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

The team's work on micelle electrolyte was selected by Research Outreach and was highlighted in their January edition, issue 120. Check out the links below for details: https://researchoutreach.org/articles/inspiration-surfactants-li-s-cells-longer-life/ https://researchoutreach.org/publication/  
The team has recently developed a novel methodology to analyze the decomposition product of electrolyte and additives by using on-electrode chromatography and matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization (MALDI). This work was published in Joule, and was highlighted on the Berkeley Lab news center website. Congratulations!
Warmly welcome our new members- Tianyu Zhu and Nhan Tran! Tianyu joined the group in October of 2020, having graduated from University of South Carolina with a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry. He is currently leading effort to synthesize and test polymer binder materials for Si/SiO2 anodes. Nhan joined the group in  December, 2020. He received a Ph.D. in Energy Science and Engineering in DGIST, South Korea in 2020. He is currently working on Si anode and Li-S projects.  We wish them good luck and a good start on the job! Tianyu Zhu Nhan Tran