Dr. Li received her BS degree in Chemistry (Chemical Education) from Beijing Normal University (Beijing, China) in 1998 and her PhD in Chemistry (Physical Chemistry of Polymers and Surface/Interface Science) from Virginia Tech (Blacksburg, VA) in 2007. Dr. Li’s research at CMU mainly focuses on the design of hierarchically structured polymer materials with an emphasis on the design principle and the fundamental physical chemistry of polymer-based materials, as well as property optimization and the biomedical and environmental applications of these materials. She has authored or co-authored more than 40 publications. She has also served as an editorial board member for Scientific Reports (Nature Publishing Group) and an active reviewer for journals published by the American Chemical Society, Royal Society of Chemistry, Wiley, and Springer. She is also an expert on integrating physical chemistry research, macromolecular research, and macromolecular science and engineering education.
- Ph.D., Chemistry, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 2007
- M.S., Chemistry, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 2004
- B.S., Chemistry, Beijing Normal University, Beijing, 1998
- Sigma Xi
- American Chemical Society
- American Physical Society
- American Association of Anatomists
- Affiliate Faculty Member, The Indiana University Center for Regenerative Biology and Medicine, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, Indiana
Selected Awards and Honors
- 2009: NSF Travel Grant (ACS-IREU) for Pre-Tenure Faculty to Attend 238th ACS Meeting
- 2008: Alice L. Jee Memorial Young Investigator Award, 38th Sun Valley Workshop on Skeletal Tissue Biology
- 2007: Ph.D. Research Award, Sigma Xi, Virginia Tech Chapter
- 2007: Frank J. Padden Award Finalist, Division of Polymer Physics, American Physical Society
- 2007: Chair’s Fund, Gordon Research Conference on Polymer Physics
- 2007: Chair’s Fund, Graduate Research Seminar on Polymer Physics
- 2006: Poster Presentation Award, International Symposium on Polymer Physics, PP’2006
Our research mainly focuses on the design of hierarchically structured polymer materials with an emphasis on the design principle and the fundamental physical chemistry of polymer-based materials, as well as property optimization and the biomedical and environmental applications of these materials. We are also interested in new concepts and methods that can advance our understanding of polymer morphology.
- Physical Chemistry I (Equilibrium Thermodynamics), CHM351
- Physical Chemistry II (An Introduction to Quantum Chemistry), CHM352
- Physical Chemistry for the Life Sciences, CHM355
- Physical Chemistry Lab, CHM357
- Advanced Physical Chemistry, CHM555
- Quantum Chemistry, CHM655
Research is currently being conducted in my lab to describe pollen grain diversity across the Brassicaceae. Trends in pollen evolution will be examined relative to recent advances in phylogenetic reconstruction and tribal classifications within the family. Pollen morphological data from scanning electron and light microscopy will be used to examine pollen evolutionary patterns and correlated floral evolution across the Brassicaceae.
- A. J. P. Bauer, Z. B. Grim, B. Li* “Hierarchical polymer blend fibers of high structural regularity prepared by facile solvent vapor annealing treatment”, Macromolecular Materials and Engineering 2017, Accepted.
- Z. B. Grim, A. J. P. Bauer, B. Li* “Molecular architecture and enhanced thermal stability of electrospun poly(ε-caprolactone)/aminopropyl isobutyl polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane hybrid fibers”, Macromolecular Materials and Engineering 2017, 5, 302, 1600452.
- A. Bauer, Y. Wu, B. Li* “Electrospun poly(ϵ-caprolactone)/polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane-based copolymer blends: evolution of fiber internal structures”, Macromolecular Bioscience 2016, 16, 705.
- A. Bauer, Y. Wu, J. Liu, and B. Li* “Visualizing the inner architecture of poly(ϵ-caprolactone)-based biomaterials and its impact on performance optimization”, Macromolecular Bioscience 2015, 15, 1554.
- J. Liu, A. Bauer, B. Li*, “Solvent vapor annealing: an efficient approach for inscribing secondary nanostructures onto electrospun fibers”, Macromolecular Rapid Communications 2014, 35, 1503.
- J. Fan, J. Liu, A. Bauer, M. Zhang, C. Wang, T. Zeng, A. Esker, R. Moore, B. Li*, “Hybrid fibers with substantial filler contents through kinetically arrested phase separation of liquid jet”, RSC Advances 2014, 4, 27683.
- A. Bauer, T. Zeng, J. Liu, C. Uthaisar, B. Li*, “The enhanced encapsulation capacity of polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane-based copolymers for the fabrication of electrospun core/shell fibers”, Macromolecular Rapid Communications 2014, 35, 715.
- J. Fan, J. Spreitzer, K. Greenman, J. Liu, B. Li*, “Hybrid biphasic microparticles based on polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxanes”, Materials Letters 2014, 115, 279.
- K. Greenman, A. Bauer, D. Kool, J. Liu, B. Li*, “Morphological regimes of poly(-caprolactone)/octaisobutyl polyhedral oligosilsesquioxane composite films in relation to film composition and thickness”, Colloid and Polymer Science 2014, 292, 2227.
- J. Liu, J. Fan, Z. Zhang, T. Y. Zeng, H. Qin, and B. Li*, “Evaporation dynamics of water droplet on nano/microstructured polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane-based hybrid polymers”, Journal of Colloid and Interface Science 2013, 394, 386.
- B. Li, H. Marand, and A. R. Esker, “Dendritic growth of poly(-caprolactone) crystals from compatible blends with poly(t-butyl acrylate) at the air/water interface”, Journal of Polymer Sciences B: Polymer Physics 2007, 45, 3300.
- B. Li, A. R. Esker, “Molar mass dependent growth of poly(-caprolactone) crystals in Langmuir films”, Langmuir 2007, 23, 2546.
- B. Li, A. R. Esker, “Blends of poly(-caprolactone) and intermediate molar mass polystyrene as Langmuir films at the air/water interface”, Langmuir 2007, 23, 574.
- B. Li, Y. Wu, M. Liu, and A. R. Esker, “Brewster angle microscopy study of poly(-caprolactone) crystal growth in Langmuir films at the air/water interface”, Langmuir 2006, 22, 4902.
- S. Ni, W. Lee, B. Li, and A. R. Esker, “Thermodynamics of the liquid expanded to condensed phase transition of poly(l-lactic acid) in Langmuir monolayers”, Langmuir 2006, 22, 3672.
- Y. Wu, B. Li, W. Wang, F. Bai, and M. Liu, “Coordination assisted molecular assemblies of perylene-3,4,9,10-tetracarboxylic acid with Copper (II) ion at the air/water interface”, Materials Sciences and Engineering: C: Biomimetic and Supramolecular Systems 2003, 23, 605.