Wenying Liu

Wenying Liu

Assistant Professor

Department of Materials Engineering

Research focus:

Wenying Liu’s research areas are within the broader field of hydrometallurgy and environmental engineering. Specifically, she focuses on heap leaching, a series of chemical reactions for extracting valuable metals, such as copper and gold, from ore and separating toxic elements from mine waste materials. Her research utilizes fundamental knowledge in fluid mechanics, transport phenomenon, reaction kinetics and bioengineering.

Her current projects include:

  • use of sea water in heap leaching of copper sulphides to save freshwater
  • release of selenium and associated elements from mine waste materials
  • mathematical modelling of heap leach
  • bioheap leaching of gold from refractory gold ore.

Prior to UBC:

Prior to joining the UBC Industrial Research Chair in Hydrometallurgy in July 2015, Wenying completed her PhD degree in Mineral Processing and Environmental Engineering at the University of Queensland, Australia and a postdoctoral fellowship at UBC. She received her B.Eng and M.Eng degrees in China.


Wenying received the University of Queensland Dean’s Award for Research Higher Degree Excellence for her PhD work. She was awarded the Young Author Award given by the International Mineral Processing Council in recognition of her postdoctoral work. Her research work has been published in the Environmental Science and Technology, Mineral Processing and International Journal of Mineral Processing.

Personal interests:

Wenying spends her free time at the gym, sipping on nice coffee while reading The Economist, improving Spanish, and exploring different cuisine in Vancouver.

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