Song Liu

  Position: Associate Professor

  University of Manitoba
  Department of Textile Sciences
  W581 Duff Roblin Building
  Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2 Canada

  Phone No.: (204) 474-9616
  Fax No.: (204) 474-7592

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2007 Ph.D. University of California, Davis
2001 M.E.  Donghua University
1997 B.E.  Donghua University

Areas of Interest:

  • Biomaterials
  • Biocidal surface
  • Microencapsulation
  • Nanotechnology
  • Functional polymers

Research Grants:

CHRP operating grant (Collaborative Health Research Projects ---jointly funded by NSERC and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR))
NSERC (Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada) Discovery
Supplement fund from NSERC for enhancing the Discovery Grants of early career researchers (ECRs)
NSERC Engage Grant
CFI (Canada Foundation for Innovation)
MHRC (Manitoba Health Research Council) Establishment and Operating Grants
The Dr. Paul H.T. Thorlakson Foundation Fund
MMSF (Manitoba Medical Service Foundation)
URGP (University Research Grant Program)
Faculty of Human Ecology Startup funds


2012 Rh Award in Interdisciplinary Studies from the Winnipeg Rh Foundation

Recent Publications:
Journal Articles:

Li, L.; Li, J.; Kulkarni, A.; Liu, S. Polyurethane (PU)-derived photoactive and copper-free clickable surface based on perfluorophenyl azide (PFPA) chemistry. Journal of Material Chemistry B 2012, accepted.

Li, J.; Lin, F.; Li, L.; Li, J.; Liu S. Surface-engineering of poly(ethylene terephthalate) (PET) for durable haemocompatibility via a surface interpenetrating network technique. Macromolecular Chemistry & Physics 2012; 213(20): 2120–2129.

He, W.; Gu, X.; Liu, S. Surfactant-free One Step Synthesis of Dual-functional Polyurea Microcapsule: Contact Infection Control and Drug Delivery. Advanced Functional Materials 2012; 22(19): 4023-31. (2011 Journal Impact Factor: 10.179).

Li, L.; Pu, T.; Zhanel, G.; Zhao, N.; Ens, W.; Liu, S. New biocide with both N-chloramine and quaternary ammonium salt moieties exerts enhanced bactericidal activity. Advanced Healthcare Materials 2012; 1(5): 609-620.

Li, L.; Zhao, N.; Liu, S. Versatile Surface Biofunctionalization of Poly(ethylene terephthalate) (PET) by Interpenetrating Polymerization of a butynyl Monomer Followed by “Click” Chemistry. Polymer 2012; 53(1): 67-78.

Zhao, N.; Logsetty, S.; Liu, S. Durability of N-halamine Biocide to Ethylene Oxide Sterilization. Journal of Burn Care & Research 2012; 33(4):e201-6.

Zhao, N.; Liu, S. Thermoplastic Semi-IPN of Polypropylene (PP) and Polymeric N-halamine for Efficient and Durable Antibacterial Activity. European Polymer Journal, 2011; 47 (8):1654-1663.

Zhao, N.; Zhanel, G.G.; Liu, S. Regenerability of Antibacterial Activity of Interpenetrating Polymeric N-halamine and Poly(ethylene terephthalate). Journal of Applied Polymer Science, 2011;120(1): 611–622.

Rudenja, S.; Zhao, N.; Liu, S. Surface Interpenetrating Networks of Polyacrylamide in Poly(ethylene terephthalate) as a Means of Surface Modification. European Polymer Journal, 2010; 46(10):2078-2084.

Liu, S.; Zhao, N.; Rudenja, S. Surface Interpenetrating Networks of Poly(ethylene terephthalate) and Polyamides for Effective Biocidal Property. Macromolecular Chemistry and Physics 2010; 211(3):286-296.

Liu, S.; Sun, G. New Refreshable N-Halamine Polymeric Biocides:  N-Chlorination of Acyclic Amide Grafted Cellulose. Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Research 2009; 48(2): 613-618.

Liu, S.; Sun, G. Functional Modification of Poly(ethylene terephthalate) with an Allyl Monomer: Chemistry and Structure Characterization. Polymer 2008; 49(24): 5225-5232.

Liu, S.; Sun, G. Radical Graft Functional Modification of Cellulose with Allyl Monomers: Chemistry and Structure Characterization. Carbohydrate Polymers 2008; 71(4):614-625.

Liu, S.; Sun, G. Biocidal Acyclic Halamine Polymers: Conversion of Acrylamide-Grafted-Cotton to Acyclic Halamine. Journal of Applied Polymer Science 2008; 108(6): 3480-3486.

Liu, S.; Sun, G. Durable and Regenerable Biocidal Polymers: Acyclic N-Halamine Cotton Cellulose.  Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research 2006; 45:6477-6482.

Book Chapters
Liu S
., Sun G. Chapter 18: Bio-functional Textiles, in Handbook of Medical Texitiles, Ed. Bartels V.T., UK: Woodhead Publishing Limited, 2011 published.

Liu S.
Protective Barrier Having Self-decontamination Properties. US Patent Appl. 61/044,897. Filing Date is: April 14, 2008; PCT/CA2009/000488, filing date: April 14, 2009.

Sun, G., Liu, S.  Acyclic N-halamine-containing Microbiocidal Polymers and Antibacterial Materials.  US patent filed in Oct., 2005. Application No: 11/251,354; PCT Int. Patent filed in Dec. 2006, Patent No: 2007044973.

Conference Proceedings:
Li, L., Zhao, N., Liu, S. Versatile Surface Biofunctionalization of Poly(ethylene terephthalate) (PET) by Interpenetrating Polymerization of a butynyl Monomer Followed by “Click” Chemistry. Oral Presentation, 242nd ACS National Meeting, Chicago, IL, United States, August 28th-September 1st, 2011 PMSE-290.

Logsetty, S., Zhao, N., Liu S. Durability of N-halamine Biocide to Ethylene Oxide Sterilization, the American Burn Association’s 43rd Annual Meeting in Chicago, IL, March 29-April 1, 2011.

Liu S.
“Smart” Protective Textile: Responsive Barrier and Self-Disinfection. Sustainable Textiles and Medical Protection Conference (STAMP 2010), Davis, CA, United States, June 1- 2, 2010.

Liu S
. Oral Presentation of Acyclic N-halamine Antibacterial Cotton, the 106Th ITS (Institute of Textile Science) scientific session, Winnipeg, Manitoba, September 24, 2009.

Liu, S.; Sun, Gang.   N-Chloramine formation on acyclic amide/amine monomers grafted cotton cellulose.    Abstracts of Papers, 233rd ACS National Meeting, Chicago, IL, United States, March 25-29, 2007  (2007)  

Liu, S.
; Sun, G.  Radical grafting polymerization of allyl- and acryl-monomers onto textiles: Preparation and characterization.    Abstracts of Papers, 232nd ACS National Meeting, San Francisco, CA, United States, Sept. 10-14, 2006.

Liu, S.
; Sun, G.  Acyclic N-halamine structures in antibacterial modification of cotton.    Abstracts of Papers, 231st ACS National Meeting, Atlanta, GA, United States, March 26-30, 2006.

Liu, S.
; Zhou, X.  Suface-Crosslinking of a superabsorbent polyacrylate, International Symposium on Polymer Physics, PP’2002, Qingdao, China, July 2-6, 2002.

Research Group:

Ms. Nan Zhao (MSc Student, 2008-2010);
Mr. Wei He (MSc Student, 2009- );
Dr. Meda Narsi Reddy (Postdoc Fellow);
Dr. Lingdong Li (Postdoc Fellow);
Abhilash Kulkarni (MSc Student with Manitoba Graduate Scholarship, 2010- );
Jiang Li (MSc Student, 2010- );
Tianyun Pu (MSc Student, 2010- )


Prospective students

The Group has openings for outstanding and motivated undergraduate and graduate students in the areas of Polymer/Textile Chemistry, Material Science/Engineering, (Bio)Chemistry and biomedical science. If you would like to work in exciting multidisciplinary environment at the interface of chemistry, polymer and biological sciences, please enquire via e-mail or phone. More information about application procedures for the graduate studies can be found here: