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Department of Chemistry

Dr. Jun Li


B. S., Wuhan University, P. R. China (1987)
Ph. D., Princeton University (1995)
Postdoctoral Research Associate, Cornell University (1994-1997) 

Office: CBC 427
Lab: CBC 423, 448, 451, 453

Email: junli@ksu.edu
Office Phone: 785-532-0955
Lab Phone: 785-532-6979
Fax: 785-532-6666

Lab Website: Li Group


Research Overview

Research in the Li laboratory is in the interdisciplinary field of nanoscience and nanotechnology, with an emphasis on the development of novel applications of micro-/nano- devices in chemical/biochemical analysis, biomedicine, energy conversion and storage, environmental monitoring and protection, and electronics. Our foci are the fundamental understanding of new phenomena involved in nanomaterials growth/assembly, characterization, surface modification, and device fabrication/evaluation. The projects involve close collaboration with partners from academia, industry, and government labs. Current projects include: (a)Nanomaterials growth: mainly focused on high-aspect ratio nanofibers including carbon nanotubes (CNTs), carbon nanofibers (CNFs), semiconducting inorganic crystalline nanowires, and core-shell nanowires; (b)Biosensor development: mainly focused on embedded nanoelectrode arrays based on vertically aligned CNFs for electrochemical detection of proteases activity and nanoscale dielectrophoretic capture and detection of  virus and bacteria; (c) Energy conversion and storage: mainly focused on developing a 3D architecture based on vertical core-shell nanowire arrays for dye-sensitized solar cells, lithium-ion battery, and supercapacitors. 

Five Selected Publications

  1. Madiyar, F. R.; Bhana, S.; Swisher, L.; Huang, X.; Culbertson, C.; Li, J. Integration of Nanostructured Dielectrophoretic Device and Surface-Enhanced Raman Probe for Highly Sensitive Rapid Bacteria Detection. Nanoscale, 2015, 7,3726-3736.
  2. Swisher, L. Z.; Prior, A. M.; Shishido, S.; Nguyen, T. A.; Hua, D. H.; Li, J., Quantitative Electrochemical Detection of Cathepsin B Activity in Complex Tissue Lysates Using Enhanced AC Voltammetry at Carbon Nanofiber Nanoelectrode Arrays. Biosensors and Bioelectronics, 2014, 56, 129-136.
  3. Klankowski, S. A.; Rojeski, R. A.; Cruden, B. A.; Liu, J.; Wu, J.; Li, J. A high-performance lithium-ion battery anode based on the core-shell heterostructure of silicon-coated vertically aligned carbon nanofibers. J. Mater. Chem. A 2013, 1 (4), 1055-1064. (Art work highlighted at the backcover)
  4. Li, Q.; Cui, C.; Higgins, D. A.; Li, J. Fluorescence Quenching Studies of Potential-Dependent DNA Reorientation Dynamics at Glassy Carbon Electrode Surfaces. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2012, 134(35), 14467-14475 (2012).
  5. Liu, J.; Essner, J.; Li, J. Hybrid Supercapacitor Based on Coaxially Coated Manganese Oxide on Vertically Aligned Carbon Nanofiber Arrays. Chem. Mater. 2010, 22, (17), 5022-5030.