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Research description
Juewen Liu, Ph.D.
We apply fundamental principles of chemistry, physics, and biology to produce new biopolymers, nanoscale materials, devices, and systems to understand basic sciences, advance technology, and impact medicine. In particular, we are interested in using DNA and lipids as functional polymers and building blocks to interface with metal ions, metal nanoparticles, nanoclusters, carbon-based materials and hydrogels. Students will be trained on a wide range of synthetic, analytical, physical and biochemical techniques. We are currently interested in the following several research topics:

1. DNA-based catalysis and DNA-metal interactions
2. Inorganic nanoparticles as enzyme mimics (nanozymes)
3. Targeted drug delivery/nanomedicine
4. Bioanalytical chemistry and environmental science
Most of our papers are now available either open access or through UWSpace !!

August 2019, Dr. Liu became a Contributing Editor for Trends in Analytial Chemistry (TrAC)

July 2019, Dr. Liu became a Section Editor for Biosensors & Bioelectronics

July 2019, Dr. Liu became an Associate Editor for Chinese Chemical Letters

May 2018, Dr. Liu received a W.A.E. McBryde Medal from the Canadian Society for Chemistry (CSC).

April, 2017, the Liu lab received a Best in Science grant from the Ontario Ministry of Environment and Climate Change for research initiatives that test pathogens and chemical contaminants in water.

August 2015, our paper was included in the Virtual Issue of Langmuir to celebrate the 30 years of this journal. [link]

October 2015, Biwu and Anand won the WIN Fellowship!

December 2014, Jimmy won the WIN graduate student fellowship!

April 2014, Jimmy won the R.H.F. Manske Prize

Feb 2014, Dr. Liu won the Fred Beamish Award.

October 2013, we were awarded NSERC Strategic Project Grant in collaboration with Taiwan

September 23, 2013, we moved to the new QNC labs.

March 30, 2013, four Nanotechnology Engineering co-op students from Liu lab gave talks at the SOUSCC conference at McMaster!

Jan 2013, we are part of an NSERC CRD grant team with EcoSynthetix.

Department of Chemistry, University of Waterloo
Waterloo, ON, N2L 3G1

Office: QNC 5604; Phone: 519-888-4567 Ext. 38919
Email: liujw@uwaterloo.ca
Labs: QNC 5506, 5508
Lab phone: 31065; Student office phone: 37939

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