Zhirong Liu Professor
Physical Chemistry, Peking University
Molecular Modeling Group
Email: LiuZhiRong_at_pku.edu.cn
Academic Experiences:
1992-1997: B. Sc. in Physics, Tsinghua University
1997-2001: Ph.D. in Condensed Matter Physics, Tsinghua
_________ University
2001-2002: Postdoctoral Guest Scientist, Max Planck
_________ Institute for Metals Research
2002-2003: Visiting Scientist, Center for Advanced Study,
_________ Tsinghua University
2003-2007: Postdoctor, Department of Biochemistry,
_________ University of Toronto
2007-present: Associate Professor (07-15), Professor (15-),
_________ College of Chemistry &Molecular Engineering,
_________ Peking University

Theoritical and computational chemistry (I): principles and applications of molecular modeling
Biophysical Chemistry
Statistical Thermodynamics

Research Interests[Details...]:

We are interested in utilizing theoretical approaches and simulation tools to investigate the physical problems in biological and chemical systems. At present, we focus on protein folding (especially for Intrinsically Disordered Proteins (IDPs)), DNA disentanglement, and Kinetics speeding-up algorithm. We also do first-principles calculations on graphene.

  • National Natural Science Foundation of China, "Computational study on the carrier mobility in graphene-related systems";
  • National Key Basic Research Programof China (973 Project), "Computational biology studies based on protein structures and interactions".

  • Maodong Li and Zhirong Liu*. Dimensions, energetics and denaturant effects of protein unstructured state. Protein Sci. 25, 734 (2016).
  • Yugang Zhang, Huaiqing Cao, and Zhirong Liu*. Binding cavities and druggability of intrinsically disordered proteins. Protein Sci. 24, 688 (2015). (Cover paper)
  • Zhirong Liu* and Yongqi Huang. Advantages of proteins being disordered. Protein. Sci. 23, 539 (2014). (Invited review)
  • Fan Jin, Chen Yu, Luhua Lai*, and Zhirong Liu*. Ligand clouds around protein clouds: a scenario of ligand binding with intrinsically disordered proteins. PLoS Comput. Biol. 9, e1003249 (2013). (Cover paper)
  • Jinying Wang, Ruiqi Zhao, Mingmei Yang, Zhongfan Liu*, and Zhirong Liu*. Inverse relationship between carrier mobility and band gap in graphene. J. Chem. Phys. 138, 084701 (2013).(Cover paper)