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Bin Liu

Bin Liu

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
PO Box 999
Richland, WA 99352


Dr. Bin Liu is currently a Research Scientist in the Electrochemical Materials and Systems Group in the Energy Processes & Materials Division at PNNL. Dr. Liu has expertise and extensive experience in the development of next generation energy storage units (i.e. Li-O2 battery, flexible/wearable Li-ion batteries, micro fiber supercapacitors, Mg-ion battery, integrated functional devices). Dr. Liu published more than 40 papers in Nature Nanotech., Adv. Mater., Nano Today, Nano Lett., ACS Nano, Adv. Energy Mater., Adv. Funct. Mater., Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., etc, with total citations of over 3,200 and H-index of 29. Among papers, Dr. Liu's 17 papers published in IF>10 journals. 8 papers were selected as Thomson Reuters ESI 1% Highly Cited Papers. 7 papers were featured as cover and back cover of peer-reviewed journals. His studies were highlighted by AAAS, USA; Nature Photonics; Materials Views, Wiley; weekly RSC Publishing press pack; Chemie.DE; Chemistry World; and CCTV 1, etc. Dr. Liu holds 3 issued Chinese patents, and 1 pending US patent as well.

Affiliations and Professional Service

  • Member of Materials Research Society
  • Guest Editor for special issue entitled "Metal-Air Batteries" in Batteries (MDPI, Switzerland)

Awards and Recognitions

  • ELSEVIER Outstanding Contribution in Reviewing for Nano Energy (2016)
  • The First-Place Award Winner of Science as Art of 2015 MRS Fall Meeting (2015)
  • National Scholarship of Graduate Student (2013)
  • National Scholarship of Graduate Student (2012)
  • Distinguished Fellowship of Wuhan National Laboratory for Optoelectronics (2012)

PNNL Publications


  • Liu B., J. Zhang, and W. Xu. 2018. "Advancing Lithium Metal Batteries." Joule 2, no. 5:833-845. PNNL-SA-131847. doi:10.1016/j.joule.2018.03.008
  • Liu B., W. Xu, J. Tao, P. Yan, J. Zheng, M.H. Engelhard, and D. Lu, et al. 2018. "Enhanced Cyclability of Lithium-Oxygen Batteries with Electrodes Protected by Surface Films Induced via In-Situ Electrochemical Process." Advanced Energy Materials 8, no. 11:1702340. PNNL-SA-128613. doi:10.1002/aenm.201702340


  • Liu B., W. Xu, J. Zheng, P. Yan, E.D. Walter, N.G. Isern, and M.E. Bowden, et al. 2017. "Temperature dependence of the oxygen reduction mechanism in nonaqueous Li-O2 batteries." ACS Energy Letters 2. PNNL-SA-126517. doi:10.1021/acsenergylett.7b00845
  • Liu B., W. Xu, P. Yan, S. Kim, M.H. Engelhard, X. Sun, and D. Mei, et al. 2017. "Stabilization of Li Metal Anode in DMSO-Based Electrolytes via Optimization of Salt-Solvent Coordination for Li-O2 Batteries." Advanced Energy Materials 7, no. 14:Article No. 1602605. PNNL-SA-121082. doi:10.1002/aenm.201602605
  • Luo L., B. Liu, S. Song, W. Xu, J. Zhang, and C. Wang. 2017. "Revealing The Reaction Mechanisms of Li-O2 Batteries Using Environmental Transmission Electron Microscopy." Nature Nanotechnology 12, no. 6:535-540. PNNL-SA-123331. doi:10.1038/nnano.2017.27
  • Song S., W. Xu, J. Zheng, L. Luo, M.H. Engelhard, M.E. Bowden, and B. Liu, et al. 2017. "Complete decomposition of Li2CO3 in Li-O2 batteries using Ir/B4C as noncarbon-based oxygen electrode." Nano Letters 17, no. 3:1417-1424. PNNL-SA-121343. doi:10.1021/acs.nanolett.6b04371
  • Song S., W. Xu, R. Cao, L. Luo, M.H. Engelhard, M.E. Bowden, and B. Liu, et al. 2017. "B4C as a stable non-carbon-based oxygen electrode material for lithium-oxygen batteries." Nano Energy 33. PNNL-SA-119212. doi:10.1016/j.nanoen.2017.01.042


  • Liu B., J. Zhang, and G. Shen. 2016. "Pursuing two-dimensional nanomaterials for flexible lithium-ion batteries." Nano Today 11, no. 1:82-97. PNNL-SA-115249. doi:10.1016/j.nantod.2016.02.003
  • Liu B., P. Yan, W. Xu, J. Zheng, Y. He, L. Luo, and M.E. Bowden, et al. 2016. "Electrochemically formed ultrafine metal oxide nanocatalysts for high performance lithium-oxygen batteries." Nano Letters 16, no. 8:4932-4939. PNNL-SA-117155. doi:10.1021/acs.nanolett.6b01556
  • Liu B., W. Xu, P. Yan, X. Sun, M.E. Bowden, J. Read, and J. Qian, et al. 2016. "Enhanced Cycling Stability of Rechargeable Li-O2 Batteries Using High Concentration Electrolytes." Advanced Functional Materials 26, no. 4:605-613. PNNL-SA-112653. doi:10.1002/adfm.201503697


  • Liu B., W. Xu, P. Yan, P. Bhattacharya, R. Cao, M.E. Bowden, and M.H. Engelhard, et al. 2015. "In Situ-Grown ZnCo2O4 on Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes as Air Electrode Materials for Rechargeable Lithium-Oxygen Batteries." ChemSusChem 8, no. 21:3697-3703. PNNL-SA-110306. doi:10.1002/cssc.201500636

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