Prof. Xinhua Liang Portrait

  Dr. Xinhua Liang

   Missouri University of Science and Technology
   210-A Bertelsmeyer Hall
   Rolla, MO 65409
   Phone: 573-341-7632

   BS ChE, Tianjin University, 2001
   MS ChE, Tianjin University, 2003
   PhD ChE, University of Colorado at Boulder, 2008

Research Areas

Surface science and catalysis, Nanostructured films and devices, Energy and environmental applications

Research Statement

Our research focuses on rational and directed design of nanostructured materials for efficient reactions and separations technologies. Atomic/Molecular Layer Deposition (ALD/MLD) thin film coating technique will be used for this research program. ALD/MLD is a thin film growth technique based on sequential, self-limiting surface chemical reactions and allows for precise deposition of ultra-thin, highly conformal coatings over complex 3D topography structures, with excellent control over stoichiometry and properties. The value in applying this thin film coating technology is to enable to harness the unexpected phenomena that result from the changes in structure and chemistry which occur over atomic scales at surfaces or interfaces. The second value is that the user of the material (particle or film) can save cost by using less of the most expensive substrate on the surface where the function of the material substrate is most critical.

Representative Publications

X. Liang, N.-H. Li, and A. W. Weimer, "Templated-directed Synthesis of Porous Alumina Particles with Precise Wall Thickness Control via Atomic Layer Deposition", Microporous and Mesoporous Materials 149(1) 106-110 (2012).

X. Liang, J. Li, M. Yu, C. N. McMurray, J. L. Falconer, and A. W. Weimer, "Stabilization of Supported Metal Nanoparticles Using an Ultrathin Porous Shell", ACS Catalysis 1(10), 1162-1165 (2011).
X. Liang, Y. Zhou, J.a Li, and A. W. Weimer, "Reaction Mechanism Studies for Platinum Nanoparticle Growth by Atomic Layer Deposition", Journal of Nanoparticle Research 13(9), 3781-3788 (2011).
X. Liang, K. S. Barrett, Y.-B. Jiang, and A.n W. Weimer, "Rapid Silica Atomic Layer Deposition on Large Quantities of Cohesive Nanoparticles", ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces 2(8), 2248-2253 (2010).
X. Liang, X. Lu, M. Yu, A. S. Cavanagh, D. L. Gin, and A. W. Weimer, "Modification of Nanoporous Supported Lyotropic Liquid Ccrystal Polymer Membranes by Atomic Layer Deposition", Journal of Membrane Science 349(1-2), 1-5 (2010).