Professional​ Profile

Liu Leo Liu (LLL) received his B.Sc. degree in chemistry (2011) at Xiamen University and Ph.D. degree in organic chemistry (2016) from a joint program under the supervision of Prof. Yufen Zhao at Xiamen University (2011-2013, 2015-2016) and Prof. Guy Bertrand at the University of California, San Diego (2013-2015). He also worked on computational chemistry with Prof. Jun Zhu. He was awarded the National Scholarship for outstanding Ph.D. students (2014). He was a post-doctoral fellow in Prof. Douglas W. Stephan's group at the University of Toronto (2016-2019). After a short post-doctoral study in the groups of Profs. F. Dean Toste, Kenneth N. Raymond and Robert G. Bergman in Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory & the University of California, Berkeley (2019-2020), he has been a PI (tenure-track) at Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech) since September 2020. He serves as a Member of Next Generation Advisory Board of Chem (from Feb 2020) and Early Career Advisory Board of both European Journal of Inorganic Chemistry (EurJIC) (from Jan 2022) and Chinese Chemical Letters (from Jan 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:


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).