Dr. Jun F. (James) Liang

School: Schaefer School of Engineering & Science
Department: Chemistry and Chemical Biology
Building: McLean Science Building
Room: Room 518
Phone: 201.216.5640
Fax: 201.216.8240
  • Postdoctoral Training. School of Pharmacy, The University of Michigan
  • Postdoctoral Training. School of Engineering, Tokyo Institute of Technology
  • Ph.D. Institute of Molecular Biology, Nankai University 

Laboratory of Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Engineering

Research Areas:

1.   Therapeutic Peptides: We are interested in a new peptide design and delivery technology aimed at developing new therapeutic peptides for a wide array of pharmaceutical applications.

2.   Bacteria Responsive Materials for Medical Device Infections and Bio-Fouling. We are working on polymeric antibacterial coatings designed specifically for implants associated infections through inducing autolysis which kills bacteria.

3.   Nano-Technology Enabled Cell Sensing and Drug Delivery.  Nano-technology is used in cell sensing in combination with peptides and signaling messengers. In addition, novel nano-formulation technologies are also studied for improved drug therapeutic effectiveness and repurposing.

Recent Publications (2018-present)

Chang TL, Sun PK, Zhou X, Besser RS, Liang J., Preparation and electrochemical performances of silver (alloy) nanoparticles decorated on reduced graphene oxide, using self-polymerization of dopamine in an acidic environment. Materials Today Chemistry, 2020 (https://doi.org/10.1016/j.mtchem.2020.100312)

Zhou X, Hou C, Chang TL, Zhang Q, Liang JF. Controlled released of drug from doubled-walled PVA hydrogel/PCL microspheres prepared by single needle electrospraying method, Colloids and Surfaces B, 2020 (https://doi.org/10.1016/j.colsurfb.2019.110645)

Xu J, Zhao H, Xie Z, Ruppel S, Zhou X, Chen S, Liang JF, Wang X. Antimicrobial Surfaces: Stereochemical Strategy Advances Microbially Anti-adhesive Cotton Textile in Safeguarding Skin Flora (Cover Story). Adv Healthcare Mater. 2019, Aug;8(15):e1900232

Yang F, Chang T, Liu T, Wu D, Du H, Liang JF, Tian F., Staphylococcus aureus bacteria using long-period fiber gratings with functional polyelectrolyte coatings. Biosensors and Bioelectronics, 2019, 133:147-153

Liu T., Yang F, Wang X., Liang JF, Adhesive Gold Nanoparticles for Easy and Controlled Surfaces Coating. Langmuir, 2019, 35 (7):2728–2737

Zhou X, Chang TL, Chen S, Liu T, Wang H, Liang JF., Polydopamine-Decorated Orlistat-Loaded Hollow Capsules with an Enhanced Cytotoxicity against Cancer Cell Lines. Mol Pharm. 2019,16(6):2511-2521

Zhou X, Li Y, Chen S, Fu YN, Wang S, Li G, Tao L, Wei Y, Wang X, Liang JF., Dynamic agent of an injectable and self-healing drug-loaded hydrogel for embolization therapy. Colloids Surf B Biointerfaces. 2018,172:601-607


  • Professor, Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, 2014-present
  • Associate Professor (Tenured), Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology,  Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, 2008-2013
  • Associate Professor (Tenure Track), Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, 2003-2017
  • Assistant Research Professor, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 2000-2002
  • Associate Professor, School of Life Sciences, Tsinghua University, Beijing, 1996-1999
  • Lecturer, School of Life Sciences, Tsinghua University, Beijing, 1993-1995
Professional Societies
  • Fellow, Institution of Engineering and Technology, 2017
  • Review and Foundation Panels:  NIH-NIAID, NIH-NCI, NIH-NIBIB, NSF-NIRT, NSF-KOSEF, DOD-CDMRP, Susan G Komen Breast Cancer Research,  Canadian Cancer Society, Italian Ministry of Health
  • NANO 600 Nanoscale Science and Technology
  • CH 610 Advanced Inorganic and Bioinorganic Chemistry
  • CH 674 Polymer Functionality
  • CH 497 Chemistry Project II
  • CH 499 Chemical Research II