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Di-Jia Liu

Senior Chemist

Di-Jia Liu is a Senior Chemist and Principal Investigator in the Catalysis and Energy Conversion group of the Chemical Sciences and Engineering Division.


Di-Jia (DJ) Liu is a Senior Chemist at CSE. He joined Argonne National Laboratory in 2002 after 12 year R&D at Honeywell International where he last served as Senior Principal Scientist. His current interests at Argonne cover mainly in nanomaterials for fuel cells, electrocatalysis for water splitting, CO2-to-chemical/fuel conversion, hydrogen/methane storage, lithium-air battery, catalytic reforming for H2 production, advanced x-ray characterization techniques, energy-water research, etc. At Honeywell, he led various projects in fuel cells, automotive emission control catalysis, aviation environmental control system, advanced material characterization and industrial Six-Sigma process improvement.  Dr. Liu is a Senior Scientist at Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering of University of Chicago and a Graduate Faculty Scholar at Northern Illinois University. He also serves as the operating agent on behalf of USDOE in coordinating Annex 31 (fuel cell materials) activities in Technology Collaboration Programme on Advanced Fuel Cells (AFC TCP) under the International Energy Agency. He is a member of American Chemical Society, Electrochemical Society and American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Dr. Liu has over 100 scientific publications including five in Science and Nature family, 29 granted US patents and numerous patent applications and international patents ranging from PEM and solid oxide fuel cells, electrocatalysis for CO2 conversion and water splitting, environmental catalysis, hydrogen production/storage, to sensors. He received Argonne’s Pacesetter Award, DOE Office of Sciences Outstanding Mentor Award, DOE Hydrogen Sorption Center of Excellence Team Award and three R&D 100 Awards (2016, 2019, 2020). At Honeywell, he was recognized by Corporate Technical Achievement Award in 1998 and 2000 USA Today Quality Cup among many other recognitions.



B. Sc. In Chemistry, Peking University, 1982

Ph. D. in Physical Chemistry, The University of Chicago, 1987

Postdoc fellow, The University of California at Berkeley, 1988-2000


Awards & Recognitions

  • R&D 100 Award by R&magazine, 2020
  • R&D 100 Award by R&magazine, 2019
  • R&D 100 Award by R&D magazine, 2016
  • DOE Hydrogen Program Team Award by DOE, Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy, 2010.
  • Outstanding Mentor Award by Office of Science, U. S. Department of Energy, 2010.
  • Argonne National Laboratory Pacesetter Award , 2006.
  • Honeywell Aerospace Technology Achievement Award , 2001
  • Honeywell Laboratory Special Recognition Award, 2001
  • Honeywell Power Systems Achievement Award, 2000
  • USA Today Quality Cup Award , 2000
  • AlliedSignal Corporate Technical Achievement Award, 1998


Ten representative recent publications:

  1. Metal–Organic Frameworks and Metal–Organic Gels for Oxygen Electrocatalysis: Structural and Compositional Considerations” Hao Wang, Biao-Hua Chen, and Di-Jia Liu, Adv. Mater. 2021, 2008023
  2. Highly selective electrocatalytic CO2 reduction to ethanol by metallic clusters dynamically formed from atomically dispersed copper”, Haiping Xu, Dominic Rebollar, Haiying He, Lina Chong, Yuzi Liu, Cong Liu, Cheng-Jun Sun, Tao Li, John V. Muntean, Randall E. Winans, Di-Jia Liu and Tao Xu, Nature EnergyNature Energy,  56236322020
  3. Impacts of Imidazolate Ligand to Performance of Zeolitic-Imidazolate Framework-Derived Oxygen Reduction Catalysts”, Hao Wang, Lauren R. Grabstanowicz, Heather M. Barkholtz, Dominic Rebollar, Zachary B. Kaiser, Dan Zhao, Biao-Hua Chen, and Di-Jia Liu, ACS Energy Lett. 2019, 4, 10, 2500-2507
  4. Ultralow-loading platinum-cobalt fuel cell catalysts derived from imidazolate frameworks” L. Chong, J. Wen, J. Kubal, F. Sen, J. Zou, J. Greeley, M. Chan, H. Barkholtz, W. Ding, D.-J. Liu, Science 2018, 362, 12761281
  5. Advancements in rationally designed PGM-free fuel cell catalysts derived from metal–organic frameworks” (Invited Review) Heather M. Barkholtz and Di-Jia Liu, Materials Horizons, 2017, 4, 2037
  6. High-efficiency non-precious metal catalyst containing metal-organic framework precursor inside of carbon nano-network” J. Shui, C. Chen, L. R. Grabstanowicz, D. Zhao and D.-J. Liu, Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences, 2015, vol. 112, no. 34, 1062910634
  7. NaBH4 in Graphene Wrapper”: Significantly Enhanced Hydrogen Storage Capacity and Regenerability through Nano-encapsulation”, L. Chong, X. Zeng, W. Ding, D.-J. Liu and J. Zou, Advanced Materials, 2015, 27, 50705074
  8. Highly Efficient Non-Precious Metal Electrocatalysts Prepared from One-Pot Synthesized Zeolitic Imidazolate Frameworks (ZIFs)” D. Zhao, J. Shui, L. R. Grabstanowicz, C. Chen, S. M. Commet, T. Xu, J. Lu, and D.-J. Liu, Advanced Materials, 2014, 26, 10931097
  9. Highly-Active and Support-free” Oxygen Reduction Catalyst Prepared from Ultrahigh Surface Area Porous Polyporphyrin” S. Yuan, J. Shui, L. Grabstanowicz, C. Chen, S. Commet, B. Reprogle, T. Xu,  L. Yu and D.-J. Liu, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2013, 52(32), 83498353
  10. Reversibility of anodic lithium in non-aqueous Li-O2 batteries” J.-. Shui, J. S. Okasinski, P. Kenesei, H. A. Dobbs, D. Zhao, J. D. Almer, and D.-J. Liu, Nature Comm2013  4, 2255

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