LIU, Juan

LIU, Juan

Assistant Professor
Department: Environmental Engineering
Research interests: Biogeochemistry; Nanogeochemistry; Environmental Mineralogy
Tel/fax: (86) 010-62758641


Ph.D. in Geochemistry, 2009, Virginia Tech, USA

M.S. in Geochemistry, 2004, Peking University, Beijing, China

B.S. in Mineralogy, 2001, China Universityof Geosciences, Wuhan,China.


Assistant Professor (2013-present): College of Environmental Sciences and Engineering, Peking University, China.

Staff Scientist (2010-2013): Geochemistry group, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, USA.

Post Doctorate Research Assistant (2009-2010): Geochemistry group, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, USA.


Fundamentals of Environmental Mineralogy

Nanomaterials in Aqueous Environment


Origin, transport, and transformations of nanomaterials in natural waters;

Electron transfer at the mineral-microbe or mineral-water interfaces;

Nanoparticle structure-reactivity relationships.


(* Corresponding author)


25. G Zhu, Y Yang, J Liu*, F Liu, A Lu, W He*, Enhanced photocurrent production by the synergy of hematite nanowire-arrayed photoanode and bioengineered Shewanella oneidensis MR-1. Biosensors and Bioelectronics. 2017, 94:227-234. (IF = 7.476)



24. A Sheng, F Liu, L Shi, J Liu*, Aggregation Kinetics of Hematite Particles in the Presence of Outrt Membrane Cytochrome OmcA of Shewanella oneidenesis MR-1, Environmental Science & Technology, 2016, 50:11016-11024.

23. L Shi, H Dong, G Reguera, H Beyenal, A Lu, J Liu, H Yu, and JK Fredrickson, Extracellular Electron Transfer Mechanisms Between Microorganisms and Minerals, Nature Reviews Microbiology, 2016, 4: 651-662 (IF = 24.727)

22. J Liu*, CI Pearce, L Shi, Z Wang, Z Shi, E Arenholz, KM Rosso*, Particle Size Effect and the Mechanism of Hematite Reduction by the Outer Membrane Cytochrome OmcA of Shewanella Oneidensis MR-1, Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 2016, 193: 160-175

21. J Liu, Y Zhang, C Liu, M Peng, A Yu, J Kou, W Liu, J Zhai*, J Liu*, Piezo-phototronic effect enhanced UV photodetector based on CuI/ZnO double-shell grown on flexible copper microwire, Nanoscale Research Letters, 2016, 11:28

20. J Liu*, Z Wang*, A Sheng, F Liu, F Qin, ZL Wang*, In Situ Observation of Hematite Nanoparticle Aggregates by Using Liquid Cell Transmission Electron Microscopy, Environmental Science & Technology, 2016, 50: 5606-5613.

19. A Sheng, F Liu, N Xie, J Liu*, Impact of Proteins on Aggregation Kinetics and Adsorption Ability of Hematite Nanoparticles in Aqueous Dispersions. Environmental Science & Technology, 2016, 50 (5): 2228


Before 2015

18. Liu J*, Pearce CI, Liu C, Wang Z, Shi L, Arenholz E, and Rosso KM, Fe3-xTixO4 Nanoparticles as Tunable Probes of Microbial Metal Oxidation. Journal of the American Chemical Society, 2013, 135 (24): 8896-8907 (IF = 13.038)

17. Liu J, Pearce CI, Qafoku O, Rosso KM, Arenholz E, Heald SM, and Peretyazhko TS, Tc(VII) reduction kinetics by titanomagnetite (Fe3-xTixO4) nanoparticles. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 2012, 92: 67-81.

16. Liu J, Wang Z, Belchik SM, Edwards MJ, Liu C, Kennedy DM, Merkley EE, Lipton MS, Butt JN, Richardson DJ, Zachara JM, Fredrickson JK, Rosso KM, Shi L, Identification and Characterization of MtoA: a Decaheme c-Type Cytochrome of the Neutrophilic Fe(II)-oxidizing Bacterium Sideroxydans lithotrophicus ES-1. Frontiers in Microbiology, 2012, 3: 37. 

15. Liu J*, Aruguete D, Jinschek JR, Rimstidt JR, and Hochella MF, Jr., The non-oxidative dissolution of galena nanocrystals: Insights into mineral dissolution rates as a function of grain size, shape, and aggregation state. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta. 2008, 72(24): 5984-5996.

14. Liu J*, Aruguete D, Murayama M, and Hochella MF, Jr., Influence of Size and Aggregation on the Reactivity of an Environmentally and Industrially Relevant Nanomaterial (PbS). Environmental Science & Technology, 2009, 43 (21): 8178–8183.  

13. Pearce CI, Liu J, Baer DR, Qafoku O, Heald SM, Arenholz E, Grosz AE, McKinley JP, Resch CT, Bowden ME, Engelhard MH and Rosso KM, Characterization of natural titanomagnetites (Fe3-xTixO4) for studying heterogeneous electron transfer to Tc(VII) in the Hanford subsurface. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 2014, 128(1): 114–127.

12. Wang Z, Zachara JM, Shang J, Jeon C, Liu J, and Liu C, Investigation of U(VI) Adsorption in Quartz−Chlorite Mineral Mixtures. Environmental Science & Technology, 2014, 48(14): 7766-7773.

11. Liu Y, Wang Z, Liu J, Levar C, Edwards M, Babauta JT, Kennedy DW, Shi Z, Beyenal H, Bond DR, Clarke TA, Butt JN, Richardson DJ, Rosso KM, Zachara JM, Fredrickson JK, and Shi L. A trans-outer membrane porin-cytochrome protein complex for extracellular electron transfer by Geobacter sulfurreducens PCA. Environmental Microbiology Reports, 2014, 6 (6) : 776 -785. 

10. Ilton ES, Lezama Pacheco JS, Bargar JR. Shi Z, Liu J, Kovarik L, Engelhard MH, Felmy AR, Reduction of U(VI) incorporated in the structure of hematite. Environmental Science & Technology, 2012, 46 (17) : 9428-9436.

9.  Riley BJ, McCloy JS, Goel A, Liezers M, Schweiger MJ, Liu J, Rodriguez CP, Kim D, Crystallization of rhenium salts in a simulated low-activity waste borosilicate glass. Journal of the American Ceramic Society, 2013, 98(4): 1150-1157.

8.  Pearce CI, Qafoku O, Liu J, Arenholz E, Heald SM, Kukkadapu RK, Gorski CA, Henderson CMB, and Rosso KM, Synthesis and properties of titanomagnetite (Fe3-xTixO4) nanoparticles: A tunable solid-state Fe(II/III) redox system. Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, 2012, 387 : 24-38.

7.  Szecsody JE, Zhong L, Thomle JN, Vermeul VR, Strickland C, Williams MD, Liu J, McKinley JP, Mark B, Gilmore TJ, Eisenhauer E, Colwell R, Influence of scCO2 Injection on Precipitation and Metals Migration, and Changes in Electrical Resistivity.  Energy Procedia, 2014, 63: 3285-3292.

6.  Tratnyek PG, Salter-Blanc AJ, Nurmi JT, Amonette JE, Liu J, Wang C, Dohnalkova A, and Baer DR, Reactivity of Zerovalent Metals in Aquatic Media: Effects of Organic Surface Coatings. In Aquatic Redox Chemistry. ACS Symposium Series. 2011, 1071(18): 381–406.

5.   Baer DR, Grosz AE, Ilton ES, Krupka KM, Liu J, Penn RL, Pepin A, Separation, characterization and initial reaction studies of magnetite particles from Hanford sediments. Physics and Chemistry of the Earth, 2010, 35: 233-241.

4.   Lu AH, Li Y, Lv M, Wang CQ, Yang L, Liu J, Wang YH, Wong KH, and Wong PK, Photocatalytic oxidation of methyl orange by natural V-bearing rutile under visible light. Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells. 2007, 91: 1849-1855.

3.  Lu AH, Guo YJ, Liu J, Liu F, Wang CQ, Li N, and Li QR, Photocatalytic effect of nature and modified V-bearing rutile. Chinese Science Bulletin. 2004, 49: 2284-2287.

2.  Lu AH, Liu J, Zhao D, Guo YJ, Li QR, and Li N, Photocatalysis of V-bearing rutile on degradation of halohydrocarbons. Catalysis Today, 2004, 90: 337-342.

1.   Liu J, Lu AH, Guo YJ, Li N, Li QR, Zheng J, An experimental study on the modification of natural vanadiferous rutile by heating, quenching and electron irradiation. Acta Petrologica Et Mineralogica, 2003, 4: 003


Aruguete D, Liu J, and Hochella MF, Jr., 2009, Size/Shape-property relationships of non-carbonaceous inorganic nanoparticles and their environmental implications. In Environmental and Human Health Impacts of Nanotechnology. (Ed. Lead, JR and Smith, E). Wiley-Blackwell