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Donghao Liu

Farmington Hills, MI 48331

Materials Scientist

Apex system, 2 Years in chemistry industry

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Donghao Liu


  • Seven years of laboratory experience in material and analytical chemistry
  • Comprehensive knowledge in chemistry, materials science, lithium ion batteries, biosensor and energy-related technologies
  • Instrumental experience including Maccor battery test system, Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), Transmission electron microscopy (TEM), Focused ion beam (FIB), Energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX), Atomic force microscopy (AFM), Profilometer, X-ray diffraction (XRD), BET physisorption analyses, HPLC, GC-MS, ICP-MS, Spectrometer, Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy (EIS), Quartz Crystal Microbalance (QCM), Ellipsometry, Cyclic Voltammetry, Chronoamperometry, PH meter, Thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), UV/Vis Spectroscopy, Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy, Gaussian
  • Strong teamwork skills demonstrated by collaboration with multidisciplinary research groups
  • Outstanding abilities in oral and written communication skills, and trouble-shooting 
  • Bilingual: English and Mandarin


Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL                                                                        May 2018

Master of Science: Chemistry                                                                                       GPA: 3.7/4.0


Nanchang University, Nanchang, China                                                                               June 2014

Bachelor of Engineering: Material Science and Engineering                                    GPA: 3.6/4.0

Minor: German

Work Experience


Argonne National Laboratory | Applied Materials Division |Lemont, IL

Materials Scientist (Consultant)                                                                           Jan 2019 – Present


Process Development and Scale up of Advanced Cathode Materials

  • Work as a team that study scale‑up and engineering of advanced lithium ion battery cathodes.
  • Develop synthesis processes in order to make materials with specified properties.
  • Hands on experience with battery cell and coin cell fabrication.
  • Evaluate the structural and electrochemical properties of the cathode materials.
  • Help to design and implement methods to improve the characteristics of these materials including coating, doping and heat treatment.                          


Bayer Crop Science (Monsanto Company) | Production Analytics Platform |St Louis, MO                              

Chemist (Contractor)                                                                                        May 2018 – Jan 2019

  • Evaluated the chemical and physical properties of various organic and inorganic catalytic materials using gas adsorption/surface analysis techniques including chemisorption and BET physisorption analyses.
  • Operated HPLC and GC instruments, and assist with method development and troubleshooting.
  • Performed scanning and transmission electron microscopy analysis of inorganic and biological materials
  • Experience with Good Laboratory Practices (GLP) and 5S environment.





Southern Illinois University | Materials Technology Center | Carbondale, IL                            

Research Assistant                                                                                           Aug 2014 – May 2018


Different materials as a Substrate Material for Biosensors that Utilize Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy

  • Developed electrochemical biosensor based on titanium, molybdenum and ITO glass separately to detect peanut protein Ara h1
  • Used EIS, QCM and Ellipsometry, etc. to test biosensor characterization
  • Prepared Ti based substrate by sputter coating in vacuum systems
  • Achieved excellent sensitivity and selectivity on these particular biosensors


Corrosion and Passivation of Pb anodes

  • Studied Pb anodes corrosion and passivation mechanism for chromium electroplating
  • Improved the Pb anodes performance by adding additives


Mo sulfide nanoparticle synthesis utilizing formic acid as a reducing agent

  • Synthesized Mo sulfide nanoparticle by using mild reducing agent
  • Analyzed nanoparticle using TEM, SEM, EDX and XRD


3D-Staggered Ge/GeO2-Fe2O3 Nanocomposites Anode for Lithium Ion Batteries

  • Prepared the three-dimensional GeO2-Fe2O3 and GeO2-Fe2O3-LiO2 by pulsed spray evaporation chemical vapor deposition
  • Studied electrochemical battery performance using galvanostatic charge-discharge and cyclic voltammetry 
  • Analyzed thin films using analytical instruments including: XRD, XPS, Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) analysis, SEM, TEM, FIB, AFM


Southern Illinois University |Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry |Carbondale, IL                              

Teaching Assistant                                                                                           Aug 2014 – May 2018

  • Hands-on experience with SEM, TEM, HPLC, GC-MS, FTIR, UV/Vis, Spectrometer
  • Teach students general analytical techniques including titration, dilution, etc.                           
  • Instruct up to 48 students per semester in an intermediate level chemistry lab effectively
  • Discuss and design lab curriculum with professors and give pre-lab lectures to help students better understand the chemistry concepts in class
  • Evaluate student laboratory performance, maintain safe and efficient learning experience during chemical manipulation


Southern Illinois University | IMAGE Center | Carbondale, IL                                      

Graduate Assistant                                                                                            Jan 2015 – Dec 2016

  • Senior technician for SEM, (SE, BSE, STEM, EDS), TEM, FIB, AFM, XRD
  • Sample preparation equipment such as sputter coater, microtomy, and critical point dryer.
  • Assisted in more than 20 on campus or off campus research projects on characterization and analysis of materials using SEM, TEM, FIB, AFM


Nanchang University |School of Material Science and Engineering | Nanchang, China       

Research Assistant                                                                                               Jun 2012-May 2014                                

  • Prepared the zinc-based nanomaterials by a low temperature combustion method
  • Tested photoconductive properties and characterized the morphology of the nanomaterials

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