Academic Profile

Academic Profile

Assoc Prof Liu Bin

Associate Professor, School of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering
Associate Professor, School of Physical & Mathematical Sciences
Assistant Chair (Research), School of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering (SCBE)

Assoc Prof Liu Bin

Bin Liu received his B.Eng. (2002) and M.Eng. (2004) in chemical engineering from the National University of Singapore and Ph.D. in chemical engineering from University of Minnesota (2011). He also worked as a postdoctoral researcher (2011-2012) in the Department of Chemistry at University of California, Berkeley. He is currently an Assistant Professor in School of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering at Nanyang Technological University. Bin has extensive experience in synthesis of nanostructured materials and has been working on nanostructured materials for energy conversion and energy storage for more than 10 years.

The world demand for energy will double by the middle of the 21st century. If we continue to use burning of fossil fuels as the primary energy source, this will also double our carbon dioxide emission. Eighty percent of our current global energy consumption comes from burning fossil fuels. This nearly exclusive reliance on burning carbon-based fuels causes increased pollution and global warming. It is a daunting challenge for human beings to find clean and abundant energy sources to meet the increasing global energy demand. Solar energy is a primary source of environmentally sustainable as well as inexhaustible carbon-neutral energy. Energy strikes the earth’s surface in one hour from sunlight can satisfy the annual global need, yet in 2008, solar energy provided only 0.07% of the world’s energy. The barrier to widespread use of solar energy is its high cost. Solar energy is approximately a factor of five more expensive than energy obtained from other sources. Towards this end, our research will focus on renewable energy and in particular, photovoltaics and (photo)electrocatalysis. Our group will concentrate on solving problems in solar-to-electric and solar-to-fuel conversion.
Research Interests
Architected nanomaterials for solar-to-fuel and solar-to-electric conversion.
Photocatalysis for air and water treatment.
Current Projects
  • Atomic Layer Deposition: Synthesis and Stabilization of Supported Catalysts
  • Constructing High-Loading Single-Atom/Cluster Catalysts via Electrochemistry
  • Engineering Single-Atom Catalysts for Wastewater Treatment via Fenton-like Reaction
  • Functional 0D Graphene Nanosheets as Highly Efficient and Recycable Catalysts
  • Nanowire Forest for Electrochemical Sensing of Heavy Metal Ions and Glucose
  • Novel Plasma Synthesis and Surface Nanoengineering of Ternary Electrocatalysts
  • Seawater (Photo)-Electrolysis for Renewable Hydrogen Production
  • Tio2-Coated Vertical Nanowire Array for Improved Performance in Photoelectrocatalytic and Photocatalytic Applications
  • Tuning Adsorption for Oxygenated Intermediates via Strain Control towards Highly Efficient Oxygen Electrocatalysis
Selected Publications
  • Hwang Yun Jeong, Hahn Chris, Liu Bin, Yang Peidong. (2012). Photoelectrochemical Properties of TiO2 Nanowire Arrays: A Study on the Dependence of Length and Atomic Layer Deposition Coating. ACS Nano, 6, 5060-5069.
  • Liu Bin, Aydil S. Eray. (2011). Anatase TiO2 Films with Reactive {001} Facets on Transparent Conductive Substrate. Chemical Communications, 47, 9507-9509.
  • Liu Bin, Aydil S. Eray. (2009). Growth of Oriented Single-Crysalline Rutile TiO2 Nanorods on Transparent Conducting Substrates for Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells. Journal of the American Chemical Society, 131, 3985-3990.
  • Liu Bin, Lee Jim Yang. (2005). Orderly-Aligned CdS Nanocrystals on MWCNTs without Surface Modification. The Journal of Physical Chemistry Part B: Condensed Matter, Materials, Surfaces, Interfaces & Biophysical, 109, 23783-23786.
  • Liu Bin, Zeng Hua Chun. (2004). Mesoscale Organization of CuO Nanoribbons: Formation of "Dandelions". Journal of the American Chemical Society, 126, 8124-8125.

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