Xiaowei Liu, Ph.D.

Research Scientists

Research Scientist

Research Interests

​Design and synthesis of novel porous frameworks-based materials (e.g. MOFs, COFs and POPs, etc.) and membranes for molecular adsorption, separation and electrocatalysis in sustainable energy development.

Selected Publications

  • "Explosive" synthesis of metal-formate frameworks for methane capture: an experimental and computational study 
    X.-W. Liu, Y. Guo, A. Tao, M. Fischer, T.-J. Sun, P. Z. Moghadam, D. Fairen-Jimenez and S....
    Chem. Commun., 53(83): 11437., (2017)
  • Composites of metal-organic frameworks and carbon-based materials: preparations, functionalities and applications 
    X.-W. Liu, T.-J. Sun, J.-L. Hu and S.-D. Wang
    J. Mater. Chem. A, 4(10): 3584., (2016)
  • Template-based synthesis of a formate metal-organic framework/activated carbon fibre composite with optimized perfo... 
    X.-W. Liu, J.-L. Hu, T.-J. Sun, Y. Guo, T. D. Bennett, X.-Y. Ren and S.-D. Wang
    Chem. Asian J., 11: 3014., (2016)


  • ​Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics (DICP), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), China, 2019
  • Visiting Ph.D. Student, Chemical Engineering, University of Cambridge, UK, 2016-2017
  • B.E., Chemical Engineering and Technology, Hefei University of Technology (HFUT), China, 2013


  • ​China National Scholarship for Ph.D. Students, 2017
  • Outstanding Graduate of Anhui Province, China, 2013
  • China National Scholarship for College Students, 2012
  • Second Prize in 'Sinopec-Mitsui Chemicals Cup', the 6th National Chemical Engineering Design Competition for College Students in China, 2012

Research Interests Keywords

MOFs COFs Porous membranes1 adsorption separation Molecular simulations