Personal profile

Personal profile

Dr. Mina Liu

Post-doc research fellow of New Materials Institute (NMI),

University of Nottingham Ningbo China


Phone: 15906510905


Research interests

·         Localized corrosion and oxidation mechanisms on a variety of metals/alloys by using atomistic simulation methods

·         Electro-catalysis relevant to air pollution (NxO reduction reaction), greenhouse gas emission (COx reduction reaction), as well as other clean resources (H2O/O2)


Education & working experiences

Sept. 2009-Jun. 2013—Bachelor, Materials Science & Engineering, University of Science and Technology Beijing (USTB)

Sept. 2013-Jun. 2019—Ph. D, major in Materials Science & Engineering, USTB, China

Sept. 2016-Oct. 2018; Jul. 2019-Dec. 2019—Ph. D, "2+2" joint project between USTB and KTH Royal Institute of Technology with dual-doctoral degree, joint Ph. D student in KTH

May 2020-Nov. 2022—Post-doc, Materials Science & Engineering, Ningbo Institute of Materials Technology & Engineering (NIMTE) CAS, China

Dec. 2022-till now—Post-doc research fellow, Materials Science & Engineering, University of Nottingham Ningbo China (UNNC)


Projects involved in

Atomic simulation of the microscopic breakdown mechanisms of Al2O3 film under Cl ion solution, National Natural Science Foundation of China (finished).

ALUminium oXides for processing and products, Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research (finished).

Interactions involved in the localized corrosion of Titanium alloys applied in deep sea environments, collaborative 725-USTB project (finished).

Corrosion and abrasion mechanism of Ti- and Fe-based alloys used as connection strcutures in marine environments, Ye Qisun Science Foundation (on-going).

Holistic fundamental understanding of hydrogen-microstructure interactions in duplex stainless steel to combat hydrogen embrittlement, Swedish Research Council (on-going).


Student (co-)supervision

Zijun Yan (PhD student of UNNC, Year 1), Shuhui Chen (PhD student of USTB, Year 1), Yueying Zheng (Year 3), Fan Wang (PhD student, graduated in 10/2023).

Selected publications

  • Liu M, Pu J, Huang S, et al. Density-functional theory study of point defect formation and diffusion in α-alumina and effects of applied strain and alloy doping. Materials Today Communications, 2023, 34, 105068.
  • Liu M, Huang F, Lai Z, et al. Atomic-scale de-passivation mechanisms of anatase TiO2 induced by corrosive halides based on density-functional theory. Applied Surface Science, 2023, 621, 156859.
  • Lai Z, Liu M, Bi P, et al. Perspective on Corrosion Studies Using Scanning Electrochemical Cell Microscopy: Challenges and Opportunities. Analytical Chemistry, 2023, 95(43), 15833-15850.
  • Chen Z, Guo X, Zhang L, Lu G, Liu M*, Liu S*. Anticorrosion mechanism of Al-modified phosphate ceramic coating in the high-temperature marine atmosphere. Surface and Coatings Technology, 2022, 441, 128572.
  • Liu M, Jin Y*, Pan J*. Relevance of implicit and explicit solvent in density-functional theory study of adsorption at electrochemical NaCl/Al interface. Materials Today Communications, 2022, 31, 103425.
  • Liu M*, Jin Y, Chen B, et al. Density functional theory study of influence of oxide thickness and surface alloying on Cl migration within α-Al2O3. Journal of The Electrochemical Society, 2021, 168(8), 081508.
  • Zhang F, Örnek C, Liu M, et al. Corrosion-induced microstructure degradation of copper in sulfide-containing simulated anoxic groundwater studied by synchrotron high-energy X-ray diffraction and ab-initio density functional theory calculation. Corrosion Science, 2021, 184, 109390.
  • Liu M, Jin Y*, Leygraf C, et al. A DFT-study of Cl ingress into α-Al2O3(0001) and Al(111) and its possible influence on localized corrosion of Al. Journal of the Electrochemical Society, 2019, 166(11), C3124-C3130.
  • Liu M, Jin Y, Leygraf C*, et al. Adsorption of H2O, OH and Cl on aluminium surfaces and their effects on work function by DFT calculations. Molecules, 2019, 24(23), 4284.
  • Örnek C, Liu M, Pan J, et al. Local Volta potential of intermetallics in aluminum alloy under thin aqueous adlayers – A combined DFT and experimental study. Topics in Catalysis, 2018, 61(9-11), 1169-1182.
  • Jin Y*, Liu M, Zhang C, et al. First-Principle Calculation of Volta Potential of Intermetallic Particles in Aluminum Alloys and Practical Implications. Journal of The Electrochemical Society, 2017, 164(9), C465-C473.
  • Zhang C*, Liu M, Jin Y, et al. The corrosive influence of chloride ions preference adsorption on α-Al2O3(0001) surface. Applied Surface Science, 2015, 347, 386-391.
  • Liu M, Jin Y*, Zhang C, et al. Density-functional theory investigation of Al pitting corrosion in electrolyte containing chloride ions. Applied Surface Science, 2015, 357, 2028-2038.