Jinxia Liu

Associate Professor; Associate Chair of Civil Engineering (Student Affairs); Director of Brace Water Center
Academic title(s): 


Jinxia Liu
Contact Information

Department of Civil Engineering, 817 Sherbrooke Street West, MacDonald Engineering Building, Rm 475F, Montreal, QC H3A 0C3

Email address: 
jinxia.liu [at] mcgill.ca

Professor Liu’s expertise include environmental engineering, environmental analytical chemistry and environmental microbiology. The main focus of her research is on developing analytical methods for emerging pollutants, such as per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and microplastics, the environmental fate of organic contaminants in natural and engineered systems, the development of in-situ and ex-situ remediation technologies. Her research team is also working on developing next-generation water treatment technologies.

Prof. Liu has served as the principal investigator on dozens of research grants and contracts focused on PFAS in the United States and Canada, with many projects conducted in close collaborations with governmental agencies and private industry.


Ph.D., Agronomy/Environmental Chemistry, Purdue University, USA 
M.E., Environmental Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, USA
B.E. and M.E., Environmental Engineering, Tianjin University, China

Areas of expertise: 
  • Emerging pollutants
  • Water and wastewater treatment
  • Soil and groundwater remediation
  • Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS)
  • Environmental engineering 
  • Environmental analytical chemistry
  • Environmental microbiology
  • CIVE 290 Thermodynamics & Heat Transfer 3 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

Research areas: 
Environmental Engineering
Brace Water Centre
Awards, honours, and fellowships: 
  • Chwang-Seto Faculty Scholar
Selected publications: 

Please see the complete publication list at Google Scholar or ResearchGate



NSERC Alliance Mission Grant;

NSERC Discovery Grant; 

NSERC RTI Grants; 

Fonds de recherche du Québec – Nature et technologies (FRQNT), Team Grant

US SERDP/ESTCP Environmental Restoration Projects

Professional activities: 
  • Director of Brace Water Center, McGill
  • Editorial Advisory Board of Environmental Science & Technology
  • Guest Associate Editor, AWWA Water Science, Topical Collection on PFAS Analytics and Treatment
  • Scientific Expert for Multi-District Litigation handled by US Circuit Court in South Carolina on AFFF Products Liability, United States
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