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Nanomaterials for Energy Storage and Conversion

Nanomaterials for Energy Storage and Conversion Research Group

The Nanomaterials for Energy Storage and Conversion group conducts both fundamental and application-oriented research on new nanomaterials and nanostructures that can be used for energy storage and conversion. Particular emphasis is at the moment placed on the preparation of hollow, porous nanostructures and ordered nanowire/nanotube arrays of various inorganic materials, which not only possess large surface to volume ratios but also facilitate the transportation of electrolytes/ions/charge carriers. Comprehensive structural/compositional characterization in conjunction with studies of photoelectric, electrochemical and catalytic properties are carried out in order to elucidate the structure-property relation, to get a fundamental understanding about the underlying physics and chemistry in energy storage and conversion processes, and in turn to help materials design and optimization. Our research activities are primarily focused on the following areas:

Electrocatalysis. The group is committed to developing Pt-free electrocatalysts for use in hydrogen/oxygen evolution, oxygen reduction, and small molecule oxidation reactions.

Solar fuel production. Research efforts are devoted to: 1) Nanoatructured photocathodes and photoanodes; 2) Coupling of semiconductor photoelectrodes with HER or OER catalysts; 3) Improving lifetime of photoelectrodes.

Energy storage. The group is working on 1) Fabrication of hybrid/composite nanostructures; 2) Large-scale synthesis of porous/hollow nanostructures for use as electrode materials in Li-ion/Na-ion batteries and supercapacitors; 3) Flexible energy storage devices.

ON GOING RESEARCH PROJECTS

The project aims to develop efficient, low-cost and durable photocathodes for water reduction (solar H2 evolution) and photoanodes for water oxidation (solar O2 evolution). The research will be focused on developing robust nanowire arrays decorated with non-precious earth-abundant HER or OER catalysts. Optimized surface protection strategy will be employed to improve the operation lifetime of the photoelectrodes.

Hydrogen/oxygen evolution (HER/OER) and oxygen reduction (ORR) are important half-cell reactions in many electrochemical devices such as photoelectrochemical cells (PEC) and fuel cells. Pt-group metals are thus far the most efficient and commonly used catalysts for these reactions. However, for large-scale deployment of PEC cells and widespread use of fuel cells, it is apparently impractical to use Pt-group metals to catalyze these reactions because of the high cost and the scarcity of Pt. The project is aiming at developing non-precious earth-abundant catalysts for use as an alternative to Pt. Presently, the research is focused on the development of nanostructured transition metal oxides and sulfides.

The group aims to develop low-cost nanostructured hybrid solar cells using the Si nanowire or TiO2 nanotube arrays fabricated by the group. In addition, the group is also keen on lead iodide perovskite solar cells and their derivatives.

The project presently aims to develop binder-free electrodes for use as either anodes in lithium-ion batteries or electrodes in supercapcitors. The emphasis is placed on the development of metal oxide/sulfide nanostructures and carbon/oxide hybrids.

For future practical applications, large-scale and cost-effective synthesis of nanomaterials for use in energy storage and conversion is highly desired. The project aims to develop low-cost and scalable approaches to the fabrication of porous/hollow/core-shell nanostructures which can find applications in energy storage and conversion devices.

PUBLICATIONS

  • 2020

    Liu*, Yu; Xu; Li; Wei; Zhang; Li; Miao; Araujo; Wang; Faria; Liu;* Lifeng Z P J Y Y F B N Y H W A Z C J L Y Y

    Ultrafine oxygen vacancy-rich iridium oxide nanoclusters supported on high-surface-area, acid-stable titanium substrate for efficient and durable water oxidation at high current densities in acidic media Journal Article

    J. Mater. Chem. A, 2020.

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    Liu*, Yu; Xu; Li; Lifeng Z P J Y Y

    Easy preparation of multifunctional ternary PdNiP/C catalysts for small organic molecule electro-oxidation with enhanced catalytic performance Journal Article Forthcoming

    Journal of Energy Chemistry, Forthcoming.

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    Liu, Yang; Xu; Wang; Yu; Bin; Tian; Fang; Liu; Qiao; Lifeng Liu*; B B J Y J Z P D T T X N Y L B H

    Amorphous phosphatized ruthenium-iron bimetallic nanoclusters with Pt-like activity for hydrogen evolution reaction Journal Article

    Applied Catalysis B - Environmental, 2020.

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    Dunin-Borkowshi, Wei;* Bihlmayer|;* Zhou; Feng; Kolen’ko; Xiong; Lifeng Liu; Bluegl; X K G X D W X Y V D H S R

    Discovery of two-dimensional topological ferroelectrinc metal in transition metal phosphides Journal Article

    Advanced Materials, 2020.

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    Schmidt, Liu; Wang; Oswarld; Tang; Wang; Yin; Lu; Lifeng Liu; Dong; Ma; Zhu; Zhu;* L J S H J Y Q H L F M O G

    Decoding of oxygen network distortion in a layered high-rate anode by in situ investigation of a single microelectrode Journal Article

    ACS Nano, 2020.

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    Liu*, Li; Wei; Yu; Bondarchuk; Araujo; Amorim; Xu;* Neves; Lifeng Y B Z P O A I J Y I C

    Bifunctional porous cobalt phosphide foam for high-current-density alkaline water splitting with 4000-h long stability Journal Article

    ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering 2020, 2020.

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    Zhang, Liu; Ma; Liu; Koch; Rosebrock; Li; Bettles; He; Koehn; Pfnur; Bigall; Ding; Y P S Y L F J M T R F T A H N C F L

    Nitrogen doping improves the immobilization and catalytic effects of Co9S8 in Li-S batteries Journal Article

    Advanced Functional Materials, 2020.

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    Liu*, Xu; Amorim; Li; Li; Yu; Zhang; Araujo; Zhang; Lifeng J Y I Y J J Z P B S A N

    Stable overall water splitting in an asymmetric acid/alkaline electrolyzer comprising a bipolar membrane sandwiched by bifunctional cobalt nickel phosphide nanowire electrodes Journal Article

    Carbon Energy 2020, 2020.

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    Xiong*, Qi; Wu; Xu; Gao; Du; Liu; Lifeng Liu; Y J J Y H Z J B S D H

    One-step fabrication of self-supported Co@CoTe2 electrocatalyst for efficient and durable oxygen evolution reaction Journal Article

    2020.

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    Dunin-Borkowski, Wei;* Heggen; Xiong; Lifeng Liu; X K M D H R

    Self-epitaxial hetero-nanolayers and surface atom reconstruction in electrocatalytic nickel phosphides Journal Article Forthcoming

    ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, (12), pp. 21616, Forthcoming.

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    Deepak, Li; Li*; Xu; Zhang; Li; Lifeng Liu*; Wang; Q J J J Y N Y P Z C F L

    Ultrafine-grained porous Ir-based catalysts for high-performance overall water splitting in acidic media Journal Article

    ACS Appl. Energy Mater, 2020.

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    Xu, Wei Li Amorim Thomas Thalluri Wang Zhou Xie Lifeng Liu* Zhang B J J I R S M Z C W Y S S 11 N J Y

    Mille-Crêpe-Like Metal Phosphide Nanocrystals/Carbon Nanotube Film Composites as High-Capacitance Negative Electrodes in Asymmetric Supercapacitors Journal Article

    ACS Applied Energy Materials, 2020.

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    Liu*, Xu; Lian; Wei; Li; Bondarchuk; Zhang; Yu; Araujo; Amorim; Wang;* Li;* Lifeng J Y Z B Y O N Z P A I Z C B

    Strong Electronic Coupling between Ultrafine Iridium–Ruthenium Nanoclusters and Conductive, Acid-Stable Tellurium Nanoparticle Support for Efficient and Durable Oxygen Evolution in Acidic and Neutral MediaACS Catalysis Journal Article

    ACS Catalysis, 2020.

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    Bai, Lv Huang Hu Lifeng Liu* Thalluri C C Z P * X L * S M L C

    Strategies for semiconductor/electrocatalysts coupling toward solar-driven water splitting Journal Article

    Advanced Science, 2020.

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    Liu*, Yang; Duan; Tamirat; Liu; Lifeng Liu; B B B A G Y B H

    Bamboo-like nitrogen-doped carbon nanotubes encapsulated with NiFeP nanoparticles and their efficient catalysis in the oxygen evolution reaction Journal Article

    2020.

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    Qiao, Zhang; Yi; He; Zhang; Shen; Liu; Lifeng Liu; Liu; R T J Y L J C P S J B H L

    Proteomic and Metabolic Elucidation of Solar-Powered Biomanufacturing by Bio-Abiotic Hybrid System Journal Article

    Chem, 2020 (6), pp. 234-249, 2020.

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  • 2019

    Y.F.Li, J.Y.Xu J.J.Li B.Wei I.Amorim R.Thomas S.M.Thalluri Y.Y.Liu G.H.Yu Lifeng Liu* N.Zhang

    High performance flexible solid-state asymmetric supercapacitors based on bi-metallic transition metal phosphide nanocrystals Journal Article

    ACS Nano, 2019.

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    Z.C.Bai, Z.W.Fang X.Zhang X.Xu Y.Du Lifeng Liu Shixue Dou Guihua Yu* N.N.Wang

    A general synthetic strategy for pomegranate-like transition metal phosphide@N-doped carbon nanostructures with high lithium storage capacity Journal Article

    ACS Mater. Lett., 1 (265), 2019.

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    B.Wei, R.Thomas L.Qiao Z.C.Wang Lifeng Liu* S.M.Mouli

    Invert pyramid textured p-silicon covered with Co2P as an efficient and stable solar hydrogen evolution photocathode Journal Article

    ACS Energy Lett., 4 (1755), 2019.

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    J.Y.Xu, N.Zhang D.H.Xiong S.M.Thalluri R.Thomas J.P.S.Sousa A.Araujo H.Li Lifeng Liu* Amorim I

    Bi-metallic cobalt-nickel phosphide nanowires for electrocatalysis of the oxygen and hydrogen evolution reactions Journal Article

    Catal. Today, 2019.

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    M.S.Zhu, S.Z.Huang X.Y.Lu L.Zhang Y.Li S.T.Wang Lifeng Liu* Q.H.Weng O.G.Schmidt L.X.Liu

    Artificial electrode interface enables stable operation of freestanding anodes for high-performance flexible lithium ion batteries Journal Article

    J. Mater. Chem. A, 7 (14097), 2019.

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    B.Wei, Y.Li J.Y.Xu* J.J.Li* Lifeng Liu F.L.Deepak Q.Li

    Large-scale fabrication of hollow Pt3Al nanoboxes and their electrocatalytic performance for hydrogen evolution reaction Journal Article

    ACS Sus. Chem. Eng, 7 (9842), 2019.

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    D.H.Xiong, X.FGao Lifeng Liu* W.Li

    The oxygen evolution reaction enabled by transition metal phosphide and chalcogenide pre-catalysts with dynamic changes Journal Article

    Chem. Commun, 55 (8744), 2019, (Invited Feature Article).

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    Du, Hong Li Junyuan Xu Junjie Li Xiujian Zhao Lifeng Liu Dehua Xiong Zijuan

    Polyvinylpyrrolidone-Assisted Hydrothermal Synthesis of CuCoO2 Nanoplates with Enhanced Oxygen Evolution Reaction Performance Journal Article

    ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering, 7 , pp. 1493-1501, 2019.

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  • 2018

    Liu, Junjie Li Isilda Amorim Bingsen Zhang Dehua Xiong Nan Zhang Sitaramanjaneya Mouli Thalluri Juliana P.S.Sousa Lifeng Liu Junyuan Xu Yuefeng

    Hollow cobalt phosphide octahedral pre-catalysts with exceptionally high intrinsic catalytic activity for electro-oxidation of water and methanol Journal Article

    J. Mater. Chem. A, 6 , 2018.

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    Murphy, Dehua Xiong Rongsheng Cai Xian-Kui Wei Marc Heggen Emanuele Barborini Simone Vinati Rafal E.Dunin-Borkowski Richard E.Palmer Lifeng Liu Junyuan Xu Shane

    Cluster Beam Deposition of Ultrafine Cobalt and Ruthenium Clusters for Efficient and Stable Oxygen Evolution Reaction Journal Article

    ACS Applied Energy Materials, 1 , 2018.

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    G, Schmidt Shaozhuan Huang; Lin Zhangad; Lifeng Liu; Lixiang Liu; Junjie Li; Han Hu; Jiawei Wang; Fei Dinga; Oliver

    High energy lithium ion battery using rationally engineered amorphous TiOx/Si/TiOx nanomembrane anode Journal Article

    Energy Storage Materials, 2018.

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    Borme, Yu Xu Amorim Gaspar Qiao Ferreira Alpuim Liu Mouli Thalluri K J I J L P P L S J

    Conformal and continuous deposition of bifunctional cobalt phosphide layers on p-silicon nanowire arrays for improved solar hydrogen evolution Journal Article

    Nano Research, 11 (9), pp. 4823–4835, 2018, ISSN: 1998-0124.

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    Liu, Li Liu Zhang Xiong Amorim Thalluri Li Liu Lifeng* Xu T F; J J; Y F; B S; D H; I; S M; W; J Y ;

    Ruthenium cobalt phosphide hybrid clusters with exceptional hydrogen evolution performance in both acidic and alkaline electrolytes Journal Article

    Energy Environ. Sci., 2018.

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    Borme, Yu Xu Amorim Gaspar Qiao Ferreira Alpuim Lifeng Liu* Thalluri K J Y I J L P P S M J

    Conformal and continuous deposition of bifunctional cobalt phosphide layers on p-silicon nanowire arrays for improved solar hydrogen evolution Journal Article

    Nano Research, 2018.

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    Liu, Sitaramanjaneya Mouli Thalluri; Jérôme Borme; Dehua Xiong; Junyuan Xu; Wei Li; Isilda Amorim; Pedro Alpuim; João Gaspar; Hélder Fonseca; Liang Qiao; Lifeng

    Highly-ordered silicon nanowire arrays for photoelectrochemical hydrogen evolution: An investigation on the effect of wire diameter, length and inter-wire spacing Journal Article

    Sustainable Energy & Fuels, 2 (5), pp. 978-982, 2018.

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    Li, Xiong Zhang Liu Wu Amorim Li Thalluri Lifeng Liu Xu D H B S Y F K H I W S M J Y J J

    Trends in activity for the oxygen evolution reaction on transition metal (M = Fe, Co, Ni) monophosphide catalysts Journal Article

    Chem. Sci., 2018.

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    Xiong, Amori Lifeng Liu* Xu ; I ; J Y ; D H

    Template-free synthesis of hollow iron phosphide-phosphate composite nanotubes for use as efficient and durable oxygen evolution catalysts Journal Article

    ACS Applied Nano Materials, 2018.

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  • 2017

    Xiong, Santosh KumarVerma Baoshun Liu Xiujian Zhao Lifeng Liu Hong Li Zijuan Du Dehua

    Low temperature hydrothermal synthesize delafossite CuCoO2 as an efficient electrocatalyst for the oxygen evolution reaction in alkaline solution Journal Article

    Inorganic Chem. Frontier, 5 , 2017.

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    Xiong, Santosh Kumar Verma Baoshun Liu Xiujian Zhao Lifeng Liu Zijuan Du Dehua *; Li*, Hong

    Low temperature hydrothermal synthesize delafossite CuCoO2 as an efficient electrocatalyst for the oxygen evolution reaction in alkaline solution Journal Article

    Inorganic Chem. Frontier, 2017.

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    Xiong, Gao Song Xia Lifeng Liu* Li X F W G F W D H

    Self-supported Co-Ni-P ternary nanowire electrodes for highly efficient and stable electrocatalytic hydrogen evolution in acidic solution Journal Article

    Catalysis Today, 287 , pp. 122, 2017.

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    Gao, Xiong Wei Song Xu Lifeng Liu* Li D H F W G J Y W X F

    Hydrothermal synthesis of monolithic Co3Se4 nanowire electrodes for oxygen evolution and overall water splitting with high efficiency and extraordinary catalytic stability Journal Article

    Advanced Energy Materials, 2017.

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    Liu, Lifeng

    Atomic layer deposition of electrocatalysts for use in fuel cells and electrolyzers Book Chapter

    Chapter 5, Wiley-VCH Julien Bachmann Ed., 2017, (Chapter 5 in book Atomic Layer Deposition in Energy Conversion Applications).

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    Li, Lifeng Liu* Xiong D H W

    Vertically-aligned porous Ni(OH)2 nanosheets supported on carbon paper with long-term oxygen evolution performance superior to RuO2 nanocatalysts Journal Article

    Chem Asian J., 12 , pp. 543, 2017.

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    Zhang, Thalluri Xu Li Fu Liu* Xiong S M J Y W X L L F D H Q Q

    One-step fabrication of monolithic electrodes comprising Co9S8 particles supported on cobalt foam for efficient and durable oxygen evolution reaction Journal Article

    Chemistry – A European Journal, 2017.

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    Zhang, Li Li Fu Cerqueira Alpuim Lifeng Liu Xiong W J J X L M F P D H Q Q

    Atomic-layer-deposited ultrafine MoS2 nanocrystals on cobalt foam for efficient and stable electrochemical oxygen evolution Journal Article

    Nanoscale, 9 , pp. 2711, 2017.

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    Gao, Xiong Xia Liu Song Xu Thalluri Fu Lifeng Liu* Li D H F J W G J Y S M X L W X F

    Vapor-solid synthesis of monolithic single-crystalline CoP nanowire electrodes for efficient and robust water electrolysis Journal Article

    Chem. Sci, 8 , pp. 2952, 2017.

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    Zhang*, Lu Lifeng Liu Liu Sun Yin Oswald Ding Schmidt Shaozhuan Huang* Lin X L L X X L Y S F O G

    Tunable pseudocapacitance in 3D Ti3+ self-doped TiO2 nanomembranes enabling superior lithium storage performance Journal Article

    ACS Nano, 11 , pp. 821, 2017.

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  • 2016

    Kundu, Lifeng Liu* M

    Easy fabrication of nanohybrids comprising Co3O4 nanoparticles on electrospun carbon nanofibers for use as binder-free lithium-ion battery anodes Journal Article

    Sci. Adv. Today, 2 , pp. 25252, 2016.

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    Li, Wang Lifeng Liu* Xiong X G D H W

    Surface passivation of hematite photoanodes with a phosphorus overlayer for enhanced photoelectrochemical water oxidation Journal Article

    Nanotechnology, 27 , pp. 375401, 2016.

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    Gao, Wang Xiong Huang Guo Bao Lifeng Liu* Li X G D H P P W G X Q W X F

    From water reduction to oxidation: Janus Co-Ni-P nanowires as high-efficiency and ultrastable electrocatalysts for over 3000 h water splitting Journal Article

    Journal of Power Sources, 330 , pp. 156, 2016.

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    Manab, Kundu Attila Goren Maria Silva Lifeng Liu Senentxu Lanceros-Mendez* Joao Nunes-Pereira M

    Effect of filler type on poly(vinylidene fluoride-co-trifluoroethylene) based composite separator membranes on Li-ion battery performance Journal Article

    Composites Part B, 96 , pp. 94-102, 2016.

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    Wang, Li Lifeng Liu* Dehua Xiong W X G

    Facile synthesis of iron phosphide nanorods for efficient and durable electrochemical oxygen evolution Journal Article

    Chem. Commun, 52 , pp. 8711-8714, 2016.

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    Li, Xiong Lifeng Liu* Wang D H X G W

    Fast fabrication of self-supported porous nickel phosphide foam for efficient, durable oxygen evolution and overall water splitting Journal Article

    J. Mater. Chem, 4 , pp. 5639, 2016.

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    Li, Xiong Petrovykh Lifeng Liu* Wang D H D Y X G W

    Efficient and stable overall electrochemical water splitting using self-supported carbon paper electrodes integrated with bi-functional nickel phosphide catalysts Journal Article

    Adv. Funct. Mater., 26 , pp. 4067-4077, 2016.

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    Wang, Xiong Lifeng Liu* Li D H W X G

    Efficient and durable electrochemical hydrogen evolution using cocoon-like MoS2 with preferentially exposed edges Journal Article

    Int. J. Hydrogen Energy 2016, 41, 9344-9354, 41 , pp. 9344-9354, 2016.

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    Huang, Lifeng Liu Wang Zeng Xie Jin Zhang Wu H Y W J C H * Z C Y W

    Synthesis and phase transformation of hierarchical structure LiFePO4 for Li-ion Battery Journal Article

    CrystEngComm, 18 , pp. 7707, 2016.

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  • 2015

    Liu, Lifeng

    Efficient water oxidation using α-Fe2O3 thin films conformally coated on vertically aligned titania nanotube arrays by atomic layer deposition Journal Article

    Mater. Lett., 159 , pp. 284-288, 2015.

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    Bao, Rodriguez Fatima Cerqueira Petrovykh Lifeng Liu Kolen’ko Enrique Carbo-Argibay C M D Y Y V X Q

    Up-scaling the Synthesis of Cu2O Submicron Particles with Controlled Morphologies for Solar H2 Evolution from Water Journal Article

    J. Colloid. Interf. Sci., 456 , pp. 219-227, 2015.

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    Liu, Xiong Qin Yan* Chen Lifeng J * Y C L Y

    Porous Si nanowires from cheap metallurgical silicon stabilized by surface oxide layer for lithium ion batteries Journal Article

    Adv. Energy Mater, 2015.

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    Kundu, Goren Silva Lifeng Liu Costa Lanceros-Mendez Sousa A M M C M S R E M

    Poly(vinylidene fluoride-co-chlorotrifluoroethylene) (PVDF-CTFE) lithium-ion battery separator membranes prepared by phase inversion Journal Article

    RSC Adv, 5 , pp. 90428-90436, 2015.

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    Petrovykh, Alpuim Stroppa Guldris Costa Fonseca Gaspar Jin Lifeng Liu* Bao P D N M H J C H X Q D

    Amorphous molybdenum oxysulfide modified p-type silicon microwire arrays for efficient photoelectrochemical water splitting Journal Article

    Nano Energy, 16 , pp. 130-142, 2015.

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    Wang, Paz Carbo-Argibay Rodriguez-Abreu Lifeng Liu Kovnir Kolen’ko Lado E E C K Y V L X G

    Design and synthesis of a novel highly active Al-Ni-P foam electrode for hydrogen evolution reaction Journal Article

    ACS Catalysis, 5 , pp. 6503, 2015.

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    Kolen’ko, Bao Kovnir Lifeng Liu Wang X Q K X G Y V

    One-step synthesis of self-supported nickel phosphide nanosheet array cathodes for efficient electrocatalytic H2 generation Journal Article

    Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2015, 54 , pp. 8188, 2015.

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    Deng, Si Lifeng Liu Yan Oswald Schmidt Lu W P C L S O G X Y J W

    Trilayered Pd/MnOx/Pd Nanomembranes as Cathode Materials for Rechargeable Li-O2 Batteries with Extremely Low Charge Potential Journal Article

    Adv. Sci. 2015, 51 , pp. 1500113, 2015.

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    Cerqueira, Pedro Alpuim Lifeng Liu Xiao-Qing Bao Fatima * M

    Silicon Nanowire Arrays Coupled with Cobalt Phosphide Spheres as A Low-Cost Photocathode for Efficient Solar Hydrogen Evolution Journal Article

    Chem. Commun, 51 , pp. 10742-17045, 2015.

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    Kundu, Lifeng Liu* M

    Binder-free electrodes consisting of porous NiO nanofibers directly electrospun on nickel foam for high-rate supercapacitors Journal Article

    Mater. Lett., 144 , pp. 114, 2015.

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    Ko’lenko, Lifeng Liu* Wang X G Y V

    Direct solvothermal phosphorization of nickel foam to fabricate Ni2P-nanorods/Ni integrated electrodes for efficient electrocatalytic hydrogen evolution Journal Article

    Chem. Commun, 51 , pp. 6738, 2015, (Highlighted as back cover).

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    Kundu, Lifeng Liu M

    Electrospun porous nickel oxide nanofibers for high-performance electrochemical energy storage Journal Article

    Sci. Lett. J., 4 , pp. 123, 2015.

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  • 2014

    Liu*, Bao Lifeng X Q

    Improved photo-stability of silicon nanobelt arrays by atomic layer deposition for efficient photocatalytic hydrogen evolution Journal Article

    J. Power Sources, 268 , pp. 677, 2014.

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    Si, Sun Deng Baunack Oswald Lifeng Liu Yan Schmidt Liu X L J W S S C L * O G X H * W P

    Free-Standing Fe2O3 Nanomembranes as Anodes for Li-Ion Batteries with Long Cycling Life and High-Rate Capability Journal Article

    Sci. Reports, 4 , pp. 7452, 2014.

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    Si, Liu Deng Xi Lifeng Liu Yan Schmidt Sun X H J W L X C L O G X L W P

    Multifunctional nickel/oxide hybrid nanomembranes as anode materials for high-performance Li-ion batteries Journal Article

    Nano Energy, 9 , pp. 168, 2014.

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    Deng, Lifeng Liu Si Oswald Xi Kundu Ma Gemming Baunack Ding Yan Schmidt Zhang* W P S L X M G Z T S F C L O G L J W

    Hierarchically designed SiOx/SiOy bilayer nanomembranes as stable anodes for lithium ion batteries Journal Article

    Adv. Mater, 26 , pp. 4527, 2014.

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    Liu, Bao Lifeng * X Q

    Silicon nanowires fabricated by porous gold thin film assisted chemical etching and their photoelectrochemical properties Journal Article

    Mater. Lett., 125 , pp. 28-31, 2014.

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    Yan, Chen Si Deng Oswald Lifeng Liu Schmidt Sun * Y W P J W S O G X L C L

    Three-dimensionally curved NiO nanomembranes as ultra high rate capability anodes for Li-ion batteries with long cycle life Journal Article

    Nanoscale, 6 , pp. 2097-2101, 2014.

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    Liu, Xingsen Gao Lifeng

    Fabrication of Bi2Fe4O9 nanotubes decorated with iron-rich nanorings by Rayleigh instability induced sol-gel synthesis in porous anodic alumina Journal Article

    J. Nanosci. Lett., 4 , pp. 6, 2014.

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  • 2013

    Liu, Lifeng

    Nano-aggregates of cobalt nickel oxysulfide as a high-performance electrode material for supercapacitors Journal Article

    Nanscale, 5 , pp. 11615, 2013.

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    Kundu, Lifeng Liu Manab

    Direct growth of mesoporous MnO2 nanosheet arrays on nickel foam current collectors for high-performance pseudocapacitors Journal Article

    J. Power Sources, (243), pp. 676, 2013.

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    Zhang, Woo Lee Mato Knez Lifeng Liu Daoai Wang Lianbing

    Novel three-dimensional nanoporous alumina as a template for hierarchical TiO2 nanotube arrays Journal Article

    Small, 9 , pp. 1025, 2013.

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    Liu, Lifeng

    Porous Co16S16O96 nanosheets as a new electrode material for use in supercapacitors Journal Article

    J. Power Sources, 239 , pp. 24, 2013.

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GROUP LEADER

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THE TEAM

Zhixin Tai

Research Fellow

Bruno Xavier
Associate

Isilda Amorim
Associate

Yajie Liu
Associate

Yue Li
Associate

Zhipeng Yu
Associate

Ziyu Lu
Associate

Ana Araújo
Research Assistant

Former Group Members

Junyuan Xu (Research Fellow)

Thomas LaTempa (Postdoc)

Teasha Fitztham (Intern from MIT)

Manab Kundu (Postdoc researcher, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway)

Justin Bao (Institute of Optics and Electronics, Chinese Academy of Sciences)

Xiaoguang Wang (Taiyuan Institute of Technology, China)

Wei Li (Postdoc researcher, Utha State Unviersity, USA)

Dehua Xiong (Wuhan University of Technology, China)

Nanomaterials for Energy Storage and Conversion Research Group

The Nanomaterials for Energy Storage and Conversion group conducts both fundamental and application-oriented research on new nanomaterials and nanostructures that can be used for energy storage and conversion. Particular emphasis is at the moment placed on the preparation of hollow, porous nanostructures and ordered nanowire/nanotube arrays of various inorganic materials, which not only possess large surface to volume ratios but also facilitate the transportation of electrolytes/ions/charge carriers. Comprehensive structural/compositional characterization in conjunction with studies of photoelectric, electrochemical and catalytic properties are carried out in order to elucidate the structure-property relation, to get a fundamental understanding about the underlying physics and chemistry in energy storage and conversion processes, and in turn to help materials design and optimization. Our research activities are primarily focused on the following areas:

Electrocatalysis. The group is committed to developing Pt-free electrocatalysts for use in hydrogen/oxygen evolution, oxygen reduction, and small molecule oxidation reactions.

Solar fuel production. Research efforts are devoted to: 1) Nanoatructured photocathodes and photoanodes; 2) Coupling of semiconductor photoelectrodes with HER or OER catalysts; 3) Improving lifetime of photoelectrodes.

Energy storage. The group is working on 1) Fabrication of hybrid/composite nanostructures; 2) Large-scale synthesis of porous/hollow nanostructures for use as electrode materials in Li-ion/Na-ion batteries and supercapacitors; 3) Flexible energy storage devices.

ON GOING RESEARCH PROJECTS

The project aims to develop efficient, low-cost and durable photocathodes for water reduction (solar H2 evolution) and photoanodes for water oxidation (solar O2 evolution). The research will be focused on developing robust nanowire arrays decorated with non-precious earth-abundant HER or OER catalysts. Optimized surface protection strategy will be employed to improve the operation lifetime of the photoelectrodes.

Hydrogen/oxygen evolution (HER/OER) and oxygen reduction (ORR) are important half-cell reactions in many electrochemical devices such as photoelectrochemical cells (PEC) and fuel cells. Pt-group metals are thus far the most efficient and commonly used catalysts for these reactions. However, for large-scale deployment of PEC cells and widespread use of fuel cells, it is apparently impractical to use Pt-group metals to catalyze these reactions because of the high cost and the scarcity of Pt. The project is aiming at developing non-precious earth-abundant catalysts for use as an alternative to Pt. Presently, the research is focused on the development of nanostructured transition metal oxides and sulfides.

The group aims to develop low-cost nanostructured hybrid solar cells using the Si nanowire or TiO2 nanotube arrays fabricated by the group. In addition, the group is also keen on lead iodide perovskite solar cells and their derivatives.

The project presently aims to develop binder-free electrodes for use as either anodes in lithium-ion batteries or electrodes in supercapcitors. The emphasis is placed on the development of metal oxide/sulfide nanostructures and carbon/oxide hybrids.

For future practical applications, large-scale and cost-effective synthesis of nanomaterials for use in energy storage and conversion is highly desired. The project aims to develop low-cost and scalable approaches to the fabrication of porous/hollow/core-shell nanostructures which can find applications in energy storage and conversion devices.

PUBLICATIONS

  • 2020

    Liu*, Yu; Xu; Li; Wei; Zhang; Li; Miao; Araujo; Wang; Faria; Liu;* Lifeng Z P J Y Y F B N Y H W A Z C J L Y Y

    Ultrafine oxygen vacancy-rich iridium oxide nanoclusters supported on high-surface-area, acid-stable titanium substrate for efficient and durable water oxidation at high current densities in acidic media Journal Article

    J. Mater. Chem. A, 2020.

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    Liu*, Yu; Xu; Li; Lifeng Z P J Y Y

    Easy preparation of multifunctional ternary PdNiP/C catalysts for small organic molecule electro-oxidation with enhanced catalytic performance Journal Article Forthcoming

    Journal of Energy Chemistry, Forthcoming.

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    Liu, Yang; Xu; Wang; Yu; Bin; Tian; Fang; Liu; Qiao; Lifeng Liu*; B B J Y J Z P D T T X N Y L B H

    Amorphous phosphatized ruthenium-iron bimetallic nanoclusters with Pt-like activity for hydrogen evolution reaction Journal Article

    Applied Catalysis B - Environmental, 2020.

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    Dunin-Borkowshi, Wei;* Bihlmayer|;* Zhou; Feng; Kolen’ko; Xiong; Lifeng Liu; Bluegl; X K G X D W X Y V D H S R

    Discovery of two-dimensional topological ferroelectrinc metal in transition metal phosphides Journal Article

    Advanced Materials, 2020.

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    Schmidt, Liu; Wang; Oswarld; Tang; Wang; Yin; Lu; Lifeng Liu; Dong; Ma; Zhu; Zhu;* L J S H J Y Q H L F M O G

    Decoding of oxygen network distortion in a layered high-rate anode by in situ investigation of a single microelectrode Journal Article

    ACS Nano, 2020.

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    Liu*, Li; Wei; Yu; Bondarchuk; Araujo; Amorim; Xu;* Neves; Lifeng Y B Z P O A I J Y I C

    Bifunctional porous cobalt phosphide foam for high-current-density alkaline water splitting with 4000-h long stability Journal Article

    ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering 2020, 2020.

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    Zhang, Liu; Ma; Liu; Koch; Rosebrock; Li; Bettles; He; Koehn; Pfnur; Bigall; Ding; Y P S Y L F J M T R F T A H N C F L

    Nitrogen doping improves the immobilization and catalytic effects of Co9S8 in Li-S batteries Journal Article

    Advanced Functional Materials, 2020.

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    Liu*, Xu; Amorim; Li; Li; Yu; Zhang; Araujo; Zhang; Lifeng J Y I Y J J Z P B S A N

    Stable overall water splitting in an asymmetric acid/alkaline electrolyzer comprising a bipolar membrane sandwiched by bifunctional cobalt nickel phosphide nanowire electrodes Journal Article

    Carbon Energy 2020, 2020.

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    Xiong*, Qi; Wu; Xu; Gao; Du; Liu; Lifeng Liu; Y J J Y H Z J B S D H

    One-step fabrication of self-supported Co@CoTe2 electrocatalyst for efficient and durable oxygen evolution reaction Journal Article

    2020.

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    Dunin-Borkowski, Wei;* Heggen; Xiong; Lifeng Liu; X K M D H R

    Self-epitaxial hetero-nanolayers and surface atom reconstruction in electrocatalytic nickel phosphides Journal Article Forthcoming

    ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, (12), pp. 21616, Forthcoming.

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    Deepak, Li; Li*; Xu; Zhang; Li; Lifeng Liu*; Wang; Q J J J Y N Y P Z C F L

    Ultrafine-grained porous Ir-based catalysts for high-performance overall water splitting in acidic media Journal Article

    ACS Appl. Energy Mater, 2020.

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    Xu, Wei Li Amorim Thomas Thalluri Wang Zhou Xie Lifeng Liu* Zhang B J J I R S M Z C W Y S S 11 N J Y

    Mille-Crêpe-Like Metal Phosphide Nanocrystals/Carbon Nanotube Film Composites as High-Capacitance Negative Electrodes in Asymmetric Supercapacitors Journal Article

    ACS Applied Energy Materials, 2020.

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    Liu*, Xu; Lian; Wei; Li; Bondarchuk; Zhang; Yu; Araujo; Amorim; Wang;* Li;* Lifeng J Y Z B Y O N Z P A I Z C B

    Strong Electronic Coupling between Ultrafine Iridium–Ruthenium Nanoclusters and Conductive, Acid-Stable Tellurium Nanoparticle Support for Efficient and Durable Oxygen Evolution in Acidic and Neutral MediaACS Catalysis Journal Article

    ACS Catalysis, 2020.

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    Bai, Lv Huang Hu Lifeng Liu* Thalluri C C Z P * X L * S M L C

    Strategies for semiconductor/electrocatalysts coupling toward solar-driven water splitting Journal Article

    Advanced Science, 2020.

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    Liu*, Yang; Duan; Tamirat; Liu; Lifeng Liu; B B B A G Y B H

    Bamboo-like nitrogen-doped carbon nanotubes encapsulated with NiFeP nanoparticles and their efficient catalysis in the oxygen evolution reaction Journal Article

    2020.

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    Qiao, Zhang; Yi; He; Zhang; Shen; Liu; Lifeng Liu; Liu; R T J Y L J C P S J B H L

    Proteomic and Metabolic Elucidation of Solar-Powered Biomanufacturing by Bio-Abiotic Hybrid System Journal Article

    Chem, 2020 (6), pp. 234-249, 2020.

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  • 2019

    Y.F.Li, J.Y.Xu J.J.Li B.Wei I.Amorim R.Thomas S.M.Thalluri Y.Y.Liu G.H.Yu Lifeng Liu* N.Zhang

    High performance flexible solid-state asymmetric supercapacitors based on bi-metallic transition metal phosphide nanocrystals Journal Article

    ACS Nano, 2019.

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    Z.C.Bai, Z.W.Fang X.Zhang X.Xu Y.Du Lifeng Liu Shixue Dou Guihua Yu* N.N.Wang

    A general synthetic strategy for pomegranate-like transition metal phosphide@N-doped carbon nanostructures with high lithium storage capacity Journal Article

    ACS Mater. Lett., 1 (265), 2019.

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    B.Wei, R.Thomas L.Qiao Z.C.Wang Lifeng Liu* S.M.Mouli

    Invert pyramid textured p-silicon covered with Co2P as an efficient and stable solar hydrogen evolution photocathode Journal Article

    ACS Energy Lett., 4 (1755), 2019.

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    J.Y.Xu, N.Zhang D.H.Xiong S.M.Thalluri R.Thomas J.P.S.Sousa A.Araujo H.Li Lifeng Liu* Amorim I

    Bi-metallic cobalt-nickel phosphide nanowires for electrocatalysis of the oxygen and hydrogen evolution reactions Journal Article

    Catal. Today, 2019.

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    M.S.Zhu, S.Z.Huang X.Y.Lu L.Zhang Y.Li S.T.Wang Lifeng Liu* Q.H.Weng O.G.Schmidt L.X.Liu

    Artificial electrode interface enables stable operation of freestanding anodes for high-performance flexible lithium ion batteries Journal Article

    J. Mater. Chem. A, 7 (14097), 2019.

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    B.Wei, Y.Li J.Y.Xu* J.J.Li* Lifeng Liu F.L.Deepak Q.Li

    Large-scale fabrication of hollow Pt3Al nanoboxes and their electrocatalytic performance for hydrogen evolution reaction Journal Article

    ACS Sus. Chem. Eng, 7 (9842), 2019.

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    D.H.Xiong, X.FGao Lifeng Liu* W.Li

    The oxygen evolution reaction enabled by transition metal phosphide and chalcogenide pre-catalysts with dynamic changes Journal Article

    Chem. Commun, 55 (8744), 2019, (Invited Feature Article).

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    Du, Hong Li Junyuan Xu Junjie Li Xiujian Zhao Lifeng Liu Dehua Xiong Zijuan

    Polyvinylpyrrolidone-Assisted Hydrothermal Synthesis of CuCoO2 Nanoplates with Enhanced Oxygen Evolution Reaction Performance Journal Article

    ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering, 7 , pp. 1493-1501, 2019.

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  • 2018

    Liu, Junjie Li Isilda Amorim Bingsen Zhang Dehua Xiong Nan Zhang Sitaramanjaneya Mouli Thalluri Juliana P.S.Sousa Lifeng Liu Junyuan Xu Yuefeng

    Hollow cobalt phosphide octahedral pre-catalysts with exceptionally high intrinsic catalytic activity for electro-oxidation of water and methanol Journal Article

    J. Mater. Chem. A, 6 , 2018.

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    Murphy, Dehua Xiong Rongsheng Cai Xian-Kui Wei Marc Heggen Emanuele Barborini Simone Vinati Rafal E.Dunin-Borkowski Richard E.Palmer Lifeng Liu Junyuan Xu Shane

    Cluster Beam Deposition of Ultrafine Cobalt and Ruthenium Clusters for Efficient and Stable Oxygen Evolution Reaction Journal Article

    ACS Applied Energy Materials, 1 , 2018.

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    G, Schmidt Shaozhuan Huang; Lin Zhangad; Lifeng Liu; Lixiang Liu; Junjie Li; Han Hu; Jiawei Wang; Fei Dinga; Oliver

    High energy lithium ion battery using rationally engineered amorphous TiOx/Si/TiOx nanomembrane anode Journal Article

    Energy Storage Materials, 2018.

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    Borme, Yu Xu Amorim Gaspar Qiao Ferreira Alpuim Liu Mouli Thalluri K J I J L P P L S J

    Conformal and continuous deposition of bifunctional cobalt phosphide layers on p-silicon nanowire arrays for improved solar hydrogen evolution Journal Article

    Nano Research, 11 (9), pp. 4823–4835, 2018, ISSN: 1998-0124.

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    Liu, Li Liu Zhang Xiong Amorim Thalluri Li Liu Lifeng* Xu T F; J J; Y F; B S; D H; I; S M; W; J Y ;

    Ruthenium cobalt phosphide hybrid clusters with exceptional hydrogen evolution performance in both acidic and alkaline electrolytes Journal Article

    Energy Environ. Sci., 2018.

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    Borme, Yu Xu Amorim Gaspar Qiao Ferreira Alpuim Lifeng Liu* Thalluri K J Y I J L P P S M J

    Conformal and continuous deposition of bifunctional cobalt phosphide layers on p-silicon nanowire arrays for improved solar hydrogen evolution Journal Article

    Nano Research, 2018.

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    Liu, Sitaramanjaneya Mouli Thalluri; Jérôme Borme; Dehua Xiong; Junyuan Xu; Wei Li; Isilda Amorim; Pedro Alpuim; João Gaspar; Hélder Fonseca; Liang Qiao; Lifeng

    Highly-ordered silicon nanowire arrays for photoelectrochemical hydrogen evolution: An investigation on the effect of wire diameter, length and inter-wire spacing Journal Article

    Sustainable Energy & Fuels, 2 (5), pp. 978-982, 2018.

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    Li, Xiong Zhang Liu Wu Amorim Li Thalluri Lifeng Liu Xu D H B S Y F K H I W S M J Y J J

    Trends in activity for the oxygen evolution reaction on transition metal (M = Fe, Co, Ni) monophosphide catalysts Journal Article

    Chem. Sci., 2018.

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    Xiong, Amori Lifeng Liu* Xu ; I ; J Y ; D H

    Template-free synthesis of hollow iron phosphide-phosphate composite nanotubes for use as efficient and durable oxygen evolution catalysts Journal Article

    ACS Applied Nano Materials, 2018.

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  • 2017

    Xiong, Santosh KumarVerma Baoshun Liu Xiujian Zhao Lifeng Liu Hong Li Zijuan Du Dehua

    Low temperature hydrothermal synthesize delafossite CuCoO2 as an efficient electrocatalyst for the oxygen evolution reaction in alkaline solution Journal Article

    Inorganic Chem. Frontier, 5 , 2017.

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    Xiong, Santosh Kumar Verma Baoshun Liu Xiujian Zhao Lifeng Liu Zijuan Du Dehua *; Li*, Hong

    Low temperature hydrothermal synthesize delafossite CuCoO2 as an efficient electrocatalyst for the oxygen evolution reaction in alkaline solution Journal Article

    Inorganic Chem. Frontier, 2017.

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    Xiong, Gao Song Xia Lifeng Liu* Li X F W G F W D H

    Self-supported Co-Ni-P ternary nanowire electrodes for highly efficient and stable electrocatalytic hydrogen evolution in acidic solution Journal Article

    Catalysis Today, 287 , pp. 122, 2017.

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    Gao, Xiong Wei Song Xu Lifeng Liu* Li D H F W G J Y W X F

    Hydrothermal synthesis of monolithic Co3Se4 nanowire electrodes for oxygen evolution and overall water splitting with high efficiency and extraordinary catalytic stability Journal Article

    Advanced Energy Materials, 2017.

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    Liu, Lifeng

    Atomic layer deposition of electrocatalysts for use in fuel cells and electrolyzers Book Chapter

    Chapter 5, Wiley-VCH Julien Bachmann Ed., 2017, (Chapter 5 in book Atomic Layer Deposition in Energy Conversion Applications).

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    Li, Lifeng Liu* Xiong D H W

    Vertically-aligned porous Ni(OH)2 nanosheets supported on carbon paper with long-term oxygen evolution performance superior to RuO2 nanocatalysts Journal Article

    Chem Asian J., 12 , pp. 543, 2017.

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    Zhang, Thalluri Xu Li Fu Liu* Xiong S M J Y W X L L F D H Q Q

    One-step fabrication of monolithic electrodes comprising Co9S8 particles supported on cobalt foam for efficient and durable oxygen evolution reaction Journal Article

    Chemistry – A European Journal, 2017.

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    Zhang, Li Li Fu Cerqueira Alpuim Lifeng Liu Xiong W J J X L M F P D H Q Q

    Atomic-layer-deposited ultrafine MoS2 nanocrystals on cobalt foam for efficient and stable electrochemical oxygen evolution Journal Article

    Nanoscale, 9 , pp. 2711, 2017.

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    Gao, Xiong Xia Liu Song Xu Thalluri Fu Lifeng Liu* Li D H F J W G J Y S M X L W X F

    Vapor-solid synthesis of monolithic single-crystalline CoP nanowire electrodes for efficient and robust water electrolysis Journal Article

    Chem. Sci, 8 , pp. 2952, 2017.

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    Zhang*, Lu Lifeng Liu Liu Sun Yin Oswald Ding Schmidt Shaozhuan Huang* Lin X L L X X L Y S F O G

    Tunable pseudocapacitance in 3D Ti3+ self-doped TiO2 nanomembranes enabling superior lithium storage performance Journal Article

    ACS Nano, 11 , pp. 821, 2017.

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  • 2016

    Kundu, Lifeng Liu* M

    Easy fabrication of nanohybrids comprising Co3O4 nanoparticles on electrospun carbon nanofibers for use as binder-free lithium-ion battery anodes Journal Article

    Sci. Adv. Today, 2 , pp. 25252, 2016.

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    Li, Wang Lifeng Liu* Xiong X G D H W

    Surface passivation of hematite photoanodes with a phosphorus overlayer for enhanced photoelectrochemical water oxidation Journal Article

    Nanotechnology, 27 , pp. 375401, 2016.

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    Gao, Wang Xiong Huang Guo Bao Lifeng Liu* Li X G D H P P W G X Q W X F

    From water reduction to oxidation: Janus Co-Ni-P nanowires as high-efficiency and ultrastable electrocatalysts for over 3000 h water splitting Journal Article

    Journal of Power Sources, 330 , pp. 156, 2016.

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    Manab, Kundu Attila Goren Maria Silva Lifeng Liu Senentxu Lanceros-Mendez* Joao Nunes-Pereira M

    Effect of filler type on poly(vinylidene fluoride-co-trifluoroethylene) based composite separator membranes on Li-ion battery performance Journal Article

    Composites Part B, 96 , pp. 94-102, 2016.

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    Wang, Li Lifeng Liu* Dehua Xiong W X G

    Facile synthesis of iron phosphide nanorods for efficient and durable electrochemical oxygen evolution Journal Article

    Chem. Commun, 52 , pp. 8711-8714, 2016.

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    Li, Xiong Lifeng Liu* Wang D H X G W

    Fast fabrication of self-supported porous nickel phosphide foam for efficient, durable oxygen evolution and overall water splitting Journal Article

    J. Mater. Chem, 4 , pp. 5639, 2016.

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    Li, Xiong Petrovykh Lifeng Liu* Wang D H D Y X G W

    Efficient and stable overall electrochemical water splitting using self-supported carbon paper electrodes integrated with bi-functional nickel phosphide catalysts Journal Article

    Adv. Funct. Mater., 26 , pp. 4067-4077, 2016.

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    Wang, Xiong Lifeng Liu* Li D H W X G

    Efficient and durable electrochemical hydrogen evolution using cocoon-like MoS2 with preferentially exposed edges Journal Article

    Int. J. Hydrogen Energy 2016, 41, 9344-9354, 41 , pp. 9344-9354, 2016.

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    Huang, Lifeng Liu Wang Zeng Xie Jin Zhang Wu H Y W J C H * Z C Y W

    Synthesis and phase transformation of hierarchical structure LiFePO4 for Li-ion Battery Journal Article

    CrystEngComm, 18 , pp. 7707, 2016.

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  • 2015

    Liu, Lifeng

    Efficient water oxidation using α-Fe2O3 thin films conformally coated on vertically aligned titania nanotube arrays by atomic layer deposition Journal Article

    Mater. Lett., 159 , pp. 284-288, 2015.

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    Bao, Rodriguez Fatima Cerqueira Petrovykh Lifeng Liu Kolen’ko Enrique Carbo-Argibay C M D Y Y V X Q

    Up-scaling the Synthesis of Cu2O Submicron Particles with Controlled Morphologies for Solar H2 Evolution from Water Journal Article

    J. Colloid. Interf. Sci., 456 , pp. 219-227, 2015.

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    Liu, Xiong Qin Yan* Chen Lifeng J * Y C L Y

    Porous Si nanowires from cheap metallurgical silicon stabilized by surface oxide layer for lithium ion batteries Journal Article

    Adv. Energy Mater, 2015.

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    Kundu, Goren Silva Lifeng Liu Costa Lanceros-Mendez Sousa A M M C M S R E M

    Poly(vinylidene fluoride-co-chlorotrifluoroethylene) (PVDF-CTFE) lithium-ion battery separator membranes prepared by phase inversion Journal Article

    RSC Adv, 5 , pp. 90428-90436, 2015.

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    Petrovykh, Alpuim Stroppa Guldris Costa Fonseca Gaspar Jin Lifeng Liu* Bao P D N M H J C H X Q D

    Amorphous molybdenum oxysulfide modified p-type silicon microwire arrays for efficient photoelectrochemical water splitting Journal Article

    Nano Energy, 16 , pp. 130-142, 2015.

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    Wang, Paz Carbo-Argibay Rodriguez-Abreu Lifeng Liu Kovnir Kolen’ko Lado E E C K Y V L X G

    Design and synthesis of a novel highly active Al-Ni-P foam electrode for hydrogen evolution reaction Journal Article

    ACS Catalysis, 5 , pp. 6503, 2015.

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    Kolen’ko, Bao Kovnir Lifeng Liu Wang X Q K X G Y V

    One-step synthesis of self-supported nickel phosphide nanosheet array cathodes for efficient electrocatalytic H2 generation Journal Article

    Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2015, 54 , pp. 8188, 2015.

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    Deng, Si Lifeng Liu Yan Oswald Schmidt Lu W P C L S O G X Y J W

    Trilayered Pd/MnOx/Pd Nanomembranes as Cathode Materials for Rechargeable Li-O2 Batteries with Extremely Low Charge Potential Journal Article

    Adv. Sci. 2015, 51 , pp. 1500113, 2015.

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    Cerqueira, Pedro Alpuim Lifeng Liu Xiao-Qing Bao Fatima * M

    Silicon Nanowire Arrays Coupled with Cobalt Phosphide Spheres as A Low-Cost Photocathode for Efficient Solar Hydrogen Evolution Journal Article

    Chem. Commun, 51 , pp. 10742-17045, 2015.

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    Kundu, Lifeng Liu* M

    Binder-free electrodes consisting of porous NiO nanofibers directly electrospun on nickel foam for high-rate supercapacitors Journal Article

    Mater. Lett., 144 , pp. 114, 2015.

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    Ko’lenko, Lifeng Liu* Wang X G Y V

    Direct solvothermal phosphorization of nickel foam to fabricate Ni2P-nanorods/Ni integrated electrodes for efficient electrocatalytic hydrogen evolution Journal Article

    Chem. Commun, 51 , pp. 6738, 2015, (Highlighted as back cover).

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    Kundu, Lifeng Liu M

    Electrospun porous nickel oxide nanofibers for high-performance electrochemical energy storage Journal Article

    Sci. Lett. J., 4 , pp. 123, 2015.

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  • 2014

    Liu*, Bao Lifeng X Q

    Improved photo-stability of silicon nanobelt arrays by atomic layer deposition for efficient photocatalytic hydrogen evolution Journal Article

    J. Power Sources, 268 , pp. 677, 2014.

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    Si, Sun Deng Baunack Oswald Lifeng Liu Yan Schmidt Liu X L J W S S C L * O G X H * W P

    Free-Standing Fe2O3 Nanomembranes as Anodes for Li-Ion Batteries with Long Cycling Life and High-Rate Capability Journal Article

    Sci. Reports, 4 , pp. 7452, 2014.

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    Si, Liu Deng Xi Lifeng Liu Yan Schmidt Sun X H J W L X C L O G X L W P

    Multifunctional nickel/oxide hybrid nanomembranes as anode materials for high-performance Li-ion batteries Journal Article

    Nano Energy, 9 , pp. 168, 2014.

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    Deng, Lifeng Liu Si Oswald Xi Kundu Ma Gemming Baunack Ding Yan Schmidt Zhang* W P S L X M G Z T S F C L O G L J W

    Hierarchically designed SiOx/SiOy bilayer nanomembranes as stable anodes for lithium ion batteries Journal Article

    Adv. Mater, 26 , pp. 4527, 2014.

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    Liu, Bao Lifeng * X Q

    Silicon nanowires fabricated by porous gold thin film assisted chemical etching and their photoelectrochemical properties Journal Article

    Mater. Lett., 125 , pp. 28-31, 2014.

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    Yan, Chen Si Deng Oswald Lifeng Liu Schmidt Sun * Y W P J W S O G X L C L

    Three-dimensionally curved NiO nanomembranes as ultra high rate capability anodes for Li-ion batteries with long cycle life Journal Article

    Nanoscale, 6 , pp. 2097-2101, 2014.

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    Liu, Xingsen Gao Lifeng

    Fabrication of Bi2Fe4O9 nanotubes decorated with iron-rich nanorings by Rayleigh instability induced sol-gel synthesis in porous anodic alumina Journal Article

    J. Nanosci. Lett., 4 , pp. 6, 2014.

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  • 2013

    Liu, Lifeng

    Nano-aggregates of cobalt nickel oxysulfide as a high-performance electrode material for supercapacitors Journal Article

    Nanscale, 5 , pp. 11615, 2013.

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    Kundu, Lifeng Liu Manab

    Direct growth of mesoporous MnO2 nanosheet arrays on nickel foam current collectors for high-performance pseudocapacitors Journal Article

    J. Power Sources, (243), pp. 676, 2013.

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    Zhang, Woo Lee Mato Knez Lifeng Liu Daoai Wang Lianbing

    Novel three-dimensional nanoporous alumina as a template for hierarchical TiO2 nanotube arrays Journal Article

    Small, 9 , pp. 1025, 2013.

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    Liu, Lifeng

    Porous Co16S16O96 nanosheets as a new electrode material for use in supercapacitors Journal Article

    J. Power Sources, 239 , pp. 24, 2013.

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GROUP LEADER

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THE TEAM

Junyuan Xu
Research Fellow

Nan Zhang
Research Fellow

Mouli Thalluri
Research Fellow

Rajesh Thomas
Research Fellow

Zhixin Tai
Research Fellow

Bruno Xavier
Associate

Isilda Amorim
Associate

Yajie Liu
Associate

Yue Li
Associate

Zhipeng Yu
Associate

Ziyu Lu
Associate

Ana Araújo
Research Assistant

FORMER GROUP MEMBERS

Thomas LaTempa (Postdoc)

Teasha Fitztham (Intern from MIT)

Manab Kundu (Postdoc researcher, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway)

Justin Bao (Institute of Optics and Electronics, Chinese Academy of Sciences)

Xiaoguang Wang (Taiyuan Institute of Technology, China)

Wei Li (Postdoc researcher, Utha State Unviersity, USA)

Dehua Xiong (Wuhan University of Technology, China)