Perry Research Group
Yalin Liu

Yalin Liu (she/her)






Biographical Statement

Yalin's PhD research focused on designing material transitions in polyelectrolyte complexes (PECs). She is jointly advised by both Prof. Sarah Perry and Prof. Maria Santore. Her work included exploring polymer backbone chemistry as a strategy for modulating the material properties of PEC-based materials. She also examined polyelectrolyte complexation between silica nanoparticles and oppositely-charged polymers. She also In her free time, she enjoys reading and drawing, and when weather is nice, swimming and skiing.

Yalin participated in an internship in fall 2018 with BASF in Wyandotte, MI.

Dr. Yalin Liu successfully defended her PhD dissertation on Designing Material Properties in Polyelectrolyte Complexes on February 14th, 2020. Dr. Liu was the second PhD student to graduate from the Perry Lab! She has since moved on to the leadership rotation program at Henkel.


  1. Y. Liu, C.F. Santa Chalarca, R.N. Carmean, R.A. Olson, J. Madinya, B.S. Sumerlin, C.E. Sing, T. Emrick, S.L. Perry, "Effect of Polymer Chemistry on the Linear Viscoelasticity of Polyelectrolyte Complexes," Macromolecules, (2020), 53(18), 7851-7864. [PDF]
  2. Y. Liu, B. Momani, H.H. Winter, S.L. Perry, "Rheological Characterization of Liquid-to-Solid Transitions in Bulk Polyelectrolyte Complexes," Soft Matter, (2017), 13, 7332-7340. [PDF]
  3. M. Radhakrishna, K. Basu, Y. Liu, R. Shamsi, S.L. Perry, C.E. Sing, "Molecular Connectivity and Correlation Effects on Polymer Coacervation," Macromolecules, (2017) 50(7), 3030–3037.[PDF]
  4. Y. Liu, H.H. Winter, S.L. Perry, "Linear Viscoelasticity of Complex Coacervates," Advances in Colloid and Interface Science, (2017) 239, 46-60. [PDF]
  5. As of July/August 2017, this highly cited paper received enough citations to place it in the top 1% of the academic field of Chemistry based on a highly cited threshold for the field and publication year (data from Essential Science Indicators).

Honors and Awards

2017 Soft Materials for Life Sciences NRT Travel Grant
2015 Traineeship through the Soft Materials for Life Sciences NSF Research Traineeship Program