About Wenyan Liu


  • New York University, Doctor of Philosophy, 2012

Wenyan Liu

Prof, ast resrch
201 Butler-Carlton Hall

573-341-4838 | liuweny@mst.edu


  • New York University, Doctor of Philosophy, 2012


Wenyan Liu received his Ph.D. from 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. In 2016, Wenyan moved to Missouri S&T as an analytical research scientist in Center for Research in Energy and Environment for three years. After which he became an assistant research professor at Chemistry Department of Missouri S&T.
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.


Expertise areas

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

Research interests

Bioanalytical chemistry, environmental chemistry, Biochemistry, nanotechnology, crystalline structures, surface functionalization, electrochemistry, material science, and engineering