LIU Deng

Associate Professor at School of Environmental Studies, China University of Geosciences


Add: Jingcheng Road 68, Donghu New & High Technology Development Zone, Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China

Education and Appointments:

2003.9-2007.6, B.Sc., Biology, China University of Geosciences, Wuhan

2007.9-2012.12, Ph. D., Paleontology and Stratigraphy, China University of Geosciences,Wuhan

2009.2-2009.8 & 2010.9-2012.9, Visiting student, Department of Geology and Environmental Earth Science, Miami University, USA

Analytical Skills:



Electron Microscopy (SEM/TEM)



Professional Experience:

2013-2016, post-doctor, School of Environmental Studies, China University of Geosciences,Wuhan

2016-present, Associate Professor, China University of Geosciences, Wuhan, China

2019.3-2020.1, Visiting scholar, Institut de Mineralogie, Physique des Matériaux et Cosmochimie (IMPMC), Sorbonne Université, France

Current Research Interest:


1. Microbial iron cycling

2. Biomineralization of Ca-Mg carbonates

3. Microbial fossils


Selected Publications (* author for correspondence):


Fan, Q., Liu, D.*, Papineau, D., Qiu, X., Wang, H., She, Z., Zhao, L., Precipitation of high Mg-calcite and protodolomite using dead biomass of aerobic halophilic bacteria. Journal of Earth Science, 2021, in press.


Liu, D.*, Fan, Q., Papineau, D., Yu, N., Chu, Y., Wang, H., Qiu, X., Wang, X., Precipitation of protodolomite facilitated by sulfate-reducing bacteria: The role of capsule extracellular polymeric substances. Chemical Geology, 2020, 533, 119415.


Liu, D.*, Xu, Y., Yu, Q., Yu, N., Qiu, X., Wang, H., Papineau, D., Catalytic effect of microbially-derived carboxylic acids on the precipitation of Mg-calcite and disordered dolomite: Implications for sedimentary dolomite. Journal of Asian Earth Sciences, 2020, 193, 104301.


Liu, D.*, Yu, N., Papineau, D., Fan, Q., Wang, H.*, Qiu, X., She, Z., Luo, G., The catalytic role of planktonic aerobic heterotrophic bacteria in protodolomite formation: Results from Lake Jibuhulangtu Nuur, Inner Mongolia, China. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 2019, 263, 31-49.


Liu, D.*, Xu, Y., Papineau, D., Yu, N., Fan, Q., Qiu, X., Wang, H.*, Experimental evidence for abiotic formation of low-temperature proto-dolomite facilitated by clay minerals. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 2019, 247, 83-95.


Liu, D.*, Zhang, Q., Wu, L., Zeng, Q., Dong, H., Bishop, M.E., Wang, H.*, Humic acid-enhanced illite and talc formation associated with microbial reduction of Fe(III) in nontronite. Chemical Geology, 2016, 447, 199-207.


Liu, D.*, Wang F., Dong, H., Wang, H., Zhao, L., Huang, L., Wu, L., Biological reduction of structural Fe(III) in smectites by a marine bacterium at 0.1 and 20 MPa. Chemical Geology, 2016, 438, 1-10.


Liu, D.*, Dong, H., Agrawal, A., Singh, R., Zhang, J., Wang, H., Inhibitory effect of clay mineral on methanogenesis by Methanosarcina mazei and Methanothermobacter thermautotrophicus, Applied Clay Science, 2016, 126, 25-32.


Liu, D., Dong, H.*, Wang, H.*, Zhao, L., Low-temperature feldspar and illite formation through bioreduction of Fe(III)-bearing smectite by an alkaliphilic bacterium, Chemical Geology, 2015, 406, 25-33.


Liu, D., Dong, H.*, Zhao, L., Wang, H.*, Smectite reduction by Shewanella species as facilitated by cystine and cysteine, Geomicrobiology Journal, 2014, 31, 53-63.


Liu, D., Dong, H.*, Bishop, M., Zhang, J., Wang, H.*, Xie, S., Wang, S., Huang, L., Eberl, D., Microbial reduction of structural iron in interstratified illite-smectite minerals by a sulfate-reducing bacterium, Geobiology, 2012, 10(2), 150-162.


Liu, D., Dong, H.*, Bishop, ME., Wang, H.*, Agrawal, A., Tritschler, S., Eberl, D., Xie, S., Reduction of structural Fe(III) in nontronite by methanogen Methanosarcina barkeri, Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 2011, 75(4), 1057-1071.


Liu, D., Wang, H.*, Dong, H.*, Qiu, X., Xie, S., Dong, X., Cravotta III, C., Mineral transformation associated with goethite reduction by Methanosarcina barkeri, Chemical Geology, 2011, 288(1-2), 53-60.


Liu, D., Wang, H.*, Qiu, X., Dong, H.*, Comparison of reduction extent of Fe(III) in nontronite by Shewanella putrefaciens and Desulfovibrio vulgaris, Journal of Earth Science, 2010, 21(1), 297-299.


Liu, D., Yang, X., Wang, H.*, Li, J., and Su, N. Impact of montmorillonite and calcite on release and adsorption of cyanobacterial fatty acids at ambient temperature, Journal of China University of Geosciences, 2008, 19(5), 526-533.


Supervision of Graduate Student Research:

As major advisor

YU Na (M.S., 2018), FAN Qigao (M.S., 2020), YANG Shanshan (M.S. student, present), ZHENG Weili (M.S. student, present), BAI Hui (M.S. student, present), CAO Jingpeng (M.S. student, present)


As Co-advisor

ZHANG Qianfan (M.S., 2016), XU Yangyang (M.S., 2018), WANG Pengcong (Ph.D. student, present)