Xiao Li

Assistant Professor
Discovery Park
  • Education
    • Ph.D. in Polymer Chemistry and Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences-Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry, China, 2011
    • B.S. in Polymer Material Science and Engineering, Wuhan University of Technology, China, 2005
  • Research
    • Directed Self-assembly of Soft Materials
    • Structure-property Relations in Polymers, Liquid Crystals, and Active Matter
    • Multi-functional Surface Coatings
    • Complex Shape Morphing Actuator
    • Nanofabrication and 3D Printing of Soft Materials
  • Publications
    1. Li X., Martinez-Gonzalez JA., Park K., Yu C., Zhou Y., de Pablo JJ., Nealey PF. Perfection in Nucleation and Growth of Blue-Phase Single Crystals: Small Free-Energy Required to Self-Assemble at Specific Lattice Orientation. ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces. 2019, 11, 9487-9495.
    2. Li X., Yanagimachi T., Bishop C., Smith C., Dolejsi M., Xie H., Kurihara K., Nealey P. Engineering the Anchoring Behavior of Nematic Liquid Crystals on Solid Surface by Varying the Density of Liquid Crystalline Polymer Brush. Soft Matter, 2018, 14, 7569-7577. (Featured on Cover)
    3. Li X., Martinez-Gonzalez JA., Hernandez-Ortiz JP., Ramirez-Hernandez A., Zhou Y., Sadati M., Zhang R., Nealey PF., de Pablo JJ. Mesoscale Martensitic Transformation in Single Crystals of Topological Defects. PNAS, 2017, 114, 10011-10016.
    4. Martinez-Gonzalez JA., Li X., Sadati M., Zhou Y., Zhang R., Nealey PF., de Pablo JJ. Directed Self-Assembly of Liquid Crystalline Blue-Phases into Ideal Single-Crystals. Nat. Commun., 2017, 8, 15854. (Equally contribution).
    5. Li X., Armas-Perez JC., Hernandez-Ortiz JP., Arges C., Liu X., Martinez-Gonzalez JA., Ocola L., Bishop C., Xie HL., de Pablo JJ., Nealey PF. Directed Self-Assembly of Colloidal Particles onto Nematic Liquid Crystalline Defects Engineered by Chemically Patterned Surfaces. ACS Nano, 2017, 11 (6), 6492–6501.
    6. Li, X.; Martinez-Gonzalez, JA.; de Pablo JJ.; Nealey, P. F. "Thickness dependence of forming single crystal by liquid-crystalline blue phase on chemically patterned surface." Emerging Liquid Crystal Technologies XIII, 2018, 10555, 1055514.
    7. Armas-Perez JC., Li X., Martinez-Gonzalez JA., Smith, C., Hernandez-Ortiz JP., Nealey PF., de Pablo JJ. Sharp Morphological Transitions from Nanoscale Mixed-anchoring Patterns in Confined Nematic Liquid Crystals. Langmuir, 2017, 33, 12516-12524.
    8. Xie HL., Li X., Ren JX., Bishop C., Arges C., Nealey PF. Controlling Domain Orientation of Liquid Crystalline Block Copolymer in Thin Films Through Tuning Mesogenic Chemical Structures. J. Poly. Sci. Pol. Phys. 2017, 55, 532-541.
    9. Xie HL., Li X., Suh H., Ren JX., Wan LS., Craig GS., Arges C., Nealey PF. Water-soluble Top Coats for Orientation Control of Liquid Crystal-Containing Block Copolymer Films. J. Poly. Sci. Pol. Phys. 2017, DOI: 10.1002/polb.24420.
    10. Li X., Armas-Perez JC., Martinez-Gonzalez JA., Liu X., Xie HL., Bishop C.; Hernandez-Ortiz JP.; ZhangR.; de Pablo JJ.; Nealey PF. Directed Self-Assembly of Nematic Liquid Crystals on Chemically Patterned Surfaces: Morphological States and Transitions. Soft Matter, 2016, 12(41), 8595-8605.
    11. Li X., Liu YD., Wan L., Li Z., Suh HS., Ren J., Hu W., Ocola LE., Ji S. X., Nealey P. F. Effect of Stereochemistry on Directed Self-Assembly of Poly(styrene-b-lactide) Films on Chemical Patterns. ACS Macro Letters, 2016, 5(3), 396-401.
    12. Wu GP., Liu X., Chen XX., Suh HS., Li X., Ren JX., Arges CG., Li FX., Jiang Z., Nealey PF. Directed Self-Assembly of Hierarchical Supramolecular Block Copolymer Thin Film on Chemical Patterns”, Adv. Mater. Interface., 2016, 3, 1600048.
    13. Xiong SS., Chapuis Y., Wan L., Gao H., Li X., Ruiz R., Nealey P. Directed self-assembly of high-chi block copolymer for nano fabrication of bit patterned media via solvent annealing. Nanotechnology, 2016, 27, 415601.
    14. Li X., Yu XH., Han YC. Polymer Thin Film for Antireflection Coatings. J. Mater. Chem. C, 2013, 1(12), 2266-2285.
    15. Li X., Yu XH., Han YC. Intelligent Reversible Nanoporous Antireflection Film by Solvent-Stimuli-Responsive Phase Transformation of Amphiphilic Block Copolymer. Langmuir, 2012, 28(28), 10584-10591.
    16. Li X., Han YC. Tunable wavelength antireflective film by non-solvent-induced phase separation of amphiphilic block copolymer micelle solution. J. Mater. Chem., 2011, 21(44), 18024-18033.
    17. Li X., Han YC. Broadband antireflection of block copolymer/homopolymer blend films with gradient refractive index structures. J. Mater. Chem., 2011, 21(15), 5817-5826.
    18. Li X., Gao JP., Xue LJ., Han YC. Porous Polymer Films with Gradient-Refractive-Index Structure for Broadband and Omnidirectional Antireflection Coatings. Adv. Funct. Mater., 2010, 20(2), 259-265.
    19. Gao JP., Li X., Li BY., Han YC. Fabrication of polymer antireflective coatings by self-assembly of supramolecular block copolymer. Polymer, 2010, 51(12), 2683-2689.
  • Professional Experience

    11/2015-08/2019 Research Scientist, The University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering, Chicago, IL

    11/2015-08/2019 Visiting Resident Associate, Argonne National Laboratory, Center for Molecular Engineering, IL

    01/2013-10/2015 Postdoctoral Researcher, The University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering, Chicago, IL

    03/2012-01/2013 Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Chemical & Biological Engineering, Madison, WI

  • Patents

    De Pablo JJ., Nealey PF., Li X., Martinez-Gonzalez JA., Sadati M., Zhang R., Zhou Y. ‘Blue Phases on Patterned Surfaces’ (US 16048891)

    Han YC., Li X. ‘A New Method of Fabricating Gradient-Porosity-Ratio Structure for Broadband and Omnidirectional Antireflection Coatings’ (CN200910217781)