Associate Professor Ting Liao

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Role in the Centre

Ting Liao is an Investigator in the Centre for Materials Science. As a computational chemist, Ting Liao is especially interested in the unique properties of low-dimensional nanomaterials which cannot be obtained from the corresponding bulk forms. Her research has been focusing on computational design of low-dimensional materials in diverse energy applications, including photovoltaics, catalysis and energy storage. Inspired from the uniqueness of theoretical computation in providing useful insights into experimental phenomena, and the ability to predict new materials, Ting began designing novel nanomaterials not yet in existence, but are expected to be created with the advancement of technology.

Short Biography

Ting is a tenured Associate Professor in QUT’s School of Mechanical, Medical and Process Engineering. She received her PhD in 2009 from Institute of Metal Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences. Since then, she has been awarded four Research Fellows and has worked at Japan’s National Institute for Materials Science, The University of Queensland, Australia, and University of Wollongong, Australia. In 2017, she joined QUT as Senior Lecturer and ARC Future Fellow, and in the second year she was promoted to Associate Professor. Ting has received honorary positions, such as the Editorial Board Member (Scientific Reports, Nature Publishing Group) and Guest Editor (Sustainable Materials and Technologies, Elsevier Publisher). Her current research interests include theoretical design of nanomaterials in targeted energy applications including photovoltaic, nanocatalytic and energy conversion and storage.

Selected Publications

“Metal-Nitrogen-Doped Carbon Materials as Highly Efficient Catalysts: Progress and Rational Design” Shi, Z.S.; Gu, Y.T.; Liao, T.; Sun, Z.Q. Adv. Sci. 2020, in press.

“Hierarchical molybdenum phosphide coupled with carbon as a whole pH-range electrocatalyst for hydrogen evolution reaction” Ge, R.Y.; Huo, J.J.; Liao, T.; Liu, Y.; Zhu, M.Y.; Li, Y.; Zhang, J.J.; Li, W.X. Appl. Catal. B 2020, 260, 118196.

“Beyond seashells: bio-inspired 2D photonic and photoelectronic devices” Sun, Z. Q#.; Liao, T.#; Li, W.X.; Qiao, Y.X.; Ostrikov, K. Adv. Funct. Mater. 2019, 29, 1901460. (#equal contribution)

“Metal-ion bridged high conductive RGO-M-MoS2 (M = Fe3+, Co2+, Ni2+, Cu2+, and Zn2+) composite electrocatalysts for photo-assisted hydrogen evolution” Ge, R.Y.; Li, W.X.; Huo, J.J.; Liao, T.; Cheng, N.Y.; Du, Y.; Zhu, M.Y.; Li, Y.; Zhang, J.J. Appl. Catal. B 2019, 246, 129-139.

“Simplest MOF Units for Effective Photodriven Hydrogen Evolution Reaction” Liao, T.; Kou, L.Z.; Du, A.J.; Sun, Z.Q.  J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2018, 140, 9159-9166.

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