University of California, Riverside

Dr Liu Lab Group

Group Members

Research Team

2018Summer Liu Group                                                               

                                                                            Summer 2018 Liu Group Picture


2016F Haizhou      Haizhou Liu - PI


          > Ph.D. Environmental Engineering, University of Washington, 2010.

         > M.S. Environmental Engineering, University of Washington, 2007.

         > B.S. Environmental Engineering, Sichuan University, 2006.


            (Click here for current CV)

Haizhou is an Associate Professor at UC Riverside. He received his Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering from University of Washington, subsequent to completion of a M.S. and B.S. in Environmental Engineering from University of Washington and Sichuan University, respectively. Prior to starting as a faculty member at UCR, he conducted two-year postdoctoral research at University of California, Berkeley. His educational and professional background is in water quality, treatment and reuse - especially via the application of environmental chemistry principles. Outside of work, Haizhou enjoys tennis, beach volleyball, biking, kayaking, classical music (favorite composer Mozart), impressionism oil painting, and learning Romantic languages (current endeavors are Italian and French). 


Postdoctoral Associates


Kiran Mangalgiri2018S Kiran


Ph.D. Environmental Engineering, University of Maryland, Baltimore County, 2017.





Sumant Avasarala2018S Sumant

Ph.D. Environmental Engineering, University of New Mexico, 2018.






Graduate Students



Gongde Chen - PhD student

M.S. Chemical Engineering, Hefei University of Technology, 2013.

B.S. Chemical Engineering, Hefei University of Technology, 2010.






Tushar Jain - PhD student

B.S. Chemical Engineering, Institute of Chemical Technology, 2014.







Sam Patton - PhD student

B.S. Chemistry, Tennessee State University, 2014.






John Orta

John Orta - PhD student

B.S. Chemical Engineering, California Baptist University, 2016.







Cheng Tan - PhD student

2018S ChengM.S. Environmental Engineering, Beihang University, 2017.

Cheng Tan received his Master degree in Environmental Engineering at Beihang University in China. Previously, his research was focused on the toxicology of nanoparticles. His dissertation research was to understand the influences of titanium dioxide nanoparticles on Cadmium and Zinc bio-kinetics in water flea, Daphnia magna. He began his graduate study and research at UCR in fall 2017. 



Liang Wu - PhD student2018S Liang


B.S. Environmental Engineering, 2015.






Visiting Scholar


Zhi Wang, Ph.D.2018S Zhi

Associate Professor,  Institute of Geodesy and Geophysics, Chinese Academy of Sciences.



Lab Alumni

Michelle Chebeir, PhD in Chemical and Environmental Engineering, 2016. (Hazen & Sawyer, Inc.)

Lucy Li, PhD in Environmental Toxicology, 2016 (Metropolitan Water District of Southern California)

Catherine Charlton, B.S. Chemistry, Riverside Community College

Heidi Li, B.S. Chemistry, UC Riverside

Evan Kruchowy, B.S. Chemical and Environmental Engineering, 2015.

Natalia Camargo, B.S. Chemical and Environmental Engineering, 2015.

Dawit Wordofa,  M.S. Chemical and Environmental Engineering, 2014

Han Sohn, Currently CEE MS student at UCR.

Diana Iwais,  Currently junior at California State University, San Bernardino.

Ruben Orozco, Currently junior at Universidad Autónoma de Baja California.

Lamees Alkhamis, Currently senior at UCR, Chemical and Environmental Engineering.

Steve Opot, Currently first-year UCR graduate student. 

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Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

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Tel: (951) 827-7162
Fax: (951) 827-5696
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