Dr. Yu Liu


Contact Information:

Office: 3127 Weston
Phone: 906-227-2898
Email: liuyu@nmu.edu


Ph.D.     Organic Chemistry, New York University, New York, NY                 

M.S.      Inorganic Chemistry, Tongji University, Shanghai, China               

B.S.        Applied Chemistry, Tongji University, Shanghai, China                 

Research Interests:

My research interests involve multiple disciplinary fields including supramolecular chemistry, catalysis and organic synthesis. Currently, my main research projects is focused on the aromatic donor-acceptor interaction based supramolecular catalyst assemblies and their applications in asymmetric catalytic reactions. Another project is the application of the aromatic donor-acceptor interaction in the construction of highly organized 2D and 3D nano-structures.

Selected Journal Publications:

  1. Pengfei Liu, Jiaojiao Zhang, Yan Qiao, Xianglin Hou, Yu Liu*, and Yingxiong Wang*, “Amino Acid Ionic Liquids Catalyzed D‑Glucosamine into Pyrazine Derivatives: Insight from NMR Spectroscopy”, J. Agric. Food Chem., 2021, 69, 2403−2411.
  2. Qi Zhao, Yu Liu, Hui Ma, Yan Qizo, Jianbin Chao, Xianglin Hou, Yuqi Wang, Yingxiong Wang, “Combination of pure shift NMR and chemical shift selective filters for analysis of Fischer-Tropsch waste-water”, Anal. Chim. Acta, 2020, 1110, 131-140.
  3. Jian Liang, Luke N. Soucie, Daniel R. Blechschmidt, Aaron Yoder, Addie Gustafson, and Yu Liu*, “Aromatic Donor-acceptor Interaction-based Co(III)-salen Self-assemblies and Their Applications in Asymmetric Ring Opening of Epoxides”, Org. Lett. 2019, 21, 513−518.
  4. Daniel R. Blechschmidt, Matthew D. Woodhouse, Sebastien Inagaki, Melita Whitfield, Ayokunnumi Ogunsanya, Aaron Yoder, Daniel Lilly, Eric W. Heim, Luke N. Soucie, Jian Liang and Yu Liu*, “Aromatic donor-acceptor interaction promoted catalyst assemblies for hydrolytic kinetic resolution of epichlorohydrin”, Org. Biomol. Chem., 2019, 17, 172–180.
  5. Kurt Kinslow, Alejandro Macias Sevde, Jian Liang, and Yu Liu*, “Enantioselective ring opening of epoxides with TMSN3 by macrocyclic oligomer-supported Cr(III)–salen catalysts”, Tetrahedron: Asymmetry, 2015, 26 (7), 385-392.
  6. Miao Ye, Johan Guillaume, Yu Liu, Ruojie Sha, Risheng Wang, Nadrian C. Seeman, and James W. Canary. “Site-specific inter-strand cross-links of DNA duplexes”, Chem. Sci., 2013, 4, 1319 – 1329.
  7. Yu Liu, Risheng Wang, Liang Ding, Roujie Sha, Nadrian C. Seeman, James W. Canary. “Templated Synthesis of Nylon Nucleic Acids and Characterization by Nuclease Digestion”, Chem. Sci., 2012, 3.
  8. Yu Liu, Yu Wang, Yufeng Wang, Jie Lu, Victor Pinón III, Marcus Weck. “Shell Cross-Linked Micelle-Based Nanoreactors for the Substrate-Selective Hydrolytic Kinetic Resolution of Epoxides”, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2011, 133(36), 14260-14263.
  9. Yu Liu, Victor Pinón III, Marcus Weck. “Poly(norbornene) Block Copolymer-Based Shell Cross-linked Micelles with Co-salen Core”, Polym. Chem., 2011, 2, 1964-1975.
  10. Yu Liu, Jonathan Rawlston, Andrew T. Swann, Tait Takatani, David Sherrill, Peter J. Ludovice, Marcus Weck. “The Bigger, the Better: Ring-size Effects of Macrocyclic Oligomeric Co(III)-salen Catalysis”, Chem. Sci., 2011, 2, 429-438. (Highlighted at Chemeurope.com, http://www.chemeurope.com/en/news/127410/the-bigger-the-better.html)
  11. Yu Liu, Akinori Kuzuya, Ruojie Sha, Johan Guillaume, Risheng Wang, James W. Canary, Nadrian C. Seeman. “Coupling across a DNA Helical Turn Yields a Hybrid DNA/Organic Catenane Doubly Tailed with Functional Termini”, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2008, 130(33), 10882-10883.
  12. Yu Liu, Risheng Wang, Liang Ding, Ruojie Sha, Philip S. Lukeman, James W. Canary, Nadrian C. Seeman.  “Thermodynamic Analysis of Nylon Nucleic Acids”, Chembiochem, 2008, 9(10), 1641-1648.
  13. Yu Liu, Roujie Sha, Risheng Wang, Liang Ding, James W. Canary, Nadrian C. Seeman. “2',2'-Ligation Demonstrates the Thermal Dependence of DNA-Directed Positional Control”, Tetrahedron, 2008, 64(36), 8417-8422.
  14. Jing Zhang, Teresa Albelda-Gimeno, Yu Liu, James W. Canary. "Chiral Nanotechnology", Chirality, 2005, 17(7), 404-420. (The most downloaded paper of Chirality from Jun 2005 to May 2006)

Book Chapter:

Hui Ma, Yu Liu, Yingxiong Wang, “Ionic Liquid-Based Adsorbents for the Removal of Toxic Dyes from Wastewater” in: S. Zhang (eds) “Encyclopedia of Ionic Liquids”, Springer-Nature, Singapore. 2019, https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-10-6739-6_101-1.


Yu Liu; Liang Ding; Roujie Sha; Nadrian C. Seeman; James W. Canary.   “Preparation of polyamide-linked polyribonucleosides via cyclization and enzymic ring cleavage-dephosphorylation reactions” PCT International Patent Application, WO2009026243, 2009.

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