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Li Yang

Associate Dean for Research and Impact

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Li joined XTJLU in April 2013. Her current research is to develop a broad range of nanomaterials and understand their nanoscale properties including electronic, photonic, electrochemical, mechanical and interfacial properties for the applications of energy conversion and storage, molecular electronics, and environmental technology. In 2016, Li has appointed as a deputy director of Institute of Substantial Materials and Environment (ISME) and a deputy director of Suzhou Municipal Key Lab for New Energy Technology (NET). She is leading a major new project of Graphene-based Lithium-ion batteries with 2 million RMB funding from Suzhou Industrial Park Initiative. She has authored and co-authored over 100 journal papers and 5 book chapters, and delivered numerous international presentations. Prof. Yang has supervised 4 Ph.Ds. and 7 M.Scs. students to completion. Li has made a major contribution to international leadership in physics, appointed as the Chartered Physicist of Institute of Physics (IOP, UK) in 2013. She was also the winners of 2021 Suzhou SEID Excellent Scientific and Education Talent, 2018 Jiangsu 333 Project, 2016-2018 SIP Shortage Talent, 2014 Jiangsu Six-Peak Talent. Prof. Yang was the principal investigator of 2017 NSFC grant, 2016 Suzhou Science and Technology grant, 2015 NSFC grant, 2014 Jiangsu Science and Technology grant, 2 Key Program Special Fund (KSF) in XJTLU, 2 XJTLU research and development fund (RDF) grants, 2 full XJTLU postgraduate research scholarships, 3 exploratory funded grants (2 awarded proposals in one call) by the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) Strategic Research Programme and contributed many projects funded by UK Technologic Science Board, National Measurement System and European Metrology Research Programme. Prior to XJTLU, she was a higher research scientist at NPL, UK and worked large multiple research programs from 2007-2013. She received her PhD from the University of Bristol (UK) with the funding from a prestigious Oversea Research Student Award Scheme (ORSAS) from Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE). Her work creating three-dimensional hierarchical structures using pulsed-laser induced interface reaction was featured as hot spot scientific news at the University of Bristol web site in March 2008 and she was awarded the Bristol Alumni Foundation and the Society of Chemistry Industry Messel travel grant in 2006.杨莉,西交利物浦大学理学院科研副院长,教授,博士生导师。英国物理协会的特许物理学家,英国高等教育协会会士,江苏省六大人才高峰,苏州市工业园区紧缺人才和江苏省“333工程”,苏州市工业园区科教骨干人才。已发表SCI论文100余篇,英文专著5部(均为第一作者或者通讯作者),已完成结题6项国家、省市级项目(项目负责人),目前主持西交利物浦大学重点项目建设专项资金2项和多项工业界研发攻关课题,并与长三角先进材料研究院、江苏集萃有机光电技术研究所等科研院所开展多项产学研合作项目。杨莉教授主要从事独特微结构纳米材料及其物理/化学研究,在表面改性、单分子器件、能源存储器件、有机发光器件、化学涂层表界面分析、薄膜材料形貌控制和表征等方面取得过多项成果。曾主持研制开发了有机材料深度分析的复杂多层薄膜标准材料,实现了产品的商业化。

Research interests

Functional Nanomaterials, Interfaces and Molecular Electronics

Nanoscale science and technology holds great promise for emerging device miniaturization. Understanding and control of how fundamental properties change when a nanomaterial is incorporated in devices are critical for electronics, photonics and sensors. My research is focused range from synthesis, characterization and assembly of well-defined nanomaterials, exploring chemical, physical and biological properties of surfaces at all scales, developing comprehensive analytical methods to understand molecular electronics and model devices.

Nanostructures in Organic Electronic Devices

Conjugated polymers are promising materials for low-cost solar cells as they can be solution-processed, thereby allowing coating and printing approaches to fabrication. Controlling thin film structure plays an important to corresponding device performance.

Direct assembly of 2D amp; 3D nanomaterials

Well-defined nanoscale materials ranging from nanocrystals, nanowires and nanotubes to heterostructures can be achieved using physical, electrical, chemical and lithographic means.

Surfaces and Interfaces at all scales

Due to the rapidly shrinking size of electronic devices, studying all-scale structures and their surfaces and interfaces using advanced surface analytical techniques are vital to the development of future novel electronics.

Chemical Characterisation of Nanoparticles

The novel and unusual properties of nanoparticles may alter in a particular medium, process, or application. Chemical characterization of the nanoparticles provide information essential to their development as well as for understanding potential hazards.



Professor, Xian Jiaotong-Liverpool University, Suzhou, PRChina-2022 to Present

Associate Dean of Research and Impact, School of Science, Xian Jiaotong-Liverpool University, Suzhou, PR China-June 2022 to Present

Senior Associate Professor, Xian Jiaotong-Liverpool University, Suzhou, PR China - 2018 to 2022

Associate Professor, Xian Jiaotong-Liverpool University, Suzhou, PR China - 2016 to 2018

Lecturer, Department of Chemistry, Xian Jiaotong-Liverpool University, Suzhou, PR China - 2013 to 2016

Higher Research Scientist, National Physical Laboratory (NPL), Teddington, UK - 2007 to 2013

Engineer, Guangdong Kelon Electrical holding Co. ltd, Shunde, P.R. China - 2000 to 2001


CHE307 Chemical Databases

CHE002 General Chemistry

CHE108 General Physics for Chemists

CHE403 Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials

Awards and honours

2023, XJTLU All-Around Academic Excellent Award

2022, The Third Prize, 2022 JITRI Challenge Competition

2021, Suzhou SEID Excellent Scientific and Education Talent

2018, Jiangsu Province 333 Project

2017, Fellow of UK High Education Academy

2017 Shortage Talent Award, Suzhou Industrial Park

2016 Shortage Talent Award, Suzhou Industrial Park

2015 Best Oral Presentation Prize in 2015 International Conference on Materials Technologies and Sciences, Bangkok

2014 Jiangsu Province Six Major Peak Talent Programme, Jiangsu Human Resource and Social Security

2013 , Chartered Physicist of Institute of Physics (IOP, UK)

2013 , Jiangsu Province Overseas High Level Talent, 06/2013

2012 , UK National Physical Laboratory Strategic Research Grant

2010, UK National Physical Laboratory Strategic Research Grant (2 awarded projects in the same call)

2008 , Inclusion in 2008-2009 Marquis Whoapos;s Who in Science and Engineering

2006 , Postgraduate travel grant from Alumni Foundation, University of Bristol

2006 , Messel travel Bursary from Society of Chemistry Industry

2004 , University of Bristol, School of Chemistry Postgraduate Research Scholarship, 2004-2007.

2004 , Overseas Research Scholarship (ORS) Award, Universities UK, 2004-2007

1999 , LI XUN Fellowship of Institute of Metal Research Chinese Academy of China (awarded to two outstanding Materials Sci. Eng. students every four years).

Education/Academic qualification

Ph.D. , (Physical Chemistry), Department of Chemistry, University of Bristol, Bristol, UK, - 2008

M.Sc. , (Materials Science), Central South University, Changsha, China, - 2004

B.Sc. , (Materials Engineering), Central South University, Changsha, China, - 2000

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