Dr. Li was born in Shanghai, China. He received his BS in Chemical Engineering in 2008 from Shanghai Jiao Tong University (2008) and then PhD in Applied Chemistry from Shanghai Jiao Tong University (2013) under the supervision of Dr. Tianhui Ren and another PhD in Engineering Science from Washington State University (2015) under the supervision of Dr. Wen-Ji Dong.
Dr. Li has broad research experience in chemical engineering. His research in Dr. Ren’s group was developing synthetic lubricating additives. In his PhD study at Washington State University, his research focus shifted to developing fluorophores for solar technologies in the fields of luminescent down-shifting and luminescent solar concentrators. After graduation, he joined Dr. Christine Luscombe’s group at the University of Washington as a postdoctoral research associate (2016-2018). His research focus there was about stretchable semiconducting polymers for organic field-effect transistors.
Dr. Li’s current work at Rice in the Verduzco lab focuses on developing semiconducting polymers for organic electrochemical transistors (OECTs). OECTs are being explored for applications in biosensors, bioelectronics and large-area, low-cost electronics.
In his spare time, Dr. Li likes cooking and fishing. He also enjoys watching movies and reading books.