Dr Meng Li


Meng Li is an associate professor at the North China Electric Power University. She obtained her BSc in 2011 (East China University of Science and Technology), and was a master combined with PhD student from 2011 to 2012 (with Prof. Weihong Zhu in China) and then work with Prof. Tony D. James for PhD degree at University of Bath since October 2012 till July 2015. Her research interests comprise many aspects of supramolecular chemistry, environmental chemistry, and materials chemistry, including molecular recognition and materials fabrication. She is a visiting scholar in the Nitschke group, working on collaborative projects with peptides as building blocks for functional cages and topologies.


  1. L. Xing, M. Li, T. Qi, L. Mao, Z. Hu, E. Zhang, G. Hao, B. Mao and L. Wang, "Construction of confined bifunctional 2D material for efficient sulfur resource recovery and Hg2+ adsorption in desulfurization", Environ. Sci. Technol., 2022, DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.2c00377

  2. M. Li, M. Yang, B. Liu, H. Guo, H. Wang, X. Li, L. Wang and T. D. James, "Self-assembling fluorescent hydrogel for highly efficient water purification and photothermal conversion", Chem. Eng. J., 2022, 431, 134245

  3. M. Li, X. Li, M. Xu, B. Liu, M. Yang, Z. Chen, T. Gao, T. D. James, L. Wang and H. Xiao, "A ratiometric fluorescent hydrogel of controlled thickness prepared continuously using microtomy for the detection and removal of Hg(II)", Chem. Eng. J., 2021, 426, 131296

  4. M. Li, Q. Li, M. Xu, B. Liu, D. G. Calatayud, L. Wang, Z. Hu, T. D. James and B. Mao, "Amphiphilic engineering of reduced graphene oxides using a carbon nitride coating for superior removal of organic pollutants from wastewater", Carbon, 2021, 184, 479-491

  5. M. Li, M. Yang and W. Zhu, "Advances in fluorescent sensors for β-galactosidase", Mater. Chem. Front., 2021, 5, 763-774

  6. M. Li, X. Li, M. Jiang, X. Liu, Z. Chen, S. Wang, T. D. James, L. Wang and H. Xiao, "Engineering a ratiometric fluorescent sensor membrane containing carbon dots for efficient fluoride detection and removal", Chem. Eng. J., 2020, 399, 125741

  7. X. Li, M. Li, M. Yang, H. Xiao, L. Wang, Z. Chen, S. Liu, J. Li, S. Li and T. D. James, "'Irregular' aggregation-induced emission luminogens", Coordin. Chem. Rev., 2020, 418, 213358

  8. M. Li, Q. Guo, L. Xing, L. Yang, T. Qi, P. Xu, S. Zhang and L. Wang, "Cobalt-based metal-organic frameworks promoting magnesium sulfite oxidation with ultrahigh catalytic activity and stability", J. Colloid Interf. Sci., 2020, 559, 88-95

  9. M. Li, X. An, M. Jiang, S. Li, S. Liu, Z. Chen and H. Xiao, "'Cellulose spacer' strategy: anti-aggregation-caused quenching membrane for mercury ion detection and removal", ACS Sustain. Chem. Eng., 2019, 7, 15182-15189

  10. M. Li, T. Qi, R. Yang, H. Xiao, Z. Fang, S. A. Hodge, T. D. James, L. Wang and B. Mao, "Promoting magnesium sulfite oxidation by partly oxidized metal nanoparticles on graphitic carbon nitride (g-C3N4) in the magnesia desulfurization process", J. Mater. Chem. A, 2018, 6, 11296-11305