Luke completed his PhD on multicomponent metal-organic frameworks with Prof Shane Telfer at Massey University. He then moved to Northwestern University as a Postdoctoral Fellow in Prof T. David Harris’ lab working on 2D metal-organic magnetic semiconductors. He was appointed as a Lecturer in Inorganic Chemistry at Victoria University of Wellington in 2020 and lead the Porous Materials Research Group.
Luke’s current research projects, supported by Royal Society Te Apārangi and Victoria University of Wellington, focus on tackling challenges in storing, distributing, and potentially exporting green hydrogen generated from renewable sources.
Luke is also interested in exploring fundamental physical properties of metal-organic frameworks which might lead to applications in future computing, memory, or sensing devices.
My passion is to use synthetic chemistry tools to tackle challenges in renewable energy, future electronic devices, and explore materials fundamental physical properties.Dr Luke Liu
May 9, 2022
Funding successes for our investigators and their research programmes during 2021. This funding enables our researchers and collaborators to continue their breakthrough research in advanced materials and nanotechnology.
July 10, 2015
Luke Liu builds molecular sponges—known as metal-organic frameworks, or MOFs, these molecular sponges have the potential to store and separate industrial compounds such as hydrogen, methane and carbon dioxide with high efficiency. The energy required to separate these compounds using current methods is high—for example, about a third of the power generated from coal burning is used to capture the carbon dioxide from the post-combustion gas mixtures produced during the coal burning process.
July 10, 2015
The age of fossil fuels is coming to an end and global warming from their burning is undeniable - but when will tomorrow begin? Will there be a long transition period, with a mish-mash of renewables while we learn to harness the sun’s energy efficiently, as plants have been doing for 3.5 billion years? Is there even enough sunlight striking the Earth to supply the increasing energy demands of 6-9 billion humans?
February 16, 2019
The age of fossil fuels is coming to an end and global warming from their burning is undeniable, but when will tomorrow begin?