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Liang Feng

Incoming Assistant Professor

Thomas Lord Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science

Duke University

Durham, NC 27708 USA


ORCID  Google Scholar

Selected Awards and Honors
Scialog Fellow in Negative Emissions Science | Research Corporation for Science Advancement

Forbes 30 Under 30             

Innovators Under 35 of China | MIT Technology Review                                                                                                    

Early Career Network Representative | U.S. Department of Energy, Basic Energy Sciences     

IAS Award for Excellence in Publications by a Young Member | International Adsorption Society           

MRS Postdoctoral Award | Materials Research Society                                                                                                     

MRS Graduate Student Award | Materials Research Society

World Laureates Forum Young Investigator | World Laureates Association                      

PMSE Future Faculty Scholar | ACS Division of Polymeric Materials: Science and Engineering           

CAS Future Leader | ACS Division of Chemical Abstracts Service    

Foresight Fellowship | Foresight Institute                                                                             

Distinguished Student Award in Nanotechnology | Foresight Institute                                                      

Rising Star in Soft and Biological Matter | UChicago MRSEC                                                                  

12 Under 12 Young Alumni Spotlight | Association of Former Students (AFS), Texas A&M University          

Distinguished Graduate Student Award for Excellence in Research | AFS, Texas A&M University       

About Liang

Liang Feng will be joining Duke University's Thomas Lord Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science this coming November. He earned his Ph.D. in 2020 from Texas A&M University, where he investigated hierarchical architectures of porous materials, such as metal-organic frameworks and porous polymers, with applications in carbon capture, gas separation, and catalysis. As a postdoctoral researcher and Foresight Fellow at Northwestern University, he worked with Prof. Fraser Stoddart (2016 Nobel Laureate) to explore non-equilibrium materials and their energy applications. During this time, Liang made a groundbreaking discovery of the first fundamentally new adsorption mechanism since the 1930s, revolutionizing the approach to methane and hydrogen storage, carbon capture, and water remediation in active non-equilibrium systems. Liang's research achievements have earned him numerous accolades, such as the International Adsorption Society Young Researcher Award, Forbes 30 Under 30 Honoree, both MRS Postdoctoral and Graduate Student Awards, MIT Technology Review Innovators Under 35 of China, ACS PMSE Future Faculty Scholarship, and ACS COLL Victor K. LaMer Award Finalist, among others. His passion for the broader impact of research and commitment to leadership are evident in his roles as a DOE Early Career Network Representative, a CAS Future Leader, an ACS Younger Chemist Leadership Development Awardee, and a co-organizer of various diversity and career initiatives in energy science.

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