Leyang Liu


Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering 


Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2021)

Bachelor of Science in Engineering Physics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2021)

Research Interests

Photonic systems and biosensors

Senior Thesis

Portable Optical Microscopic Systems for Nanoparticle Detection

Research Experiences

Research Assistant, Powder Metallurgy Research Institute Summer 2020 Primary Investigator: Dou Zhang, Professor; Mentor: Haiyan Chen, Ph.D. 

Central South University 

  • Constructed supercell models of the lattice structure of defect engineered ceramics 
  • Performed First Principles calculations (Density Function theory) of the supercell and record electron density and eigenenergy of the system 
  • Analyzed the stability of the structure from data 

Research Assistant, Laboratory of Chemo/Biosensing and Chemometrics Summer 2016 Primary Investigator: Dapeng Zhao, Associate Professor 

Hunan University 

  • Compared the biotoxicity of Coated Magnesium-Zinc alloys and uncoated ones 
  • Cultured and transported human colorectal cancer cell 
  • Analyzed and compiled data to draft report 


H. Chen, L. Tang, L. Liu, Y. Chen, H. Luo, X. Yuan, D. Zhang. Temperature dependent polarization-switching behavior in 0.50.52 ferroeletric film. Materialia 14 (2020) 100919. 

Honor and Awards

  • Dean’s List (FA 2017, SP 2018, FA 2018, FA 2019, SP2020, FA 2020, SP 2021)
  • Mark Tracy Undergraduate Fellowship
  • Peter W. Sauer Undergraduate Scholarship
  • John Bardeen Undergraduate Award