Haizhou Liu

Haizhou Liu, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Chemical & Environmental Engineering.

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

Research Areas

Water Quality Systems Engineering

Contact Information

Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering

Professor Liu's research interests include water chemistry, metal behavior, water reuse and treatment, environmental remediation, electrochemistry and catalysis. His current and recent research has been sponsored by the National Science Foundation, Department of Interior, Department of Agriculture, Department of Energy and Water Research Foundation. He has active collaborations with faculty in Engineering, Chemistry, Environmental Sciences and Toxicology, as well as international collaborations in Italy, Switzerland and China to address interdisciplinary and global environmental challenges. 

Professor Liu receives his B.S. at Sichuan University, China, M.S. and Ph.D. at University of Washington, and completes a postdoctoral training at UC Berkeley before joining UC Riverside in 2013. Professor 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. Professor Liu is selected as an Emerging Investigator in Water Engineering and Technology by the Royal Society of Chemistry in 2016, receives a National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award in 2017, an Environmental Science & Technology Excellence in Review Award in 2018, and a Young Professional Award from International UV Association in 2019. His recent research is featured as cover images and editor’s choice by leading journals including Environmental Science & TechnologyEnvironmental Science: Water Research & Technology, and Envrionmental Science: Process & Impact


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Best Research Paper Award, International Ultraviolet Association, 2019.

Young Professional Award of the Year, International Ultraviolet Association, 2019.

Environmental Science & Technology
Excellent in Review Award, American Chemical Society, 2018.

American Water Works Association Best Doctoral Dissertation Award Faculty Advisor, 2018.

National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award, 2017.

Emerging Investigator in Water Engineering and Technology, Royal Society of Chemistry, 2016.

Hellman Family Fund Faculty Fellowship, 2016.

Graduate Advisor to Best Graduate Student Presentation Awards (International UV Association North America Conference, 2018; Emerging Contaminant Summit, 2016; International Symposium on Toxic Persistent Substances, 2015; American Water Works Association California Sectional Conference, 2015; California Groundwater Association, 2013).

Best Platform Presentation, International Water Association, Young Water Professionals Conference, 2010.

Environmental Chemistry C. Ellen Gonter Award, Division of 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.