Chun Liu

Professor of Mathematics

Ph.D. Mathematics

Courant Institute, New York University

Contact Information

Department of Mathematics
The Penn State University
University Park, PA 16802
Tel: 814-8653611


I am teaching a special topic course "Energeetic Variational Approaches in Complex Fluids" during the fall 2014. The class meets every Tuesday and Thurday at 4:30p -- 5:40p in Room 104 Osmond Lab.


My current research interests center around partial differential equations, calculus of variations and their applications in complex fluids.

During the summer of 2013, we organized a program for undergraduate students REU 2013.

  • Energetic Variational Approaches
  • Biology and Physiology
  • Liquid Crystals
  • Mixtures and Interfaces, Grain Growth, Evolution of Surfaces
  • Viscoelastic Fluids and Polymeric Materials

  • Here are some of my publications and a brief cv.
    A patial list of my publications and their BIBTEX entries in MathSciNet.


  • CCMA Luncheon Seminar
  • Applied and Computational Mathematics Seminar Series
  • Complex Fluids Seminar
  • Mathematics Colloquium

  • Conferences and Workshops

  • Workshop on Mathematical Models of Electrolytes with Application to Molecular Biology, TIMS, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan, December 25 -- 27, 2013.

  • Workshop on Energetic Variational Methods with Applications to Molecular Biology, National Cheng Kung University, Tainan, Taiwan, January 2 -- 5, 2014.

  • 2014 NCTS Short Course in Mathematical Biology, National Center for Theoretical Sci- ences (NCTS), National Tsing Hua University, Hsinchu, Taiwan, January 9 -- 10, 2014.

  • IAS Program: Frontiers of Soft Matter Physics: from Non- equilibrium Dynamics to Active Matter, International Conference, IAS, HKUST, Hong Kong, January 13 -- 17, 2014.

  • 2014 International Conference on Modeling of Complex Biological Systems, Chern Institute of Mathematics, Nankai University, Tianjin, China, May 26 -- 29, 2014.

  • Second Annual Meeting of Taiwan Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics, Dong Hwa University, Hua Lien, Taiwan June 2014.

  • Mathematics in Action: Modeling and analysis in molecular biology and electrophysiology, Suzhou University, China, June 2 -- 5, 2014.

  • International Conference on the Mathematical Theory of Liquid Crystals and Related Topics, NYU-ECNU Institute of Mathematical Sciences, NYU Shanghai, Shanghai, China, June 15 -- 19, 2015.

  • Workshop on Transport of Ionic Particles in Biological Environments, Fields Institute, University of Toronto, Canada, July 28- Aug 1, 2014

  • Modeling, analysis and computing in nonlinear PDEs, Chateau Liblice, Czech Republic, September 21 -- 26, 2014.

  • IUPAP Conference on Computational Physics, CCP2014, Boston, Massachusetts, August 11 -- 14, 2014.

  • Summer schools on MATHEMATICAL THEORY IN FLUID MECHANICS, Kacov, Czech Republic, May 2015.

  • Past Conferences