University of California, Riverside

Bourns College of Engineering

Haizhou Liu

Faculty Profile

Faculty Profile

Haizhou Liu

Assistant Professor of Chemical & Environmental Engineering
Haizhou Liu

Ph.D. Environmental Engineering
University of Washington, 2010

Bourns Hall A239
University of California, Riverside
Riverside, CA 92521

Telephone: 951-827-2076
Fax: 951-827-5696
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Former Institutions: University of California, Berkeley


Haizhou Liu received his Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering from University of Washington in 2010, and has a M.S. in Civil Engineering from University of Washington and B.S. in Environmental Engineering from Sichuan University (in China). Prior to joining UC Riverside, he worked as a postdoctoral researcher at UC Berkeley for two years in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Dr. Liu's research interests include colloidal metal behavior and redox chemistry in drinking water, chemical remediation of contaminated sites, environmental electrochemistry, and advanced oxidation in water treatment processes. The long-term research goal is to harness chemical reactions and processes of environmental significance to improve water quality and enhance water purification and reuse in engineered applications. Dr. Liu is a member of several professional societies and currently serving on the International Water Association's specialist committee on metals and toxic substances in drinking water.


  • Ph.D. Environmental Engineering, University of Washington, 2010
  • M.S. Civil Engineering, University of Washington, 2007
  • B.S. Environmental Engineering, Sichuan University (China), 2006

Professional Affiliations

  • American Chemical Society
  • American Water Works Association
  • International Water Association
  • The Electrochemical Society


  • Best platform presentation, International Water Association Young Water Professionals Conference, 2010
  • Graduate student paper award in environmental chemistry, American Chemical Society, 2009
  • Best young professionals poster presentation, American Water Works Association Annual Conference, 2009
  • Joseph W. Richards research fellowship, The Electrochemical Society, 2009
  • Graduate student award in environmental chemistry, American Chemical Society, 2008

Research Areas

CEE Department Faculty

Dr. Liu’s research focuses on advancing the knowledge and application of environmental chemical processes at the molecular level to provide more reliable water supplies, improve water quality and protect public health, with particular interests in enhancement of drinking water quality, remediation of contaminated groundwater, and development of new water purification technologies. His research group integrates fundamental principles of aquatic chemistry, electrochemistry, and chemical kinetics modeling with advanced analytical capacities in the lab to understand chemical processes that can benefit engineered applications of water treatment. Specific research areas include the following:

  • Development of novel in situ chemical oxidation technologies and application of heterogeneous catalysts to remediate contaminated soil and groundwater, particularly with regard to the application of sulfate radical as a new oxidant, with an emphasis on mechanistic understanding of reactions involving recalcitrant organic contaminants and oxidative species.
  • Characterization and modeling of chemical processes in drinking water distribution systems, with special interests in colloidal behavior of metals (i.e. iron, copper and lead), surface geochemistry of metal oxides-water interfacial reactions, metal redox chemistry with natural organic matter and residual disinfectants in drinking water.
  • Development of innovative chemical and physicochemical techniques for simple, environmental friendly and cost-effective water treatment and reuse processes, with focus on the removal of emerging and persistent contaminants, including endocrine disrupting compounds and pharmaceuticals.
  • Application of new advanced analytical methods to understand reactions of environmental significance, including but not limited to the application of electrochemical methods for study of environmental redox reactions and electron microscopy and spectroscopy for surface analysis.

Selected Publications

  • Liu, H.; Jeong, J.; Gray, H.; Smith, S.; Sedlak, D.L. Algal uptake of hydrophobic and hydrophilic dissolved organic nitrogen in effluent from biological nutrient removal municipal wastewater treatment systems. Environmental Science and Technology. 2012, 46 (2), 713-721.
  • Liu, H.; Kuznetsov, A. M.; Masliy, A. N.; Korshin, G.V.; Ferguson, J.F. Formation of Pb(III) intermediates in the electrochemically controlled Pb(II)/PbO2 System. Environmental Science and Technology. 2012, 46 (3), 1430-1438.
  • Liu, H.; Schonberger, K. D.; Korshin, G.V.; Ferguson, J.F. Meyerhofer, P; Desormeaux, E.; Luckenbach, H. Effects of blending of desalinated water with treated surface drinking water on copper and lead release. Water Research. 2010, 44 (14), 4057-4066.
  • Liu, H.; Korshin, G.V.; Ferguson, J.F. Interactions of Pb(II)/Pb(IV) solid phases with chlorine and their effects on lead release. Environmental Science and Technology. 2009, 43 (9), 3278-3284.
  • Liu, H.; Korshin, G.V.; Ferguson, J.F. Investigation of the kinetics and mechanisms of the oxidation of cerussite and hydrocerussite by chlorine. Environmental Science and Technology. 2008, 42 (9), 3241-3247.

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General Campus Information

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

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Bourns College of Engineering
446 Winston Chung Hall

Tel: (951) 827-5190
Fax: (951) 827-3188