University of California, Riverside

Dr Liu Lab Group

Group Members

Research Team


Haizhou Summer 2016      Haizhou Liu - PI


         > Ph.D. Environmental Engineering, University of Washington, 2010.

         > M.S. Environmental Engineering, University of Washington, 2007.

         > B.S. Environmental Engineering, Sichuan University, 2006.


            (Click here for current CV)

Haizhou received his Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering from University of Washington, subsequent to completion of a M.S. and B.S. in Environmental Engineering from University of Washington and Sichuan University, respectively. Prior to starting as an Assistant Professor at UCR, he conducted two-year postdoctoral research at University of California, Berkeley. His educational and professional background is in water quality, treatment and reuse - especially via the application of environmental chemistry principles. Outside of work, Haizhou enjoys tennis, beach volleyball, biking, kayaking, classical music (favorite composer Mozart), impressionism oil painting, and learning Romantic languages (current endeavors are Italian and French). 


Graduate Students


Lucy Li - PhD student


B.S. Environmental Biology, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, 2013.


Lucy graduated from Cal Poly Pomona in 2013 with a bachelor degree in Environmental Biology. She started her graduate research at UCR in Fall 2013. Her research is focused on groundwater remediation using metal catalytic chemical redox reaction, specifically, activated peroxydisulfate as an effective radical generator, as well as the toxicity of the byproducts generated from the reaction. As an IGERT fellow, her long term career goal is to improve the quality and quantity of recycle water and minimize environmental impact caused by the wastewater discharge and industrial contamination.  (Click here for current CV)

mcMichelle Chebeir - PhD student

B.S. Chemical Engineering, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, 2013.


A Southern California native, Michelle Chebeir earned her Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering at Cal Poly Pomona. Through her undergraduate research in water treatment, she realized the need for public awareness and policy as an integral part of the success of good engineering. Her motivation lies in bridging the apparent gap between science and society as all research is interdisciplinary at heart. Michelle believes that the pursuit of PhD will allow her to enhance her skills as an engineer and broaden her knowledge in public policy. She is doing research on hexavalent chromium redox processes in water treatment as she pursues her PhD in Chemical and Environmental Engineering.



Gongde Chen - PhD student

M.S. Chemical Engineering, Hefei University of Technology, 2013.

B.S. Chemical Engineering, Hefei University of Technology, 2010.






Tushar Jain - PhD student

B.S. Chemical Engineering, Institute of Chemical Technology, 2014.







Sam Patton - PhD student

B.S. Chemistry, Tennessee State University, 2014.






John Orta

John Orta - PhD student

B.S. Chemical Engineering, California Baptist University, 2016.







Mariano Romano


Mariano Romano - Visiting grad student

B.S. Civil and Engineering, University of Salerno, Italy. 2016.






Undergraduate Students 


Hangdong Wang       Hangdong Wang

          > Junior, Chemical and Environmental Engineering, UC Riverside








Lab Alumni

Catherine Charlton, B.S. Chemistry, Riverside Community College

Heidi Li, B.S. Chemistry, UC Riverside

Evan Kruchowy, B.S. Chemical and Environmental Engineering, 2015.

Natalia Camargo, B.S. Chemical and Environmental Engineering, 2015.

Dawit Wordofa,  M.S. Chemical and Environmental Engineering, 2014

Han Sohn, Currently CEE MS student at UCR.

Diana Iwais,  Currently junior at California State University, San Bernardino.

Ruben Orozco, Currently junior at Universidad Autónoma de Baja California.

Lamees Alkhamis, Currently senior at UCR, Chemical and Environmental Engineering.

Steve Opot, Currently first-year UCR graduate student. 

More Information 

General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

College Information

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Liu Research Group

Tel: (951) 827-7162
Fax: (951) 827-5696
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