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Department of Chemistry

Northwestern University

2145 Sheridan Road

Evanston, IL, USA 60208-3113




Liang Feng obtained his Ph.D. in Chemistry from Texas A&M University under the supervision of Prof. Hong-Cai Zhou in 2020. During graduate studies, he utilized lability to master hierarchical architectures of porous materials, including metal-organic frameworks and porous polymers, for catalytic applications, gas separation, carbon capture, and conversion. Currently, Liang is exploring the frontier of non-equilibrium materials and their energy applications as a Foresight Fellow working with Prof. Fraser Stoddart at Northwestern University, where he discovered the first fundamentally new mode of adsorption since the 1930s. This game-changing discovery reshapes how scientists think of methane and hydrogen storage, carbon capture, and water remediation in an active non-equilibrium manner. His research accomplishments have been recognized with many awards, including a Forbes 30 Under 30 Honoree, the IAS Award for Excellence in Publications, the Foresight Institute Distinguished Student Award, an ACS PMSE Future Faculty Scholarship, a Nanotechnology Young Researcher Award, an ACS COLL Victor K. LaMer Award Finalist, an Elsevier Reaxys PhD Prize Finalist, an MRS Graduate Student Award, a World Laureates Forum Young Investigator, a Northwestern University Postdoc of the Month, and the Texas A&M AFS Distinguished Graduate Student Award. Liang’s leadership and enthusiasm for broader impacts of chemical research are evident from his role as a DOE Early Career Network Representative, a CAS Future Leader, an ACS Younger Chemist Leadership Development Awardee, and co-organizer of many diversity and career activities in energy science.