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Chang-jun Liu, Professor, FRSC
Tel:+86 22 27406490
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Tianjin University – Nankai University Union Building, B–502,Collaborative Innovation Center of Chemical Science and Engineering (Tianjin),School of Chemical Engineering & Technology, Tianjin University

Mailing address:
P.O. Box 796666, Tianjin University
92 Weijin Road, Tianjin, China, 300072

About us

Advanced Nanotechnology Center (aNANO) was founded in 1999 by ABB Switzerland Ltd., under the name of ABB Plasma Greenhouse Gas Chemistry Laboratory. After ABB sold out her power generation business, we started to operate this laboratory by our own efforts in 2004 and changed the laboratory name in 2009.


The objective of aNANO is to research and develop novel methods for the preparation of various nano or nanostructured materials, to be used for the catalyst, energy and fuels and others.  The catalysts or nano-materials investigated include metals, zeolites, metal oxides, carbon nanotubes, graphene, porous organic materials, peptides and DNA based materials.


aNANO has developed a special cold plasma technology for the preparation of the catalyst and nano materials. Under the influence of cold plasmas, the nucleation and growth of crystals will be very different, compared to the conventional crystal growth based on equilibrium thermodynamics. The catalysts or nano materials created by the plasmas show higher dispersion (smaller size), different shapes, enhanced interaction between the metal and the support and improved catalytic properties (like better low temperature activity, enhanced stability, improved coke resistant, etc.).


aNANO is interested in the catalyst preparation for CO2 utilization, methane conversion, hydrogen storage, fuel cell, energy storage materials, biomass conversion, solar cell and solar fuels. The investigations were funded by ABB Switzerland, National Natural Science Foundation, Ministry of Science and Technology of China, Ministry of Education of China, SINOPEC, China Petroleum, NICE and Tianjin City Committee of Science and Technology.


aNANO involved organization of many international conferences or symposia in USA, China, Canada, France, Japan, Norway and Southern Korea. Prof. Chang-jun Liu, the Director of the Center, has served as the Chair of the 10th International Conference on CO2 Utilization (2009) and 2010 Program Chair of Fuel Chemistry Division of American Chemical Society. According to the 2011 Spring Newsletter of ACS Fuel Chemistry Division, Chang-jun Liu has made two most successful national meetings in the history of the division.


Prof. Liu is now the Advisory Board Member of Greenhouse Gases: Science & Technology and Editorial Board member of Applied Catalysis B, Journal of Energy Chemistry and Journal of CO2 Utilization. He was guest editors of ACS Symposium Series, Catalysis Today, Green Chemistry, ChemCatChem and Energy & Environmental Science. He served as Associate Editor-in-Chief of Plasma Science and Technology and Advisory Board member of Energy & Environmental Science.


aNANO serves as Referees for many leading journals like JACS, Chem. Soc. Rev., Chem. Commun., J. Phys. Chem. C, Green Chem., Energy & Environ. Sci., Appl. Catal. B, J. Catal. and others.


aNANO also involved the review for Chinese, Swiss and American NSFs, ERA-Chemistry for Chemical Activation of Methane and Carbon Dioxide under European Union Sixth Framework Programme, ACS Petroleum Research Foundation and others.