LIU, Lijia


Dr. Lijia Liu

Associate professor


Education and Work Experience

2013/08-, Associate professor in Institute of Functional Nano & Soft Materials (FUNSOM), Soochow University, Suzhou, China

2012/08-2013/07, Postdoctoral fellow, Chemistry department, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK, Canada

2007/08-2012/07, Ph. D. in Physical Chemistry, University of Western Ontario, London, ON, Canada

2003/09-2007/07, B. Sc in Chemical Physics, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, China


Research Interests

Synchrotron spectroscopy studies of advanced materials on their electronic structure and optical properties. Spectroscopic techniques includes X-ray absorption fine structure (XAFS), X-ray emission spectroscopy (XES), X-ray excited optical luminescence (XEOL), and photoelectron spectroscopy. By analyzing fundamental properties of materials such as conduction and valence band structure, band gap, and defect structure, we could provide insights in the working mechanism of these materials used in practical devices. The synchrotron experiments are based on various domestic and international top-rated research facilities, such as Canadian Light Source, Taiwan Photon Source, Shanghai Synchrotron Radiation Facility, etc. So far, I have published more than 50 papers in peer-reviewed international scientific journals, and two book chapters.


Current ongoing projects include, but not limited to:

1.Electronic structure study of lead halide perovskite materials and its application in optoelectronic devices

2.Morphology and defect tuning of nanostructured TiO2 and analysis on their electronic structures

3.Developing new synchrotron X-ray absorption spectroscopy technique and spectroscopy analysis.


Undergraduate teaching:

Physical Chemistry (II)


Selected Publications                         

1. Lijia Liu, Jitao Li, John A. McLeod (2018) Influence of Eu-substitution on luminescent CH3NH3PbBr3 quantum dots. Nanoscale 10, 11452-11459

2. John A. McLeod and Lijia Liu (2018) Prospects for Mitigating Intrinsic Organic Decomposition in Methylammonium Lead Triiodide Perovskite. J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 9, 2411-2417 (Perspective)

3. Yi Liu, Feipeng Zhao, Jitao Li, Yanguang Li, John A. McLeod, Lijia Liu (2017) Influence of crystal phase on TiO2 nanowire anodes in sodium ion batteries. J. Mater. Chem. A 5, 20005

4. Rongbin Wang, Chen Wu, Yun Hu, Jitao Li, Pengfei Shen, Qi Wang, Liangsheng Liao, Lijia Liu, and Steffen Duhm (2017) CH3NH3PbI3–xClx under Different Fabrication Strategies: Electronic Structures and Energy-Level Alignment with an Organic Hole Transport Material. ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces 9, 7859-7865

5. Weidong Xu, John A. McLeod, Yingguo Yang, Yimeng Wang, Zhongwei Wu, Sai Bai, Zhongcheng Yuan, Tao Song, Yusheng Wang, Junjie Si, Rongbin Wang, Xingyu Gao, Xinping Zhang, Lijia Liu and Baoquan Sun (2016) Iodomethane-Mediated Organometal Halide Perovskite with Record Photoluminescence Lifetime, ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces, 8, 23181-23189

6. Weidong Xu, Lijia Liu, Pengfei Shen, Baoquan Sun, and John A. McLeod (2016) Dissociation of Methylammonium Cations in Hybrid Organic-Inorganic Perovskite Solar Cells, Nano Lett. 16, 4720-4725


Contact Information

Rm 301, Building 910

Institute of Functional Nano & Soft Materials (FUNSOM)

Soochow University, 199 Ren'Ai Road

Suzhou Industrial Park

Suzhou, Jiangsu 215123 China



Tel: 86-512-65884530


Edited by Juan Yang