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   Zhongmin Liu
Title: Professor, Academician of CAE
Research Field: Industrial Catalysis
Phone: +86-411-84379998
Email: zml@dicp.ac.cn
Website: www.dmto.dicp.ac.cn/english
Address: 457 Zhongshan Road, Dalian, 116023, China


Professor Zhongmin Liu received his BS degree in Physical Chemistry from Zhengzhou University in 1983 and his PhD in Physical Chemistry from Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics in 1990. He has been the Director of Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, CAS since 2017.
In 2006, as a leading scientist, Prof. Liu, together with partners and his colleagues, has successfully accomplished the industrial demonstration test of DMTO technology. Based on DMTO technology, the world’s first commercial MTO unit has been built by Shenhua group, which was a milestone in the fields of coal to chemicals. Besides DMTO, Prof. Liu has also developed many other new catalysts and catalytic processes, such as methanol to ethanol, propylene to isopropanol and methanol to dimethyl ether. Recently, the world’s first Coal-to-Ethanol (methanol to ethanol) demonstration plant (100 KTA ethanol) has been commissioned.
By the end of October 2018, Zhongmin Liu has cultivated more than 40 graduate students with Ph.D degree and M.S degree, has published more than 300 papers and 1 academic monograph, holds 351 authorized effective patents, including 198 China patents and 153 foreign patents. Prof. Liu is the editorial board of “Journal of Chinese Catalysis”, ”Journal of Energy Chemistry”, “Progress in Chemical Industry”, and the dean of College of Energy Chinese Academy of Sciences, the vice chairman of the Chinese Petroleum Society, the standing member of the Chemical Industry and Engineering Society of China. He was the member of International Academic Committee of 13th, 14th and 17th International Zeolite Conference. He has also given many invited presentations on international conferences.


B.S., Chemistry, 1983, Zhengzhou University
M.S., Chemical Physics, 1986, Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Ph.D., Chemical Physics, 1990, Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences


Director, Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 2017-present
Director, National Energy Low-carbon Catalysis and Engineering R&D center, 2009-present
Director, National Engineering Laboratory for Methanol to Olefins, 2008-present
Vice-Director, Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 2007-2017
Professor, Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 1996-present


1. Catalysis and New Catalytic Reactions
2. Molecular Sieves Synthesis
3. Methanol & Derivatives Conversion Technologies
4. Syngas Conversion
5. Hydrocarbon Conversion Research
6. Multiphase Catalytic Process Development and Scale-up
7. Engineering R&D


1. The Technology of Methanol to Olefins
2. The Technology of Methanol to Ethanol
3. The Technology of Propylene to Isopropanol
4. Methanol to Dimethyl Ether
5. The Technology of N-butene and Acetic acid to Sec-butyl Acetate


2018 Professional Achievement Award for Innovations in Green Process Engineering by AIChE.
2017 National Innovation Competition Awards.
2017 The 6th Chinese Catalytic Achievement Award.
2015 Academician of Chinese Academy of Engineering.
2015 The Science and Technology Innovation Award of 2015 HLHL Foundation.
2014 The state Technological Invention Awards First Prize on “The technology of methanol to olefins (DMTO)”.
2013 The China Petroleum and Chemical Industry Federation (CPCIF) Science and technology Progress Award (special class) on “Sets of Industrial Technology Development and Application in Demonstration Project of Coal to Olefin in Baotou”.
2012 National Engineering Laboratory for Methanol to Olefins won the state Innovative Talents Promoting Plan in Key Area.
2011 The research group for methanol to olefins won Outstanding Science and Technology Research Achievement Prize of the Chinese Academy of Sciences.
2011 "Approaching Commercialization of the Technology of Olefins Manufacturing from Coal Instead of Oil" was picked out as one of Top Ten “Science and Technology Progress News" of China.
2011 The China Petroleum and Chemical Industry Federation (CPCIF) Technology Invention Award (special class) on " DMTO technology".
2011 The 13th China Patent Award of "Method for Producing Light Olefin from Methanol or/and Dimetyl Ether(ZL200710064232.3)".
2009 The first class Technology Invention Award on "catalyst for DMTO technology" by Dalian Municipality Government.
2008 The first class Science and Technology Progress Award on “DMTO technology” by Liaoning Province Government.
2008 The first class Technology Invention Award on “The Technology of Solid Acid Catalysis Pressure Propylene Hydration Isopropanol” by Dalian Municipality Government.
2008 The second class Science and Technology Progress Award on "15000 Tons DMTO Demonstration Unit" by Shanxi Province Government.


1. Methanol to Olefins, Zhongmin Liu, Yu Liu, Peng Tian, Mao Ye, Yingxu Wei, Yunpeng Xu, Ligong Qiao, Jinling Zhang, Lei Wang, Science Press, ISBN 978-7-03-043306-0, 2015.
2. Selective conversion of CO2 and H2 into aromatics. Youming Ni, Zhiyang Chen, Yi Fu, Yong Liu, Wenliang Zhu*, Zhongmin Liu*, Nature Communications, 9, 3457-3463, 2018.
3. Coupling of Methanol and Carbon Monoxide over H-ZSM-5 to Form Aromatics. Zhiyang Chen, Youming Ni, Yuchun Zhi, Fuli Wen, Ziqiao Zhou, Yingxu Wei, Wenliang Zhu*, Zhongmin Liu*, Angewandte Chemie International Edition, 57(38), 12549-12553, 2018.
4.Direct Mechanism of the First Carbon–Carbon Bond Formation in the Methanol-to-Hydrocarbons Process. Xinqiang Wu, Shutao Xu, Wenna Zhang, Jindou Huang, Jinzhe Li, Bowen Yu, Yingxu Wei*, Zhongmin Liu*, ANGEWANDTE CHEMIE-INTERNATIONAL EDITION, 129,9167-9171, 2017.
5. Advances in Catalysis for Methanol-to-Olefins Conversion. Shutao Xu, Yuchun Zhi, Jingfeng Han, Wenna Zhang, Xinqiang Wu, Tantan Sun, Yingxu Wei*, Zhongmin Liu*, Advances in Catalysis,61,37-122,2017.
6.Methanol to olefins (MTO): from fundamentals to commercialization, Peng Tian, Yingxu Wei, Mao Ye, Zhongmin Liu*, ACS Catalysis, 5:1922-1938, 2015.
7.Cavity Controls the Selectivity: Insights of Confinement Effects on MTO Reaction. Jinzhe Li, Yingxu We, Jingrun Chen, Shutao Xu,, Peng Tian, Xiaofeng Yang, Bing Li, Jinbang Wang, Zhongmin Liu*, ACS Catalysis, 5, 661-665, 2015.
8.Reaction behaviors and kinetics during induction period of methanol conversion on HZSM 5 zeolite, Liang Qi, Yingxu Wei, Lei Xu*, Zhongmin Liu*, ACS Catalysis, 5 , 3973-3982, 2015.
9.Direct observation of cyclic carbenium ions and their role in the catalytic cycle of the methanol-to-olefin reaction over chabazite zeolites. Shutao Xu, Anmin Zheng, Yingxu Wei, Jingrun Chen, Jinzhe Li, Yueying Chu, Mozhi Zhang, Quanyi Wang, You Zhou, Jinbang Wang, Feng Deng, Zhongmin Liu*. Angewandte Chemie International Edition, 52(44), 11564-11568, 2013.
10.Synthesis of DNL-6 with a high concentration of Si (4Al) environments and its good application for CO2 separation. Xiong Su, Peng Tian, Dong Fan, Qinghua Xia, Yue Yang, Shutao Xu, Lin Zhang, Ying Zhang, Dehua Wang, Zhongmin Liu*. ChemSusChem, 6(5), 911-918, 2013.
11.Observation of heptamethylbenzenium cation over SAPO-Type molecular sieve DNL-6 under real MTO conversion conditions, Jinzhe Li, Yingxu Wei, Jingrun Chen, Peng Tian, Xiong Su, Shutao Xu, Yue Qi, Quanyi Wang, You Zhou, Yanli He, Zhongmin Liu*, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 134, 836-839, 2012.
12.A novel solvothermal approach to synthesize SAPO molecular sieves using organic amines as the solvent and template, Dong Fan, Peng Tian, Shutao Xu, Qinghua Xia, Xiong Su, Lin Zhang, Ying Zhang, Yanli He, Zhongmin Liu*, J. Mater. Chem., 22, 6568-6574, 2012.



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