Lu Liu, Ph.D., Patent Engineer


Lu Liu, Ph.D. is a Patent Engineer in the Intellectual Property Practice Group who assists IP clients in the preparation and prosecution of domestic and foreign patent applications and patent searches. Her core technical background is in the field of Chemistry, with extensive lab experience in organic synthesis and analytical techniques. Lu has deep strengths in scientific literature review and analysis, writing both original research and review articles, and giving technical presentations.

Lu received her doctorate from the University of Wisconsin – Madison in Chemistry. As a graduate research assistant, she focused on the study of "Visible Light Assisted Intramolecular Amidation of Allenes" and is the primary contributor to the Chemical Reviews article “Mechanistic Aspects and Synthetic Applications of Radical Additions to Allenes." She also worked on a project synthesizing fluorinated amine stereotriads via allene aziridination, where novel pyrrolidines and unnatural amino acid scaffolds were obtained in good yields and diastereoselctivity. Lu also participated in an X-ray crystallography study using spectroscopic and crystallographic techniques.

In her undergraduate studies, Lu won a campus-wide research grant competition to design a synthetic route toward quinabactin, a project to study ways of increasing drought tolerances in plants. While at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, she was in charge of the solvent stills safety, handled safety hazard prevention and maintenance on the solvent stills for bulk distillation. While achieving top honors in her own studies, Lu was also a teaching assistant for Organic Chemistry lectures and labs, served as a research mentor to several undergraduate and graduate students, and is a volunteer translator for IYCN (International Younger Chemists Network), for whom she translates chemistry experiments from English to Chinese.

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Education and Honors

  • University of Wisconsin - Madison (Ph.D., 2019)
    • Ph.D. (Chemistry – Organic Path)
  • Northern State University (B.A. and B.S., summa cum laude, 2014)
    • B.S. (Chemistry)
    • B.A. (English Language and Literature)
    • Minor in French
    • Dean's List
  • Shanghai University of International Business and Economics (B.A.)
    • Major in English Translation and Interpretation
    • Minor in French


  • Chinese
  • French (Working proficiency)