Dr. Qi Li

Associate Professor

Wuhan University of Technology

Foshan Xianhu Laboratory of the Advanced Energy Science and Technology Guangdong Laboratory

Email: qi.li@whut.edu.cn

 Tel: +86 134 7686 5921


2003 - 2007 Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering, University of Melbourne

Supervisor: Prof. Frank Caruso

1999 - 2002 MSc. in Polymer Chemistry and Physics, Peking University

Supervisor: Prof. Weixiao Cao

1995 - 1999 BSc. Peking University


2020.6 – now Associate Professor, Foshan Xianhu Laboratory of the Advanced Energy Science and Technology Guangdong Laboratory

2016.11 – now Associate Professor, State Key Laboratory of Advanced Technology for Materials Synthesis and Processing, Wuhan University of Technology

2016.5 – 2016.11 Assistant Professor, State Key Laboratory of Advanced Technology for Materials Synthesis and Processing, Wuhan University of Technology

2007 - 2012 Postdoctoral Fellow, Monash University, Supervisor: Prof. Alan Bond

Research Interests

I have been working on the rational design and controlled synthesis of nanostructured materials with recent interests focusing on their applications in electrochemical energy storage and conversion as well as flexible batteries. The research projects are aimed to deeply understand and tackle the essential scientific problems existing in the practical applications of nanostructured energy materials. In recent years, I have made great contribution in the controlled synthesis, structure engineering and chemical/electrochemical reaction mechanism study of nano energy materials, achieving a series of innovative research outputs.

With focus on the rational design, controlled synthesis and structure engineering of nano energy materials, in particular metal-organic coordinative polymers, the research projects are designed to develop high-efficiency electrode materials and polymeric gel electrolytes which are applied in high-performance and long-cycle aqueous and non-aqueous quasi solid-state batteries. In combination with controlled pyrolysis, research projects are also designed to develop single atom catalysts which are used in high-efficiency electrocatalytic reactions. Electrochemical reaction mechanisms will be revealed with the assistance of advanced characterization methods and theoretical calculation.

Selected Publications

I have produced 59 high-quality publications in high impact journals including Adv. Mater., Adv. Energy Mater., Adv. Funct. Mater., Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., Nano Lett., Nano Energy, etc. Of these, I am first-named author or corresponding author on 31 publications.

1.     Wen, B.; Guo, R.; Liu, X.; Luo, W.; He, Q.; Niu, C.; Meng, J.; Li, Q.*; Zhao, Y.; Mai, L., Niobium oxyphosphate nanosheet assembled two-dimensional anode material for enhanced lithium storage. J. Energy Chem. 2021, 53, 268-275.

2.     Hu, Z.; He, Q.; Liu, Z.; Liu, X.; Qin, M.; Wen, B.; Shi, W.; Zhao, Y.; Li, Q.*; Mai, L.*, Facile formation of tetragonal-Nb2O5 microspheres for high-rate and stable lithium storage with high areal capacity. Sci. Bull. 2020, 65 (14), 1154-1162. (cover article)

3.     Liu, F.; Liu, S.; Meng, J.; Xia, F.; Xiao, Z.; Liu, Z.; Li, Q.*; Wu, J.*; Mai, L., Stabilizing conversion reaction electrodes by MOF derived N-doped carbon shell for highly reversible lithium storage. Nano Energy 2020, 73. 104758

4.     Shi, W.; Meng, J.; Li, Q.*; Xiao, Z.; Xu, X.; Qin, M.; Zhang, X.; Mai, L., Ternary TiO2/SiOx@C nanocomposite derived from a novel titanium-silicon MOF for high-capacity and stable lithium storage. Chem. Comm. 2020, 56 (18), 2751-2754.

5.     Wang, Y.; Hong, X.; Guo, Y.; Zhao, Y.; Liao, X.; Liu, X.; Li, Q.; He, L.*; Mai, L.*, Wearable Textile-Based Co-Zn Alkaline Microbattery with High Energy Density and Excellent Reliability. Small 2020, 16 (16), e2000293.

6.     Li, M.; He, Q.; Li, Z.; Li, Q.*; Zhang, Y.; Meng, J.; Liu, X.; Li, S.; Wu, B.; Chen, L.; Liu, Z.; Luo, W.; Han, C.*; Mai, L.*, A Novel Dendrite-Free Mn2+/Zn2+ Hybrid Battery with 2.3 V Voltage Window and 11000-Cycle Lifespan. Adv. Energy Mater. 2019, 1901469.

7.     Huang, M.; Li, M.; Niu, C.; Li, Q.*; Mai, L.*, Recent Advances in Rational Electrode Designs for High-Performance Alkaline Rechargeable Batteries. Adv. Funct. Mater. 2019, 29 (11), 1807847.

8.     Liu, X.; Ni, K.; Wen, B.; Guo, R.; Niu, C.; Meng, J.; Li, Q.; Wu, P.; Zhu, Y.; Wu, X.*; Mai, L.*, Deep Reconstruction of Nickel-Based Precatalysts for Water Oxidation Catalysis. ACS Energy Lett. 2019, 4 (11), 2585-2592.

9.     Qin, M.; Ren, W.; Meng, J.; Wang, X.; Yao, X.; Ke, Y.; Li, Q.*; Mai, L., Realizing Superior Prussian Blue Positive Electrode for Potassium Storage via Ultrathin Nanosheet Assembly. ACS Sus. Chem. & Eng. 2019, 7 (13), 11564-11570.

10.  Ren, W.; Zhu, Z.; Qin, M.; Chen, S.; Yao, X.; Li, Q.*; Xu, X.; Wei, Q.; Mai, L.*; Zhao, C.*, Prussian White Hierarchical Nanotubes with Surface-Controlled Charge Storage for Sodium-Ion Batteries. Adv. Funct. Mater. 2019, 29 (15), 1806405.

11.  Liu, X.; Ni, K.; Niu, C.; Guo, R.; Xi, W.*; Wang, Z.; Meng, J.; Li, J.; Zhu, Y.; Wu, P.; Li, Q.; Luo, J.; Wu, X.*; Mai, L.*, Upraising the O 2p Orbital by Integrating Ni with MoO2 for Accelerating Hydrogen Evolution Kinetics. ACS Catalysis 2019, 9 (3), 2275-2285.

12.  Guo, Y.; Hong, X.; Wang, Y.; Li, Q.; Meng, J.; Dai, R.; Liu, X.; He, L.*; Mai, L.*, Multicomponent Hierarchical Cu-Doped NiCo-LDH/CuO Double Arrays for Ultralong-Life Hybrid Fiber Supercapacitor. Adv. Funct. Mater. 2019, 29 (24), 1809004.

13.  Liu, D.; Xu, X.; Tan, J.; Zhu, J.; Li, Q.*; Luo, Y.; Wu, P.; Zhang, X.; Han, C.; Mai, L.*, Micrometer-Sized Porous Fe2N/C Bulk for High-Areal-Capacity and Stable Lithium Storage. Small 2019, 15 (2), 1803572.

14.  Yao, X. H.; Ke, Y. J.; Ren, W. H.; Wang, X. P.; Xiong, F. Y.; Yang, W.; Qin, M. S.; Li, Q.*; Mai, L. Q.*; Defect-Rich Soft Carbon Porous Nanosheets for Fast and High-Capacity Sodium-Ion Storage, Adv. Energy Mater., 2018, 1803260. (highly cited paper from Web of Science)

15.  Li, M.; Meng, J. S.; Li, Q.*; Huang, M.; Liu, X.; Owusu, K. A.; Liu, Z. A.; Mai, L. Q.*; Finely Crafted 3D Electrodes for Dendrite‐Free and High‐Performance Flexible Fiber‐Shaped Zn–Co Batteries, Adv. Funct. Mater., 2018, 1802016.

16.  Xiao, Z. T.; Meng, J. S.; Li, Q.*; Zhang X.; Liu, Z. A.; Wen, B.; Han, C. H.; Mai, L. Q.*; General and precise carbon confinement of functional nanostructures derived from assembled metal-phenolic network for enhanced lithium storage, J. Mater. Chem. A, 2018, 6 (38), 18605 (2018 Journal of Materials Chemistry A HOT Papers)

17.  Li, Q.*; Hu, Z. Q.; Liu, Z. A.; Zhao, Y. L.; Li, M.; Meng, J. S.; Tian, X. C.; Xu, X. M.; Mai, L. Q.*; Recent advances in nanowire-based flexible freestanding electrodes for energy storage, Chem. Eur. J., 2018, 24 (69), 18307 (Frontispiece Review Showcase)

18.  Xu, X. M.; Wu, P. J.; Li, Q.*; Yang, W.; Zhang, X.; Wang, X. P.; Meng, J. S.; Niu, C. J.; Mai, L. Q.*; Realizing stable lithium and sodium storage with high areal capacity using novel nanosheet-assembled compact CaV4O9 microflowers, Nano Energy, 2018, 50, 606.

19.  Liu, X.; Wen, B.; Guo, R. T.; Meng, J. S.; Liu, Z. A.; Yang, W.; Niu, C. J.; Li Q.*; Mai, L. Q.*; A porous nickel cyclotetraphosphate nanosheet as a new acid-stable electrocatalyst for efficient hydrogen evolution, Nanoscale, 2018, 10, 9856.

20.  Wang, X.; Han, K.; Wang, C.; Liu, Z.; Xu, X.; Huang, M.; Hu, P.; Meng, J.; Li, Q.*; Mai, L.*, Graphene oxide-wrapped dipotassium terephthalate hollow microrods for enhanced potassium storage. Chem. Comm. 2018, 54 (78), 11029-11032.

21.  Liu, X.; Ni, K.; Wen, B.; Niu, C.; Meng, J. S.; Guo, R. T.; Li, Q.; Li, J. T.; Zhu, Y.; W, X. J. Zhao, D. Y.; Mai, L. Q.*; Polyoxomolybdate-derived carbon-encapsulated multicomponent electrocatalysts for synergistically boosting hydrogen evolution, J. Mater. Chem. A, 2018, 6 (37), 17874

22.  Ren, W. H.; Liu, D. N.; Sun, C. L.; Yao, X. H.; Tan, J.; Wang, C. M.; Zhao, K. N.; Wang, X. P.; Li, Q.*; Mai, L. Q.*; Nonhierarchical Heterostructured Fe2O3/Mn2O3 Porous Hollow Spheres for Enhanced Lithium Storage Small, 2018, 14, 1800659

23.  Zhang, Y. J.; Meng, J. S.; Wang, X. P.; Liu, X.; Xu, X. M.; Liu, Z. A.; Owusu, K. A.; Huang, C. Y.; Li, Q.*; Mai, L. Q.*; Stepwise Chelation-Etching Synthesis of Carbon-Confined Ultrafine SnO2 Nanoparticles for Stable Sodium Storage, Chem. Comm., 2018, 54, 1469.

24.  Han, C. H.*; Han, K.; Wang, X. P.; Wang, C. Y.; Li, Q.; Meng, J. S.; Xu, X. M.; He, Q.; Luo, W.; Wu, L. M.; Mai, L. Q.*; Three-Dimensional Carbon Network Confined Antimony Nanoparticles Anode for High-Capacity K-Ion Batteries, Nanoscale, 2018, 10, 6820 (highly cited paper from Web of Science)

25.  Ren, W. H.; Qin, M. S.; Zhu, Z. X.; Yan, M. Y.; Li, Q.*; Zhang, L.; Liu, D. N.; Mai, L. Q.*; Activation of Sodium Storage Sites in Prussian Blue Analogues via Surface Etching, Nano Lett., 2017, 17, 4713.

26.  Meng, J. S.; Niu, C. J.; Xu, L. H.; Li, J. T.; Liu, X.; Wang, X. P.; Wu, Y. Z.; Xu, X. M.; Chen, W. Y.; Li, Q.; Zhu, Z. Z.*; Zhao, D. Y.; Mai, L. Q.*; General Oriented Formation of Carbon Nanotubes from Metal− Organic Frameworks, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2017, 139, 8212 (highly cited paper from Web of Science)

27.  Wu, Y.Z.; Meng, J.S.; Li, Q.*; Niu, C.J.; Wang, X.P.; Yang, W.; Li, W.; Mai, L.Q.*; Interface-modulated fabrication of hierarchical yolk-shell Co3O4/C dodecahedrons as stable anodes for lithium and sodium storages, Nano Res., 2017, DOI 10.1007/s12274-017-1433-6

28.  He, Q.; Liu, J. S.; Li, Z. H.; Li, Q.*; Xu, L.; Zhang, B. X.; Meng, J. S.; Wu, Y. Z.; Mai, L. Q.*; Solvent-Free Synthesis of Uniform MOF Shell-Derived Carbon Confined SnO2/Co Nanocubes for Highly Reversible Lithium Storage, Small, 2017, 1701504.

29.  Wang, X. P.; Han, K.; Qin, D. D.; Li, Q.*; Wang, C. Y.; Niu, C. J.; Mai, L. Q.*; Polycrystalline soft carbon semi-hollow microrod anode for advanced K-ion full batteries, Nanoscale, 2017, 9, 18216.

30.  Meng, J. S.; Liu, X. ; Li, J. T.; Li, Q.; Zhao, C.; Xu, L. H.; Wang, X. P.; Liu, F.; Yang, W.; Xu, X. M.; Liu, Z.; Niu, C. J.*; Mai, L. Q.*; General Oriented Synthesis of Precise Carbon-Confined Nanostructures by Low-Pressure Vapor Superassembly and Controlled Pyrolysis, Nano Lett., 2017, 17, 7773

31.  Meng, J. S.; Guo, H. C.; Niu, C. J.; Zhao, Y. L.; Xu, L.*; Li, Q.; Mai, L. Q.*; Advances in Structure and Property Optimizations of Battery Electrode Materials, Joule, 2017, 08, 001. (highly cited paper from Web of Science)

32.  Liu, Z. A.; Guo, R. T.; Meng, J. S.; Liu, X.; Wang, X. P.; Li, Q.*; Mai, L. Q.*; Facile electrospinning formation of carbon-confined metal oxide cube-in-tube nanostructures for stable lithium storage, Chem. Comm., 2017, 53, 8284.

33.  Adeel, S.; Abdelhamid, M. E.; Nafady, A.; Li, Q.; Martin, L. L.*; Bond, A. M.*; Voltammetric studies on the inter-relationship between the redox chemistry of TTF, TTF+, TTF2+ and HTTF+ in acidic media, RSC Advances, 2015, 5, 18384

34.  Li, Q.; Lu, J.; Boas, J. F.; Traore, D. A. K.; Wilce, M. C. J.; Martin, L. L.*; Ueda, T.; Bond, A. M.*; Spontaneous Redox Synthesis and Characterization of the Tetrathiafulvalene-Vanadium-Substituted Polyoxometalate Charge-Transfer Material TTF4[SVW11O40]: Comparison with the Mo Analogue, Inorg. Chem., 2014, 53, 10996.

35.  Adeel, S. M.; Li, Q.; Nafady, A.; Zhao, C.; Siriwardana, A. I.; Bond, A. M.*; Martin, L. L.*; A systematic study of the variation of tetrathiafulvalene (TTF), TTF+• and TTF2+ reaction pathways with water in the presence and absence of light, RSC Advances, 2014, 4, 49789.

36.  Huang, F.; Chen, D.; Li, Q.; Caruso, R. A.*; Cheng, Y.-B.*, Construction of nanostructured electrodes on flexible substrates using pre-treated building blocks. Appl. Phys. Lett. 2012, 100 (12), 123102.

37.  Huang, F.; Li, Q.; Thorogood, G. J.; Cheng, Y.-B.*; Caruso, R. A.*, Zn-doped TiO2 electrodes in dye-sensitized solar cells for enhanced photocurrent. J. Mater. Chem. 2012, 22 (33), 17128-17132.

38.  Li, Q.; Lu, J. Z.; Boas, J. F.; Traore, D. A. K.; Wilce, M. C. J.; Huang, F. Z.; Martin, L. L.*; Ueda, T.; Bond A. M.*; Spontaneous Redox Synthesis of the Charge Transfer Material TTF4[SVMo11O40], Inorg. Chem., 2012, 51, 12929.

39.  Li, Q.; Zhao, C.; Bond, A. M.*; Boas, J. F.; Moubaraki, B and Murray, K. S.; Wedd, A. G.*; Controlled potential electrodeposition of a microcrystalline thin film of the charge transfer material tetrathiafulvalene-polyoxometalate of approximate composition (TTF)(5.3)(Bu4N)(0.7)[P2W18O62]• 3H2O,  J. Mater. Chem., 2011, 21, 5398.

40.  Connal, L. A.; Li, Q.; Quinn, J. F.; Tjipto, E.; Caruso, F*; Qiao, G. G.*; PH-responsive poly(acrylic acid) core cross-linked star polymers: Morphology transitions in solution and multilayer thin films, Macromolecules, 2008, 41, 2620.

41.  Zelikin, A. N.; Li, Q.; Caruso, F.*; Disulfide-stabilized poly(methacrylic acid) capsules: Formation, cross-linking, and degradation behavior, Chem. Mater., 2008, 20, 2655

42.  Zelikin, A. N.; Li, Q.; Caruso, F.*; Degradable Polyelectrolyte Capsules Filled with Oligonucleotide Sequences, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2006, 45, 7743.

43.  Li, Q.; Quinn, J. F.; Caruso, F.*; Nanoporous Polymer Thin Films via Polyelectrolyte Templating, Adv. Mater., 2005, 17, 2058.

44.  Li, Q.; Quinn, J. F.; Wang, Y. J.; Caruso, F.*; Preparation of Nanoporous Polyelectrolyte Multilayer Films via Nanoparticle Templating, Chem. Mater., 2006, 18, 5480.

45.  Li, Q.; Ouyang, J. H.; Chen, J. Y.; Zhao, X. S.; Cao, W. X.*, Photosensitive, self-assembled ultrathin films based on diazoresin and phosphate-containing polyanions. J. Polym. Sci. Polym. Chem. 2002, 40 (2), 222-228.

46.  Li, Q.; Chen, J. Y.; Li, Z. C.; Cao, W. X.*, Diazoresin-polyphosphoric acid complex. Acta Polym. Sin. 2001, 1, 134


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