Jing Li

Research Interests

Chemical Sensing 2Gas Capture and Separation 1Photoluminescence 1

 Photovoltaics 1Solid state Lighting 1Thermoelectrics 1


Managed and updated by Xiuze Hei, 10/20/2018

October 2018

October 15, 2018: Congratulations to Hao for yet another high-impact paper "Tailor‐Made Microporous Metal–Organic Frameworks for the Full Separation of Propane from Propylene Through Selective Size Exclusion" just accepted by Advanced Materials !


September 2018


September 25, 2018: Rutgers' department of Chemistry & Chemical Biology welcomed Nobel Laureate Professor Roald Hoffman to give the inaugural Waters Lecture “Two New Games for Carbon, We Hope”. Professor Hoffmann, who was Professor Li's Ph.D. advisor, also visited our group following his talk.


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September 4. 2018: Welcome to two new group members: Dr. Falu Hu(post-doctoral associate) and Dr. Pengcheng Huang(Visiting scholar).


August 2018


August 29, 2018: Congratulations to Dr. Nathan Rudd for successfully defending his Ph.D. thesis, and earning his Ph.D. in Chemistry and Chemical Biology.


August 17, 2018: Our review "Luminescent metal–organic frameworks and coordination polymers as alternative phosphors for energy efficient lighting devices" (Coordination Chemistry Reviews, 2018, 373, 116–147.)has been published online. Congratulations to Bill!


July 2018


July 12, 2018: Congratulations to Nate for being offered a Postdoctoral Fellow position in the Analytical Sciences Division of Merck!


July 11, 2018: Our lab moved to the new Chemistry and Chemical Biology Building!


May 2018


May 12, 2018: Rutgers Graduate School held its 2018 commencement ceremony today. Congratulations to Ben Deibert, Wei Liu, and Hao Wang for receiving their Ph.D. degree! All of us are proud of you and wish you a continued success in your future career!


April 2018


April 24, 2018: Congratulatations to Qining for receiving a Bruce Garth Award (for General Academic Excellence & Research)!


March 2018


March 26, 2018: Congratulations to Hao for yet another high-impact paper "One-of-A-Kind: A Microporous Metal-Organic Framework Capable of Adsorptive Separation of Linear, Mono- and Di-branched Alkane Isomers via Temperature- and Adsorbate-Dependent Molecular Sieving" just accepted by Energy & Environmental Science. ! This work has been featured by Cailiaoniu


March 9, 2018: Our invited review "Sensing and Capture of Toxic and Hazardous Gases and Vapors by Metal-Organic Frameworks" has just been accepted by Chem. Soc. Rev. ! Congratulations to Hao and Bill! 


February 2018


February 19, 2018: Our invited “Frontier” article "General strategies for effective capture and separation of noble gases by metal–organic frameworks"  (Dalton Transac., 2018, Adv. Article (Frontier), DOI: 10.1039/C8DT00030A)has just been pubilished online. Congratulations to Hao!


January 2018


January 09, 2018: Our invited feature ariticle “Copper Iodide Hybrid Phosphors for Energy-Efficient General Lighting Technologies" ( Adv. Funct. Mater.,  2018, 1705593) has been published online. Congratulations to Wei.


December 2017


December 12, 2017:  Our work “Capture of Radioactive Organic Iodides from Nuclear Waste by Metal-Organic Framework Based Molecule Traps” (Nat. Comm.2017, 8:485) has been highlighted by Basic Energy Sciences (BES), Department of Energy (DOE) as "Molecular Mousetraps Capture More Nuclear Waste".


December 17, 2017: Our work “All-in-one: Achieving Robust, Strongly Luminescent and Highly Dispersible Hybrid Materials by Combining Ionic and Coordinate Bonds in Molecular Crystals” (J. Am. Chem. Soc.2017139, 9281-9290) has been featured by X-MOL.


December 20, 2017: Congratulations to Nate Rudd for receiving a Rieman Teaching Award!


November 2017


November 22, 2017: Our invited feature ariticle “Copper Iodide Hybrid Phosphors for Energy-Efficient General Lighting Technologies” has been accepted by Adv. Func. Mater.


October 2017


October 31, 2017:  Our work “Capture of Radioactive Organic Iodides from Nuclear Waste by Metal-Organic Framework Based Molecule Traps” (Nat. Comm., 2017, 8:485) has been highlighted by Rutgers Today. 



Jing LiEducation

Professional Experience

  • Distinguished Professor, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, July 1, 2013 - Present
  • Professor II, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, July 1, 2006 - June 30, 2013
  • Professor I, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, July 1, 1999 - June 30, 2006
  • Associate Professor, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, July 1, 1996 - June 30, 1999
  • Assistant Professor, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, September 1, 1991 - June 30, 1996

Honors and Awards

  • Highly Cited Researchers (Thomson Reuters), 2016
  • Highly Cited Researchers (Thomson Reuters), 2015
  • Visitng Professor, Nanjing Tech University, 2015
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), 2015
  • Humboldt Research Award (Alexander von Humboldt Foundation), 2013
  • Board of Trustees Award for Excellence in Research (Rutgers University), 2013
  • Elected Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), 2012
  • The Clean Energy Education and Empowerment (C3E) Award (US Department of Energy), 2012
  • Cheung Kong Guest Chair Professor Award (Ministry of Education of China), 2008
  • Advisory Guest Professor, South China University of Technology, GuangZhou, P.R. China, 2007
  • Excellence Award, Chinese American Chemical Society, 2006
  • Advisory Guest Professor, Shanghai Jiaotong University, Shanghai, P.R. China, 2005
  • Advisory Guest Professor, Fujian Institute of research on the Structure of Matter, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Fuzhou, P.R. China, 2005
  • Advisory Adjunct Professor, Beijing University of Science and Technology, Beijing, P.R. China, 2004
  • Outstanding Achievement Award, Chinese Association of Science and Technology, USA, 2002
  • Advisory Guest Professor, South China Normal University, GuangZhou, P.R. China, 2002
  • The Board of Trustees Research Fellowship for Scholarly Excellence, Rutgers University, 1996
  • Advisory Professor, Central China Normal University, Wuhan, P.R. China, 1996
  • Presidential Faculty Fellow Award (National Science Foundation), 1995
  • CAREER Award (National Science Foundation, replacing NYI), 1995
  • Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award (Camille & Henry Dreyfus Foundation), 1994
  • Henry Rutgers Research Fellow, Rutgers University, 1991-1993
  • Wentink Prize, Department of Chemistry, Cornell University, 1989
  • Howard Neal Wachter Prize, Dept. of Chemistry, Cornell University, 1988
  • Liu Memorial Award, Cornell University, 1987

Professional Memberships and Activities

Summary of Publications and Presentations

Journal Articles 285
Review Articles (Invited) 24
Book Chapters 8
Book Edited 1
Book Translated 1
Issued and Pending Patents 14
Other Publications 8

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Our research interests and activities are primarily in the development of solid-state inorganic and inorganic-organic hybrid materials that are both fundamentally important and practically relevant. Our current work focuses mainly on the design, synthesis, characterization, functionalization, and optimization of three material families that possess interesting and unique properties potentially useful for clean and renewable energy applications, including but not limited to photovoltaics, solid-state lighting, thermoelectrics, gas storage, capture and separation, catalysis and chemical sensing. We employ both experimental and theoretical methods to investigate and understand the structure-property correlations in these systems, as well as the organic-inorganic interface interactions at the atomic and molecular level.