Dr. Xinhua Liang

Linda and Bipin Doshi Associate Professor

Chemical & Biochemical Engineering

Dr. Xinhua Liang is an associate professor in the Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering at Missouri S&T. He joined the department as an assistant professor in January 2012. He received his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder in December 2008 and had three years’ postdoctoral training there. He attended the Chemical Engineering program at Tianjin University, earning his B.S. in June 2001 and M.S. in June 2003. Dr. Liang’s research interests are in the areas of thin film growth on particles by atomic/molecular layer deposition (ALD/MLD), and applying this thin film coating technology to a broad range of energy and environmental materials research, such as nanostructured catalytic materials, storage batteries, solid oxide fuel cells, and nanostructured materials for gas and liquid separation.

Research Interests:

Surface science and catalysis, Nanostructured films and devices, Energy and environmental applications

Personal Website:


Nanostructured Materials for Catalysis and Energy Storage



Xinhua Liang (liangxin@mst.edu(573) 341-7632)



National Science Foundation, Department of Energy, and Industries



Liang Group uses Atomic/Molecular Layer Deposition (ALD/MLD) to design and synthesize nanostructured materials for various applications including important chemical reactions, energy conversion and storage, and environmental remediation. ALD/MLD is a thin film growth technique based on sequential, self-limiting surface chemical reactions and allows for precise deposition of ultra-thin, highly conformal coatings over complex 3D topography structures, with excellent control over stoichiometry and properties. The value in applying this thin film coating technology is to enable to harness the unexpected phenomena that result from the changes in structure and chemistry which occur over atomic scales at surfaces or interfaces.



  1. “Simple approach: Heat treatment to improve the electrochemical performance of commonly used anode electrodes for lithium-ion batteries”, Y. Jin, H. Yu, and X. Liang, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 12 (27), 41368-41380, 2020
  2. “Enhanced catalytic performance of Zr modified CuO/ZnO/Al2O3 catalyst for methanol and DME synthesis via CO2 hydrogenation”, S. Ren, X. Fan, Z. Shang, W. R. Shoemaker, L. Ma, T. Wu, S. Li, N. Klinghoffer, M. Yu, and Xinhua Liang, Journal of CO2 Utilization, 36, 82-95, 2020
  3. “Atomic layer deposited Pt-Co bimetallic catalysts for selective hydrogenation of α, β-unsaturated aldehydes to unsaturated alcohols”, X. Wang, Y. He, Y. Liu, J. Park, and X. LiangJournal of Catalysis, 366, 61-69, 2018
  4. “Synergic titanium nitride coating and titanium doping by atomic layer deposition for stable- and high-performance LiFePO4”, Y. Gao, J. Park, and X. LiangJournal of the Electrochemical Society, 165 (16), A3871-A3877, 2018
  5. “Highly active alumina supported nickel nanoparticle catalysts for dry reforming of methane”, Z. Shang, S. Li, L. Li, G. Liu, and X. LiangApplied Catalysis B: Environmental, 201, 302-309, 2017
  6. “"Core-Shell" nanostructured supported size-selective catalysts with high catalytic activity”, Z. Shang, and X. LiangNano Letters, 17 (1), 104-109, 2017
  7. “Employing synergetic effect of doping and thin film coating to boost the performance of lithium-ion battery cathode particles”, R. L. Patel, Y.-B. Jiang, A. Choudhury, and X. Liang, Scientific Reports, 6, article No. 25293, 2016
  8. “Significant capacity and cycle-life improvement of lithium-ion batteries through ultrathin conductive film stabilized cathode particles”, R. L. Patel, H. Xie, J. Park, H. Y. Asl, A. Choudhury, and X. LiangAdvanced Materials Interfaces, 2 (8) 1500046, 2015