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Professional​ Profile

Liu Leo Liu is an Associate Professor currently serving as a tenure-track faculty member at Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech). He is leading a dedicated team of researchers focused on the development of multi-active ambiphilic main group centers. He serves on the Early Career Advisory Board of prestigious journals, including Chem (2020-), European Journal of Inorganic Chemistry (2022-), and Chinese Chemical Letters (2022-). He was named one of the Chinese Chemical Society (CCS) Young Chemist Award Winners (2022) and also received the CCS Jingqing Award for Rising Star (2022).


Education and Employment:


June 2022 - present:        Department of Chemistry, Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech),

                                     Shenzhen, Guangdong, China

                                     Associate Professor (Tenure-track)

Sept 2020 - May 2022:     Department of Chemistry, SUSTech,

                                     Shenzhen, Guangdong, China

                                     Assistant Professor (Tenure-track)


Oct 2019 - Aug 2020:       Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory &

                                     University of California, Berkeley, California, USA

                                      Post-doctoral Scholar

                                     Advisors: Profs. F. Dean TosteKenneth N. Raymond and Robert G. Bergman

Oct 2016 - Sept 2019:      University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

                                      Post-doctoral Fellow

                                      Advisor: Prof. Douglas W. Stephan


Oct 2015 - Jun 2016:       Xiamen University, Xiamen, Fujian, China

                                      Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry (5th year)

                                      Advisor: Prof. Yufen Zhao

Oct 2013 - Oct 2015:        University of California, San Diego, California, USA

                                      Joint Ph.D. study in Inorganic Chemistry (3rd-4th years)

                                      Advisor: Prof. Guy Bertrand

Sept 2011 - Oct 2013:      Xiamen University, Xiamen, Fujian, China

                                      Ph.D. study in Organic Chemistry (1st-2nd years)

                                      Advisor: Prof. Yufen Zhao

Sept 2007 - Jul 2011:       Xiamen University, Xiamen, Fujian, China

                                      B.Sc. in Chemistry

                                      Advisor: Prof. Yufen Zhao

Conference or Academic Communication after SUSTech:


15. Multi-Active Ambiphilic Main Group Elements, Hangzhou Normal University, Hangzhou, China (May 12, 2023) (Host: Profs Zhifang Li and Liliang Wang) (invited lecture)

14. Multi-Active Ambiphilic Main Group Elements, Ningxia University, Yinchuan, China (April 17, 2023) (Host: Prof. Kuanguan Liu) (invited lecture)

13. Tri-Active Ambiphilic Carbon Centers, 中国化学会第六届菁青论坛, Lanzhou, China (April 16, 2023) (invited lecture for awardee)

12. Tri-Active Ambiphilic Carbon Centers, 中国化学会第八届全国结构化学学术会议, Fuzhou, China (April 3, 2023) (invited lecture)

11. Multi-Active Ambiphilic Main Group Elements, 第二届活性反应中间体化学研讨会, Hefei, China (April 1, 2023) (Host: Profs Zhenhua Gu and Hanmin Huang) (invited lecture)

10. Tri-Active Ambiphilic Carbon Centers, The 17th National Synthetic Organic Chemistry Symposium, Jinan, China (Nov. 12, 2022) (invited lecture)

9. Tri-Active Ambiphilic Aluminium Centers, The 12th National Organic Chemistry Conference, Hefei, China (Sept. 27, 2022) (invited lecture)

8. Tri-Active Ambiphilic Carbon Centers, The 9th Chinese Coordination Chemistry Conference, Zhengzhou, China (Aug. 24, 2022) (invited lecture)

7. Ambiphilicity at Main Group Element Centers, University of Chinese Academy of Sciences (Host: Prof. Jiaxiang Chu), China (invited lecture) (Dec. 09, 2021)

6. The Dynamic Nature of Organophosphorus Compounds, Suzhou Research Institute of Lanzhou Institute of Chemical Physics (Host: Prof. Lipeng Wu), China (invited lecture) (July 17, 2021)

5. The Dynamic Nature of Organophosphorus Compounds, Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry (Host: Prof. Chao Zheng), China (invited lecture) (July 16, 2021)

4. Phosphirene-Phosphinidene Rearrangement, The 32nd Chinese Chemical Society Congress, Zhuhai, China (April. 19, 2021).

3. Phosphorus: The Carbon Copy, Shandong University (Host: Prof. Lingbing Kong), China (invited lecture) (Dec. 11, 2020).

2. A Journey with Phosphorus, Zhengzhou University (Host: Prof. Zheng Duan), China (invited lecture) (Nov. 23, 2020).

1. A Journey with Phosphorus, Ningbo University (Host: Profs Yufen Zhao and Yile Wu), China (invited lecture) (Nov. 11, 2020).

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