” Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 50 (2011) 2729-2733
5) Lifeng Liu*, Roland Scholz, Eckhard Pippel, Ulrich Gösele, “Microstructure, electrocatalytic and sensing properties of nanoporous Pt46Ni54 alloy nanowires fabricated by mild dealloying“ J. Mater. Chem. 20 (2010) 5621 (highlighted as inside cover)
- Si nanowire/nanotube based sensors and energy storage devices such as Li-ion microbatteries and capacitors.
- Low-cost and large-scale synthesis of porous/hollow nanostructures for high-performance lithium-ion batteries and supercapacitors.