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Jinxia Liu

Jinxia LiuAssistant Professor

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


PhD, Agronomy/Environmental 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)

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 bioavailability 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 615 Environmental Engr. Seminar 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

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

  • CIVE 648 Sp Topics in Civil Eng 4 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

Selected publications

  • Dasu K., Liu J., Lee L.S. (2012) Aerobic soil biodegradation of 8:2 fluorotelomer stearate monoester. Environ. Sci. Technol. 2012, 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.
  • Liu, J. (2011) Source Characterization of Contamination by Poly- and Per-Fluorinated Chemicals (PFCs) in Maryland Waterways. Project 2010MD207B. United Stated Geological Survey.
  • 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., & 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 
  • Liu, J.; Lee, L.S.; Nies, L.F.; Nakatsu, C.H. and Turco, R.F. (2007) Biotransformation of 8:2 fluorotelomer alcohol in soil and by soil bacterial isolates. Environ. Sci. Technol. 41(23): 8024–8030.
  • Liu, J., Lee L.S. (2007) Effect of perfluorocarbon chain length on solubility and sorption by soils of fluorotelomer alcohols. Environ. Sci. Technol.; 41(15): 5357-5362.
  • Liu, J. and Lee L.S. (2005) Solubility and sorption of 8:2 fluorotelomer alcohol by surface soils. Environ. Sci. Technol., 39(19), 7535 -7540.
  • Webster, T.J., Tong, Z., Liu J., Banks, M.K. (2005) Adhesion of Pseudomonas fluorescens onto nanophase materials. Nanotechnol. 16(7): S449-S457.
  • Kilduff J.E., Liu J. and Komisar S.J. (2004) Membrane-based gas transfer: an environmental engineering laboratory. Water Sci. Technol., 49(8), 49–56.


  • 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)