Archives—August 2009

New Faculty

In its second Strategic Faculty Hiring Initiative (SFHI), Michigan Tech has hired seven new faculty members to conduct research in computational discovery and innovation, including Yu Wang, Virginia Tech, materials science and engineering: Yu Wang’s research focuses on modeling and simulation of phase transformation in ferroic or magnetizable materials, nanoparticle self-assembly, nanodomain diffracting phenomena and multifunctional composites.

Formation of Nano Metal Particles Under the Influence of Argon discharge Plasmas

Monday, August 10, 2009 2:30 – 3:30 pm
Room 607, M&M Building

Professor Chang-jun Liu
Tianjin University


Highly dispersed noble metal nanoparticles can be produced in solution, ionic liquids or withinvarious porous materials at room temperature using glow discharge plasma reduction. Theprepared nanoparticles were characterized with UV-visible absorption spectra (UV-vis), X-rayphotoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) equipped with anenergy dispersion X-ray spectrometer (EDX), catalytic reactions and others. The nucleation andgrowth of nanoparticles under the influence of the plasma are closely related with the highenergy electrons generated by glow discharge plasma. Because of its simple, economical andextremely time efficient synthesis procedure, this facile and one-step method will be verypromising as an alternative route for the preparation of metal colloids and supportednanoparticles, which would be significant for both fundamental and applied researches.


Chang-jun Liu is a Professor at School of Chemical Engineering and Technology ofTianjin University. He obtained B.S degree in Chemical Engineering from Dalian Institute ofTechnology (1985), M.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from Dalian University of Technology(1988) and Ph.D. degree in Organic Chemical Technology from Tianjin University (1993).

Chang-jun Liu is the author of more than 120 scientific articles and editor of an ACS Book andguest editor of Catalysis Today and Green Chemistry. His academic services include Chairmanof the 10th International Conference on CO2 Utilization, Organizer of several Symposia in theNational Meeting of American Chemical Society and 2010 Program Chair of Fuel ChemistryDivision of American Chemical Society. His professional honors include the NSFC DistinguishedYoung Scholars (2002) and Chang Jiang Distinguished Professorship (2004). He has deliveredthe Specialized iNANO Lecture at Aarhus University of Denmark (2008), Seminar of School ofChemical Engineering and Materials Science of University of Oklahoma (2002), the MaterialsTechnology Center Seminar of Southern Illinois University (2005), Seminar at Pacific NorthwestNational Laboratory (2006) and the Surface Science & Catalysis Seminar at Lawrence BerkeleyNational Laboratory (2008).