Jie Liu


George Barth Geller Professor of Chemistry in Trinity College of Arts and Sciences

Dr. Liu’s research interests are focusing on the chemistry and material science of nanoscale materials. Specific topics in his current research program include: Self-assembly of nanostructures; Preparation and chemical functionalization of single
walled carbon nanotubes; Developing carbon nanotube based chemical and biological sensors; SPM based fabrication and modification of functional nanostructures.

Appointments and Affiliations

  • George Barth Geller Professor of Chemistry in Trinity College of Arts and Sciences
  • Professor of Chemistry
  • Faculty Network Member of The Energy Initiative
  • Bass Fellow

Contact Information

  • Office Location: 2105 French Science Center, Durham, NC 27708
  • Office Phone: (919) 660-1549
  • Email Address: j.liu@duke.edu
  • Websites:


  • Rice University, 1999
  • Ph.D. Harvard University , 1996
  • M.S. Shandong University (China), 1990
  • B.S. Shandong University (China), 1987

Awards, Honors, and Distinctions

  • Fellow. American Physical Society. 2013
  • AAAS Fellows. American Association for the Advancement of Science, The. 2012

Courses Taught

  • CHEM 210DL: Modern Applications of Chemical Principles
  • CHEM 295: Introduction to Research Independent Study
  • CHEM 311L: Physical Chemistry II Laboratory
  • CHEM 393: Research Independent Study
  • CHEM 394: Research Independent Study
  • CHEM 493: Research Independent Study
  • CHEM 494: Research Independent Study
  • ECE 511: Foundations of Nanoscale Science and Technology
  • NANOSCI 511: Foundations of Nanoscale Science and Technology

In the News

Representative Publications

  • Li, X; Zhang, X; Everitt, HO; Liu, J, Light-Induced Thermal Gradients in Ruthenium Catalysts Significantly Enhance Ammonia Production., Nano Letters (2019) [10.1021/acs.nanolett.8b04706] [abs].
  • Liu, X; Qian, T; Liu, J; Wang, M; Chen, H; Yan, C, High Coulombic efficiency cathode with nitryl grafted sulfur for Li-S battery, Energy Storage Materials, vol 17 (2019), pp. 260-265 [10.1016/j.ensm.2018.07.009] [abs].
  • Novello, P; Varanasi, CV; Liu, J, Effects of Light on Catalytic Activities and Lifetime of Plasmonic Au Catalysts in the CO Oxidation Reaction, Acs Catalysis, vol 9 no. 1 (2019), pp. 578-586 [10.1021/acscatal.8b03166] [abs].
  • Li, J; Zhao, H; Qi, H; Sun, X; Song, X; Guo, Z; Tamirat, AG; Liu, J; Wang, L; Feng, S, Drawing a Pencil-Trace Cathode for a High-Performance Polymer-Based Li–CO2 Battery with Redox Mediator, Advanced Functional Materials (2019) [10.1002/adfm.201806863] [abs].
  • Wang, H; Wang, P; Feng, Y; Liu, J; Wang, J; Hu, M; Wei, J; Huang, Y, Recent Advances on Self-Healing Materials and Batteries, Chemelectrochem (2019) [10.1002/celc.201801612] [abs].