An interview with BMC Chemical Engineering Section Editor, Dr. Gongping Liu

Recently, BMC has launched a new research journal dedicated to the field of chemical engineering, BMC Chemical Engineering. The journal’s Editorial Board has more than twenty experts from North America, Australia, Europe, and Asia in basic and applied research. We are pleased to have BMC Chemical Engineering’s Section Editor, Dr. Gongping Liu, to talk with us about this journal as well as his vision for it.


Dr. Gongping Liu
Dr. Gongping Liu

BMC Chemical Engineering is now open to submissions. Can you speak about the reason for an open access journal in chemical engineering?

Chemical engineering is a field that combines engineering concepts with core scientific principles to develop real world solutions to the benefit of humanity. For example, research into desalination and water purification membranes is of vital importance for the future of a sustainable water supply across the planet. Improving the processing of cheap and efficient materials for affordable solar cells could be the solution to our future energy crisis. Chemical engineering is becoming a focus of scientists and engineers worldwide. BMC has launched the new open access journal BMC Chemical Engineering to make the latest developments in the field available to more researchers, particularly those who do not have access to paid databases currently.

As one of the journal’s Section Editors, what is your vision for the journal?

We aim to grow BMC Chemical Engineering into a chemical engineering journal with global impact and internationally renowned in the next three to five years. We hope to devote our efforts to make BMC Chemical Engineering one of the top chemical engineering journals in the next ten years.

Which types of articles are suitable for submission to BMC Chemical Engineering?

BMC Chemical Engineering has a broad scope; it welcomes papers in basic research and applied research in chemical engineering, such as reaction engineering, separation and purification processes, transport phenomena, process design, sustainable chemical and biochemical processes. Please refer to our detailed submission guidelines, for more instructions on how to prepare your submission, including style and formatting rules for all article types.

This is a very promising chemical engineering journal, on which I aspire to publish my own research.

How do I determine if my article is a good fit for BMC Chemical Engineering?

We recommend that you read through the scope of BMC Chemical Engineering which is divided into the following 6 sections: process design, optimization and intensification; reaction engineering and catalysis; transport phenomena; separation and purification processes; plant design, management and control; sustainable chemical and biochemical processes.  Also, you can browse the papers that have been published in this journal. We also have experienced editors and peer reviewers who will ascertain what should be published in the journal.

Compared with other journals in the field, what are the differences in positioning of BMC Chemical Engineering?

BMC is a pioneer of open access publishing. In line with the BMC Series ethos, all content in the journal will be open access. We encourage authors to make data associated with their manuscripts accessible online. At the same time, this journal will have an expedited review process, which will enable the latest cutting-edge research to publish as quickly as possible.

Can you describe what BMC Chemical Engineering means to you?

This is a very promising chemical engineering journal, in which I aspire to publish my own research.

In addition, this is the first time I am acting as Section Editor of an international research journal. I hope to contribute my best to its growth and development.


Dr. Gongping Liu

Dr. Gongping Liu received his Bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering at Nanjing University of Technology and went on to complete his PhD there in 2013 on mixed-matrix membranes and vapor separation. Following completion of his PhD, Dr. Liu joined Nanjing Tech University as a lecturer, and undertook a post-doctoral position at Georgia Tech working on hollow fiber membranes and gas separation during 2015-2017. He then took up an Associate Professor position at Nanjing University of Technology where his current research interests lie in the area of two-dimensional-materials membranes and mixed-matrix membranes for molecular separations.

Dr. Liu has published over 60 papers in Nature Materials, Angewandte Chemie, ACS Nano, Advanced Functional Materials, Chemical Society Reviews, Journal of Membrane Science and AIChE Journal with over 2500 citations. He has received the North American Membrane Society (NAMS) Young Membrane Scientist Award in 2018 and the International Forum on Advanced Materials Young Scientist Award in 2017.

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