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
- Q. Xie, B. Li*, A. R. Esker “Phase behavior of poly (ε-caprolactone)-b-poly (tert-butyl acrylate) block copolymer at the air/water interface”, Colloids and Surfaces A: Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects 2020, 587, 124346.
- X. Huang, T. Jiao, Q. Liu, L. Zhang, J. Zhou, B. Li, Q. Peng “Hierarchical electrospun nanofibers treated by solvent vapor annealing as air filtration mat for high-efficiency PM2. 5 capture” Science China Materials 2019, 62 (3), 423-436.
- 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 2018, 303. 1700489.
- J. Zhou, Y. Liu, T. Jiao*, R. Xing, Z. Yang, J. Fan, J. Liu, B. Li* “Preparation and enhanced structural integrity of electrospun poly(caprolactone)−based fibers by freezing amorphous chains through thiol-ene click reaction”, Colloids and Surfaces A: Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects 2018, 538, 7.
- B. Li,* T. Jiao “Nano/micro-structured materials for energy and biomedical applications - latest developments, challenges, and future directions”, Springer Book 2018, ISBN 978-981-10-7787-6.
- L. Wang, R. A. Ghubayra, A. J. P. Bauer, H. R. Kondelaji, Z. B. Grim, B. Li* “Recent advances in electrospun poly(ε-caprolactone)-based materials and their biomedical applications”, Chapter in “Nano/micro-structured materials for energy and biomedical applications -latest developments, challenges, and future directions”, Book Chapter, Springer 2018, ISBN 978-981-10-7787-6.
- L. Wang, N. Wang, H. Yang, B. Li, Q. An, S. Ji “Facile fabrication of mixed matrix membranes from simultaneously polymerized hyperbranched polymer/modified graphene oxide for MTBE/MeOH separation”, Journal of Membrane Science 2018, 559, 8.
- 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.
- J. Guo, L. Guan, H. Wei, M. A Khan, X. Zhang, B. Li, Q. Wang, B. L. Weeks, D. P. Young, T. Shen, S. Wei, and Z. Guo “Enhanced negative magnetoresistance with high sensitivity of polyaniline interfaced with nanotitania”, Journal of the Electrochemical Society 2016, 163, 664.
- 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.
- Q. Zhang, Z. Zhang, J. Teng, H. Huang, Q. Peng, T. Jiao, L. Hou, B. Li, “highly efficient phosphate sequestration in aqueous solutions using nanomagnesium hydroxide modified polystyrene materials”, ACS Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research 2015, 54, 2940.
- 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.
- 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. 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.