Liu, Chong

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Assistant Professor
Jeffery and Helo Zink Development Chair

Contact Information

Molecular Sciences Building 2505C
(310) 983-3984
Molecular Sciences Building 4211, 4221

Short Biography

Prof. Liu earned his B.S. in chemistry from Fudan University, China, in 2008, and a Ph. D in chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley in 2013 under the supervision of Prof. Peidong Yang.  His thesis focused on artificial photosynthesis that uses solar energy to synthesize selective chemicals. He continued his career at Harvard University, working with Prof. Daniel Nocera as a Lee Kuan Yew postdoctoral fellow. At Harvard, he developed inorganic/bio hybrid systems of solar-driven CO2 and N2 fixation with the efficiencies higher than natural counterparts.  Prof. Liu joined UCLA Chemistry & Biochemistry in 2017.

Research Interest

Our research group is an inorganic chemistry lab with specific interests in electrochemical systems for energy, biology, and environments. Combining our expertise in inorganic chemistry, nanomaterials, and electrochemistry, we aim to address some of the challenging questions in catalysis, energy conversion, CO2/N2 fixation, and microbiota. The research focus includes advanced bioelectrochemical systems of CO2/N2 fixation as well as electrochemical nanodevices enabling the study of biological, medical, environmental applications.

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[ Selected publications ]

Note:  † equal contribution, * corresponding author


1. "An ambient nitrogen reduction cycle using a hybrid inorganic | biological system", Liu, C.†; Sakimoto, K. K.†; Colón, B. C.; Silver, P. A. *; Nocera, D. G.*; PNAS, 2017, accepted.
2. "Water splitting–biosynthetic system with CO2 reduction efficiencies exceeding photosynthesis" Liu, C.†; Colón, B. C.†; Ziesack, M.; Silver, P. A.*; Nocera, D. G.*; Science, 2016, 352, 1210−1213.
3. "Single-nanowire photoelectrochemistry" Su, Y.†; Liu, C.†; Brittman, S.; Tang, J.; Fu, A.; Kornienko, N.; Kong, Q.; Yang, P.*; Nature Nanotech., 2016, 11, 609−612.
4. "Nanowire–Bacteria Hybrids for Unassisted Solar Carbon Dioxide Fixation to Value-Added Chemicals" Liu, C.†; Gallagher, J. J.†; Sakimoto, K. K.; Nichols, E. M.; Chang, C. J.*; Chang, M. C. Y.*; Yang, P.*; Nano Lett., 2015, 15, 3634−3639.
5. "A Fully Integrated Nanosystem of Semiconductor Nanowires fo Direct Solar Water Splitting" Liu, C.†; Tang, J.†; Chen, H. M.; Liu, B.; Yang, P.*; Nano Lett., 2013, 13, 2989−2992.