Albert T. Liu

Principal Investigator

Albert T. Liu

Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering (CV )
Academic Tree

Albert received his B.S. from CalTech in 2014 and Ph.D. from MIT in 2020, both in Chemical Engineering. At MIT, Albert worked with Michael Strano to develop the field of colloidal electronics, integrating a plethora of electronic functions to colloidal micro-particles using low-dimensional electronic materials. Prior to joining the University of Michigan, Albert completed his post-doctoral training in the School of Medicine at Stanford University with Steven Chu in 2022, during which he developed a nano-structured, bio-electronic interface capable of harnessing external electric fields to deliver and extract genetic information to and from biological systems such as human cancer cells and murine hippocampal neurons.

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Alma Mater

Postdoctoral Fellow, School of Medicine, Stanford University (Advisor: Steven Chu)
Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (AdvisorMichael S. Strano
B.S. with honor, Chemical Engineering, California Institute of Technology (AdvisorsGregory C. Fu and John D. Roberts)     
B.A. with honor, Chemistry, Grinnell College, Valedictorian   

Academic Appointments

(2022 –     )    Assistant Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Michigan
                      by courtesy, Macromolecular Science and Engineering Program
                      by courtesy, Department of Materials Science and Engineering

Other Positions

(2023 –     )    Academic Affairs Advisory Committee, University of Michigan Faculty Senate
(2023 –     )    University of Michigan Student Chapter Advisor, AIChE
(2023 –     )    Division Chair, Nanoscale Science & Engineering Forum, AIChE
(2023 –     )    Composites Area Co-Chair, Materials Engineering & Science Division, AIChE
(2023 –     )    Nanoscale Horizons, Editorial Community Board, Royal Society of Chemistry
(2023 –     )    Frontiers in Materials, Review Editor, Frontiers
(2020 –     )    ACS Materials Letters Early Career Advisory Board, ACS
(2018 – 19)    Graduate Programs CommitteeOffice of Graduate Education, MIT
(2014)            Facilities Engineering Intern, Chevron Energy Technology Company, Chevron U.S.A. Inc.

Awards and Honors

(2020)    2020 Rising StarIEEE Solid-State Circuits Society
(2019)    Excellence in Graduate Polymer ResearchAIChE
(2019)    Individual Accomplishment Citation, Dept. of Chemical Engineering, MIT
(2019)    Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant Award (for 10.65 – Chemical Reaction Engineering), MIT
(2018)    Teaching Development FellowshipMIT
(2018)    Inorganic Materials Graduate Student Award (1st place), AIChE
(2018)    PPG Polymer Engineering Award, Macro Symposium, University of Michigan
(2018)    Judge’s Choice (1st place team), Harvard Surgical Program in InnovationHarvard Medical School
(2017)    MRS Graduate Student Award (Silver), Materials Research Society
(2017)    Electronic & Photonic Materials Graduate Student Award finalist, AIChE
(2017)    Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant Award (for 10.50 – Analysis of Transport Phenomena), MIT
(2017)    Goodwin Teaching Medal, finalist (nominated by Dept. of Chemical Engineering), MIT
(2016)    Carbon Nanomaterials Graduate Student Award (1st place), AIChE
(2014)    Presidential Graduate Fellow, MIT
(2014)    Gordon Wu Fellow (declined), Princeton University
(2014)    Merck Index Award, Caltech, sponsored by Merck & Co., Inc.
(2014)    Tau Beta Pi Fellow, California Beta Chapter
(2013)    Jack E. Froehlich Memorial Award, Caltech
(2016)    David S. Koons Research Fellow, Caltech
(2013)    Don Shepard Award, Caltech
(2013)    Andrew W. Archibald Prize for Highest Scholarship (Valedictorian), Grinnell
(2013)    Chemistry Alumni Award, Department of Chemistry, Grinnell
(2013)    Phi Beta Kappa Scholar, Iowa Beta Chapter
(2011)    ACS Polymer Chemistry Award, Polymer Education CommitteeACS
(2011)    Snyder Scholar (declined), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
(2010)    Mentored Advanced Project Fellow, Grinnell
(2010)    Silver Medal, Grinnell College Team, Iowa Collegiate Mathematics Competition, University of Iowa
(2009)    Neil Klausner Award, Grinnell
(2009)    Dean’s Lists (all semesters), Grinnell