Name: Yujia Liang

Country: United States


University of Maryland, College Park, MD, USA

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Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland, 20742

Research Interests:



Postdoc Research Associate, University of Maryland     Dec 2017 – present

  • Improve the hydrolysis and oxidation resistances of LiPS electrolyte by screening various additives.
  • Develop high-voltage cathodes for Li/Na-ion batteries by investigating the phase evolution of Cu-based ceramics. Researched the effect of phase difference and gran size on the cathode performance.
  • Synthesize azo compounds with high chemical stability and low solubility in polar solvents.
  • Anode engineer for K-ion batteries with operating temperature up to 60 oC. Screen the electrolytes and binders to achieve long-term cycling stability, high rate performance, and high energy density.

Research Assistant, University of Maryland Sep 2013 – Dec 2017

  • ‚ÄčDevelop continuous crystallization processes to generate crystal particles from various precursors, including metal salts in aqueous solutions, colloids with surfactants in aqueous solutions, polymers in organic solvents.
  • Investigate the pH effects on the stability of colloidal precursor solution. Explore the pH effects on the formulation process.
  • Continuously improve the process throughput in a quality by design (QbD) environment by using computing and data analysis tools, including ChemCAD, Matlab, SAS, and R.
  • Document the MSDS, draft the SOPs, maintain the equipment in a routine base, perform experimental troubleshooting for process deficiencies, and complete the laboratory log with updated protocols.

Teaching Assistant, University of Maryland Sep 2014 – May 2015

  • Graded weekly homework assignments, held discussions for CHBE444 & 446 Process Engineering Economics and Design I & II.
  • Guided students in use of ChemCAD to model and optimize chemical processes.

Research Assistant, National Center for Nanoscience and Technology Feb 2010 – Jul 2013

  • Investigate the difference of SERS based on various fluorescent compounds and gold nanorods mixture.
  • Understand the zeta potential, liquid SERS, PL, and DLS signals.
  • Generated an environment for the nucleation of virus-like nanorods under equilibrium condition by tracking the temperature and humidity change of a single droplet during its drying.
  • Fabricated crystal superlattice of virus-like nanorods with 150 oC higher thermal stability than that obtained from conventional methods by the droplet-drying method.

Research Volunteer, Huazhong University of Science & Technology Jan 2008 – Aug 2009

  • Degraded organic pollutants in aqueous using inexpensive modified active carbon as a photocatalyst.


  • Jacob K. Goldhaber Travel Grant, 2015 & 2016
  • National Scholarship for Graduate Student (Top 1 %), 2012
  • Merit student of Chinese Academy of Sciences (Top 2 %), 2011 & 2012
  • Graduated with Honor of Huazhong University of Science & Technology, 2010
  • Merit students of Huazhong University of Science & Technology (Top 5 %), 2007 & 2008
  • Scholarship for Outstanding Academic Performance of HUST (Top 10 %), 2007 & 2008


  • Reviewer, Thin Solid Films, Jun 2018 – Current
  • Reviewer, Materials Research Bulletin, May 2018 – Current
  • Reviewer, Journal of Materials Research, April 2018 – Current
  • Reviewer, Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, November 2017 – Current
  • Reviewer, ACS Applied Energy Materials, November 2017 – Current
  • Reviewer, Journal of Nanomaterials, January 2014 – Current
  • Member, American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE)
  • Member, Materials Research Society (MRS)
  • Member, Microscopy Society of America (MSA)


1. Y. Liang, W. Wu, P. Wang, S-C. Liou, D. Liu, S. Ehrman, Scalable fabrication of SnO2/eo-GO nanocomposites for CO2 photoreduction to CH4, Nano Research, 2018, in press
2. Y. Liang, H. Tian, J. Repac, S-C. Liou, W. Han, C. Wang, S. Ehrman, Colloidal spray pyrolysis: A new fabrication technology for nanostructured energy storage materials, Energy Storage Materials, 2018, 13, 8-18
3. C. Luo, X. Ji; J. Chen, K. Gaskell, X. He, Y. Liang, J. Jiang, C. Wang, Solid-State Electrolyte Anchored with Carboxylated Azo Compound for All-Solid-State Lithium Batteries, Angewandte Chemie International Edition, 2018, in press
4. R. Felix, J. Repac, Y. Liang, A. Urooj, H. Glicksman, S. Ehrman, Surface-enriched copper-zinc particles generated via spray pyrolysis, Aerosol Science and Technology, 2018, in press
5. C. Luo, S. Hou, X. Ji, N. Eidson, X. Fan, Y. Liang, T. Deng, J. Jiang, C. Wang, Azo Compounds Derived from Electrochemical Reduction of Nitro Compounds for High Performance Li-Ion Batteries, Advanced Materials, 2018, 30, 1706498
6. F. Wang, O. Borodin, M. Ding, M. Gobet, J. Vatamanu, X. Fan, T Gao, N. Edison, Y Liang, W. Sun, S. Greenbaum, K. Xu, C. Wang, Hybrid Aqueous/Non-aqueous Electrolyte for Safe and High-Energy Li-Ion Batteries, Joule, 2018, 2, 927-937

7. Y. Liang, H. Hou, Y. Yang, H. Glicksman, S. Ehrman, Conductive One- and Two-Dimensional Structures Fabricated Using Oxidation-Resistant Cu-Sn Particles, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 2017, 9, 34587–34591
8. Y. Liang, Y. Xie, D. Chen, C. Guo, S. Hou, T. Wen, F. Yang, K. Deng, X. Wu, I. Smalyukh, Q. Liu,Symmetry control of nanorod superlattice driven by a governing force, Nature Communications, 2017, 8,
9. Y. Liang, S. Oh, X. Wang, H. Glicksman, D. Liu, S. Ehrman, Oxidation-Resistant Micron-Sized Cu-Sn Solid Particles Fabricated by a One-Step and Scalable Method, RSC Advances, 2017, 7, 23468-23477
10. Y. Liang, R. Felix, H. Glicksman, S. Ehrman, Cu-Sn binary metal particle generation by spray pyrolysis, Aerosol Science and Technology, 2017, 51, 430-442
11. C. Luo, A. Langrock, X. Fan, Y. Liang, C. Wang, P2-Type Transition Metal Oxides for High Performance Na-Ion Battery Cathodes, Journal of Materials Chemistry A, 2017, 5, 18214-18220
12. W. He, Y. Liang, H. Tian, S. Zhang, Z. Meng, W. Han, A facile in situ synthesis of nanocrystal-FeSiembedded Si/SiOx anode for long-cycle-life lithium ion batteries, Energy Storage Materials, 2017, 8, 119-

13. F. Wang, L. Suo, Y. Liang, C. Yang, F. Han, T. Gao, W. Sun, C. Wang, Spinel LiNi0.5Mn1.5O4 cathode for High Energy Aqueous Lithium-Ion Batteries, Advanced Energy Materials, 2017, 7, 1600922

14. M. Hu, K. Zhong, Y. Liang, S. Ehrman, B. Mi, Effects of Particle Morphology on the Antibiofouling Performance of Silver Embedded Polysulfone Membranes and Rate of Silver Leaching, Industrial &
Engineering Chemistry Research, 2017, 56, 2240-2246
15. C. Luo, H. Zhu, W. Luo, F. Sheng, X. Fan, J. Dai, Y. Liang, C. Wang, L. Hu, Atomic-Layer-Deposition Functionalized Carbonized Mesoporous Wood Fiber for High Sulfur Loading Lithium Sulfur Batteries, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 2017, 9, 14801-14807
16. Y. Liang, Y. Xie, Z. Zhu, Y. Ji, X. Wu, Q. Liu, Self-Assembly of Gold Nanorods on Wrinkled Template, Nano, 2014, 9, 1450076
17. Y. Xie, Y. Liang, D. Chen, X. Wu, L. Dai, Q. Liu, Vortical superlattices in a gold nanorods’ self-assembled monolayer, Nanoscale, 2014, 6, 3064-3068
18. Y. Liang, C. Guo, S. Cao, Y. Tian, Q. Liu, A High Quality BiOCl Film with Petal-Like Hierarchical Structures and Its Visible-Light Photocatalytic Property, Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, 2013,
13, 919-923
19. Y. Xie, Y. Jia, Y. Liang, S. Guo, Y. Ji, X. Wu, Z. Chen, Q. Liu, Real-time observations on crystallization of gold nanorods into spiral or lamellar superlattices, Chemical Communications, 2012, 48, 2128-2130