- Ph.D. Materials Science & Engineering, University of Washington, 1990
- M.S. Materials Science & Engineering, University of Washington, 1986
- B.S. Chemical Engineering, Hunan University, 1982
Jun Liu holds a joint position in materials science and engineering and chemical engineering. He joins the UW from Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), where he served as the director of Energy Processes and Materials Division, leading a team of 200 staff and an annual budget of more than $60 million in research.
Jun’s research addresses the fundamental challenges of materials synthesis and applications, battery innovation and energy storage. As the director of the Battery500 Consortium, Jun led a team comprised of experts from national laboratories, industry and universities to develop high-performance batteries for electric vehicles that are smaller, lighter and less expensive. He hopes the multi-institutional partnership will create the most powerful next-generation lithium batteries for electric cars. Jun has been cited over 60,000 times and issued over 60 U.S. patents. He is in the top 1% of most cited researchers, a ranking he has held since 2014, according to Clarivate Analytics. He is a fellow of the Materials Research Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Electrochemical Society. He is an elected fellow of the Washington State Academy of Science.