Principle Investigator

Chunming Liu is a physical and analytical chemist with his primary research interest in studying polymer chemistry and physics at single-molecule level. Before joining the University of Akron, Dr. Liu worked as a research associate with Prof. Peng Chen at Cornell University, where he achieved the first real-time visualization of single polymer chain growth and built expertise on magnetic tweezers and single-molecule fluorescence microscopy. Dr. Liu obtained his PhD in analytical chemistry with Prof. Paul S. Cremer at Texas A&M University, specialized on the development of membrane protein separation method and label-free biosensors based on supported lipid bilayers.

Graduate Students

Wenqiao Zhou

PhD student, Polymer Sci.

Started in 2021

MS in Polymer Science

University of Akron

Farhin Amin Raha

PhD student, Chemistry 

Started in 2022

BS in Pharmacy

Daffodil International University

Deepali Prajapati

PhD student, Polymer Engr.

Started in 2024

MS in Polymer Sci. & Tech.

IIT, Delhi

Undergraduate Students

Ethan Rang


University of Akron

Jaron Dilber

REU summer program


Ashland University


Name Year Degree/Program Next Position

Amy Getz 2023-2024 BS Chemistry/Biochemistry Summit Environmental Technologies

Kai Gu 2019-2024 PhD Polymer Science & Postdoc Scientist, Zschimmer & Schwarz Interpolymer

Elise Rezabeck 2022-2023 BS Biochemistry Chemist, Sherwin-Williams

Lei Liu 2021-2023 PhD student, Polymer Engineering, UAkron

Shuzhen Liu 2020-2023 MS Polymer Science PhD student, Chemical Engineering, UAkron

Christina Yu 2022 REU summer research PhD student, Cornell University

Kehao Ren 2019-2021 MS Polymer Science PhD student, University of Tennessee Knoxville

Wendong Ren 2019-2021 MS Polymer Science MS student, University of Ontario Institute of Technology

Harsh Patel 2019-2020 BS Chemistry R&D Chemist at Quanex

Jian Bao 2019-2020 SVSM high school research program