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Guiliang Xu




    Guiliang Xu is currently a chemist in the Chemical Sciences and Engineering Division at Argonne National Laboratory. He received his Bachelor (2009) and PhD (2014) degree at Xiamen University. He has over 15-years of research experience in designing and synthesizing multifunctional materials for energy storage (lithium-ion batteries, sodium-ion batteries, lithium-sulfur batteries and solid-state batteries) and utilizing cutting-edge characterization techniques to elucidate in-depth mechanistic understanding of the relationship between structures and performance, and to provide guidance and approaches to design and synthesize better battery materials with higher energy density and improved safety.

    Selected Publications (Total publication: 120+; Google scholar citations: >10000, H-index 61, *Corresponding author)

    Lithium-ion Batteries 

    1. Zhao, C.; Wang, C.; Liu, X.; Hwang, I.; Li, T.; Zhou, X.; Diao, J.; Deng, J.; Qin, Y.; Yang, Z.; Wang, G.; Xu, W.; Sun, C.; Wu, L.; Cha, W.; Robinson, I.; Harder, R.; Jiang, Y.; Ticer, T.; Li, J.; Lu, W.; Li, L.*; Liu, Y.*; Sun, S. G.; Xu, G. L.*; Amine, K.*. Suppressing strain propagation of ultrahigh-Ni cathodes during fast-charging via epitaxial entropy-assisted coating. Nature Energy 2024, 9, 345-356.
    2. Liu, X.; Xu, G. L.*; Kolluru, V. S.; Li, Q.; Zhou, X.; Liu, Y.; Yin, L.; Zhuo, Z.; Daali, A.; Fan, J.; Liu, W.; Ren, Y.; Xu, W.; Deng, J.; Hwang, I.; Ren, D.; Feng, X.; Sun, C.; Huang, L.; Zhou, T.; Du, M.; Chen, Z.; Sun, S.-G.; Chan, M.; Yang, W. *; Ouyang, M. *; Amine, K.* Origin and regulation of oxygen redox instability in high-voltage battery cathodes. Nature Energy2022, 7, 808-817.
    3. Liu, X., Yin, L.; Ren, D.; Wang, L.; Ren, Y.; Xu, W.; Lapidus, S.; Wang, H.; He, X.; Chen, Z.; Xu, G. L.*; Ouyang, M.*; Amine, K.* In situ observation of thermal-driven degradation and safety concerns of lithiated graphite anode. Nature Commun. 2021, 12, 4235.
    4. Liu, X.; Xu, G. L.*; Yin, L.; Hwang, I.; Li, Y.; Lu, L.; Xu, W.; Zhang, X.; Chen, Y.; Ren, Y.; Sun, C. -J.; Chen, Z.; Ouyang, M.* and Amine, K.*  Probing the Thermal-Driven Structural and Chemical Degradation of Ni-rich Layered Cathodes by Co/Mn Exchange J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2020, 142, 19745-19753.
    5. Xu, G. L.; Liu, Q.; Lau, K.; Liu, Y.; Liu, X.; Gao, H.; Zhou, X.; Zhuang, M.; Ren, Y.; Li, J.; Shao, M.; Ouyang, M.; Pan, F.; Chen, Z.; Amine, K.*; Chen, G.*, Building ultraconformal protective layers on both secondary and primary particles of layered lithium transition metal oxide cathodes. Nature Energy, 2019, 4, 484-494.

    Sodium-ion Batteries

    1. Xu, G. L.*; Liu, X.; Zhou, X.; Zhao, C.; Hwang, I.; Daali, A.; Yang, Z.; Ren, Y.; Sun, C. J.; Chen, Z.; Liu, Y.*; Amine, K.*. Native Lattice Strain induced Structural Earthquake in Sodium Layered Oxide Cathodes. Nature Commun. 2022, 13, 436.
    2. Fu, F.*; Liu, X.; Fu, X.; Chen, H.; Huang, L.; Fan, J.; Le, J.; Wang, Q.; Yang, W.; Ren,Y.; Amine, K.*; Sun, S.-G.*; Xu, G. L.*. Entropy and crystal-facet modulation of P2-type layered cathodes for long-lasting sodium-based batteries. Nature Commun., 2022, 13, 2826.
    3. Liu, X.; Xiao, B.; Daali, A.; Zhou, X.; Yu, Z.; Li, X.; Liu, Y.; Yin, L.; Yang, Z.; Zhao, C.; Zhu, L.; Ren, Y.; Cheng, L.; Ahmed, S.; Chen, Z.; Li, X.*; Xu, G. L. *; Amine, K. * A Stress/interface-compatible Red Phosphorus Anode for High-energy and Durable Sodium-ion Batteries. Acs Energy Lett. 2021, 6, 547-556.
    4. Xu, G. L.; Amine, R.; Xu, Y.-F.; Liu, J.; Gim, J.; Ma, T.; Ren, Y.; Sun, C.; Liu, Y.; Zhang, X., Heald, S.; Solhy, A.; Saadoune, I.; Mattis, W.; Sun, S.; Chen, Z.* & Amine, K.* Insights into the Structural Effects of Layered Cathode Materials for High Voltage Sodium-ion Batteries. Energy Environ. Sci. 2017, 10, 1677-1693.
    5. Xu, G. L.; Chen, Z.*; Zhong, G. M.; Liu, Y.; Yang, Y.; Ma, T.; Ren, Y.; Zuo, X.; Wu, X. H.; Zhang, X.; Amine, K.*, Nanostructured Black Phosphorus/Ketjenblack-Multiwalled Carbon Nanotubes Composite as High Performance Anode Material for Sodium-Ion Batteries. Nano Lett. 2016, 16, 3955-3965

    Lithium-Sulfur Batteries:

    1. Zhou, S.; Shi, J.; Liu, S.; Li, G.; Pei, F.; Chen, Y.; Deng, J.; Zheng, Q.; Li, J.; Zhao, C.; Hwang, I.; Sun, C.; Liu, Y.; Deng, Y.; Hung, L.; Qiao, Y.; Xu, G. L. *; Chen, J. F.; Amine, K. *, Sun, S. G.; Liao, H.*. Visualizing Interfacial Collective Reaction Behaviour of Li-S Batteries. Nature, 2023, 621, 75-81.
    2. Zhao, C.; Daali, A.; Hwang, I.; Li, T.; Huang, X.; Robertson, D.; Yang, Z.; Trask, S.; Xu, W.; Sun, C. J.; Xu, G. L.*; Amine, K*. Pushing lithium-sulfur batteries towards practical working conditions through cathode-electrolyte synergy. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2022, e202203466.
    3. Lee, B. J.; Zhao, C.; Yu, J-H.; Kang, T.-H; Park, H-Y.; Kang, J.; Jung, Y.; Liu, X.; Li, T.; Xu, W.; Zuo, X.; Xu, G.-L.*; Amine, K.*; Yu, J.*. Development of high-energy non-aqueous lithium-sulfur batteries via redox-active interlayer strategy. Nature Communications, 2022, 13, 4629.
    4. Zhao, C.; Xu, G. L.(*); Yu, Z.; Zhang, L.; Hwang, I.; Mo, Y.-X.; Ren, Y.; Cheng, L.; Sun, C. -J.; Ren, Y.; Zuo, X.; Li, J.-T.; Sun, S.-G.; Amine, K.* and Zhao, T.*. A high-energy and long-cycling lithium-sulfur pouch cell via a macroporous catalytic cathode with double-end binding sites. Nature Nanotechnol., 2021, 16, 166-173.
    5. Xu, G. L.; Sun, H.; Luo, C.; Estevez, L.; Zhuang, M. H.; Gao, H.; Amine, R.; Wang, H.; Zhang, X.; Sun, C. J.; Liu, Y. Z.; Ren, Y.; Heald, S.; Wang, C. S.; Chen, Z.*; Amine, K.*, Solid-State Lithium/Selenium-Sulfur Chemistry Enabled via a Robust Solid-Electrolyte Interphase. Adv. Energy Mater. 2018, 1802235.
    Patents issued at Argonne
    • Gui-Liang Xu, Zonghai Chen and Khalil Amine. Phosphorus-carbon composites as battery anode materials. US 11,923,527. Date of Patent, March 05, 2024.
    • Gui-Liang Xu, Jianzhao Liu, Zonghai Chen and Khalil Amine. Poly(alkylene oxide) siloxane-based electrolytes for rechargeable batteries. US 11,769,905 B2. Date of Patent, Sep 26, 2023.
    • Gui-Liang Xu, Xiang Liu and Khalil Amine, Electroactive materials for secondary batteries. US 11, 394, 022 B2. Date of Patent July 19, 2022.
    • Gui-Liang Xu, Zonghai Chen and Khalil Amine, Selenium-doped sulfur cathodes for rechargeable batteries. US 10, 601, 077 B2. Date of Patent, Mar 24, 2020.
    • Gui-Liang Xu, Zonghai Chen and Khalil Amine. High performance layered cathode materials for high voltage sodium-ion batteries. US 10,325,730 B2. Date of Patent, June 18, 2019.