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Joyce Fang Liu is an experienced patent practitioner with a strong technical background in the fields of chemistry, material sciences, and nanotechnology. Before receiving her J.D. from Boston University, Dr. Liu received her Ph.D. degree in chemistry from Northwestern University where she studied innovative solar cells and published several research papers on peer reviewed journals. Joyce is committed to resolving the inefficient conversion of state-of-the-art inventions to consumer products through a deep understanding of how the technology intersects with patent law. This outlook, coupled with her advanced educational background and her eight years of experience in patent prosecution, give clients confidence that Dr. Liu can help them bring their technology to the world. Dr. Liu is fluent in Mandarin and leverages this advantage to understand the need of her clients throughout China.


  • Prosecuted more than 200 patent applications in United States and worldwide
  • Member of the Phi Lambda Upsilon National Chemistry Society

Technology Areas

Joyce’s fields of technology include petroleum engineering, materials sciences, pharmaceuticals, consumer products, polymers, silicones, formulations, chemical manufacturing processes and solar cells.

Selected Patents, Patent Applications & Publications

  • “Electrochemical, Spectral, and Quartz Crystal Microgravimetric Assessment of Conduction Band Edge Energies for Nanocrystalline Zirconium Dioxide/solution Interfaces,” B. I. Lemon, Liu, and J. T. Hupp, Coord. Chem. Rev., 2004, 248/13-14, 1225-1230.
  • “Nonadiabatic Electron Transfer at the Nanoscale Tin-oxide Semiconductor/aqueous Solution Interface,” D. A. Gaal, J. E. MacGarrah, Liu, J. E. Cook and J. T. Hupp, Photochem. Photobiol. Sci., 2004, 3, 240-245.
  • "pH-Dependent Electron Transfer from Re-bipyridyl complexes to Metal Oxide Nanocrystalline Thin Films" C. X. She, N. A. Anderson, J. C. Guo, Liu, W. H. Goh, D. T. Chen, D. Mohler, Z. Q. Tian, J. T. Hupp, and T. Q. Lian, J. Phys. Chem. B, 2005, 109, 19345-19355.
  • "Comparison of Interfacial Electron Transfer Through Carboxylate and Phosphonate Anchoring Groups" C. She, J. Guo, S. Irle, K. Morokuma, H. Zabri, D. L. Mohler, F. Odobel, K.T. Youm, Liu, J. T. Hupp, and T. Lian, J. Phys. Chem. A, 2007, 111, 6832-6842.