Chang Liu

Chang Liu

Postdoctoral Researcher-Chemical Engineering


Chang Liu is a postdoctoral researcher in NREL’s Chemistry and Nanoscience Center. Her research focuses on low-temperature electrolysis and specifically in the testing of devices for performance and durability, incorporating catalysts, ionomers and membranes into membrane electrode assemblies and characterization materials. She is interested in material integration for electrolyzers and relevant electrochemical and degradation mechanisms.

Prior to joining NREL, Chang earned her doctorate in mechanical engineering from RWTH Aachen University, Germany in 2021. She was also a doctoral researcher at Forschungszentrum Juelich for 4 years. Her doctoral research focused on polymer electrolyte membrane (PEM) electrolysis, especially noble metal coatings for porous transport layers, membrane electrode assembly fabrication, and degradation processes of PEM electrolysis.

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Research Interests

Low-temperature electrolysis

Material integration for electrolyzers

Degradation processes of PEM electrolysis


Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, RWTH Aachen University

M.Sc., Materials Science and Engineering, Wuhan University of Technology

Professional Experience

Ph.D. Researcher, Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH, Institute of Energy and Climate Research: Electrochemical Process Engineering (2017–2021)

Featured Work

Exploring the Interface of Skin-Layered Titanium Fibers for Electrochemical Water Splitting, Advanced Energy Materials (2021)

Constructing a Multifunctional Interface between Membrane and Porous Transport Layer for Water Electrolyzers, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces (2021)

Performance Enhancement of PEM Electrolyzers through Iridium-Coated Titanium Porous Transport Layers, Electrochemistry Communications (2018)