Dr. Jingyue (Jimmy) Liu is currently the director of the Center for Nanoscience and professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy and the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. He received his bachelor's degree in metal physics in 1982 from the University of Science and Technology Beijing, Beijing, China, and his doctorate degree in 1990 in condensed matter physics from Arizona State University. After a postdoctoral position for two years, Dr. Liu became a research scientist, funded by the Shell Development Company in Westhollow, Texas, in the Center for Solid State Science at Arizona State University. In 1994, Dr. Liu joined Monsanto Corporate Research in St. Louis, Missouri as a Senior Research Scientist and group leader. After several promotions, Dr. Liu was appointed by the Chief Technology Officer of Monsanto as a Monsanto Science Fellow in 2000 for outstanding technical achievements. In 2004, Dr. Liu was appointed as Senior Science Fellow of Monsanto for sustained outstanding contributions to Monsanto's businesses. Among many awards that Dr. Liu received from Monsanto Company for developing proprietary technologies is the prestigious 2001 Edgar M. Queeny Award for Science and Technology, the highest award within Monsanto for scientific achievement. In September 2006, Dr. Liu joined the University of Missouri-St. Louis as the Director of the Center for Molecular Electronics and Professor of Physics and Chemistry. In 2007, Professor Liu became the Founding Director of the Center for Nanoscience at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Professor Liu is also one of the Founding Members of the St. Louis Institute of Nanomedicine, a consortium of academic and commercial partners devoted to enhancing regional infrastructure for the translational advancement of nanotechnology in medicine. Professor Liu's research group focuses on developing nanostructures for applications in energy, sensing and nanomedicine as well as advanced nano-characterization techniques.