Dr. Xi Liu


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Electron Microscopy, Catalysis


Xi Liu obtained his Bachelor degree in Material Science at University of Science and Technology of China. He earned his PhD in physical chemistry at Fritz-Haber-Institute, Max-Planck Society in 2008 under supervision of Prof. Robert Schlögl. Later on, he joined Prof. Graham Hutchings’ group at Cardiff Catalysis Institute, Cardiff University. Xi’s research focuses on electron microscopy and heterogeneous catalysis. He worked on hydrocarbon functionalization, dehydration, hydrochlorination, selective reduction, as well as biomass transformation, and he gained expertise on polyoxometalates and carbon chemistry.

In Fall 2014, Xi joined Syngaschem BV in order to study heterogeneous catalysis using environmental electron microscopy. In collaboration with the group of Andy Burrows and Jacob Wagner at DTU Lyngby, Denmark, he focused on dynamic structural and physiochemical evolution of nano particles under chemical environment. Since November 2015, he continues this line of research at SynCat@Beijing.

Selected Publications

“Highly Dense Isolated Metal Atom Catalytic Sites: Dynamic Formation and In Situ Observations”
Yaxin Chen, Takeshi Kasama, Zhiwei Huang, Pingping Hu, Jianmin Chen, Xi Liu,* Xingfu Tang, Chemistry – A European Journal 21 (2015) 17397

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“Catalytic oxygen activation versus autoxidation for industrial applications: a physicochemical approach”
Xi Liu, Yulia Ryabenkova, Marco Conte, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 17 (2015) 715

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“Surface-Modified Carbon Nanotubes Catalyze Oxidative Dehydrogenation of n-Butane”
Jian Zhang, Xi Liu, Raoul Blume, Aihua Zhang, Robert Schlögl, and Dang Sheng Su, Science 332 (2008) 73

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