Dr. Xin Liu received his PhD degree from Dalian University of Technology in 2006, where he now serves as an associate professor in Chemistry. In these years, he also worked as a visiting scholar at Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics from 2006 to 2008, with a CSC fellowship at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 2010, as a postdoc fellow at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) from 2010 to 2011, as a visiting scholar at University of Virginia (UVA) in 2014 , as a visiting research consultant at KAUST in 2015, as a visiting professor at Université Paris-Est in 2017, as a visiting research consultant at KAUST in 2018 and as an academic visitor to Istituto di Chimica dei Composti Organo Metallici Consiglio, Nazionale delle Ricerche, Italy in 2019. He is now serving as a key member of "Synthesis and Application of Inorganic Microporous Materials" research team headed by Prof. Changgong Meng at School of Chemistry, Dalian University of Technology. His research interests mainly focus on the theoretical design of functional nanomaterials for energy and environmental applications. He has authored more than 80 papers in renown journals, including Chem. Mater., Nanoscale, Catal. Sci. Technol., ChemCatChem, J. Phys. Chem. C, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. and etc, with a H index >24.
能源碳基小分子活化转化的基本理论（Theoretical investigation on reaction mechanisms involved in activation and conversion of carbon-based small molecules for energy applications）：依托快速发展的理论化学方法，通过大规模并行计算，在原子和分子尺度分析和讨论碳基小分子在催化剂作用下的结构转化规律及其与催化剂电子结构之间的关系。
新型功能材料设计（Design of novel functional materials based on extensive electronic structural calculations.）： 侧重研究材料在极限条件下（如：水/溶剂热、高温/高压等）的结构演化规律，预测特定材料的可控制备路线和方法。目前重点研究分子筛和介孔材料的形成过程的微观机理。