Guangliang Liu, Ph. D.
Assistant Director, Research Programs and Services
Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry
Florida International University


Ph. D. (2000), Environmental Chemistry, Nankai University, China
B. Sc. (1995), Environmental Chemistry, Nankai University, China


My research interests lie in the broad area of environmental sciences, particularly with respect to environmental chemistry, analytical chemistry, and biogeochemistry of biomedically important contaminants. My current research focuses on the fate, transport, and transformation of toxic metals (including metalloids) such as mercury and arsenic in aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems. This research is ultimately aimed to promote an understanding of the interactions between toxic metal contamination, ecological change, and human health and to provide implications on environmental management to mitigate health risks associated with toxic metals.


  • Reviewer
    Environmental Science and Technology
    Critical Reviews in Environmental Science and Technology
    Environmental Pollution

    Colloids and Surfaces A: Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects
    Science of the Total Environment
    Applied Geochemistry
    Food Additives & Contaminants
    Water, Air, & Soil Pollution
    ACS Symposium Series, “Advances in Arsenic Research”
  • Co-chair
    Special Session “Biogeochemistry of Mercury” at the 30th SETAC North America Annual Meeting. New Orleans, LA, Nov 19-23, 2009.
    Special Session “Transformation and Fate of Mercury in the Environment” at the 29th SETAC North America Annual Meeting. Tampa, FL, Nov 11-16, 2008.

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS (see detailed CV for publication list)

1. Guangliang Liu, Yong Cai, Nelson O’driscoll. (Eds.) Environmental Chemistry and Toxicology of Mercury, John Wiley & Sons, Inc. pp. 1-574, 2012.

Refereed Journal Articles
1. Cui, W.B., Liu, G.L., Bezerra, M., Lagos, D.A., Li, Y.B., Cai, Y. (2017). Occurrence of Methylmercury in Rice-Based Infant Cereals and Estimation of Daily Dietary Intake of Methylmercury for Infants. J. Agric. Food Chem. 65, 9569-9578.
2. Liu, G., Cai, Y., Hernadez, D., Schrlau, J., Allen, M., (2016). Mobility and speciation of arsenic in the coal fly ashes collected from the Savannah River Site (SRS). Chemosphere 151, 138-144.
3. Wang, Y., Li, Y., Liu, G., Wang, D., Jiang, G., Cai, Y., (2015). Elemental Mercury in Natural Waters: Occurrence and Determination of Particulate Hg(0). Environmental Science & Technology 49, 9742-9749.
4. Liu, G., Cai, Y., 2013. Studying arsenite–humic acid complexation using size exclusion chromatography–inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry. Journal of Hazardous Materials 262, 1223-1229.
5. Guangliang Liu, Aymara Fernandez, Yong Cai. (2011). Complexation of Arsenite with Humic Acid in the Presence of Ferric Iron. Environmental Science & Technology, Article ASAP,
6. Guangliang Liu, G. Melodie Naja, Peter Kalla, Dan Scheidt, Evelyn Gaiser, Yong Cai. (2011). Legacy and Fate of Mercury and Methylmercury in the Florida Everglades. Environmental Science & Technology, 45, 496-501.
7. Guangliang Liu, Yong Cai. (2010). Complexation of Arsenite with Dissolved Organic Matter: Conditional Distribution Coefficients and Apparent Stability Constants. Chemosphere, 81, 890-896.
8. Guangliang Liu, Yong Cai, Yuxiang Mao, Daniel Scheidt, Peter Kalla, Jennifer Richards, Leonard J. Scinto, Georgio Tachiev, David Roelant, and Charlie Appleby. (2009). Spatial Variability in Mercury Cycling and Relevant Biogeochemical Controls in the Florida Everglades. Environmental Science & Technology, 43, 4361-4366.
9. Guangliang Liu, Yong Cai, Peter Kalla, Daniel Scheidt, Jennifer Richards, Leonard J. Scinto, Evelyn Gaiser, and Charlie Appleby. (2008). Mercury mass budget estimates and cycling seasonality in the Florida everglades. Environmental Science & Technology, 42, 1954-1960.
10. Guangliang Liu, Yun Qian, Shugui Dai, Nan Feng. (2008). Adsorption of microcystin LR and LW on suspended particulate matter (SPM) at different pH. Water Air and Soil Pollution, 192, 67-76.
11. Guangliang Liu, Yong Cai, Thomas Philippi, Peter Kalla, Daniel Scheidt, Jennifer Richards, Leonard Scinto, and Charlie Appleby. (2008). Distribution of total and methylmercury in different ecosystem compartments in the Everglades: Implications for mercury bioaccumulation. Environmental Pollution, 153, 257-265.
12. Guangliang Liu, Julio Cabrera, Marshall Allen and Yong Cai. (2006). Mercury characterization in a soil sample collected nearby the DOE Oak Ridge Reservation utilizing sequential extraction and thermal desorption method. Science of the Total Environment, 369, 384-392.