Faculty Profile

Dongxia Liu

Robert K. Grasselli Professor of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering


  • Post-Doctorate – 2011 University of Minnesota, MN, USA
  • Doctorate – 2009 University of Rochester, NY, USA
  • Master – 2003, Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China
  • Bachelor – 2000 Shandong University, Jinan, China

About Dongxia Liu

Dongxia Liu obtained her B.S. degree in Chemistry major from Shandong University in China in 2000. She won her M.S. degree from Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2003. In 2009, she received her Ph.D. in chemical engineering from University of Rochester. Her PhD work focused on Development of Novel Electrolyte Membranes for Intermediate Temperature Fuel Cells. After graduation, she did 2 years of post-doctorate in University of Minnesota with Prof. Michael Tsapatsis and Prof. Aditya Bhan, focusing on the synthesis and characterization of novel meso-/microporous zeolite catalysts. In 2012, Dongxia Liu joined the University of Maryland College Park (UMD) as an assistant professor and was promoted to an associate professor in 2018 and full professor in 2022. Dongxia joined the University of Delaware (UD) in January 2023. Dongxia’s group works on Catalysis and Materials Synthesis, targeting for controlling composition and constitution of nanostructured materials for membrane and catalyst technologies as well as reaction engineering to address the challenging issues in renewable energy and chemical production, fuel conversion, sustainable water supply, and environmental remedy. She has authored more than 80 peer-reviewed journal articles on these topics and served on the program and organizing committees of various international workshops and conferences. She won the UMD’s Faculty-Student Research Award (FSRA) awards (2021 and 2013), Junior Faculty Outstanding Research Award in A. James Clark School of Engineering at UMD (2020), and the NSF CAREER award (2013).

Select Publications

For a complete listing of publications, please view the Full CV.

  1. Qi Dong, Yonggang Yao, Sichao Cheng, Konstantinos Alexopoulos, Jinlong Gao, Sanjana Srinivas, Yifan Wang, Yong Pei, Chaolun Zheng, Alexandra H. Brozena, Xizheng Wang, Jiaqi Dai, Hao Zhao, Weiqing, Zheng, Hilal Ezgi Toraman, Zhiwei Lin, Bao Yang, Yiguang Ju, Dionisios G. Vlachos, Dongxia Liu, Liangbing Hu, “Programmable heating and quenching for non-equilibrium thermochemical synthesis” Nature, 2022, 605, 470-476. Doi: 10.1038/s41586-022-04568-6
  2. Mann Sakbodin†, Emily Schulman†, Yi-Lin Huang, Ying Pan†, Eric D. Wachsman, and Dongxia Liu, “Direct non-oxidative methane conversion in an autothermal hydrogen-permeable membrane reactor”, Advanced Energy Materials, 2021, 11, Article No. 2102782. doi: 10.1002/aenm.202102782
  3. Lu Liu†, Dongxia Liu, and Chen Zhang, “High-temperature hydrogen/propane separations in asymmetric carbon molecular sieve hollow fiber membranes”, Journal of Membrane Science, 2022, 642, Article No. 119978. doi: 10.1016/j.memsci.2021.119978
  4. Ying Pan†, Antara Bhowmick†, Wei Wu†, Yuan Zhang†, Yuxia Diao, Aiguo Zheng, Chen Zhang, Rongxuan Xie, Zixiao Liu†, Jianqiang Meng, and Dongxia Liu, “Titanium Silicalite-1 Nanosheet Supported Platinum for Non-oxidative Ethane Dehydrogenation”, ACS Catalysis, 2021, 11, 9970-9985. doi: 10.1021/acscatal.1c02676
  5. Mann Sakbodin†, Emily Schulman†, Su Cheun Oh†, Ying Pan†, Eric D. Wachsman, and Dongxia Liu, “Dual utilization of greenhouse gases to produce C2+ hydrocarbons and syngas in a hydrogen-permeable membrane reactor”, Journal of Membrane Science, 2020, 595, Article No.: 117557. doi: 10.1016/j.memsci.2019.117557
  6. Emily Schulman†, Wei Wu†, and Dongxia Liu, “Two-dimensional zeolite materials: structural and acidity properties”, Materials, 2020, 13, Article No.: 1822. doi: 10.3390/ma13081822
  7. Lu Wei†, Kechen Song†, Wei Wu†, Scott Holdren, Guanghui Zhu, Emily Shulman†, Wenjin Shang, Huiyong Chen, Michael R. Zachariah, and Dongxia Liu, “Vapor-phase strategy to pillaring of two-dimensional zeolite”, Journal of the American Chemical Society, 2019, 141, 8712-8716. doi: 10.1021/jacs.9b03479
  8. Su Cheun Oh†, Emily Schulman†, Junyan Zhang†, Jiufeng Fan, Ying Pan†, Jianqiang Meng, and Dongxia Liu, “Direct non-oxidative methane conversion in a millisecond catalytic wall reactor”, Angewandte Chemie International Edition, 2019, 58, 7083-7086. doi: 10.1002/anie.201903000
  9. Yiqing Wu†, Scott Holdren, Yuan Zhang†, Su Cheun Oh†, Dat T. Tran, Laleh Emdadi, Zheng Lu, Mei Wang, Taylor J. Woehl, Michael Zachariah, Yu Lei, and Dongxia Liu, “Quantification of rhenium oxide dispersion on zeolite: Effect of zeolite acidity and mesoporosity”, Journal of Catalysis, 2019, 372, 128-141. doi: 10.1016/j.jcat.2019.02.024
  10. Sucheun Oh†, Jiayi Xu, Dat T. Tran, Bin Liu, and Dongxia Liu, “Effects of controlled crystalline surface of hydroxyapatite on methane oxidation Reactions”, ACS Catalysis, 2018, 8, 4493-4507. doi: 10.1021/acscatal.7b04011

Patents (h3)

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Research Areas

Material design and synthesis, Membrane Reactor, Short-contact-time reactor, Energy conversion and storage, Nanoporous materials, Catalysis and Reaction engineering.

Office: 329 CLB
Phone: 302-831-6725
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