Professor LIU Xiaogang

(Provost’s Chair Professor)

B. Eng, Beijing Technology and Business University, China; M.Sc. Chemistry, East Carolina University, U.S.A.; Ph.D. Chemistry, Northwestern University, U.S.A.; Postdoctoral Associate, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, U.S.A.

Contact Information

Office: S8-05-09
Tel: (65)-6516-1352 | Fax: (65)-6779-1691
Email: | Personal webpage


ORCID: 0000-0003-2517-5790

ResearcherID: A-8038-2011


Recognition and Achievements

  • NUS Young Investigator Award, 2006
  • BASF-SNIC Award in Materials Chemistry 2011
  • Chemical Society Reviews Emerging Investigator Lectureship Award 2012


Research Interests

My general interests are supramolecular chemistry, materials science, and nanotechnology:

  • Developing nanoparticle-based ultrasensitive sensor systems for metal ions and biological molecules Designing novel nanomaterials with high catalytic activity and recyclability
  • Synthesizing low-dimensional nanomaterials
  • Developing lanthanide-doped fluorescent nanoparticle probes


Research Highlight

Ref: Xu, H.; Chen, R. F.; Sun, Q.; Lai, W. Y.; Su, Q. Q.; Huang, W.; Liu, X. G., Recent progress in metal-organic complexes for optoelectronic applications. Chem. Soc. Rev. 2014, 43, 3259-3302.

The metal-organic complex offers unique optical and electronic properties arising from the interplay between the inorganic metal and the organic ligand. The ability to modify chemical structure through control over metal-ligand interaction on a molecular level could directly impact the properties of the complex. When deposited in thin film form, this class of materials enables the fabrication of a wide variety of low-cost electronic and optoelectronic devices. These include light emitting diodes, solar cells, photodetectors, field-effect transistors as well as chemical and biological sensors.


Teaching Contributions

  • CM3251 Nanochemistry


Representative Publications 

  • An, Z. F.; Zheng, C.; Tao, Y.; Chen, R. F.; Shi, H. F.; Chen, T.; Wang, Z. X.; Li, H. H.; Deng, R. R.; Liu, X. G.; Huang, W. Stabilizing Triplet Excited States for Ultralong Organic Phosphorescence. Nat. Mater. 2015, 14, 685-690.
  • Tian, J.; Zeng, X.; Xie, X. J.; Han, S. Y.; Liew, O. W.; Chen, Y. T.; Wang, L. H.; Liu, X. G. Intracellular Adenosine Triphosphate Deprivation through Lanthanide-Doped Nanoparticles. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2015, 137, 6550-6558.
  • Deng, R. R.; Qin, F.; Chen, R. F.; Huang, W.; Hong, M. H.; Liu, X. G. Temporal Full-Colour Tuning through Non-Steady-State Upconversion. Nat. Nanotechnol. 2015, 10, 237-242.
  • Wang, F.; Liu, X. G. Multicolor Tuning of Lanthanide-Doped Nanoparticles by Single Wavelength Excitation. Acc. Chem. Res. 2014, 47, 1378-1385.
  • Xu, H.; Chen, R. F.; Sun, Q.; Lai, W. Y.; Su, Q. Q.; Huang, W.; Liu, X. G. Recent Progress in Metal-Organic Complexes for Optoelectronic Applications. Chem. Soc. Rev. 2014, 43, 3259-3302.
  • Deng, R. R.; Liu, X. G. Optical Multiplexing Tunable Lifetime Nanocrystals. Nat. Photon. 2014, 8, 10-12.
  • Wang, J.; Deng, R.; MacDonald, M. A.; Chen, B.; Yuan, J.; Wang, F.; Chi, D.; Andy Hor, T. S.; Zhang, P.; Liu, G.; Han, Y.; Liu, X. Enhancing Multiphoton Upconversion through Energy Clustering at Sublattice Level. Nat. Mater. 2014, 13, 157-162.