Jun 16, 2022
Professor Chong Liu

Professor Chong Liu has received a Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award from the National Science Foundation (NSF).

“I am greatly honored that I have been selected for the CAREER award by NSF. I am excited to develop new solution catalytic cycles for chemical synthesis and advance UCLA’s educational missions,” Liu said. 

The CAREER award is the NSF’s most prestigious award in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research.

This CAREER award will support the development of new catalytic transformations that contains normally incompatible steps within the reaction cycle. With the use of electrochemistry, nanomaterials, and machine learning, the Liu team seeks to establish general design principles and develop new catalysts for important chemical reactions including the conversion of carbon dioxide and methane into commodity chemicals. The project will also facilitate inclusive, interdisciplinary training of graduate and undergraduate students from different backgrounds. Liu is applying machine learning and natural language processing to aid the curriculum development of chemistry courses at UCLA.

Liu currently holds the inaugural Jeffrey and Helo Zink Endowed Professional Development Term Chair in Chemistry at UCLA. In 2022, he was awarded a research fellowship from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, presented to early-career scientists and scholars of outstanding promise. Liu was selected as 2020 Innovator under 35 of China by the MIT Technology Review. In 2017, he was named by Science News as one of 10 Scientists to Watch.

Liu received his B.S. degree in chemistry from Fudan University, China, and his Ph.D. in chemistry from University of California, Berkeley, under the supervision of Professor Peidong Yang. After conducting his postdoctoral research at Harvard University with Professor Daniel Nocera, and Harvard Medical School with Professor Pamela Silver, he joined the UCLA Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry in 2017. Liu is a member of the California NanoSystems Institute.

To learn more about Liu’s research, visit his group’s website


Penny Jennings, UCLA Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, penny@chem.ucla.edu.