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Prof. Pauline P. Li
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Prof. Li Pei


Education and Academic Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, Jinan University
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Chemistry), University of Ottawa

Research Overview

My research interests center around the development of new functional materials for emerging applications. My group mainly focuses on the design and synthesis of nano- to micro-scale particles with properties that are tailored to specific applications.

Research Interests

  • Polymer Chemistry
  • Nanomaterials and Their Applications
  • Functional Materials


  1. Hetti Mimi, Kin Man Ho, Yuen Shan Siu, Aihua Wu and Pei Li, "Polyethyleneimine-Based Core-Shell Nanogels: A Promising siRNA Carrier for Argininosuccinate Synthetase mRNA Knockdown in HeLa Cells" Journal of Controlled Release, 158, 123-130 (2012).
  2. Noel Peter Bengzon Tan, Cheng Hao Lee, Lianghui Chen, Kin Man Ho, Yan Lu, Matthias Ballauff, Pei Li "Facile Synthesis of Gold/Polymer Nanocomposite Particles Using Polymeric Amine-Based Particles as Dual Reductants and Templates" Polymer, 76, 271 (2015).
  3. Noel Peter Bengzon Tan, Cheng Hao Lee and Pei Li "Green Synthesis of Smart Metal/Polymer Nanocomposite Particles and Their Tuneable Catalytic Activities" Polymers 8, 105 (2016)
  4. Zuojin Liu, Dechao Niu, Junyong zhang, Wenfeng Zhang, Yuan Yao, Xia Wang, Pei Li, Jianping Gong* "Amphiphilic Core-Shell Nanoparticles Containing Dense Polyethyleneimine Shells for Efficient Delivery of MicroRNA to Kupffer Cells" International Journal of Nanomedicine, 11, 2785-2797 (2016).
  5. Lianghui Chen, Dechao Niu, Cheng Hao Lee, Yuan Yao, Ki Lui, Kin Man Ho, Pei Li "Amphiphilic Core-Shell Nanocomposite Particles for Enhanced Magnetic Resonance Imaging" Particle & Particle Systems Characterization, 33, 756-763 (2016).
  6. Chun Ho Yam, Kin Man Ho, Cheng Hao Lee, Pei Li "Synthesis of Dual Stimuli-Responsive Amphiphilic Particles through Controlled Semi-Batch Emulsion Polymerization" Polymer 106, 294-302 (2016)
  7. Jia, Yanjun; Niu, Dechao; Li, Qiujin, Huang, Hong,  Li, Xinrun, Li, Kejia, Li, Ling, Zhang, Cheng, Zheng, Hongting, Zhu, Zhiming, Yao, Yuan, Zhao, XiaoDong, Li, Pei Yang, Gangyi* "Effective Gene Delivery of shBMP-9 using Polyethyleneimine-Based Core-Shell Nanoparticles in an Animal Model of Insulin Resistance" Nanoscale  11, 2008-2016 (2019).
  8. Yuan Yao, Dechao Niu, Cheng Hao Lee, Yongsheng Li, and Pei Li "Aqueous Synthesis of Multi-Carbon Dot Cross-Linked Polyethyleneimine Particles with Enhanced Photoluminescent Properties" Macromolecular Rapid Communications, 1800869 (2019)
  9. Jinfeng Liao1, Yanpeng Jia, Lianghui Chen, Liangyu Zhou, Qiwen Li, Zhiyong Qian, Dechao Niu, Yongsheng Li, and Pei Li "Magnetic/Gold Core–Shell Hybrid Particles for Targeting and Imaging-Guided Photothermal Cancer Therapy" Journal of Biomedical Nanotechnology, 15, 1-18 (2019)
  10. Suqing Tan, Albert P. C. Chan, Pei Li  "Nano-encapsulation of Organic Phase Change Material in Water via Coacervation using Amphoteric Copolymer" Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research 58, 21080-21088 (2019).
  • Gold Medal and Special Award for the invention “NANO ANTI-ERASING (ATE) INK SYSTEM”, The First World Invention Innovation Contest (WiC) 2015, Seoul, Korea (5 – 6 June 2015).


  • 2020 TechConnect Global Innovation Awards (USA). Project: “Water Dispersible Autofluorescent Polymer Dots Comprising of Non-Conjugated Polymers”


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