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Cong Liu

Assistant Chemist

Biography

Cong Liu is a research chemist in the Catalysis Science Group of the Chemical Sciences and Engineering Division at Argonne. Her research interests are computational catalysts/materials design for energy conversion and storage, development of computational methods and models for complex catalytic systems, and development of high-level quantum mechanical methods for solid-state catalysis.

Education 
B.S., Applied Chemistry, Shenyang University of Chemical Technology, 2007        
Ph.D., Physical Chemistry, University of North Texas, 2013

Research and Professional Experience 
2016-present    Assistant Chemist, Chemical Sciences and Engineering Division, Argonne
2013-2016     Argonne Scholar, Materials Science Division, Argonne     
2009-2013      Research Assistant, University of North Texas

Current Projects 
Tunable Single-Site Catalysts for Selective Functionalization of Alkanes 

 

 

 

 

- Supported Alloy Nanocatalysts for Alkane Dehydrogenation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

- Synergistic Multi-site Catalysis for Dry Reforming Processes    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

- Computational Studies of Lithium Oxygen and Lithium Sulfur Batteries

 

 

 

 

 

Awards and Honors 
- Argonne Director’s Fellowship, Argonne National Laboratory, 2013
- Chemical Computing Group (CCG) Research Excellence Award, 243th American Chemical Society National Meeting, 2012    
- Thesis and Dissertation Fellowship, University of North Texas, 2012
- Outstanding International Graduate Student, University of North Texas, 2013
- Ed and Julia Hodges Memorial Scholarship for Outstanding Graduate Research, University of North Texas, 2012  
- Graduate Research Assistant Tuition Scholarship, University of North Texas, 2011

Selected Publications (full list: Google Scholar
1. M. Asadi, B. Sayahpour, P. Abbasi, A. T. Ngo, K. Karis, J. R. Jokisaari, C. Liu, B. Narayanan, M. Gerard, P. Yasaei, X. Hu, A. Mukherjee, K. Chun Lau, R. S. Assary, F. Khalili-Araghi, R. F. Klie, L. A. Curtiss, A. Salehi-Khojin. Enabling Operation of Lithium-Oxygen Batteries with Long Cycle Life in a Realistic Air Atmosphere. Nature, 2018, 555, 502https://​www​.nature​.com/​a​r​t​i​c​l​e​s​/​n​a​t​u​r​e​25984
2. C. Liu, J. Camacho-Bunquin, M. Ferrandon, A. Savara, H. Sohn, D. Yang, D. Kaphan, P. Anne Ignacio-de Leon, S. Liu, U. Das, B. Yang, A. S. Hock, P. C. Stair, L. A. Curtiss, and M. Delferro. Development of Activity-Descriptor Relationships for Supported Metal Ion Hydrogenation Catalysts on Silica. Polyhedron, 2018152, 73-83https://​www​.sci​encedi​rect​.com/​s​c​i​e​n​c​e​/​a​r​t​i​c​l​e​/​p​i​i​/​S​0277538718303231
3. R. C. Klet, D. M. Kaphan, C. Liu, F. A. Perras, M. Pruski, A. S. Hock, M. Delferro. Evidence for Redox Mechanisms in Organometallic Chemisorption and Reactivity on Sulfated Metal Oxides. J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2018140 (20), 63086316https://​pubs​.acs​.org/​d​o​i​/​a​b​s​/​10​.​1021​/​j​a​c​s​.​8​b​00995
4. A. Halder, C. Liu, Z. Liu, J. D. Emery, M. J. Pellin, L. Curtiss, P. Zapol, S. Vajda, A.B.F. Martinson. Water Oxidation Catalysis via Size-Selected Iridium Clusters. J. Phys. Chem. C., 2018122 (18), 99659972https://​pubs​.acs​.org/​d​o​i​/​a​b​s​/​10​.​1021​/​a​c​s​.​j​p​c​c​.​8​b​01318
5. Z.Qi, C. Xiao, C. Liu, T. W. Goh, L. Zhou, R. Maligal-Ganesh, Y. Pei, X. Li, L. A. Curtiss, and W. Huang. Sub-4 nm PtZn Intermetallic Nanoparticles for Enhanced Mass and Specific Activities in Catalytic Electro-Oxidation Reaction. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2017139 (13), 4762http://​pubs​.acs​.org/​d​o​i​/​a​b​s​/​10​.​1021​/​j​a​c​s​.​6​b​12780
6. M. Asadi, K. Kim, C. Liu, V. A. Addepalli, P. Phillips, P. Abbasi, A. Behranginia, P. Yasaei, R. Haasch, P. Zapol, B. Kumar,  R. F. Klie, J. Abiade, L. A. Curtiss, A. Salehi-Khojin. Nanostructured Transition Metal Dichalcogenide Electrocatalysts for CO2 Reduction in Ionic Liquid. Science 2016353, 467http://​sci​ence​.sci​encemag​.org/​c​o​n​t​e​n​t​/​353​/​6298/467
6. M. Asadi, K. Kim, C. Liu, V. A. Addepalli, P. Phillips, P. Abbasi, A. Behranginia, P. Yasaei, R. Haasch, P. Zapol, B. Kumar,  R. F. Klie, J. Abiade, L. A. Curtiss, A. Salehi-Khojin. Nanostructured Transition Metal Dichalcogenide Electrocatalysts for CO2 Reduction in Ionic Liquid. Science 2016353, 467http://​sci​ence​.sci​encemag​.org/​c​o​n​t​e​n​t​/​353​/​6298/467
7. C. Liu, B. Yang, E. Tyo, S. Seifert, J. E. Ernst, B. von Issendorff, P. Zapol, S. Vajda, L. A. Curtiss. Carbon Dioxide Conversion to Methanol over Size-selected Cu4 Clusters at Low Pressures. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2015137, 8676http://​pubs​.acs​.org/​d​o​i​/​a​b​s​/​10​.​1021​/​j​a​c​s​.​5​b​03668
8. C. Liu, T. J. Evans, L. Cheng, M. R. Nimlos, C. Mukarakate, D. J. Robichaud, R. S. Assary, L. A. Curtiss. Catalytic Upgrading of Biomass-Derived Compounds via C-C Coupling Reactions: Furan and Acetaldehyde Reactions in HZSM-5. J. Phys. Chem. C. 2015119 (42)24025http://​pubs​.acs​.org/​d​o​i​/​a​b​s​/​10​.​1021​/​a​c​s​.​j​p​c​c​.​5​b​08141
9. C. Liu, T. R. Cundari, A. K. Wilson. Periodic Trends in 3d Metal Mediated CO2 Activation. Applications of Molecular Modeling to Challenges in Clean Energy. January 1, 672013http://​pubs​.acs​.org/​d​o​i​/​a​b​s​/​10​.​1021​/​b​k​-​2013​-​1133​.​ch005
10. C. Liu, C. Peterson, A. K. Wilson. C-O Bond Cleavage of Dimethyl Ether by Transition Metal Ions: A Systematic Study on Catalytic Properties of Metals and Performance of DFT Functionals. J. Phys. Chem. A, 2013117, 5140http://​pubs​.acs​.org/​d​o​i​/​a​b​s​/​10​.​1021​/​j​p​312690e