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About Wenyan Liu

Dr. Wenyan Liu is an Assistant Research Professor in the Chemistry Department at Missouri S&T. He joined Missouri S&T in 2016 as an analytical research scientist in the Center for Research in Energy and Environment, where he worked for three years.

Dr. Liu received his Ph.D. from the Chemistry Department of New York University (NYU) in 2012, specializing in Structural DNA Nanotechnology. After receiving his Ph.D., he joined Center for Functional Nanomaterials of Brookhaven National Laboratory as a postdoctoral research scientist. His research focused on programmable self-assembly of soft matters with tailored properties for potential applications in optics, energy, and biosensing.

Dr. Liu has developed the first DNA origami two-dimensional (2D) array, a milestone in DNA nanotechnology area, and realized diamond-shaped nanoparticle superlattices addressing an outstanding and decades-long challenge in colloidal science. Having the background knowledge in multidisciplinary area, Dr. Liu's research interests are exploring the potential applications of those techniques in areas of analytical, environmental, and material science fields.

Dr. Liu’s areas of expertise include Analytical instrument (HPLC, GC-ECD/FID, GC-MS, LC-MS/MS, IC, ICP-MS, ICP-OES, GFAA, TOC, DLS); State-of-the-art Microscopy (AFM, SEM, TEM, Cryo-EM, Fluorescence microscopy); Nanoparticle synthesis, characterization, and analysis.

New Faculty 2019-2020


August 2019 - Present Assistant Research Professor, Missouri University of Science and Technology Chemistry
2016 - 2019 Analytical Research Scientist, Missouri University of Science and Technology Center for Research in Energy and Environment (CREE)

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2012 Ph.D. in Chemistry, New York University

Contact Information

Missouri University of Science and Technology
201 Butler-Carlton Hall
Rolla, MO 65409



Research Works (22)