Biography

Li received his Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), Shanghai, where he was promoted to the youngest Full Professor of Organic Chemistry and Medicinal Chemistry in February 1998. He was a recipient of the CAS One Hundred Talents Award (BaiRenJiHua) in 1999. He was Alexander von Humboldt Fellow in Germany. He has won Kent State University Outstanding Research and Scholarship award. He is Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC). He has also been elected as a member of the European Academy of Sciences and the European Academy of Sciences and Arts. Li held visiting appointments in Department of Chemistry, Hong Kong University of Science & Technology, Hong Kong (1996-1997); Department of Protein Engineering, Life Sciences Division, Atomic Energy Commission of France, Saclay/CEA, Paris, France (1998-1999); Institute of Organic Chemistry, University of Gottingen, Germany (1999-2000); and Department of Chemistry, University of Oregon, USA (2001-2004). In February of 2004, Li joined the Liquid Crystal Institute at Kent State University as Senior Research Fellow and Director of the Organic Synthesis and Advanced Materials Laboratory, where he is also Adjunct Professor in the Chemical Physics Interdisciplinary Program. He has also honored as Guest Professor and Chair Professor at several Universities. Li, as a Principal Investigator and Project Director, has directed research projects funded by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR), the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), the Office of Navy Research (ONR), the Army Research Office (ARO), the Department of Energy (DOE), the Department of Defense Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the National Science Foundation (NSF), Ohio Board of Regents under its Research Challenge program, Ohio Third Frontier, Samsung Electronics,etc. He is the editor of 8 books (2 Wiley-VCH, 3 John Wiley & Sons, and 3 Springer books) in last eight years, and has coauthored 40 chapters including the invited entry entitled "Liquid Crystals" for the prestigious Kirk-Othmer Encyclopedia of Chemical Technology and "Gold Nanorods" for Encyclopedia of Surface and Colloid Science. Presently, his Ph.D. students and postdoctoral fellows are actively involving in Li's current seven active funded projects.


Some Recent Publications


  • X. Chen, Q. Cao, H. Bisoyi, M. Wang, H. Yang, and Q. Li. Efficient Near-Infrared Emissive Artificial Supramolecular Light-Harvesting System for Imaging in Golgi Apparatus. Angewandte Chemie International Edition 2020, 59, 10493-10497.
  • Z. Zheng, Y. Lu, and Q. Li. Photoprogramable Mesogenic Soft Helical Architectures: A Promising Avenue Toward Future Chiro-Optics. Advanced Materials 2020, 32, 1905318.
  • H. Wang, H. K. Bisoyi, B. Li, M. E. McConney, T. J. Bunning, and Q. Li. Visible-Light-Driven Halogen Bond Donor Based Molecular Switches: From Reversible Unwinding to Handedness Inversion in Self-Organized Soft Helical Superstructures. Angewandte Chemie International Edition 2020, 59, 2684-2687.
  • C. Yuan, W. Huang, Z. Zheng, B. Liu, H. K. Bisoyi, Y. Li, D. Shen, Y. Lu, and Q. Li. Stimulated Transformation of Soft Helix among Helicoidal, Heliconical and Their Inverse Helices. Science Advances 2019, 5, aax9501.
  • J. Li, H. K. Bisoyi, S. Lin, J. Guo, and Q. Li. 1,2-Dithienyldicyanoethene Based Visible-Light-Driven Chiral Fluorescent Molecular Switch for Rewritable Multimodal Photonic Devices. Angewante Chemie International Edition 2019, 58, 16052-16056.
  • H. Wang, H. K. Bisoyi, M. E. McConney, A. M. Urbas, T. J. Bunning, and Q. Li, Visible Light Induced Self-Organized Helical Superstructure in Orientationally Ordered Fluids, Advanced Materials 2019, 31, 1902958.
  • P. Chen, L. Ma, W. Hu, Z. Shen, H. Bisoyi, S. Wu, S. Ge, Q. Li, and Y. Lu, Chirality Invertible Superstructure Mediated Active Planar Optics, Nature Communications 2019, 10, 2518.
  • H. Wang, H. Bisoyi, A. M. Urbas, T. J. Bunning, and Q. Li, Reversible Circularly Polarized Reflection in a Self-Organized Helical Superstructure Enabled by a Visible Light-Driven Axially Chiral Molecular Switch, Journal of the American Chemical Society 2019, 141, 8078-8082.
  • H. K. Bisoyi and Q. Li, Stimuli Directed Alignment of Self-Organized 1D Seminconducting Columnar Liquid Crystal Nanostructures for Organic Electronics, Progress in Materials Science 2019, 104, 1-52.
  • J Li, H. K. Bisoyi, J. Tian, J. Guo, and Q. Li, Optically Rewritable Transparent Liquid Crystal Displays Enabled by Light-Driven Chiral Fluorescent Molecular Switches, Advanced Materials 2019, 31, 1807751.
  • R. S. Zola, H. Bisoyi, H. Wang, A. Urbas, T. J. Bunning, and Q. Li, Dynamic Control of Light Direction Enabled by Stimuli-Responsive Liquid Crystal Gratings, Advanced Materials 2019, 31, 1806172-1-34.
  • L. Wang, A. Urbas, and Q. Li, Nature-Inspired Emerging Chiral Liquid Crystal Nanostructures: From Molecular Self-Assembly to DNA Mesophase and Nanocolloids, Advanced Materials 2018, 1801335-1-42.
  • K. Zhou, H. Bisoyi, J. Jin, C. Yuan, Z. Liu, D. Shen, Y. Lu, Z. Zheng, W. Zhang, and Q. Li, Light-Driven Reversible Transformation between Self-Organized Simple Cubic Lattice and Helical Superstructure Enabled by a Molecular Switch Functionalized Nanocage, Advanced Materials 2018, 30, 1800237-1-7.
  • L. Wang and Q. Li, Photochromism into Nanosystems: Towards Lighting Up the Future Nanoworld, Chemical Society Reviews 2018, 47, 1044-1097.
  • H. K. Bisoyi, T. J. Bunning, and Q. Li, Stimuli-Driven Control of the Helical Axis of Self-Organized Soft Helical Superstructures, Advanced Materials 2018, 30, 1706512-1-36.
  • H. Wang, H. K. Bisoyi, A. Urbas, T. J. Bunning, and Q. Li, Photochemically and Thermally Driven Full Color Reflection in a Self-organized Helical Superstructure Enabled by a Halogen Bonded Chiral Molecular Switch, Angewandte Chemie International Edition 2018, 57, 1627-1631 (selected as VIP paper).
  • Z. Yuan, X. Xiao, J. Li, Z. Zhao, D. Yu, and Q. Li, Self-Assembled Graphene-Based Architectures and Their Applications, Advanced Science 2018, 5, 1700626.
  • Z. Zheng, C. Yuan, W. Hu, H. K. Bisoyi, M. Tang, Z. Liu, P. Sun, W. Yang, X. Wang, D. Shen, Y. Li, F. Ye, Y. Lu, G. Li, and Q. Li, Light-patterned Crystallographic Direction of a Self-organized Three-dimensional Soft Photonic Crystal, Advanced Materials 2017, 29, 1703165-1-8 (Highlighted in front cover).
  • Z. Zheng, R. S. Zola, H. K. Bisoyi, L. Wang, Y. Li, T. J. Bunning, and Q. Li, Dynamic Reconfigurable Zigzig Pattern Formation in a Soft Helical Superstructure, Advanced Materials 2017, 29, 1701903-1-7.
  • L. Zhang, L. Wang, U. S. Hiremath, H. K. Bisoyi, G. C. Nair, C. V. Yelamaggad, A. M. Urbas, T. J. Bunning, and Q. Li, Dynamic Orthogonal Switching of a Thermoresponsive Self-organized Helical Superstructure, Advanced Materials 2017, 29, 1700676-1-5.
  • L. Wang, H. K. Bisoyi, Z. Zheng, K. G. Gutierrez-Cuevas, G. Singh, S. Kumar, T. J. Bunning, and Q. Li, Self-Organized Chiral Liquid Crystalline Superstructures for Adaptive Windows Enabled by Mesogen-Functionalized Graphene, Materials Today 2017, 20, 230-237.
  • L. Wang, D. Chen, K. Gutierrez-Cuevas, H. Bisoyi, G. Li, R. Zola, T. J. Bunning, D. A. Weitz, and Q. Li, Optically Reconfigurable Chiral Microspheres of Self-organized Helical Superstructures with Handedness Inversion, Materials Horizons 2017, 4, 1190-1195.
  • Z. Zheng, Y. Li, H. K. Bisoyi, L. Wang, T. J. Bunning, and Q. Li, Three-Dimensional Control of the Helical Axis of a Chiral Nematic Liquid Crystal by Light, Nature 2016, 531, 352-356.
  • H. K. Bisoyi and Q. Li, Light-Driven Liquid Crystalline Materials: From Photo-Induced Phase Transitions and Property Modulations to Applications, Chemical Reviews 2016, 116, 15089-15166.
  • K. G. Gutierrez-Cuevas, L. Wang, Z. Zheng, H. K. Bisoyi, G. Li, L. Tan, R. A. Vaia and Q. Li, Frequency-Driven Self-Organized Helical Superstructures Loaded with Mesogen-Grafted Silica Nanoparticles, Angewandte Chemie International Edition 2016, 55, 13090-13094.
  • H. K. Bisoyi and Q. Li, Light-Directed Dynamic Chirality Inversion in Functional Self-Organized Helical Superstructures, Angewandte Chemie International Edition 2016, 55, 2994-3010.
  • Y. Wang, Z. Zheng, H. K. Bisoyi, K. G. Gutierrez-Cuevas, L. Wang, R. S. Zola, and Q. Li, Thermally Reversible Full Color Selective Reflection in a Self-organized Helical Superstructure Enabled by a Bent-core Oligomesogen Exhibiting Twist-bend Nematic Phase, Materials Horizons 2016, 3, 442-446.
  • L. Wang, H. Dong, Y. Li, R. Liu, Y. Wang, H. K. Bisoyi, L.-D. Sun, C.-H. Yan, and Q. Li, Photoluminescence-Driven Reversible Handedness Inversion of Self-Organized Helical Superstructures Enabled by Unprecedented Near-Infrared Light Nanotransducers, Advanced Materials 2015, 27, 2065-2069.
  • J. Fan, Y. Li, H. K. Bisoyi, R. S. Zola, D. Yang, T. J. Bunning, D. A. Weitz, and Q. Li, Light-Directing Omnidirectional Circularly Polarized Reflection from Liquid Crystal Droplets, Angewandte Chemie International Edition 2015, 54, 2160-2164.
  • L. Wang, K. G. Gutierrez-Cuevas, H. K. Bisoyi, J. Xiang, G. Singh, R. S. Zola, S. Kumar, O. D. Lavrentovich, A. Urbas, and Q. Li, NIR Light-Directing Self-Organized 3D Photonic Superstructures Loaded with Mesogen-Functionalized Anisotropic Plasmonic Nanorods, Chemical Communications 2015, 51, 15039-15042.
  • K. G. Gutierrez-Cuevas, L. Wang, C. Xue, S. Gautam, S. Kumar, A. Urbas, and Q. Li, Near Infrared Light-Driven Liquid Crystal Phase Transition Enabled by Hydrophobic Mesogen Grafted Plasmonic Gold Nanorods, Chemical Communications 2015, 51, 9845-9848.
  • H. K. Bisoyi and Q. Li. Light-Directing Chiral Liquid Crystal Nanostructures: From 1D to 3D, Accounts of Chemical Research 2014, 47,3184-3195.
  • L. Wang, H. Dong, Y. Li, C. Xue, L. Sun, C. Yan, and Q. Li. Reversible Near-Infrared Light Directed Reflection in a Self-organized Helical Superstructure Loaded with Upconversion Nanoparticles, Journal of the American Chemical Society 2014, 136, 4480-4483.
  • Y. Li, C. Xue, M. Wang, A. Urbas, and Q. Li. Photodynamic Chiral Molecular Switches with Thermal Stability: From Reflection Wavelength Tuning to Handedness Inversion of Self-Organized Helical Superstructures, Angewandte Chemie International Edition 2013, 52, 13703-13707.
  • T.-H. Lin, Y. Li, C.-T. Wang, H.-C. Jau, C.-W. Chen, C.-C. Li, H. K. Bisoyi, T. J. Bunning, and Q. Li. Red, Green and Blue Reflections Enabled in Optically Tunable Self-Organized 3D Cubic Nanostructured Thin Film. Advanced Materials 2013, 25, 5050-5054 (highlighted in Nature Photonics 2013, 7, 767).
  • Y. Li, M. Wang, T. J. White, T. J. Bunning, and Q. Li. Azoarenes Bearing Opposite Chiral Configurations: Light-Driven Dynamic Reversible Handedness Inversion in Self-Organized Helical Superstructure, Angewandte Chemie International Edition 2013, 52, 8925-8929 (selected as hot paper).
  • R. Sun, X. Ma, M. Gao, H. Tian, and Q. Li. Light-Driven Linear Helical Supramolecular Polymer Formed by Molecular-Recognition-Directed Self-Assembly of Bis-p-sulfonatocalix[4]arene and Pseudorotaxane, Journal of the American Chemical Society 2013, 135, 5990-5993.
  • Y. Wang, A. Urbas, and Q. Li. Reversible Visible-Light Tuning of Self-Organized Helical Superstructures Enabled by Unprecedented Light-Driven Axially Chiral Molecular Switches, Journal of the American Chemical Society 2012, 134, 3342-3345.
  • Y. Li, A. Urbas, and Q. Li. Reversible Light-Directed Red, Green and Blue Reflections with Thermal Stability Enabled by a Self-Organized Helical Superstructure, Journal of the American Chemical Society 2012, 134, 9573-9576.
  • Y. Wang and Q. Li. Light-Driven Chiral Molecular Switches or Motors in Liquid Crystals, Advanced Materials 2012, 24, 1926-1945.
  • Q. Li, Y. Li, J. Ma, D.-K. Yang, T. J. White, and T. J. Bunning, Directing Dynamic Control of Red, Green and Blue Reflection Enabled by a Light-Driven Self-Organized Helical Superstructure, Advanced Materials 2011, 23, 5069-5073 (Highlighted in Nature Photonics 2011, 5, 713).
  • M. Ji, Y. Li, T. White, A. Urbas, and Q. Li, Light-Driven Nanoscale Chiral Molecular Switch: Reversible Dynamic Full Range Color Phototuning, Chemical Communications 2010, 46, 3463-3465 (Highlights in Chemical Technology).
  • M. Mathews, R. Zola, Hurley, S., D. Yang, T. J. White, T. J. Bunning, and Q. Li. Light-Driven Reversible Handedness Inversion in Self-organized Helical Superstructures, Journal of the American Chemical Society 2010, 132, 18361-18366.