Perry Research Group
Yalin Liu

Yalin Liu

PhD Candidate


Office Address:

N560 Life Sciences Laboratory
240 Thatcher Road
Amherst, MA 01003

Mailing Address:

159 Goessmann Laboratory
686 North Pleasant Street
Amherst, MA 01003

Biographical Statement

Yalin is currently working on designing material transitions in polyelectrolyte complexes (PECs). Her work includes exploring the effects of orthogonal chemistries such as hydrogen bonding to enhance material stability, and zwitterions to improve hydrophilicity as strategies for modulating the material properties of PEC-based materials. 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.


  1. 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]
  2. 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]
  3. Y. Liu, H.H. Winter, S.L. Perry, "Linear Viscoelasticity of Complex Coacervates," Advances in Colloid and Interface Science, (2017) 239, 46-60. [PDF]
  4. 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