Xiaoying Liu

Senior Lecturer and Laboratory Director for Molecular Engineering


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    Room 418
    947 East 58th Street
    Chicago, IL 60637

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Dr. Xiaoying Liu received her BS and MS degrees from Department of Chemistry at Fudan University, Shanghai, China. Her master’s thesis focused on synthetic methodologies for semiconductor nanomaterials and mesoporous materials using block copolymers as structure-directing agents. She got her PhD in physical chemistry with Prof. Cynthia Friend from Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at Harvard University in 2009. Her research at Harvard was focusing on establishing molecular-level understanding of catalytic processes, the oxidative transformations of hydrocarbons and alcohols in particular, to provide the framework for the design of environment-friendly and energy-efficient chemical processes.

Dr. Liu worked as a postdoctoral associate for three years with Prof. Klavs Jensen at Department of Chemical Engineering at MIT, where she developed continuous flow technologies for heterogeneous catalysis and multistep synthesis of amides in microfluidic systems. She joined the Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering (PME) in 2012 as a Senior Research Scientist, working with Prof. Paul Nealey on chemical pattern directed assembly of colloidal nanoparticles to construct multicomponent heterostructures in addressable arrays for nanophotonic materials. In her current role as Senior Lecturer and Laboratory Director for Molecular Engineering, Dr. Liu has designed, developed and taught the laboratory components of the PME undergraduate major program and oversees the overall development and operation of the undergraduate laboratory.

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