Director Profile
LIU Zhongmin
Title: Professor
Subject: Industrial Catalysis
Professor Zhongmin Liu received his BS degree in Physical Chemistry from Zhengzhou University in 1983 and his PhD in Physical Chemistry from Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics in 1990. He has been the Director of Qingdao Institute of Bioenergy and Bioprocess Technology, CAS since 2017.
In 2006, as a leading scientist, Professor Liu, together with partners and his colleagues, has successfully accomplished the industrial demonstration test of DMTO technology. Based on DMTO technology, the world’s first commercial MTO unit was built by Shenhua group, which was a milestone for coal to chemicals. Besides DMTO, Professor Liu has also developed many other new catalysts and catalytic process, such as propylene to isopropanol, and methanol to dimethyl ether. Many of them have been commercialized.
He cultivated more than 40 graduate students for Ph.D degree and M.Sc degree, published more than 300 papers, and applies more than 600 patents. He is the member of International Academic Committee of 13th, 14th and 17th International Zeolite Conference, editorial board of "Journal of Chinese Catalysis", "Journal of Energy Chemistry" and “Chemical Industry and Engineering Progress", guest professor of Namur University. He has also given many invited presentation on international conferences.
B.S., Chemistry, 1983, Zhengzhou University
M.S., Chemical Physics, 1986, Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Ph.D., Chemical Physics, 1990, Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Director, Qingdao Institute of Bioenergy and Bioprocess Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 2017-present
Director, National Energy Low-carbon Catalysis and Engineering R&D center, 2009-present
Director, National Engineering Laboratory for Methanol to Olefins, 2008-present
Vice-Director, Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 2007-2017
Professor, Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 1996-present
1. Catalysis and New Catalytic Reactions
2. Molecular Sieves Synthesis
3. Methanol & Derivatives Conversion Technologies
4. Syngas Conversion
5. Hydrocarbon Conversion Research
6. Multiphase Catalytic Process Development and Scale-up
7. Engineering R&D
1. The Technology of Methanol to Olefins
2. The Technology of Methanol to Propylene
3. The Technology of Toluene and Methanol Conversion to Para-Xylene and Light Olefins
4. The Technology of Methanol to Ethanol
2015 Academician of Chinese Academy of Engineering
2015 The Science and Technology Innovation Award of 2015 HLHL Foundation
2014 The state Technological Invention Awards First Prize on “The technology of methanol to olefins (DMTO)”
2013 The China Petroleum and Chemical Industry Federation (CPCIF) Science and technology Progress Award (special class) on “Sets of Industrial Technology Development and Application in Demonstration Project of Coal to Olefin in Baotou”
2012 National Engineering Laboratory for Methanol to Olefins won the state Innovative Talents Promoting Plan in Key Area.
2011 The research group for methanol to olefins won Outstanding Science and Technology Research Achievement Prize of the Chinese Academy of Sciences.
2011 "Approaching Commercialization of the Technology of Olefins Manufacturing from Coal Instead of Oil" was picked out as one of Top Ten “Science and Technology Progress News" of China.
2011 The China Petroleum and Chemical Industry Federation (CPCIF) Technology Invention Award (special class) on " DMTO technology".
2011 The 13th China Patent Award of "Method for Producing Light Olefin from Methanol or/and Dimetyl Ether(ZL200710064232.3)".
2009 The first class Technology Invention Award on "catalyst for DMTO technology" by Dalian Municipality Government.
2008 The first class Science and Technology Progress Award on “DMTO technology” by Liaoning Province Government.
2008 The first class Technology Invention Award on “The Technology of Solid Acid Catalysis Pressure Propylene Hydration Isopropanol” by Dalian Municipality Government.
2008 The second class Science and Technology Progress Award on "15000 Tons DMTO Demonstration Unit" by Shanxi Province Government.
1. Methanol to Olefins, Zhongmin Liu, Yu Liu, Peng Tian, Mao Ye, Yingxu Wei, Yunpeng Xu, Ligong Qiao, Jinling Zhang, Lei Wang, Science Press, ISBN 978-7-03-043306-0, 2015
2. Methanol to olefins (MTO): from fundamentals to commercialization, Peng Tian, Yingxu Wei, Mao Ye, Zhongmin Liu*, ACS Catalysis, 5:1922-1938, 2015
3.Direct observation of cyclic carbenium ions and their role in the catalytic cycle of the methanol-to-olefin reaction over chabazite zeolites. Shutao Xu, Anmin Zheng, Yingxu Wei, Jingrun Chen, Jinzhe Li, Yueying Chu, Mozhi Zhang, Quanyi Wang, You Zhou, Jinbang Wang, Feng Deng, Zhongmin Liu*. Angewandte Chemie International Edition, 52(44), 11564-11568, 2013
4.Synthesis of DNL-6 with a high concentration of Si (4Al) environments and its good application for CO2 separation. Xiong Su, Peng Tian, Dong Fan, Qinghua Xia, Yue Yang, Shutao Xu, Lin Zhang, Ying Zhang, Dehua Wang, Zhongmin Liu*. ChemSusChem, 6(5), 911-918, 2013
5.Generation of diamondoid hydrocarbons as confined compounds in SAPO-34 catalyst in the conversion of methanol. Yingxu Wei, Jinzhe Li, Cuiyu Yuan, Shutao Xu, You Zhou, Jingrun Chen, Quanyi Wang, Qing Zhang, Zhongmin Liu*, Chem. Commun., 48, 3082-3084, 2012
6.A novel solvothermal approach to synthesize SAPO molecular sieves using organic amines as the solvent and template, Dong Fan, Peng Tian, Shutao Xu, Qinghua Xia, Xiong Su, Lin Zhang, Ying Zhang, Yanli He, Zhongmin Liu*, J. Mater. Chem., 22, 6568-6574, 2012
7.Observation of heptamethylbenzenium cation over SAPO-Type molecular sieve DNL-6 under real MTO conversion conditions, Jinzhe Li, Yingxu Wei, Jingrun Chen, Peng Tian, Xiong Su, Shutao Xu, Yue Qi, Quanyi Wang, You Zhou, Yanli He, Zhongmin Liu*, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 134, 836-839, 2012
8.Co-reaction of ethene and methylation agents over SAPO-34 and ZSM-22, Jinzhe Li, Que Qi, Zhongmin Liu *, Guangyu Liu, Dazhi Zhang, Catalysis Letters, 121, 303-310, 2008
9.Synthesis of SAPO-34 templated by diethylamine: Crystallization process and Si distribution in the crystals, Dazhi Zhang, Peng Tian, Ying Zhang, Jinzhe Li, Lei Xu, Shuanghe Meng, Zhongmin Liu *, Microporous and Mesoporous Materials, 114, 416-423, 2008
10.Quantified MS analysis applied to combinatorial heterogeneous catalyst libraries, Hua Wang, Zhongmin Liu *, Jianghan Shen, Journal of Combinatorial Chemistry, 5, 802-808, 2003
11.Crystallization and Si incorporation mechanisms of SAPO-34, Juan Tan*, Zhongmin Liu *, Xinhe Bao, Xianchun Liu, Xiuwen Han, Changqing He, Runsheng Zhai, Microporous and Mesoporous Materials, 53, 97-108, 2002
12.Light alkenes from syngas via dimethyl ether, Guangyu Cai, Zhongmin Liu *, Renmin Shi, Changqing He, Lixin Yang, Chenglin Sun, Yanjun Chang, Applied Catalysis A: General, 125, 29-38, 1995