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Jinxia Liu

Jinxia Liu

Assistant Professor




PhD, Agronomy/Env Chemistry, Purdue University, USA (2007)
ME, Env Eng, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, USA (2002)
ME, Env Eng,Tianjin University, China (2001)
BE, Env Eng,Tianjin University, China (1999)


Off: 817 Sherbrooke Street West, 475C
Tel: 514-398-7938
Fax: 514-398-7361
jinxia [dot] liu [at] mcgill [dot] ca (E-mail)



General information

Professor Liu’s expertise lies between environmental engineering and environmental analytical chemistry. The main focus of her research is on elucidation of environmental fate, behaviors and bio-availability of emerging organic contaminants, particularly fluorochemicals. Her research goal is to provide industry, policy- and decision-makers with information to make sound decisions on manufacture, assessment and management of organic chemicals. She is also interested in developing novel materials and treatment processes for removing fluorochemicals from contaminated water, soil and sediment.

Before joining McGill University in 2011, Professor Liu has worked both in industry and academia in the US. Her research projects were funded by the US National Science Foundation, Maryland Water Resource Research Center, municipal water/sewer facilities as well as chemical industry.


Previous appointments

Research interests

  • Environmental fate and behaviors of legacy and new fluorochemicals
  • Novel biotransformation pathways of polyfluoroalkyl compounds
  • Development of new materials/processes for removal of flurochemicals from contaminated water, soil and sediment

Courses offered

  • CIVE 290 Thermodynamics & Heat Transfer 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

  • CIVE 418 Design Project 4 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

  • CIVE 651 Theory:Water/Wastewater Trtmnt 4 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

  • CIVE 663 Environ Fate of Org Chemicals 4 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

Selected publications

  • Zhi Y. and Liu J. (2015) "Adsorption of perfluoroalkyl acids onto carbonaceous adsorbents: Effect of carbon surface chemistry",  Environmental Pollution, 202, 168-175.
  • Mejia Avendano S., Zhong G. and Liu J. (2015) "Comment on “Biodegradation of perfluorooctanesulfonate (PFOS) as an emerging contaminant”. Chemosphere, 10.1016/j.chemosphere.2015.03.022.
  • Munoz G., Dub S.V.D., Budzinskic H., Labadiec P., Liu J. and Sauvé S. (2015) "Quantitative analysis of poly- and perfluoroalkyl compounds in water matrices using high-resolution mass spectrometry: optimization for a laser diode thermal desorption method",  Accepted by Analytica Chimica Acta.
  • Mejia Avendano S. and Liu J. (2015) "Production of PFOS from aerobic soil biotransformation of two perfluoroalkyl sulfonamide derivatives",  Chemosphere, 119, 1084-1090.
  • Zhao, C., Zhong G., Kim D.-E., Liu J. and Liu X. (2014) "A portable lab-on-a-chip system for gold-nanoparticle-based colorimetric detection of metal ions in water", Biomicrofluidics, 8, 052107.
  • Liu J. and Mejia Avendano S. (2013) "Microbial degradation of polyfluoroalkyl chemicals in the environment: a Review",   Environment International, 61, 98-114.
  • Dasu K., Liu J. and Lee L.S. (2012) "Aerobic soil biodegradation of 8:2 fluorotelomer stearate monoester",  Environmental Science & Technology, 46 (7), pp 3831–3836.
  • Wang, N., Liu, J., Buck, R.C., Korzeniowski, S.H., Wolstenholme, B.W., Folsom, P.W. and Sulecki L.M. (2011) "6:2 Fluorotelomer sulfonate aerobic biotransformation in activated sludge of waste water treatment plants", Chemosphere, 82(6), 853-858.
  • Dasu, K., Royer L. A., Liu, J. and Lee, L. S. (2010) "Hydrolysis of fluorotelomer compounds leading to fluorotelomer alcohol production during solvent", Chemosphere, 81(7), 911-917.
  • Liu, J., Wang, N., Buck, R. C., Wolstenholme, B. W., Folsom, P. W., Sulecki, L. M. and Bellin, C. A. (2010) "Aerobic biodegradation of [14C] 6:2 fluorotelomer alcohol in a flow-through soil incubation system", Chemosphere, 80(7), 716-723.
  • Liu, J., Wang N., Szostek B., Buck R.C., Panciroli P.W. and Folsom P.W. (2010) "6-2 Fluorotelomer alcohol aerobic biodegradation in soil and mixed bacterial culture", Chemosphere, 78(4), 437-444.


  • Outstanding PhD Research, Purdue University (2007)
  • 1st Place in Environmental Entrepreneurship Competition, Purdue Discovery Park (2007)
  • Frederick N. Andrews Environmental Grant, Purdue University (2006)
  • Lynn Fellowship, Purdue University (2003)
  • Master TA Fellow, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (2002)