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Yi Liao, Ph.D.Yi Liao, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Chemistry

Dr. Yi Liao received his B.S. in Chemistry from Nankai University, China, and his Ph.D. from University of Massachusetts. He conducts research in photochemistry and develops smart materials that alter their properties under light. What he enjoys most about doing chemistry in Florida is the sunshine. It’s probably because his lab is often in the dark due to the photosensitive stuff he works on. Sometimes you’ll can find him and his students sitting outside of the Olin Physical Science Building, staring at a test tube under sunshine, hoping something will happen. The photosensitive molecules he discovered have been used by research groups around the world to develop smart photoresponsive materials and novel devices. His research has been funded by National Science Foundation and Department of Defense. Dr. Liao teaches General Chemistry, Polymer Chemistry and Electronic Materials courses. He encourages students to ask questions in the class. He always says “no question is a bad question”. His office is always open to the students who need help.

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