ONAMI | Shih-Yuan Liu


Shih-Yuan Liu

Assistant Professor of Chemistry, University of Oregon


Microtechnology-Based Energy and Chemical Systems, Nanoscale Metrology and Nanoelectronics


Prof. Shih-Yuan Liu was born in Hsinchu, Taiwan in 1975. His family moved to Austria when he was ten. He began his undergraduate studies in Chemistry at Vienna University of Technology in 1994. In 1997, he participated in the TransAtlantic Science Student Exchange Program (TASSEP) at UNC, Chapel Hill where he worked in the laboratory of Prof. James P. Morken. In 1998 he received his first diploma (B.S. equivalent) from Vienna University of Technology.

After earning a Ph.D. from MIT in 2003 under the guidance of Prof. Gregory C. Fu, he spent two and one half years as a postdoctoral associate with Prof. Daniel G. Nocera, also at MIT.

Prof. Shih-Yuan Liu began his independent career at the University of Oregon in June 2006. His research interests include synthetic organic/organometallic chemistry with an emphasis on developing molecules of importance in biomedical research and materials science. One particular focus of his research is the development of boron-nitrogen heterocycles for materials research (e.g., as novel optoelectronic or hydrogen storage materials).

Key publication

    Marwitz, A. J. V.; Matus, M. H.; Zakharov, L. N.; Dixon, D. A.; Liu, S.-Y. “A Hybrid Organic/Inorganic Benzene” Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2009, 48, 973-977.*

* Selected by the editors as a “Hot Paper”. Highlighted in Chemical & Engineering News (C&EN) (2009, January 5, page 11), and in Nature 2009, 457, 239.

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