Dr Liu is a Fellow of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI), and the Queensland Representative for the Electrochemistry Division of the RACI. 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:

  • Advanced materials for electrochemical sensing applications

  • Ion-selective sensors for environmental monitoring

  • Plasma electrocatalysis for removal of water pollutants

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.

  • CH1002: Chemistry: Principles and Applications (Level 1; TSV)
  • 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 (Level 5; TSV)
  • MA5021: Special Study B (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
  • 2024 - New Colombo Plan Mobility Grant, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Australian Government
  • 2023 - France and Europe EMCR Mobility Grant, Australian Academy of Science
  • 2022 - Discovery Project Grant (DP220101480), Australian Research Council
  • 2022 - Paul Haddad Medal, Analytical and Environmental Chemistry Division of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute
  • 2021 - CSE ECR/New Staff Research Support Grant, James Cook University
  • 2021 - Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities Grant (LE210100036), Australian Research Council
  • 2019 - CSE Early-Mid Career Researcher Award, James Cook University
  • 2019 - Women's Research Assistance Program Grant (WRAP052-2019RD1), Queensland Government
  • 2018 - Rising Stars Early Career Researcher Award, James Cook University
  • 2018 - Research Support Grant, James Cook University
  • 2023 - Rod Rickards Fellowship, Australian Academy of Science
  • 2023 - Fellow of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute
  • 2023 - Organising Committee Member of the 23rd Australia and New Zealand Electrochemistry Symposium
  • 2023 - Review Editor of Frontiers in Sensors - Biosensors
  • 2022 - Organising Committee Member of the 22nd Australia and New Zealand Electrochemistry Symposium
  • 2022 - Associate Editor of Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology - Biosensors and Biomolecular Electronics
  • 2021 - Member of the Editorial Board of Micromachines C: Chemistry Section
  • 2021 - Organising Committee Member of the Queensland Student Chemistry Symposium
  • 2019 - Organising Committee Member of the 21st Australia and New Zealand Electrochemistry Symposium
  • 2019 - Committee Member of the Electrochemistry Division of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute
  • 2018 - Member of the International Society of Electrochemistry
  • 2018 - Chartered Chemist of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute

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 61+ 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.

Australian Research Council - Discovery - Projects

Electron transport and scattering within the plasma-liquid interface

Indicative Funding
$360,000 over 3 years
The synergistic interaction of low-temperature plasmas with liquids and biological matter has unearthed various technological applications in water treatment, agriculture, biofuels and medicine. Predicitive control of these multiphase plasmas is essential to unlocking the potential of these applications, and this requires predictive models. The absence of the relevant non-equilibrium transport theory describing electrons in these multiphase environments together with fundamental data describing electron interactions with biological and liquid matter severely limits this. The project will develop a state of the art transport model informed by world first measurements of electron cross-sections for biomolecules, radicals and liquids.
Ron White, Darryl Jones, Mark Kushner and Yang Liu (College of Science & Engineering, Flinders University and University of Michigan - Ann Arbor)
Plasma medicine; Electron scattering; Transport theory; biomolecules

Australian Academy of Science - France and Europe EMCR mobility grant

Field-Deployable Chemical Sensors for Water Quality Monitoring in the Great Barrier Reef

Indicative Funding
$7,000 over 1 year
Field-deployable chemical sensors are increasingly necessary for high resolution in situ monitoring of water pollutants across the freshwater and marine ecosystems of the Great Barrier Reef (GBR) - the world?s largest coral reef system. Currently, the chemical sensors deployed in the GBR regions rely heavily on optical principles that encounter reliability and robustness issues when used in complex aquatic environments. This project will establish a collaboration with the world-leading research group in chemical sensor design and field deployment to address this current scientific challenge in Australia. The collaboration proposed here will provide significant benefits for better management of the GBR.
Yang Liu (College of Science & Engineering)
Chemical sensors; Water quality; Great Barrier Reef

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 Tristan 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)
  • Effects of sugarcane mill mud and ash on soil properties and processes including inorganic and organic carbon sequestration (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Green Synthesis of Graphene for Advanced Sensor Applications (Masters , Secondary Advisor)
  • Optimisation of Qcide oil Extraction and Separation (Masters , Secondary Advisor)
  • Experimental and Theoretical Investigations of Plasma Liquid Interactions (Masters , Secondary Advisor)
  • The use of molecular methods to detect ciguatoxin producing dinoflagellates in Australia. (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Synthesis and Investigations on Metal Organic Frameworks (MOFs) and their composites for high-performance Electrochemical Energy Storage (EES) Devices/Sensing Applications. (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Integrating Iron Oxidation State and Trace Element Geochemistry in Minerals to Delineate Alteration Halos and Vector Towards Mineralization (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Graphene-based Nanocomposites for Biosensing applications (PhD , Primary Advisor/AM/Adv)
  • Construction of Electrochemical Sensing Platforms Based on Carbon Nanocomposites (PhD , Primary Advisor)
  • Ion-Selective Sensors for Environmental Monitoring (PhD , Primary Advisor)

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