Jian Liu completed a B.Eng. degree in Metallic Materials Engineering at Sichuan University in 2006, an M.Eng. in Materials Science and Engineering at University of Science and Technology Beijing in 2009, and a Ph.D. in Materials Science at the University of Western Ontario in 2013 with Prof. Xueliang (Andy) Sun. Prior to joining UBC in Jan 2017, he was a postdoctoral fellow in Energy and Environment Directorate at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL, 2015-2016), and Advanced Light Source at Lawerence Berkeley National Laboratory (2014-2015). Dr. Liu is the recipient of the prestigious NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowship Award (2014-2016), a PNNL Alternated-Sponsored Fellowship (2015-2016), the Mitacs Elevate Postdoctoral Fellowship Award (2013-2014), and the Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Self-Financed Students Abroad (2013).