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Yusuf Hamied Department of Chemistry


Research Associate


Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at Yusuf Hamied Department of Chemistry
University of Cambridge, Sept. 2024-
Isaac Newton Trust Early Career Fellow at Yusuf Hamied Department of Chemistry
University of Cambridge, Jan. 2024-Jun. 2024
SNSF Postdoc.Mobility Fellow at Yusuf Hamied Department of Chemistry
University of Cambridge, Jan. 2022-Dec. 2023
BNF Visiting Research Fellow at Department of Inorganic and Analytical Chemistry
University of Geneva, Sept. 2021-Dec.2021


Ph.D. with Thesis Distinction in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering
École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Feb. 2017-Jul. 2021
M.Sc. with Distinction in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology
University of Glasgow, Sept. 2015-Sept. 2016
B.Eng. in Materials Science and Engineering
Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Sept. 2011-Jun. 2015

Honors & Awards

2021     EDCH Top 8% Thesis Distinction
The doctoral program in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, EPFL, Switzerland
Highlighted in EPFL News Link
2021     Best Oral Presentation Award
Virtual Materials Research Society Spring Meeting, Online Conference, United States
2020     Helvetica Best (virtual) Poster Award
3rd Swiss Industrial Chemistry Symposium 2020, Online Conference, Switzerland
Highlighted in in CHIMIA2020, 74 (12), 1029. Link and Symposium Website Link
2020     Best Poster Presentation Award Runner-up
Swiss Chemical Society Fall Meeting 2020, Online Conference, Switzerland
Highlighted in Swiss Chemical Society Website Link and EPFL News Link
2019     Chemistry Travel Award
Swiss Academy of Natural Sciences & Swiss Chemical Society, Switzerland
Highlighted in CHIMIA2019, 73 (6), 514-517. DOI: 10.2533/chimia.2019.514
2019     Best Poster Award Runner-up
Swiss Chemical Society Photochemistry Symposium 2019, Fribourg, Switzerland
Highlighted in CHIMIA2019, 73 (10), 840. DOI: 10.2533/chimia.2019.840 and EPFL News Link
2018     Sustainable Energy & Fuels Poster Prize
nanoGe Fall Meeting 2018 (NFM18), Torremolinos, Spain
Highlighted in EPFL News Link
2018     Best Presentation Award
Energy Materials and Nanotechnology Summit (EMN 2018), Chengdu, China
Highlighted in EPFL News Link
2017     Best Presentation Award
5th Chinese French Symposium on Advanced Materials (CFSAM-5), La Rochelle, France

Reviewer for Journals

Web of Science Records
Joule, Advanced Materials, ACS Energy LettersiScienceJournal of Materials Chemistry AChemSusChemSolar RRLThe Journal of Physical Chemistry CJournal of Electroanalytical Chemistry, Energy & FuelsAdvanced Engineering MaterialsSensors and Actuators B: ChemicalNanotechnology ReviewsMicromachines


Born in Guilin, China, Yongpeng Liu studied at Huazhong University of Science and Technology in Wuhan from 09/2011 to 06/2015, where he obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Materials Science and Engineering.

Motivated by optoelectronics and nanofabrication, he continued his studies at the University of Glasgow where obtained his master’s degree with distinction in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology in 09/2016. His master’s thesis on optoelectronic tweezers contributed 2 second author papers in peer-reviewed scientific journals.

Inspired by semiconducting materials for solar energy conversion, he pursued doctoral study at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) under the supervision of Prof. Kevin Sivula and Dr. Néstor Guijarro. He earned his Ph.D. degree with distinction in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering in 09/2021 with thesis entitled “Novel Interfacial Characterization and Surface Engineering in Semiconductor Electrodes for Optimized Solar Fuel Production”. His doctoral research consists of solution-processed photoelectrodes (metals oxides and chalcopyrite) and operando spectroelectrochemistry. His doctoral works have been published in 27 peer-reviewed scientific journals (9 first/co-first author, 5 second author, and 1 corresponding author) and have been presented in 15 conferences with 8 oral presentations (3 best oral presentation awards) and 10 poster presentations (4 poster awards).

With the aim of extending the knowledge beyond synthetic catalyst and semiconductors, Yongpeng Liu joined Prof. Ross Milton’s group as a BNF Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Geneva to study enzyme electrochemistry from 09/2021 to 12/2021. He developed a facile functionalization method for carbon electrodes, which enables efficient and stable electroenzymatic hydrogen production. The result has been published in JACS Au with him as the first and corresponding author.

Yongpeng Liu is currently an Isaac Newton Trust Early Career Fellow (01/2024 to 06/2024) in Prof. Erwin Reisner's group at the Yusuf Hamied Department of Chemistry, University of Cambridge. He was a Swiss National Science Foundation Postdoc.Mobility Fellow (01/2022 to 12/2023) and he is the awardee of the Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship from 09/2024.


Assessing the Charge Carrier Dynamics at Hybrid Interfaces of Organic Photoanodes for Solar Fuels
A Wieczorek, Y Liu, H-H Cho, K Sivula
– The Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters
Electrostatic [FeFe]-hydrogenase–carbon nitride assemblies for efficient solar hydrogen production
Y Liu, C Pulignani, S Webb, SJ Cobb, S Rodríguez-Jiménez, D Kim, RD Milton, E Reisner
– Chemical science
Efficient Cu2O Photocathodes for Aqueous Photoelectrochemical CO2 Reduction to Formate and Syngas
M Xia, L Pan, Y Liu, J Gao, J Li, M Mensi, K Sivula, SM Zakeeruddin, D Ren, M Grätzel
– Journal of the American Chemical Society
Understanding and Mitigating the Degradation of Perovskite Solar Cells Based on a Nickel Oxide Hole Transport Material during Damp Heat Testing.
M Dussouillez, S-J Moon, M Mensi, CM Wolff, Y Liu, J-H Yum, BA Kamino, A Walter, F Sahli, L Lauber, G Christmann, K Sivula, Q Jeangros, C Ballif, S Nicolay, A Paracchino
– ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces
Photoelectrochemical CO2 Reduction at a Direct CuInGaS2/Electrolyte Junction
Y Liu, M Xia, D Ren, S Nussbaum, J-H Yum, M Grätzel, N Guijarro, K Sivula
– ACS energy letters
Facile Functionalization of Carbon Electrodes for Efficient Electroenzymatic Hydrogen Production
Y Liu, S Webb, P Moreno-García, A Kulkarni, P Maroni, P Broekmann, RD Milton
– Journal of the American Chemical Society
Covalent Organic Framework Nanoplates Enable Solution-Processed Crystalline Nanofilms for Photoelectrochemical Hydrogen Evolution
L Yao, A Rodríguez-Camargo, M Xia, D Mücke, R Guntermann, Y Liu, L Grunenberg, A Jiménez-Solano, ST Emmerling, V Duppel, K Sivula, T Bein, H Qi, U Kaiser, M Grätzel, BV Lotsch
– J Am Chem Soc
High Performance Semiconducting Nanosheets via a Scalable Powder-Based Electrochemical Exfoliation Technique.
RA Wells, M Zhang, T-H Chen, V Boureau, M Caretti, Y Liu, J-H Yum, H Johnson, S Kinge, A Radenovic, K Sivula
– ACS Nano
Bulk Heterojunction Organic Semiconductor Photoanodes: Tuning Energy Levels to Optimize Electron Injection
A Sekar, JM Moreno-Naranjo, Y Liu, J-H Yum, BP Darwich, H-H Cho, N Guijarro, L Yao, K Sivula
– ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces
Identifying Reactive Sites and Surface Traps in Chalcopyrite Photocathodes
Y Liu, M Bouri, L Yao, M Xia, M Mensi, M Grätzel, K Sivula, U Aschauer, N Guijarro
– Angewandte Chemie - International Edition
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