Jing Liu

Assistant Professor, Physics


Ph.D, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2011

M.S., University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2006

B.S., Nankai University, 2005

Courses Taught

Physics 101

Physics 102

Physics 191

Physics 223

Physics 311

Physics 351

Physics 352

Science 101

  • Research
    My research interests lie in the investigation of the structure-property relationship of novel functional materials by utilizing multiple advanced synchrotron-based techniques in materials characterization.
  • Publications and Scholarly Activities


    1. F. A. Susai, M. Talianker, Jing Liu, Rosy, P. Tanmoi, Y. Grinblat, E. Ericksoon, M. Noked, L. Burstein, A. I Frenkel, Y. Tzur, B. Markovsky, D. Aurbach "Electrochemical activation of Li2MnO3 electrodes at 0 oC and its impact on the subsequent performance at higher temperatures" Materials 13 (2020), 4388.
    2. Yunwen Zhou, Hari Thirumalai, Scott K. Smith, Kenton H. Whitmire, Jing  LiuAnatoly I. Frenkel, Lars C. Grabow, Jeffrey D. Rimer, "Ethylene Dehydroaromatization over Ga‐ZSM‐5 Catalysts: Nature and Role of Gallium Speciation" Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 59 (2020), 19592.
    3. L. Asor, J. Liu, Y. Ossia, D. C. Tripathi, N. Tessler, A. I. Frenkel, U. Banin “InAs nanocrystals with robust p-type doping” Adv. Funct. Mater 31 (2021), 2007456.


    1. Pegah M. Hosseinpour, Félix Jiménez-Villacorta, Jing Liu, Badih A. Assaf, Ian J. McDonald, Dario Arena, Don Heiman, Latika Menon, and Laura H. Lewis, “Fe-incorporated TiOnanotube arrays: Electronic structure and magnetic response”, Phys. Rev. B, 98 (2018),195145.
    2. Jiajia Ning, Jing Liu, Yael Levi-Kalisman, Anatoly I. Frenkel and Uri Banin, “Controlling Anisotropic Growth of Colloidal ZnSe Nanostructures”, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 140 (2018), 14627. (Nov. 7, 2018, Cover and JACS Spotlight).
    3. Ortal Breuer, Arup Chakraborty, Jing Liu, Tatyana Kravchuk, Larisa Burstein, Judith Grinblat, Yaron Kauffman, Alexandr Gladkih, Prasant Nayak, Merav Tsubery, Anatoly I. Frenkel, Michael Talianker, Dan T. Major, Boris Markovskyand Doron Aurbach, “Understanding the Role of Minor Molybdenum Doping in LiNi0.5Co0.2Mn0.3O2 Electrodes: from Structural and Surface Analyses and Theoretical Modeling to Practical Electrochemical Cells”, ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces 10 (2018), 29608−29621.


    1. Jing Liu and A. I. Frenkel , “Multiple scattering EXAFS analysis”, Chapter 5.5 in: X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy and Related Techniques, International Tables for Crystallography, V. 1, IUCR Publisher, in press.
    2. Shen Zhao, Yuanyuan Li, Deyu Liu, Jing Liu, Yao-Min Liu, Dmitri N. Zakharov, Qiyuan Wu, Alexander Orlov, Andrew A. Gewirth, Anatoly I. Frenkel, Eric A. Stach, Ralph G. Nuzzo, “Multimodal Study of the Speciations and Activities of Supported Pd catalysts during the Hydrogenation of Ethylene”, J. Phys. Chem. C, 121 (2017),18962–18972.
    3. Eric A. Stach, Shen Zhao, Yuanyuan Li, Deyu Liu, Jing Liu, Yao-Min Liu, Dmitri N. Zakharov, Qiyuan Wu, Alexander Orlov, Andrew A. Gewirth, Anatoly I. Frenkel, Ralph G. Nuzzo, “Operando and Multimodal Studies of Speciation and Activity of Pt Catalysts during the Hydrogenation of Ethylene”, Microsc. Microanal., 23 (Suppl 1) (2017), 892-893.
    4. Orian Elimelech, Jing Liu, Anna M. Plonka, Anatoly I. Frenkel and Uri Banin, “Size Dependence of Copper (I) Sulfide Nanocrystals on Doping via Vacancy Formation and the Related Plasmon Response”, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 56 (2017), 10335-10340.
    5. Evan M. Erickson, Hadar Sclar, Florian Schipper, Jing Liu, Ruiyuan Tian, Chandan Ghanty, Larisa Burstein, Yehudit Grinblat, Michael Talianker, Ji-Yong Shin, Christoph Erk, Frederick-Francois Chesneau, Jordan Lampert, Boris Markovsky, Anatoly Frenkel and Doron Aurbach, “High-Temperature Treatment of Li-Rich Cathode Materials with Ammonia: Improved Capacity and Mean Voltage Stability during Cycling”, Adv. Energy Mater., 7 (2017), 1700708.
    6. Jing Liu, Yorai Amit, Yuanyuan Li, Anna M. Plonka, Sanjit Ghose, Lihua Zhang, Eric A. Stach, Uri Banin and Anatoly I. Frenkel, “Reversed Nanoscale Kirkendall Effect in Au-InAs Hybrid Nanoparticles”, Chem. Mater., 28 (2016), 8032-8043.
    7. Jing Liu, Katla Sai Krishna, Chanaka Kumara, Soma Chattopadhyay, Tomohiro Shibata, Amala Dass and Challa S. S. R. Kumar, “Understanding Au∼98Ag∼46(SR)60 nanoclusters through investigation of their electronic and local structure by X-ray absorption fine structure”, RSC Adv. 6 (2016), 25368–25374.
    8. X. Zhang, S. Mu, G. Chastanet, N. Daro, T. Palamarciuc, P. Rosa, J. Létard, J. Liu, G E. Sterbinsky, D. A. Arena, C. Etrillard, B. Kundys, B. Doudin, and P. A. Dowben, J. Phys. Chem. C, 119 (2015) 16293.
    9. Jing Liu, Pegah Hosseinpour, Si Luo, Dario Arena, Don Heiman, Latika Menon and L. H. Lewis, “TiO2 Nanotube Arrays for Photocatalysis: Effects of Crystallinity, Local Order and Electronic Structure”, J. Vac. Sci. Technol. A 33 (2015) 021202-1.
    10. Katla Sai Krishna, Jing Liu, Pilarisetty Tarakeshwar, Vladimiro Mujica, James J. Spivey, and Challa S. S. R. Kumar, Chapter 4: Atomically-Precise Gold Catalysis, “Atomically-Precise Methods for Synthesis of Solid Catalysts” edited by Sophie Hermans, Thierry Visart de Bocarme, published by Royal Society of Chemistry, Cambridge, UK, 2014, 87-122.
    11. Yunyun Zhou, Neil J. Lawrence, Tai-Sing Wu, Jing Liu, Patrick Kent, Yun-Liang Sooand Chin Li Cheung,  “Pd/CeO2−x Nanorod Catalysts for CO Oxidation: Insights into the Origin of Their Regenerative Ability at Room Temperature”, ChemCatChem, 6 (2014) 2937.
    12. Jing Liu, Eckart Rühl, Adam P. Hitchcock, D.N. McIlroy, John D. Bozek, Tolek Tyliszczak, A. Knop-Gericke, Neil M. Boag, and P. A. Dowben, “Double cation formation from the photo-fragmentation of the closo-carboranes”, Zeitschrift für Physikalische Chemie, 288 (2014) 421.
    13. Jing Liu, Sai K. Katla, Yaroslav Losovyj, Soma Chattopadhyay, Natalia Lozova, Jeffrey T. Miller, James J. Spivey and Challa S. Kumar, “Ligand-Stabilized and Atomically Precise Gold Nanocluster Catalysis: A Case Study for Correlating Fundamental Electronic Properties with Catalysis”, Chem. Eur. J., 19 (2013) 10201.
    14. Yunyun Zhou, Neil J. Lawrence, Lu Wang, Lingmei Kong, Tai-Sing Wu, Jing Liu, Yi Gao, Joseph R. Brewer, Vivianna K. Lawrence, Renat F. Sabiriano, Yun-Liang Soo, Xiao Cheng Zeng, Peter A. Dowben, Wai Ning Mei and Chin Li Cheung, “Resonance Photoemission Observation and DFT Study of s-d Hybridization in Catalytically Active Gold Clusters on Ceria Nanorods”, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 52 (2013) 6936.
    15. Frank L. Pasquale, Jing Liu, P.A. Dowben, Jeffry A. Kelber, “Novel Semiconducting Alloy Polymers Formed from Ortho-carborane and 1,4-diaminobenzene”, Mater. Chem. Phys. 133 (2012) 901.
    16. Jing Liu, P. A. Dowben, Guangfu Luo, Wai-Ning Mei, Orhan Kizilkaya, Anil Kumar Rajapitamahuni, Andre Sokolov, Sudarshan Karki and Anthony Caruso, “The Local Structure and I-V Characteristic of Chromium Doped Semiconducting Boron Carbide”, Mater. Res. Soc. Symp. Proc., (2011), 1307: mrsf10-1307-cc05-01.
    17. Eckart Ruehl, Norman F. Riehs, Swayambhu Behera, Justin Wilks, Jing Liu, H. -W. Jochims, Anthony N. Caruso, Neil M. Boag, Jeffry A. Kelber and Peter A. Dowben, “Photofragmentation of the closo-Carboranes Part II: VUV Assisted Dehydrogenation in the closo-Carboranes and Semiconducting B10C2Hx Films”, J. Phys. Chem. A 114 (2010) 728.
    18. Guangfu Luo, Jing Lu, Jing Liu, Wai-Ning Mei and P.A. Dowben, “ Insights into the Local Electronic Structure of Semiconducting Boron Carbides in the Vicinity of Transition Metal Dopants”, Mater. Sci. and Eng.: B, 175 (2010) 1.
    19. Jing Liu, Guangfu Luo, Wai-Ning Mei, Orhan Kizilkaya, Eric D. hepherd, J. I. Brand and P. A. Dowben, “The Local Structure of Transition Metal Doped Semiconducting Boron Carbides”, J. Phys. D-Appl. Phys. 43 (2010) 085403.
    20. Nina Hong, M. A. Langell, Jing Liu, Orhan Kizilkaya and S. Adenwalla1, “Ni Doping of Semiconducting Boron Carbide”, J. Appl. Phys. 107, (2010) 024513.
    21. P.A. Dowben, Orhan Kizilkaya, Jing Liu, B. Montag, K. Nelson, I. Sabirianov and J.I. Brand, “3d Transition Metal Doping of Semiconducting Boron Carbides”, Mater. Lett. 63 (2009) 72.
    22. Ya.B. Losovyj, L. Makinistian, E. A. Albanesi, A. G. Petukhov, Jing Liu, P. Galiy, O.R. Dveriy, P.A. Dowben, “The Anisotropic Band Structure of Layered In4Se3(001)”, J. Appl. Phys. 104 (2008) 083713.
    23. Jing Liu, Ya.B. Losovyj, Takashi Komesu, P.A. Dowben, L. Makinistian, E. A. Albanesi, A. G. Petukhov, P. Galiy, Ya. Fiyala, “The Bulk Band Structure and Inner Potential of Layered In4Se3”, Appl. Surf. Sci. 254 (2008) 4322.
    24. Danqin Feng, Jing Liu, Adam P. Hitchcock, A.L. David Kilcoyne, Tolek Tyliszczak, Norman Riehs, Eckart Rühl, John D. Bozek, David McIlroy and Peter A. Dowben, “Photo-fragmentation of the closo-Carboranes Part 1: Energetics of Decomposition”, J. Phys. Chem. A 112 (2008) 3311.
    25. Ya.B. Losovyj, Melanie Klinke, En Cai, Idaykis Rodriguez, Jiandi Zhang, L. Makinistian, A. G. Petukhov, E. A. Albanesi, P. Galiy, Ya. Fiyala, Jing Liu and P.A. Dowben “The Electronic Structure of Surface Chains in the Layered Semiconductor In4Se3(100)”, Appl. Phys. Lett. 92 (2008) 122107.
    26. P.A. Dowben, A.Yu. Ignatov, Jing Liu, and Ralph Skomski, “The Local Environment of Co in B5CHx”, J. Appl.Phys. 103 (2008) 07D125.
    27. Jing Liu, Jie Xiao, Seok-Bong Choi, P. Jeppson, L. Jarabek, Ya.B. Losovyj, A.N. Caruso and P.A. Dowben, “The Electronic Structure of Co and Ni Tetraazaannulenes”, J. Phys.Chem. B 110 (2006) 26180.