Lu Liu, Ph.D., is a patent engineer in the Intellectual Property Group. She assists the attorney team and intellectual property clients in the preparation and prosecution of patent applications with a focus on chemical, materials, and life sciences.
Lu works on a wide array of technologies including:
- Materials science, such as polyolefins, adhesives, wire and cable coating materials, nanomaterials
- Therapeutics, such as vaccines, antibodies, protein therapeutics, probiotics, and gene therapies
Lu’s core technical experience is in the fields of organic chemistry. She has more than 8 years of experience as a research scientist and has authored scientific research and review papers/book. As an undergraduate, she worked on the synthesis of quinabactin for the study of increasing drought tolerance in plants. As a graduate student, she worked on the methodology development of (i) diasterio- and stereoselective synthesis of fluorinated amine stereotriads for the production of fluorinated pyrrolidines and unnatural amino acids and (ii) visible-light-initiated intramolecular regio-, chemo-, and stereoselective addition of amidyl radicals to allenes for the formation of γ- and δ-lactams.
Throughout her graduate studies, Lu served as a research mentor to multiple domestic and international undergraduate/graduate students and also served as a teaching assistant for undergraduate organic chemistry lectures and labs. While fulfilling her duties as a teaching assistant and research mentor, she has presented her work at international conferences and published research/review articles in multiple peer-reviewed journals including Chemical Reviews, Organic Letters, Chemistry – A European Journal, and Crystal Growth & Design.
Education and Honors
- University of Wisconsin - Madison (Ph.D., 2019)
- Doctor of Philosophy, Chemistry (Organic Division)
- Thesis title: "Part I: fluorinated amine stereotriads via allene amination and Part II: visible-light-assisted intramolecular amidation of allenes"
- Goering Organic Chemistry Award
- Northern State University (B.A. and B.S., 2014)
- Majors: Chemistry; English Language and Literature
- Undergraduate Research Grants
- Shanghai University of International Business and Economics (B.A.)
- Major in English Translation and Interpretation
- Minor in French
Professional and Civic Activities
- American Chemical Society, Member
- French (Working proficiency)