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Yong Liu, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Email: Yong Liu
Office Location: SI 4112
Phone: (303) 556-4772
Fax: (303) 556-4776
Office hours:
W 1:30-3:30PM
Or by appt.
Area of Expertise:
Environmental Chemistry

Ph.D., Atmospheric Chemistry, University of Michigan, 2005

M.S., Environmental Science, Fudan University, China, 2000

B.S., Applied Chemistry, Fudan University, China, 1997

Dr. Liu joined the Department of Chemistry at the University of Colorado Denver in August 2009. His current research interests include chemical aging of atmospheric aerosols and its effects on their physiochemical and radiative properties; air pollution problem in indoor environmental especially interfacial ozone chemistry and its adverse health impact; and carbon capture and storage.

Dr. Liu was originally from Shanghai, China. He attended Fudan University in China with a major in Applied Chemistry. He did research in environmental catalysis and received a master degree in Environmental Science from the same institute. Later he came to the Unite States to pursue his PhD degree. During his graduate study at the University of Michigan Ann Arbor, his research focused on experimental and theoretical studies of aqueous and gaseous free radical reactions of atmospheric importance. In addition, he participated in environmental catalysis and green chemistry projects. Before joining UC Denver, Dr. Liu completed his postdoctoral research in development of novel approaches for heterogeneous aerosol chemistry study and chemical transformation of atmospheric organic matter at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory with Dr. Alexander Laskin and the University of California San Diego with Dr. Mario Molina.

Select Publications


Zeng, G. Kelley, J.#; Kish, J. D.#; Liu, Y.*; Temperature Dependent Deliquescent and Efflorescent Properties of Methanesulfonate Sodium Studied by ATR-IR Spectroscopy. J. Phys. Chem. A, 2014 (accepted)


 Liu, Y.* Kinetics Study of Heterogeneous Reaction of Ozone with Erucic Acid Using an ATR-IR Flow Reactor. Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 2014, DOI:10.1039/C3CP54646B.


Leng, C.; Kish, J. D.#; Kelley, J.#; Hiltner, J.#; Zhang, Y.H.; Liu, Y.*; Temperature Dependent Henry’s Law Constants of Atmospheric Organics of Biogenic Origin, J. Phys. Chem. A 2013, 117 (40), 10359–10367


Kish, J. D.#; Leng, C.; Kelley, J.#; Hiltner, J.#; Zhang, Y.H.; Liu, Y.*; An improved approach for measuring Henry’s law coefficients of atmospheric organics, Atmos. Environ. 2013, 79, 561-565. 


Fu, D.#;  Leng, C.; Kelley, J.#; Zhang, Y.H.; Liu, Y.*; ATR-IR Study of Ozone Initiated Heterogeneous Oxidation of Squalene in an Indoor Environment, Environ. Sci. Technol., 2013, 47 (18), 10611–10618


Zeng, G. Holladay, S.#; Langlois, D.#; Zhang, Y.H.*; Liu, Y.*; Kinetics of heterogeneous reaction of ozone with linoleic acid and its dependence on temperature, physical state, RH, and ozone concentration, J. Phys. Chem. A, 2013, 117(9):1963-1974.


Yu, J.Y.; Zhang, Y.; Tan, S.H.; Liu, Y.*; Zhang, Y.H.*; Observation on the ion association equilibriums in NaNO3 droplets using micro-Raman spectroscopy, J. Phys. Chem. A, 2012,116(41):12581-12589.


Yu, J.Y.; Zhang, Y.; Zeng, G.; Zheng, C.M.; Liu, Y.*; Zhang, Y.H.*; Suppression of NaNO3 Crystal Nucleation by Glycerol: Micro-Raman Observation on the Efflorescence Process of Mixed Glycerol/NaNO3/ Water Droplets, J. Phys. Chem. B, 2012, 116, 12581-12589.


Liu, Y.; Ivanov, A.V.*; Molina, J. M.; Dependence of OH Uptake by Carbonaceous Surfaces of Atmospheric Importance, Russ. J. Phys. Chem. B, 2012, 6(2):327-332.


Liu, Y.; Desyaterik, Y.; Jungwurth, P.; Zhu, Z.; Wang, H.; Laskin, A.*; The Influence of Surface Sodium Methanesulfonate on Hygroscopic and Reactive Properties of NaCl Particles. Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 2011, 13(25), 11846–11857.



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