Our Research

The Gao Liu Research Lab combines synthetic chemistry, composite engineering and electrochemistry to solve interdisciplinary problems in energy generation, storage and usage. We use advanced diagnostics to understand fundamental and critical issues in energy systems, as well as synthetic techniques to develop new materials that improve overall system performance. 

Research Areas

Recent Highlights

At the end of September, we bid farewell to our group member Zhimeng Liu, a visiting graduate student from Sichuan U (China), who has been in the group since September, 2018. He will now return to China to defend his thesis based on the work he has done here at LBNL. We sincerely wish him good luck on the thesis defense and all the best to his future endeavors! At the same time, we welcome our new member Joe Papp. Joe is a freshly minted Ph.D. who just defended his thesis in Chemical Engineering at UC Berkeley in August. He will now lead… more
Congratulations to Zhimeng Liu and coauthors on the recent publication of their article "Reversible Crosslinked Polymer Binder for Recyclable Lithium Sulfur Batteries with High Performance" in Advanced Functional Materials! This paper details a novel Li-S binder system consisting of commercially-available poly(acrylic acid) and poly(ethyleneimine), which react to form a dissolvable ionic crosslinked polymer (DICP) network. Not only does this binder lend improved cycling performance to sulfur/carbon composite cathodes, but it readily dissolves under basic aqeuous conditions, paving the way for… more
Check out our new paper "A Micelle Electrolyte Enabled by Fluorinated Ether Additives for Polysulfide Suppression and Li Metal Stabilization in Li-S Battery," published on Frontiers Chemistry on Jun 19th, 2020. This paper introduced our pioneering research on developing fluorinated electrolyte additives for advanced battery applications. As demonstrated in the paper, the novel electrolyte additive is validated to be effective addressing polysulfide dissolution… more