Yun Liu graduated from the Xian Jiaotong University, China with her BSc, MSc and PhD. She has since held a position at the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Kyushu, Japan (1998-2001) before the commencement of her Postdoctoral Fellow position at the Research School of Chemistry in 2001. She was awarded fellowships of the AIST (1998-1999), the Science and Technology Agency (1999-2001, now renamed as the Fellow of Japan Society for the Promotion of Science) and the Australian Research Council (ARC) Queen Elisabeth II (2006-2010). She was made a fellow of the Australian Institute of Physics (FAIP) and Certified Materials professional (CMP). She was also a member of the Materials of Australia (MMA) and the Society of Crystallographers in Australia and New Zealand (MSCANZ). She was promoted to Associate Professor at the Research School of Chemistry in 2011.