Liu, Pinghua

Department of Chemistry 2017-2018 AY Outstanding Student Awards

We were pleased to announce the Department of Chemistry student award winners for the 2017-2018 academic year at the Orientation BBQ. For those who may have missed it, here are the award winners.   Sugata Ray Memorial Award for International Students: Nathchar Naowarojna (Liu Lab) This award was established by the Ray family in memory […]

Two Groups Awarded BWF Travel Grants

The Burroughs Wellcome Fund (BWF) uses Collaborative Research Travel Grants to facilitate biomedical research among laboratories in the US and abroad. This February, two Chemistry groups received these competitive awards. One of the grants will support Professor Pinghua Liu and his graduate student, Jinzhao Shen, to go to Beijing to work in the laboratory of […]

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NIH funds Pinghua Liu and his group to perform mechanistic studies of enzymes in isoprenoid biosynthesis

The goal of this award ($1.9 million over 5 years – 2010-2015) is to characterize the mechanism of a key enzyme in the deoyxylulose biosynthetic pathway as well as identify its key partner proteins. This pathway, identified only in bacteria and plants, produces the required compounds for isoprenoid synthesis. The results of this work could […]


Two Chemistry faculty receive NSF CAREER Awards

Feng (Seymour) Wang has received his CAREER award for his work on “Molecular Dynamics Study of Growth and Dissolution Dynamics of Stable and Meta-Stable Methane Hydrates.” The goal of his research is to gain an atomistic scale understanding of the growth and dissolution processes of methane hydrate, which is an important but little understood part […]

Two New Faculty Join Department of Chemistry

It is with great pleasure that the Department of Chemistry welcomes two new members to its faculty, Professor Pinghua Liu in biochemistry and Professor Feng Wang in theoretical and computational chemistry. Professor Liu received his Ph.D. in 2001 from the University of Minnesota.  Most recently, he was a postdoctoral associate in the laboratory of Professor […]