Academic Profile

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.
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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)

Architected nanomaterials for solar-to-fuel and solar-to-electric conversion.
Photocatalysis for air and water treatment.
  • Amorphous vs. Crystalline Electrocatalysts for Oxygen Evolution Reaction

  • 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 Recyclable Catalysts

  • Seawater (Photo)-Electrolysis for Renewable Hydrogen Production

  • Selective On-Site Hydrogen Peroxide Synthesis via Electrochemical Oxygen Reduction Reaction
  • Liu Bin, Zeng Hua Chun. (2004). Mesoscale Organization of CuO Nanoribbons: Formation of "Dandelions". Journal of the American Chemical Society, 126, 8124-8125.

  • 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.