Dr. Tianbo Liu

Dr. Tianbo Liu

Title: A. Schulman Professor
Dept/Program: School of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering
Office: GDYR 903
Phone: 330-972-3496
Email: tliu@uakron.edu
Website: https://tianboliu.uakron.edu/


Tianbo Liu received his Ph.D. in Chemistry from the Stony Brook University in 1999, under the guidance of Benjamin Chu. During this time he studied block copolymer solutions by using scattering techniques. After spending two more years in the same group as a postdoctoral associate, he started his independent research career at the Physics Department, Brookhaven National Laboratory. In Jan. 2005 he moved to Lehigh University as an assistant professor of Chemistry, and was promoted to associate professor in 2009 and full professor in 2012. He started to work at the Department of Polymer Science University of Akron in Jan. 2013.


Liu’s lab studies the fundamental physical chemistry of complex solution systems, including macroions, inorganicorganic hybrids, colloids/nanoparticles, surfactants/micelles, polelectrolytes, block copolymers and biomacromolecules. His research aims for linking physical properties of advanced materials to their applications, and understanding certain important biological processes by simplified models.


  1. Jiahui Chen, Mrinal K Bera, Hui Li, Yuqing Yang, Xinyu Sun, Jiancheng Luo, Jessi Baughman, Cheng Liu, Xuesi Yao, Steven SC Chuang and Tianbo Liu, “Accurate Determination of the Quantity and Spatial Distribution of Counterions around a Spherical Macroion”, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2020, in press.
  2. Yuqing Yang, Pavel Rehak, Ting-Zheng Xie, Yi Feng, Xinyu Sun, Jiahui Chen, Hui Li, Petr Král and Tianbo Liu, “Nanosheets and Hydrogels Formed by 2 nm Metal–Organic Cages with Electrostatic Interaction”, ACS Appl. Mater. Interf. 2020, in press.
  3. Bo Qi, Sai An, Jiancheng Luo, Tianbo Liu and Yu‐Fei Song, “Enhanced Macroanion Recognition of Superchaotropic Keggin Clusters Achieved by Synergy of Anion–π and Anion–Cation Interactions”, Chem. Eur. J. 2020, in press.
  4. Ehsan Raee, Hui Li, Xinyu Sun, Putu Ustriyana, Jiancheng Luo, Jiahui Chen, Nita Sahai and Tianbo Liu, “Strong Enantiomeric Preference on the Macroion–Counterion Interaction Induced by Weakly Associated Chiral Counterions”, J. Phys. Chem. B 2020, 124 (44), 9958-9966.
  5. Eduard Garrido Ribó, Nicola L Bell, Weimin Xuan, Jiancheng Luo, De-Liang Long, Tianbo Liu and Leroy Cronin, “Synthesis, Assembly, and Sizing of Neutral, Lanthanide Substituted Molybdenum Blue Wheels {Mo90Ln10}”, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2020, 142 (41), 17508-17514.
  6. Jiahui Chen, Kun Qian, Kexing Xiao, Jiancheng Luo, Hui Li, Tian Ma, Ulrich Kortz, Mesfin Tsige and Tianbo Liu*, “Co-ion Effects in the Self-Assembly of Macroions: From Co-ions to Co-macroions and to the Unique Feature of Self-Recognition”, Langmuir 2020, 36 (35), 10519-10527.
  7. Xiao-Yun Yan, Zhiwei Lin, Wei Zhang, Hui Xu, Qing-Yun Guo, Yuchu Liu, Jiancheng Luo, Xian-You Liu, Rongchun Zhang, Jiahao Huang, Tong Liu, Zebin Su, Ruimeng Zhang, Shuailin Zhang, Tianbo Liu and Stephen Z.D. Cheng, “Magnifying the Structural Components of Biomembranes: A Prototype for the Study of the Self-Assembly of Giant Lipids”, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2020, 59 (13), 5226-5234.
  8. Jiancheng Luo, Tong Liu, Kun Qian, Benqian Wei, Yinghe Hu, Min Gao, Xinyu Sun, Zhiwei Lin, Jiahui Chen, Mrinal K Bera, Yuhang Chen, Ruimeng Zhang, Jialin Mao, Chrys Wesdemiotis, Mesfin Tsige, Stephen Z.D. Cheng and Tianbo Liu, “Continuous Curvature Change into Controllable and Responsive Onion-like Vesicles by Rigid Sphere–Rod Amphiphiles”, ACS Nano 2020, 14, 1811 – 1822.
  9. Jiancheng Luo, Songtao Ye, Putu Ustriyana, Benqian Wei, Jiahui Chen, Ehsan Raee, Yinghe Hu, Yuqing Yang, Yifan Zhou, Chrys Wesdemiotis, Nita Sahai and Tianbo Liu, “Unraveling Chiral Selection in the Self-assembly of Chiral Fullerene Macroions: Effects of Small Chiral Components Including Counterions, Co-ions, or Neutral Molecules”, Langmuir 2020, 36 (17), 4702 – 4710.
  10. Jiancheng Luo, Xinyu Sun, Jia-Fu Yin, Panchao Yin and Tianbo Liu, “Supramolecular Nanostructures Constructed from Cluster-based Hybrid Macromolecules”, Giant 2020, in press.


  • 1994, B.S., Department of Chemistry, Peking University, Beijing, P. R. China
  • 1999, Ph.D., Department of Chemistry, Stony Brook University, NY