Keshun Liu, M.Sc., Ph.D.

Keshun Liu 

Born in rural China, Keshun Liu received his bachelor degree in Horticulture from Anhui Agricultural College (Hefei, China) and master and doctoral degrees in Food Science from Michigan State University, and did post-doctoral work at Coca-Cola Co. and University of Georgia. Currently, he is a research chemist at National Small Grains and Potato Research Unit, United States Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service (USDA-ARS), Aberdeen, Idaho, conducting research on chemistry, processing, and utilization of grains, oilseeds, and biofuel co-products (such as distillers grains), and working with fish scientists to explore using plant-based materials for fish feed and other value added utilization. Prior to joining USDA-ARS, Keshun Liu was an employee at Monsanto Co. and University of Missouri-Columbia. Thus, he has over 26 years of research experience at academic institutions, private industries, and governmental agency in the field of food science and technology. So far, he has been author/co-author of more than 80 publications, wrote, edited or co-edited four reference books, and has been an invited speaker to both domestic and international audience for numerous occasions. He was a recipient of AOCS Award of Merit in 2010 and AOCS fellow in 2011.

Selected Peer-Reviewed Publications

  1. Liu, K.S. and Han, J.C. 2011. Changes in mineral concentrations and phosphorus profile during dry-grind processing of corn into ethanol. Bioresource Technology. 102:3110-3118.
  2. Liu, K.S. 2011. Chemical composition of distillers grains, a review. J. Agric. Food Chem. 59:1508-1526.
  3. Liu, K.S. 2011. Comparison of lipid content and fatty acid composition and their distribution within seeds of 5 small grain species. J. Food Sci. 76(2):C334-C342.
  4. Moreau, R. A. Liu, K. S., Winkler-Moser, J. K. Singh, V. 2011. Changes in lipid composition during dry grind ethanol processing of corn. J. Am. Oil. Chem. Soc. 88:435-442.
  5. Han, J.C. and Liu, K.S. 2010. Changes in composition and amino acid profile during dry grind ethanol processing from corn and estimation of yeast contribution toward DDGS proteins. J. Agric. Food Chem. 58:3430-3437.
  6. Liu, K.S. 2010. Selected factors affecting crude fat analysis of distiller dried grains with solubles (DDGS) as compared with ground corn. Cereal Chem. 87(3):243-249.
  7. Liu, K.S., Barrows, F.T. and Obert, D. 2009. Dry fractionation methods to produce barley meals varying in protein, beta-glucan and starch contents. J. Food Sci. 74(6):C487-C499.
  8. Liu, K.S. 2009. Fractionation of distillers dried grains with solubles (DDGS) by sieving and winnowing. BioResource Technology. 100:6559-6569.
  9. Liu. K.S. 2009. Effects of particle size distribution, compositional and color properties of ground corn on quality of distillers dried grains with solubles (DDGS). BioResource Technology. 100: 4433-4440.
  10. Liu, K.S. 2009. Some factors affecting sieving efficiency and performance. Powder Technology. 193:208-213.
  11. Gaylord, T.G., F.T. Barrows, S. D. Rawles, K. Liu, P. Bregitzer, A. Hang, D.E. Obert, and Craig Morris. 2009. Apparent digestibility of nutrients in extruded diets from cultivars of barley and wheat selected for nutritional quality in rainbow trout Oncorhynchus mykiss. Aquaculture Nutrition. 15:306-312.
  12. Liu. K.S. 2008. Particle size distribution of distillers dried grains with solubles (DDGS) and relationships to compositional and color properties. BioResource Technology. 99:8421-8428.
  13. Liu, K.S. and F.-H. Hsieh. 2008. Protein-protein interactions during high-moisture extrusion for fibrous meat analogs and comparison of protein solubility methods using different solvent systems. J. Agric. Food Chem. 56:2681-2687.
  14. Liu, K.S. and R.A. Moreau. 2008. Concentrations of functional lipids in abraded fractions of hulless barley and effect of storage. J. Food Sci. 73(7):C569-C576.
  15. Liu, K.S. 2007. A modified laboratory method to remove outer layers from cereal grains using a barley pearler. Cereal Chem. 84(4):399-406.
  16. Liu, K.S., Peterson, K.L., and Raboy, V. 2007. A comparison of the phosphorus and mineral concentrations in bran and abraded kernel fractions of a normal barley (Hordeum vulgare) cultivar versus four Low Phytic Acid (lpa) isolines. J. Agric. Food Chem. 55 (11):4453-4460.
  17. Liu, K.S. and Hsieh, F.-H. 2007. Protein-protein interactions in high moisture extruded analogs and heat-induced soy protein gels. J. Am. Oil Chem. Soc. 84:741-748.


Selected Other Publications (Books, Book Chapters, etc.)

  1. Liu, K.S. and Rosentrater, K.A. Eds. 2011. Distillers Grains: Production, Properties and Utilization, Francis and Taylor & AOCS Press.
  2. Han, J.C. and Liu, K.S. 2011. Estimating the effect of fermentation yeast on distillers grains protein. INFORM, 22(4):244-247.
  3. Liu, K.S. 2011. Soybeans. An entry for Berkshire Encyclopedia of Sustainability. Vol. 4, Natural Resources and Sustainability. Edited by Vasey, D., Lei, S. and Thompson, S. Berkshire Publishing Group.
  4. Liu, K.S. 2009. Fishmeal Replacement: Opportunities, Challenges and Possible Solutions. In Proceeding of World Soybean Research Congress VIII, Beijing, China, August 10-15.
  5. Liu, K.S. 2008. Food use of whole soybeans, Ch. 14, in “Soybeans: Chemistry, Production, Processing and Utilization”, L.A. Johnson, P.J. White and R. Galloway, eds., AOCS Press. Urbana, IL. pp 441-481.
  6. Liu, K. (Ed.) 2004. Soybeans as Functional Food and Ingredients. AOCS Press, Champaign, IL.

Grain and Oilseed Chemistry and Utilization Laboratory, National Small Grains and Potato Germplasm Research Unit, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service, 1691 S. 2700 West, Aberdeen, ID 83210, U.S.A.