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Department of Chemistry

Jun Li


Dr. Jun Li

Professor Research Area 
emailjunli@ksu.edu Analytical Chemistry
locationCBC 427  Research Specialities
phone785-532-0955 (office) Bioanalytical
785-532-6979 (lab)
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Professor, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS
Associate Professor (with tenure), Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS
Senior Research Scientist (up to GS15) and Group Lead, NASA Ames Research Center
     Moffett Field, CA
Research Fellow & Principle Investigator, Institute of Materials Research and Engineering
Application Scientist, Molecular Imaging Co, Phoenix, AZ
Postdoctoral Research, Electrochemistry, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
     (Mentor: Prof. Hector D. Abrunã)
Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ
     (Mentors: Prof Giacinto Scoles and Dr. Keng S. Liang of Exxon Corporate Research)
Graduate Teaching Assistant in Chemistry, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA
Graduate study in Electrochemistry, Wuhan University, Wuhan, P.R. China
B.S. in Chemistry, Wuhan University, Wuhan, P.R. China 

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, device fabrication, and function evaluation. The projects involve close collaboration with partners from academia, industry, and government labs. Current projects include: (a)Nanomaterials growth and composite materials synthesis:mainly focused on high-aspect ratio 1D nanofibers (carbon nanotubes, carbon nanofibers, semiconducting inorganic nanowires), 2D planar mnanomaterials (graphene, graphene oxide, reduced graphene oxide, MoS2and other graphene analogues), and assembly of nanomaterials into 3D hierarchical hybrids, particularly those consisting of nanocarbon cores and functional nanomaterials shells; (b)Biosensor developmentmainly focused on embedded nanoelectrode arrays based on vertically aligned carbon nanotubes 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 3D architectures based on core-shell hybrid materials for lithium-ion batteries, supercapacitors, electrocatalysts, and dye-sensitized solar cells. 

Five Selected Publications

  1. Song, Y.; Fan, H.; Anderson, M.; Wright, J.;  Hua, D.; Koehne, J.;  Meyyappan, M.; Li, J., Quantitative Electrochemical Analysis of Cathepsin B Activity Using Carbon Nanofiber Nanoelectrode Arrays with Optimized Peptide Substrate Length and Temperature,Anal. Chem., 2019,in press.
  2. Pandey, G. P.; Liu, T.; Brown, E.; Yang, Y.; Li, Y.; Sun, X. S.; Fang, Y.; Li, J.,Mesoporous Hybrids of Reduced Graphene Oxide and Vanadium Pentoxide for Enhanced Performance in Lithium-Ion Batteries and Electrochemical Capacitors. ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces 2016,8(14), 9200-9210.
  3. 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.
  4. Li, J.; Pandey, G. P. Advanced Physical Chemistry of Carbon Nanotubes. Annu. Rev. Phys. Chem. 2015,66 (1), 331-56.
  5. 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).