Yang Liu received her PhD in Analytical Chemistry from Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2011. She worked as a Research Fellow at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (2011-2013), and Curtin University, Australia (2013-2016). From 2016-2018, she held a position as a Chemist and Research Officer at ChemCentre, Western Australian Government. Currently, she is a Senior Lecturer in analytical chemistry at James Cook University

Dr Liu is the Queensland Representative for the Electrochemistry Division of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute. Her research interests are primarily in exploration of innovative technologies based on electrochemical reactions for environmental, biological and energy applications. The current areas of interest include the development of high-performance and low-cost electrochemical sensors using nanostructured materials, and utilisation of plasma electrochemistry for green synthesis, renewable energy and clean water applications.

Research Opportunities

Currently, we are looking for motivated PhD, MSc and Honours students to join us. Available research projects are:

  • Nanomaterial-based electrochemical sensors

  • Ion-selective sensors for environmental monitoring

  • Anion exchange membranes for water electrolysis

  • Electrochemical removal of inorganic water pollutants

  • Plasma electrocatalysis for energy and environmental applications

If you are an Australian/New Zealand citizen or Australian permanent resident, you might want to consider applying for a Research Training Program Scholarship (RTPS).  

If you are an international student, you might want to consider applying for an International Research Training Program Scholarship (IRTPS)

If you are a student who has completed your BSc or equivalent and are interested in a Chemistry Honours, please contact Yang for potential projects. Honours studies can start in either Februray or September.

If you are a Chinese citizen or permanent resident and are interested in applying for a PhD or visiting scholarship from China Scholarship Council, please contact Yang to discuss an appropriate program.

If you already have a scholarship from your country and are looking to obtain your PhD degree in Australia (or just spend some months in our group as part of your studies), please contact Yang directly.

  • CH2042: Marine Chemistry and Chemical Ecology (Level 2; TSV)
  • CH2103: Analytical Chemistry (Level 2; TSV)
  • CH3110: Special Topics in Analytical Chemistry (Level 3; TSV)
  • CH5002: Advanced Chemistry Research Project (Level 5; TSV)
  • CH5203: Analytical Chemistry (Advanced) (Level 5; TSV)
  • Electrochemistry
  • Colloid and Surface Chemistry
  • Sensor Technology (Chemical aspects)
  • 2021 to present - Senior Lecturer, James Cook University (Australia)
  • 2018 to 2021 - Lecturer, James Cook University (Australia)
  • 2016 to 2018 - Chemist and Research Officer, ChemCentre (Australia)
  • 2013 to 2016 - Research Associate, Curtin University (Australia)
  • 2011 to 2013 - Research Fellow, Nanyang Technological University (Singapore)
Research Disciplines
Socio-Economic Objectives
  • 2022 - Discovery Project Grant (DP220101480), Australian Research Council
  • 2022 - Paul Haddad Medal, Analytical and Environmental Chemistry Division of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute
  • 2021 - Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities Grant (LE210100036), Australian Research Council
  • 2021 - CSE ECR/New Staff Research Support Grant, James Cook University
  • 2019 - Women's Research Assistance Program Grant (WRAP052-2019RD1), Queensland Government
  • 2019 - CSE Early-Mid Career Researcher Award, James Cook University
  • 2018 - Rising Stars Early Career Researcher Award, James Cook University
  • 2018 - Research Support Grant, James Cook University
  • 2022 - Associate Editor of Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology - Biosensors and Biomolecular Electronics
  • 2021 - Member of the Editorial Board of Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology
  • 2021 - Committee Member of the Queensland Student Chemistry Symposium
  • 2021 - Member of the Editorial Board of Micromachines C: Chemistry Section
  • 2019 - Committee Member of the Electrochemistry Division of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute
  • 2019 - Committee Member of the 21st Australia and New Zealand Electrochemistry Symposium
  • 2018 - Chartered Chemist of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute
  • 2018 - Member of the International Society of Electrochemistry

These are the most recent publications associated with this author. To see a detailed profile of all publications stored at JCU, visit ResearchOnline@JCU. Hover over Altmetrics badges to see social impact.

Journal Articles

ResearchOnline@JCU stores 51+ research outputs authored by Dr Yang Liu from 2007 onwards.

Current Funding

Current and recent Research Funding to JCU is shown by funding source and project.

Bio-Gene Technology Ltd - Contract Research

Optimisation of QCIDE oil extraction and separation

Indicative Funding
$36,000 over 2 years
This is project for Research Master Degree at JCU. Investigation of the pre-treatment, distillation and separation parameters of QCIDE extraction in order to assess the viability of industrial QCIDE production.
Yinghe He and Yang Liu in collaboration with Tegan Gibbs (College of Science & Engineering)
Steam Distillation; Measurement and Process Monitoring; Oil Extraction

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These Higher Degree Research projects are either current or by students who have completed their studies within the past 5 years at JCU. Linked titles show theses available within ResearchOnline@JCU.

  • Investigation of electrodes and applied waveforms for the electrochemical reduction of carbon dioxide to ethylene (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Optimising mill mud and ash applications for soil improvement and carbon sequestration (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Plasma-based synthesis and surface modification of graphene (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Eco-Friendly approach to the Recovery of Economic Materials from Lithium Ion Batteries (LIBs) (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • The use of molecular methods to detect ciguatoxin producing dinoflagellates in Australia. (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Energy production from biomass using microwave pyrolysis (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Construction of Electrochemical Sensing Platforms Based on Carbon Nanocomposites (PhD , Primary Advisor)
  • Experimental and theoretical investigation of plasma-liquid interactions (Masters , Secondary Advisor)
  • Optimisation of QCIDE Extraction and Separation (Masters , Secondary Advisor)

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