Junjie Niu

Junjie Niu

  • Richard and Joanne Grigg Professorship
  • Associate Professor, Materials Science and Engineering

Prior to coming to the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, Junjie Niu was a Postdoctoral Associate in Departments of Nuclear & Materials Science and Engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He received his Ph.D. in Materials Science in 2005. He was a faculty member at Shanghai JiaoTong University (SJTU) before joining Prof. Yury Gogotsi's group at Drexel as a Postdoc. From 2011 to 2014, he moved to Prof. Ju Li's group at UPenn and MIT, developing a new lab and leading experimental research. Dr. Niu’s interdisciplinary research includes understanding fundamental science in physics/chemistry, and engineering materials in applications of energy storage, water treatments and chemo-mechanics.

Niu has published more than 80 papers in prestigious journals including Nature sister journals--Nature Nanotechnology and Nature Communications and two book chapters; By 3/2022, his total citation is 11,500+ times with a H-index of 44 and i10 index of 102.

Dr. Jun Jie Niu's Lab Website


  • PhD (Combined with MS), Materials Physics and Chemistry, Zhejiang University, China, 2005
  • BS, Material Science, Shandong Institute of Light Industry, China, 2000

Research Interests

  • Next-generation lithium-ion and beyond batteries
  • NMC based battery and polymer recycling
  • Fundamental mechanism of electro-chemo-mechanical property of materials using in-situ TEM observations
  • Water-energy nexus: self-cleaning, water purification including bacteria/biofilm/POPs/chemicals/bacteria/chloroform removal


  • X Chen, M Shang, Junjie Niu. Inter-layer-calated thin Li metal electrode with improved battery capacity retention and dendrite suppression. Nano Letters, 20 (2020), 2639-2646. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acs.nanolett.0c00201
  • M Shang, X Chen, B Li, Junjie Niu. A fast charge/discharge and wide-temperature battery with germanium oxide layer on TiCA3 MXene matrix as anode. ACS Nano, 14 (2020), 3678-3686. https://doi.org/10.1021/acsnano.0c00556
  • S Klimchuk, M Shang, M Samuel, Junjie Niu. A robust hybrid hydrophilic coating on HDPE surface with enhanced mechanical property. ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 12 (2020), 32017-32022.
  • J Liu, X Lin, T Han, Q Lu, J Long, H Zhang, X Chen, Junjie Niu,* J Li. An artificial sea urchin with hollow spines: improved mechanical and electrochemical stability in high-capacity Li-Ge batteries. Nanoscale, 12 (2020), 5812-5816. (inside cover)
  • J Liu, X Lin, H Zhang, Z Shen, Q Lu, Junjie Niu,* J Li and P Braun. A bee pupa-infilled honeycomb structure-inspired Li2MnSiO4 cathode for high volumetric energy density secondary batteries. ChemComm. 55 (2019), 3582-3585.
  • Y Lv, X Chen, M Shang, Junjie Niu. Double-net enclosed sulfur composite as a new cathode in lithium sulfur batteries. The Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 123 (2019), 17719-17727.
  • P Zhou,T Han, C Gu, J Li, Z Shen, H Zhang, Junjie Niu, J Liu and J Liu. A novel wheel-confined composite as cathode in Li-S batteries with high capacity retention. Journal of Alloy and Compounds, 776 (2019), 504-510.
  • J Liu, P Zhou, W Zhang, Xi Chen, J Huang, J Li, M Chi and Junjie Niu, All-in-one Sn-Co alloy as binder-free anode in high-capacity batteries and its dynamic lithiation in situ. ChemComm. 55 (2019), 529-523. DOI: 10.1039/C8CC07868H.
  • Y Lu, M Shang, X, Chen, P Nezhad, Junjie Niu, Largely improved battery performance using micro-sized silicon skeleton caged by polypyrrole as anode. ACS Nano, 13 (2019), 12032-12041. https://doi.org/10.1021/acsnano.9b06301.
  • X Chen, Y Lv, M Shang, Junjie Niu. Iron controllable lithium into lithiotropic carbon fiber fabric: a novel Li metal anode with improved cyclability and dendrite suppression. ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 11 (2019), 21584-21592.
  • Y Ye, S Klimchuk, M Shang, K McDonald, Junjie Niu. Acoustic bubble suppression by constructing a hydrophilic coating on HDPE surface. ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces,11(2019), 16944-16950.
  • S Kang, M Shang, M Spence, M Andrew, S Liu, and Junjie Niu. Dynamic charge acceptance and hydrogen evolution of new MXene additive in advanced lead-acid batteries via a rapid screening three-electrode method. ChemComm. 54 (2018), 3456-3459.
  • Y Kim, M Shang, S Kang, J Karsseboom, and Junjie Niu. A strong hydrophobic coating by conducting a new hierarchical architecture. The Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 122 (2018) 4628-4634.
  • L Zhang, J Pu, Y Jiang, Z Shen, J Li, J Liu, H Ma, Junjie Niu and H Zhang. Low interface energies tune the electrochemical reversibility of tin oxide composite nanoframes as lithium ion battery anodes. ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 10 (2018), 36892-36901.
  • P Zhou,T Han, C Gu, J Li, Z Shen, H Zhang, Junjie Niu, J Liu and J Liu. A novel wheel-confined composite as cathode in Li-S batteries with high capacity retention. S Kang, Xi Chen, and Junjie Niu. Sn wears super skin: a new design for long cycling batteries. Nano Letters, 18 (2018) 467-474. DOI: 10.1021/acs.nanolett.7b04416.

Awards, Honors, and Societies

  • Niu group has received several millions of dollars research grants, which are sponsored by a variety of agencies including federal agencies such as NSF and industries.
  • Dr.Niu has received a series of awards including but not limited to, 2020 Office of Research/ UWM Foundation Research Award, Ignite Grant Program for Applied Research Award for 2020-2021, MRS Best Presentation Award, 2019, Outstanding Research Award, 2019.
  • UWMF Technology Licensing Award, 2018, and Shanghai “ChenGuang” Scholar (2007).