About Us

Who We Are

The Gao Liu Research Lab is part of the Energy Storage & Distributed Resources Division (ESDR) at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab). We combine synthetic chemistry, composite engineering and electrochemistry to solve interdisciplinary problems in energy generation, storage and usage. Our researchers 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.

What We Do

Our activities are focused in five key research areas:

Electrical energy storage engineering
•    Classic lithium-ion battery
•    Advanced lithium ion battery
•    Sodium-ion battery
•    Lithium-sulfur battery
•    Solid-state battery
•    Composite electrode design

Thermal energy storage
•    Phase-changing materials for building
•    Hybrid thermal and electrical energy storage

Energy materials
•    Graphite and silicon anode
•    Functional electrode binders
•    Electrolyte and additives
•    Functional binder and particle interaction
•    Lithium metal electrode protection

Advanced manufacturing
•    Biomimetics
•    Pre-lithiation
•    Battery recycling and upcycling
•    Bioplastic upcycling

Resilient Community Initiative
•    Materials for extreme climate

Visiting and Getting in Touch

Berkeley Lab is one of 17 National Labs operated by the U.S. Department of Energy. The Lab is located in a secure area above the University of California, Berkeley campus. Visitors must have a sponsor to enter the site.

Address & Phone / Fax

Energy Storage & Distributed Resources Division
Energy Technologies Area
1 Cyclotron Road, MS 70R0108B
Berkeley, CA 94720
Phone: (510) 486-4202


A scientist or staff member must sponsor your visit to Berkeley Lab. For more information, including how to get here, building access, gate information and more, please visit: ps.lbl.gov/site-access/

Maps and Directions to Berkeley Lab


Locate an Employee

Berkeley Lab Staff Directory: phonebook.lbl.gov
Energy Technologies Area Staff Directory: eta.lbl.gov/staff
Energy Storage & Distributed Resources Division Staff: esdr.lbl.gov/staff
Gao Liu Research Lab Staff: liulab.lbl.gov/people


Please contact Dr. Chen Fang, Postdoctoral Researcher, Gao Liu Lab, Energy Storage & Distributed Resources Division.

Postdoctoral Researcher
(510) 486-5125