Chong Liu became a Neubauer Family Assistant Professor in 2018. She works to synthesize materials and develop tools to address water-related issues in energy, environment, and health. Specifically, Liu is developing energy-efficient molecular separation technologies for aqueous systems through the design of new membrane materials, sorbent materials, and electrochemical tools. Such materials have applications in seawater desalination, resource separation, and isotope separation, and can further be applied to general separation applications such as industrial feedstock separation and drug purification. Liu works to develop next-generation catalyst and electrochemical systems for industrial applications such as fuel production, electrochemical feedstock production, electrochemical wastewater treatment, and electrochemical resource mining.
Liu earned a PhD in materials science and engineering at Stanford University and a BS in chemistry from Fudan University. Prior to joining the University of Chicago, she was a postdoctoral researcher at Stanford University.