Carnegie Mellon University

Liye Fu

Liye Fu

Graduate Student

Carnegie Mellon University
4400 Fifth Avenue
Mellon Institute
Pittsburgh, PA 15213


B.S. Chemistry, Central Michigan University, 2009-2013

Michigan State University, 2013-2015


  1. “Axially Ligated Mesohemins as Bio-mimicking Catalysts for Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization” Fu, L., Simakova, A.; Wang, Y.; Fantin, M.; Park S.; Matyjaszewski K., [submitted] 

  2. “Covalent Attachment of P15 Peptide to Modified Ti Alloy Surface with Polymer to Enhance Osseointegration of Implants” Fu, L., Omi, M., Sun, M., Chen, B., Mao, G., Mishina, Y., Averick, S. E., Matyjaszewski, K. [submitted]

  3. “Preparation of Well-Defined Polymers and DNA–Polymer Bioconjugates via Small-Volume eATRP in the Presence of Air” Sun, Y., Lathwal, S., Wang, Y., Fu, L., Olszewski, M., Fantin, M., Enciso, A. E., Szczepaniak, G., Das, S. R., Matyjaszewski, K. ACS Macro Letters 2019, 8, 603-609 . 

  4. “Preparation of erythromycin imprinted polymer by metal-freevisible-light–induced ATRP and its application in sensor” Sun, Y., Zhao, M., Liu, Y., Fu, L., Li, S., Yang, Y., Journal of Solid State Electrochemistry 2019, 23, 583–590

  5. “ATRP of N-hydroxyethyl Acrylamide in the Presence of Lewis Acids: Control of Tacticity, Molecular Weight, and Architecture” Sun, Y., Fu, L., Olszewski, M., Matyjaszewski, K., Macromolecules Rapid Communications. 2019, 40, 1800877.

  6. “Macromolecular Engineering the Outer Coordination Sphere of [2Fe-2S] Metallopolymers to Enhance Catalytic Activity for H2 Production” Brezinski, W.; Karayilan, M.; Clary, K.; McCleary-Petersen, K.; Fu, L.; Matyjaszewski, K.; Evans, D.; Lichtenberger, D.; Glass, R.; Pyun, J., ACS Macro Letters 2018, 7 (11), 1383-1387. 

  7. “Biocatalytic ‘Oxygen-Fueled’ Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization” Enciso, A. E.; Fu, L.; Lathwal, S.; Olszewski, M.; Wang, Z.; Das, S. R.; Russell, A. J.; Matyjaszewski, K., Angewandte Chemie International Edition 2018, 57 (49), 16157-16161. [Patent application in process] 

  8. “Enzyme-Deoxygenated Low Parts per Million Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization in Miniemulsion and Ab Initio Emulsion” Wang, Y.*; Fu, L.*; Matyjaszewski, K., ACS Macro Letters 2018, 7 (11), 1317-1321.

  9. “[FeFe]‐Hydrogenase Mimetic Metallopolymers with Enhanced Catalytic Activity for Hydrogen Production in Water” Brezinski, W. P.; Karayilan, M.; Clary, K. E.; Pavlopoulos, N. G.; Li, S.; Fu, L.; Matyjaszewski, K.; Evans, D. H.; Glass, R. S.; Lichtenberger, D. L., Angewandte Chemie 2018, 130 (37), 12074-12078. 

  10. “Synthesis of Polymer Bioconjugates via Photoinduced Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization under Blue Light Irradiation” Fu, L.; Wang, Z.; Lathwal, S.; Enciso, A. E.; Simakova, A.; Das, S. R.; Russell, A. J.; Matyjaszewski, K., ACS Macro Letters 2018, 7, 1248-1253. [Patent application in process]
  11. “Ultrasonication-Induced Aqueous Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization” Wang, Z.; Wang, Z.; Pan, X.; Fu, L.; Lathwal, S.; Olszewski, M.; Yan, J.; Enciso, A. E.; Wang, Z.; Xia, H., ACS Macro Letters 2018, 7 (3), 275-280.
  12. “Fully Oxygen‐Tolerant Polymerization Inspired by Aerobic Respiration of Cells” Enciso, A. E.*; Fu, L.*; Russell, A. J.; Matyjaszewski, K., A Breathing Atom‐Transfer Radical Polymerization: Angewandte Chemie International Edition 2018, 57 (4), 933-936. [Patent application in process]
  13. “Transformable Materials: Structurally Tailored and Engineered Macromolecular (STEM) Gels by Controlled Radical Polymerization” Cuthbert, J.; Beziau, A.; Gottlieb, E.; Fu, L.; Yuan, R.; Balazs, A. C.; Kowalewski, T.; Matyjaszewski, K., Macromolecules 2018, 51 (10), 3808-3817.
  14. “Electrochemically Mediated Reversible Addition–Fragmentation Chain-Transfer Polymerization” Wang, Y.; Fantin, M.; Park, S.; Gottlieb, E.; Fu, L.; Matyjaszewski, K., Macromolecules 2017, 50 (20), 7872-7879.
  15. “Biocompatible polymeric analogues of DMSO prepared by atom transfer radical polymerization” Li, S.; Chung, H. S.; Simakova, A.; Wang, Z.; Park, S.; Fu, L.; Cohen-Karni, D.; Averick, S.; Matyjaszewski, K., Biomacromolecules 2017, 18 (2), 475-482.

  16. “Direct ATRP of Methacrylic Acid with Iron-Porphyrin Based Catalysts” Fu, L.; Simakova, A.; Fantin, M.; Wang, Y.; Matyjaszewski, K., ACS Macro Letters 2017, 7 (1), 26-30.

  17. “Photoactivated Structurally Tailored and Engineered Macromolecular (STEM) gels as precursors for materials with spatially differentiated mechanical properties” Beziau, A.; Fortney, A.; Fu, L.; Nishiura, C.; Wang, H.; Cuthbert, J.; Gottlieb, E.; Balazs, A. C.; Kowalewski, T.; Matyjaszewski, K., Polymer 2017, 126, 224-230.

  18. “Aqueous SARA ATRP using inorganic sulfites” Abreu, C. M.; Fu, L.; Carmali, S.; Serra, A. C.; Matyjaszewski, K.; Coelho, J. F., Polymer chemistry 2017, 8 (2), 375-387.

  19. “Polymerization-Induced Self-Assembly (PISA) Using ICAR ATRP at Low Catalyst Concentration” Wang, G.; Schmitt, M.; Wang, Z.; Lee, B.; Pan, X.; Fu, L.; Yan, J.; Li, S.; Xie, G.; Bockstaller, M. R.; Matyjaszewski, K., Macromolecules 2016, 49 (22), 8605-8615.

  20. “Synthesis of clickable amphiphilic polysaccharides as nanoscopic assemblies” Fu, L.*; Li, L.*; Wang, J.*; Knickelbein, K.; Zhang, L.; Milligan, I.; Xu, Y.; O'Hara, K.; Bitterman, L.; Du, W., Chemical Communications 2014, 50 (84), 12742-12745.

  21. “Synthesis of Highly pH‐Responsive Glucose Poly (orthoester)” Li, L.; Xu, Y.; Milligan, I.; Fu, L.; Franckowiak, E. A.; Du, W. Angewandte Chemie 2013, 125 (51), 13944-13947.

*Co-first authors

Research Experience

Carnegie Mellon University, Ph. D. candidate, GPA: 4.10/4.33                             

  • Developed aqueous ARGET ATRP of acidic monomers by iron-porphyrin catalysts
  • Discovered photoinduced ATRP using blue LED light in aqueous media
  • Synthesized protein-polymer conjugates via “grafting-from” method by ATRP, studied applications
  • Developed enzyme-assisted oxygen tolerant ATRP in aqueous and dispersed media
  • Innovated titanium surface modification with polymer-P15 conjugation for enhanced osseointegration
  • Modified polyether ether ketone (PEEK) surface and microparticles for biological applications

 Michigan State University, Graduate student, GPA: 3.54/4.00                   

  • Synthesized azulenic chromophore and fluorophore
  • Engineered human cellular retinol-binding protein II (hCRBP-II); conducted wavelength regulation of protein-chromophore complexes

 Central Michigan University, B.Sc. Chemistry, Major GPA: 3.71/4.00

  • Synthesized glucose-based biocompatible and biodegradable polymers as drug loading-delivery nanoparticles

Honors and Awards

Sept. 2012  Mary Jane Merrill Scholarship Award by Central Michigan University

Sept. 2012  Outstanding Performance in Organic Chemistry Award by Central Michigan University

Oct. 2007    State Level 1st Prize, National Chemistry Olympiad of China