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Liu, Dongxia

Liu, Dongxia

Minta Martin Professor
Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Maryland Energy Innovation Institute
1208A Chemical and Nuclear Engineering Building


  • Ph.D., University of Rochester, 2009


  1. The 10th World Congress of Chemical Engineering Travel Grant 2017
  2. The 13th International Conference on Catalysis in Membrane Reactors Travel Award 2017 2017 
  3. The 16th International Congress on Catalysis Travel Award 2016 
  4. National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award 2014
  5. National Science Foundation (NSF) Travel Grant 2014 
  6. The ADVANCE Interdisciplinary & Engaged Research Seed Program Travel Award 2013 
  7. Research and Scholarship Award (RASA), University of Maryland 2013 
  8. Minta Martin Award, A. James Clark School of Engineering, UMD 2012 
  9. Second Place Poster Presentation Award at the Fuel Cell Seminar & Energy Exposition, Akron, OH 2009 
  10. Outstanding Ph.D. Dissertation Award, University of Rochester 2009 
  11. Frank J. Horton Graduate Research Fellowship, University of Rochester (award period 2003-2009) 2009 
  12. Excellent Graduate Student Scholarship, Chinese Academy of Sciences 2002 
  13. Annual Symposium Award of Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences 2000 
  14. Excellent Undergraduate Thesis Award, Shandong University 2000 
  15. Outstanding Student Scholarship, Shandong University (award period 1996-2000) 2000 
  16. Outstanding Student Award, Shandong University 1999 
  17. Outstanding Student Award, Shandong University 1997


Materials synthesis and engineering, reaction engineering, heterogeneous catalysis, fuel cells, biofuels, energy.

Our group's research stays at the interface of materials synthesis and catalytic science, with an emphasis on precisely controlling composition and constitution of nanostructured particles and membranes for renewable energy conversion and storage applications. In particular, we are focusing on two avenues: 1) Tailoring the architectures and functionality of nanostructured materials to enable efficient and selective catalytic reactions in biorefinenery and petrochemical/fine chemical conversion; 2) Assembling nanostructured particles and membranes to provide desirable properties in fuel cells and batteries. Our overall objective is nano-engineering of advanced materials with structural elucidation, growth mechanism perception, and industrial application exploration in catalytic conversion technologies to enabling the development of green and sustainable energies. Below, you will find brief descriptions of our ongoing research projects.

For more information, please visit Professor Liu's web site.

Professor Liu teaches or has taught the following courses:

  • CHBE 101: Introduction to Chemical Engineering
  • CHBE486/ENCH648E: Heterogeneous Catalysis for Energy Conversion Applications
  • ENCH640: Advanced Reaction Kinetics


To download these papers in PDFs format, please visit http://www.liu.umd.edu/Publication.html

Dongxia Liu Promoted to Professor with Tenure

Liu's promotion will go into effect in August.

UMD Researchers Convert Methane Without Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Pioneering discovery would cut energy waste and create valuable industrial chemicals.

Student Researchers Recognized with Wylie Dissertation Fellowships

Fourteen Clark School students pursuing their Ph.D.s in engineering have been awarded Ann G. Wylie Dissertation Fellowships by the University of Maryland Graduate School.

Clark School Innovators Honored with Invention of the Year Award Nominations

Among the nine 2021 Invention of the Year nominees, four are led by or include Clark School researchers.

Chemical Engineering at Maryland On the Rise

2022 USNWR Graduate Rankings put ChemE at Maryland at #19.

Search Initiated for New Clark School Dean

A national search has been initiated for a new Dean of the A. James Clark School of Engineering.

Dean Briber Honors Faculty with Research, Teaching Awards

Each year, the dean of the University of Maryland’s A. James Clark School of Engineering honors exemplary faculty members for their dedication to excellence in research and teaching.

Clark School Engineers Create Solutions for a Crisis

Engineering labs pivot to produce and distribute hand sanitizer and surgical masks.

ChBE Faculty Member Promoted to Associate Professor

Dongxia Liu has recently been promoted to Associate Professor, with tenure.

ChBE Researchers Develop Clean, Efficient Method of Natural Gas Conversion

Sakbodin, Liu and Wachsman have created a membrane reactor that converts methane gas into more valuable material.

Undergrads Host AIChE Conference; Chem-E Car Shelldon Heads to National Competition

AIChE welcomes more than 300 chemical engineering students from more than two dozen schools.

Wells Fellowships Support New Battery and Catalyst Technologies

Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering graduate students receive inaugural awards.

2013-2014 ChBE Undergraduate Awards

Exceptional students recognized at annual ceremony.

Liu Wins NSF CAREER Award

New ceramic membrane could improve conversion of natural gas into chemicals and fuels.

ChBE Announces Teaching Assistant Awards

Arya, Emdadi and Gibbons honored by department.

Wu Wins Catalysis Club Poster Award

Liu Group member honored for work on catalytic characterization of novel hierarchical lamellar zeolites.

Liu Wins ACS Petroleum Fund Grant

Project will develop new catalyst formulations used to process heavy feedstocks into clean fuels.

Liu Joins ChBE Faculty

Professor designs nanomaterials used to improve efficiency of sustainable fuels, fuel cells.