About

Welcome to the Niu’s Group. Our group covers a wide field of Materials Science, Chemical and Mechanical Engineering, as well as other interdisciplinary studies including Electrochemistry, Life Science, Environmental Sustainability, and Technological Industry Applications, in particular with lithium-based batteries for the next-generation electric vehicles.

Unsolicited Coverage in Media

  1. Researcher gets closer to next generation of fast-charging lithium-ion batteries, https://uwm.edu/news/

    https://uwm.edu/news/researcher-gets-closer-to-next-generation-of-fast-charging-lithium-ion-batteries/

  2. A recipe for better rechargeable lithium-ion batteries in the near future, at https://www.newswise.com/articles/a-recipe-for-better-rechargeable-lithium-ion-batteries-in-the-near-future
  3. Junjie Niu earns Outstanding Research Award for work in water-energy nexus at https://uwm.edu/engineering/junjie-niu-earns-outstanding-research-award-for-work-in-water-energy-nexus/
  4. Tin for the win? UWM research Magazine, featured Niu’s work at https://issuu.com/kendellhafner/docs/urc_rm2018_master_final
  5. Materials Research Society awards Niu Best Presentation award at https://uwm.edu/engineering/materials-research-society-awards-niu-best-presentation-award/
  6. Niu published in ACS Nano, files for provisional patent at https://uwm.edu/engineering/niu-published-in-acs-nano-files-for-provisional-patent/
  7. Niu Published in Nano Letters at https://uwm.edu/engineering/niu-published-in-nano-letters/

Before 2015:

1. The World at One programme at BBC Radio 4 http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b065ggjn#play
2. “Better batteries-Tiny balls of fire: A nanotechnological accident may lengthen battery lives” at  http://www.economist.com/news/science-and-technology/21660963-nanotechnological-accident-may-lengthen-battery-lives-tiny-balls-fire
3 ““Yolks” and “shells” improve rechargeable batteries: Aluminum could give a big boost to capacity and power of lithium-ion batteries.” MIT News homepage at http://news.mit.edu/2015/yolks-and-shells-improve-rechargeable-batteries-0805
4. “Aluminum “yolk” nanoparticles deliver high-capacity battery recipe” at http://www.gizmag.com/aluminium-titanium-electrode-triple-lithium-ion-battery-capacity/38809/
5. “MIT Research Points To Potential Battery Breakthrough” at http://www.ubergizmo.com/2015/08/mit-research-points-to-potential-battery-breakthrough/
6. “Accidental nanoparticles could let lithium ion batteries live another day” at http://www.extremetech.com/extreme/212388-accidental-nanoparticles-could-let-lithium-ion-batteries-live-another-day
7. “An MIT battery breakthrough could charge your smartphone in 6 minutes” at http://www.dailydot.com/technology/smartphone-battery-charging-research-nanoparticles-mit/
8. “MIT/Tsinghua high-rate aluminum yolk-shell nanoparticle anode for Li-ion battery with long cycle life and high capacity” at http://www.greencarcongress.com/2015/08/20150805-ato.html
9. “MIT stumbles on an ‘egg’ battery breakthrough: triple the capacity, six minutes to charge” at http://www.phonearena.com/news/MIT-stumbles-on-an-egg-battery-breakthrough-triple-the-capacity-six-minutes-to-charge_id72461
10. “MIT “Yolk and Shell” Nanoparticle Promises Longer-Lived Rechargeable Batteries” at http://hardware.slashdot.org/story/15/08/06/0722238/mit-yolk-and-shell-nanoparticle-promises-longer-lived-rechargeable-batteries
11. “Forgetful scientists accidentally quadruple lithium-ion battery lifespan” at http://www.geek.com/chips/forgetful-scientists-accidentally-quadruple-lithium-ion-battery-lifespan-1631273/
12. “MIT Is Developing a New Smartphone Battery That Could Charge in Just Six Minutes” at http://www.complex.com/pop-culture/2015/08/new-phone-battery-could-charge-in-six-minutes
13. “Aluminum Yolks and Titanium Shells” at http://blog.cafefoundation.org/aluminum-yolks-titanium-shells/
14. “Chance discovery boosts power of li-on batteries” at http://www.smartgridnews.com/story/chance-discovery-boosts-power-li-batteries/2015-08-06
15. “MIT Researchers Accidentally Discover A Way To Quadruple Li-ion Battery Lifespan” at http://www.redmondpie.com/mit-researchers-accidentally-discover-a-way-to-quadruple-li-ion-battery-lifespan/
16. “MIT scientists find way to make lithium-ion batteries last indefinitely and store more energy” at http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/mit-scientists-find-way-make-lithium-ion-batteries-last-indefinitely-store-more-energy-1516156
17. “Researchers accidentally boost power and capacity of Li-ion battery” at http://www.deccanchronicle.com/150818/technology-latest/article/researchers-accidentally-boost-power-and-capacity-li-ion-battery
18. “Nanoparticle ‘yolk and shell’ battery could fully charge a mobile device in six minutes” at http://www.techspot.com/news/61745-nanoparticle-yolk-shell-battery-could-charge-mobile-devices.html
19. “Yolk-Shell Nanoparticle Improves Battery Technology” at http://incompliancemag.com/yolk-shell-nanoparticle-improves-battery-technology/
20. “”Yolk and Shell” Nanoparticles Could Make Batteries Last Longer” at http://gizmodo.com/yolk-and-shell-nanoparticles-could-make-batteries-la-1722431551
21. “Researchers Accidentally Quadruple Battery Lifespan” at http://www.eeweb.com/blog/electronic_products/researchers-accidentally-quadruple-battery-lifespan
22. “Egg-inspired design to improve performance of li-ion batteries” at http://eandt.theiet.org/news/2015/aug/egg-inspired-battery.cfm
23. “Yolk-and-shell nanoparticle could boost capacity in lithium-ion batteries” at http://www.slashgear.com/yolk-and-shell-nanoparticle-could-boost-capacity-in-lithium-ion-batteries-07395949/
24. “This ‘yolk and shell’ battery could charge your phone in six minutes” at http://www.smh.com.au/digital-life/digital-life-news/this-yoke-and-shell-battery-could-charge-your-phone-in-six-minutes-20150811-gix2vz.html
25. “A small mistake helped scientists to quadruple battery lifespan” at http://gadgtecs.com/2015/08/19/science_accident_improves_lithium-ion_battery_life/
26. “MIT/Tsinghua high-rate aluminum yolk-shell nanoparticle anode for li-ion battery with long cycle life and high capacity” at http://www.renewanews.com/mittsinghua-high-rate-aluminum-yolk-shell-nanoparticle-anode-for-li-ion-battery-with-long-cycle-life-and-high-capacity/
27. “‘Yolks’ and ‘shells’ improve rechargeable batteries” at http://www.materialstoday.com/energy/news/yolks-and-shells-improve-rechargeable-batteries/
28. “Seeing how a lithium-ion battery works-An exotic state of matter — a “random solid solution” — affects how ions move through battery material.” MIT News homepage at http://newsoffice.mit.edu/2014/seeing-how-lithium-ion-battery-works-0609
and MIT Energy Initiative at http://mitei.mit.edu/news/seeing-how-lithium-ion-battery-works
29. “Exotic state of matter—a ‘random solid solution’—affects how ions move through battery material.” Science News Daily at http://www.sciencenewsdaily.org/energy-news/cluster581102940/
and Physics.org at http://phys.org/news/2014-06-exotic-state-mattera-random-solid.html
30. “Seeing how a lithium-ion battery works-An exotic state of matter — a “random solid solution” — affects how ions move through battery material.” Nanotechnology Now at http://www.nanotech-now.com/news.cgi?story_id=49627
31.“Seeing how a lithium-ion battery works.” Nano Werk at http://www.nanowerk.com/nanotechnology-news/newsid=35947.php
and ScienceSeeker at http://scienceseeker.org/post/386993 and eWallstreeter at http://ewallstreeter.com/seeing-how-a-lithium-ion-battery-works-an-exotic-state-of-matter-a-random-solid-solution-affects-how-ions-move-through-battery-material-13283
and Design-Lance at http://design-lance.com/seeing-how-a-lithium-ion-battery-works/
32.“Seeing how a lithium-ion battery works.” Health Medicine Network at http://healthmedicinet.com/news/seeing-how-a-lithium-ion-battery-works/
and 15 Minute News at http://www.15minutenews.com/article/34530294/seeing-how-a-lithium-ion-battery-works
33. “MIT team reveals inner workings of LiFePO4 cathodes in Li-on batteries; direct observation of predicted SSZ.” Green Car Congress at http://www.greencarcongress.com/2014/06/20140609-mit.html
34. “Silicon carbide: Nanowires clean themselves”. A superhydrophobic self-cleaning coating     made from silicon carbide nanowires. Featured highlights by Nature Asia-pacific at http://www.nature.com/am/journal/2009/200906/full/am2009155a.html
35. “Wire pump” “Watching fluid flow at nanometer scales: Researchers find that tiny nanowires can lift liquids as effectively as tubes.” Spotlight on the MIT Homepage at http://www.mit.edu and full story at http://web.mit.edu/newsoffice/2013/nanowires-lift-liquids-like-tubes-0331.html
and Interesting Tech at http://interesting.rk.net.nz/?p=155726
and EurekAlert! at http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-04/miot-wff040113.php
and Reade Your Higher Technology Specialty Chemicals Resource at http://www.reade.com/news/industry-news/advanced-materials-news/33960-watching-fluid-flow-at-nanometer-scales-(mit)
36. “Watching fluid flow at nanometer scales: Tiny nanowires can lift liquids as effectively as tubes.” Scientific News by ScienceDaily at http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/04/130401121511.htm
and Phys Org at http://phys.org/news/2013-04-fluid-nanometer-scales-tiny-nanowires.html
37. “Watching fluid flow at nanometer scales: Tiny nanowires can lift liquids as effectively as tubes” reported by Nanotechnology Now at http://www.nanotech-now.com/news.cgi?story_id=47195
38. “Watching fluid flow at nanometer scales (w/video)” reported by Nano Werk at http://www.nanowerk.com/news2/newsid=29802.php
39. “Watching fluid flow at nanometer scales” reported by R&D at http://www.rdmag.com/news/2013/04/watching-fluid-flow-nanometer-scales and ScienceNewsline Physics & Chemistry at http://www.sciencenewsline.com/articles/2013040118030010.html
40. “Liquid transport by tightrope” reported by SeparationsNow at http://www.separationsnow.com/details/news/13dc053bd2a/Liquid-transport-by tightrope.html?tzcheck=1
41. “Microscopic Straws Suck Liquid Without Any Power” reported by Gizmodo at http://gizmodo.com/5993130/microscopic-straws-suck-liquid-without-any-power
42. “Drexel University team creates early disease detection and drug delivery device for single living cells” by Drexel Now at http://www.drexel.edu/now/news-media/releases/archive/2010/December/Drexel-Researchers-Create-Early-Disease-Detection-and-Drug-Delivery-Device-for-Single-Living-Cells/
43. “Nano Materials Group Research Featured in Chemistry World and Published in Nature Nanotechnology” reported by Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Drexel University at http://www.materials.drexel.edu/News/Item/?i=7300
44. “Nanotube probe for cellular studies” reported by Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) Chemistry World at http://www.rsc.org/chemistryworld/News/2010/December/13121001.asp
45. “Researchers create early disease detection and drug delivery device for single living cells” reported by Physics News at http://www.physnews.com/bio-medicine-news/cluster120729459/
and reported by Physorg.com at http://phys.org/news/2010-12-early-disease-drug-delivery-device.html
46. “Nanotube Probe for Living Cells Can Advance Drug Discovery” reported by Newswise at http://www.newswise.com/articles/nanotube-probe-for-living-cells-can-advance
47. “Multifunctional carbon-nanotube cellular endoscopes” reported by Materials Research Centre at http://mrc.org.ua/news-from-mrc/104-carbon-nanotube-cellular-endoscopes
48. “A new challenger to graphene” reported by Linköping University, Sweden. The material which has been named “MXene” can be used in energy and electronics components, such as electrodes in environmentally friendly lithium-ion battery electrodes. See details at http://www.liu.se/forskning/forskningsnyheter/1.289736/?l=en&sc=true
49. “Graphene was only the beginning; now MAX phases get two-dimensional as well” reported by Nanowerk at http://www.nanowerk.com/spotlight/spotid=22551.php
50. “MXene: A new family of 2D metal carbides and nitrides” reported by R&D news at http://www.rdmag.com/news/2011/08/mxene-new-family-2d-metal-carbides-and-nitrides
51. “A new family of 2-D transition metal carbides and nitrides” reported by Drexel News at http://max.materials.drexel.edu/mxene-–-a-new-family-of-2-d-transition-metal-carbides-and-nitrides/ and http://max.materials.drexel.edu/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/Advanced_Materials_Press_release-final-web.pdf
52. “MAX exfoliation: Surprisingly simple method to make 2D graphene-like carbides” reported by Ceramic Tech Today of The American Ceramic Society at http://ceramics.org/ceramictechtoday/2011/09/06/max-exfoliation-surprisingly-simple-method-to-make-2d-graphene-like-carbides/
53. “New Nano-Ribbon Superior To Graphene Say Researchers” by Nanopatents and Innovations at http://nanopatentsandinnovations.blogspot.com/2011/10/new-nano-ribbon-superior-to-graphene.html