Chair Professor Department of Materials Science and Engineering

Hui Li, Chair Professor,SUSTech Distinguished Scholars recipients, joined the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at South University of Science and Technology of China in Oct. 2015. Prof. Li received her BS and MS degrees in Chemical Engineering in 1987 and 1990, respectively, both from Tsinghua University, and received her PhD degree in Electrochemical Engineering from the University of British Columbia (UBC) in 2006. Prof. Li began her Post-doctor fellow career at the Clean Energy Research Centre at UBC, Vancouver, BC, Canada from Jun. 2006 to Mar. 2007.

Dr. Li joined the National Research Council of Canada in 2007 and had been responsible for a series of influential research work through both the national and international collaborative projects, including joint projects with US Department of Energy (US DOE), the DLR, and the world's leading fuel cell companies (such as Ballard, Hydrogenics, AFCC, MBFC). Moreover, Dr. Li conducted pioneering research in the field of hydrogen proton exchange membrane fuel cell (PEMFC) design, failure diagnosis and durability testing, and mastered the key technologies in PEMFC key materials and components. Dr. Li was also the technical leader of NRC’s Energy Storage Program, and she was sitting in the ISO/WG14 group developing specs for air and hydrogen feeds for stationary applications of fuel cells. Dr. Li has co-authored more than forty research papers published in refereed journal and co-edited four books related to PEM fuel cells and PEM electrolyzers. Dr. Li has three granted patents and one technology licensed to the Mantra Energy Group.

Personal Profile

Hui Li, Chair Professor, SUSTech Distinguished Scholars recipients, joined the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at South University of Science and Technology of China in Oct. 2015. Prof. Li received her BS and MS degrees in Chemical Engineering in 1987 and 1990, respectively, both from Tsinghua University, and received her PhD degree in Electrochemical Engineering from the University of British Columbia (UBC) in 2006. Prof. Li began her Post-doctor fellow career at the Clean Energy Research Centre at UBC, Vancouver, BC, Canada from Jun. 2006 to  Mar. 2007.

Dr. Li joined the National Research Council of Canada in 2007 and had been responsible for a series of influential research work through both the national and international collaborative projects, including joint projects with US Department of Energy (US DOE), the DLR, and the world's leading fuel cell companies (such as Ballard, Hydrogenics, AFCC, MBFC). Moreover, Dr. Li conducted pioneering research in the field of hydrogen proton exchange membrane fuel cell (PEMFC) design, failure diagnosis and durability testing, and mastered the key technologies in PEMFC key materials and components. Dr. Li was also the technical leader of NRC’s Energy Storage Program, and she was sitting in the ISO/WG14 group developing specs for air and hydrogen feeds for stationary applications of fuel cells. Dr. Li has co-authored more than forty research papers published in refereed journal and co-edited four books related to PEM fuel cells and PEM electrolyzers. Dr. Li has three granted patents and one technology licensed to the Mantra Energy Group.

 

Education Background

2002- 2006, Ph. D in Electrochemical Engineering, Chemical & Biological Engineering Department, University of British Columbia, Canada

1987- 1990, M. Sc. in Chemical Engineering, Department of Chemical Engineering, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China

1982 –1987, B. Sc in Chemical Engineering, Department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China

Research and Teaching Experience

2015 - present, Chair Professor, South University of Science and Technology of China

2007 –2015, Research Council Officer and Energy Storage Program Technical Leader, National

Research Council Canada, Energy, Mining & Environment Portfolio, Vancouver, BC, Canada

2015-present, NWU of South Africa, Extraordinary professor

2013-present, University of British Columbia, Adjunct professor

Awards & Honors

SUSTech Distinguished Scholars recipients 

High-Caliber Personnel of Shenzhen Peacock Plan (Level A)

Research Interests

PEM fuel cell key technologies and materials, including Low platinum and platinum catalyst for oxygen reduction, proton exchange membrane, bipolar plates and membrane electrode

The research platform of water electrolysis for Hydrogen production technologies, including the structure-activity relationship and optimization of catalyst and membrane electrode、single cell or stack testing/diagnosis

Selected Publication

  1. Qi Feng,  Lin Zeng, Jiaoyan Xu, Zhen Zhang, Zhiliang Zhao, Yajun Wang, Hui Li,  Haijiang Wang,NaCl template-directed approach to ultrathin lamellar molybdenum phosphide-carbon hybrids for efficient hydrogen production,Journal of Power Sources 438 (2019) 227048.
  2. Qi Feng, Yongyueheng Xiong, Linjing Xie, Zhen Zhang, Xiner Lu, Yajun Wang, Xiao-Zi Yuan, Jiantao Fan, Hui Li,* and Haijiang Wang*,Tungsten Carbide Encapsulated in Grape-Like N‑Doped Carbon Nanospheres: One-Step Facile Synthesis for Low-Cost and Highly Active Electrocatalysts in Proton Exchange Membrane WaterElectrolyzers,ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces,2019, 11(28),25123-25132.
  3. Xiao‐Zi Yuan, Chaojie Song, Alison Platt, Nana Zhao, Haijiang Wang ,Hui Li, Khalid Fatih, Darren Jang. A review of all-vanadium redox flow battery durability: Degradation mechanisms and mitigation strategies in International Journal of Energy Research, International Journal of Energy Research
  4. Yao Yao, Haijiang Wang, Xiao-zi Yuan, Hui Li,* and Minhua Shao*,Electrochemical Nitrogen Reduction Reaction on Ruthenium,ACS Energy Lett. 2019, 4, 1336−1341.
  5. Zhen Zhang, Ping Li, Qi Wang, Qi Feng, Youkun Tao, Jiaoyan Xu,Cheng Jiang, Xiner Lu, Jiantao Fan, Meng Gu, Hui Li * and Haijiang Wang*,J. Mater. Chem. A, 2019, 7, 2780
  6.  Lun Wang, Youkun Tao*, Zhen Zhang, Yajun Wang, Qi Feng, Haijiang Wang, and Hui Li*, Molybdenum Carbide Coated 316L Stainless Steel for Bipolar Plates of Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cells, International Journal of Hydrogen Energy. 44(2019) 4940-4950
  7. Qi Feng, Qi Wang, Zhen Zhang, Yongyueheng Xiong, Hanyi Li, Yao Yao, Xiao-ZiYuan, Mark C.Williams, Meng Gu, Hong Chen, Hui Li, Haijiang Wang, Highly active and stable ruthenate pyrochlore for enhanced oxygen evolution reaction in acidic medium electrolysis,Applied catalysis b: environmental,  2019, 244, 494-501
  8. Yao Yao, Qi Feng, Shangqian Zhu, Jiadong Li, Yuze Yao, Yajun Wang, Qi Wang, Meng Gu, Haijiang Wang*, Hui Li*, Xiao‐Zi Yuan, Minhua Shao*, “Chromium Oxynitride Electrocatalysts for Electrochemical Synthesis of Ammonia Under Ambient Conditions”,Small Methods 2018, 1800324 https://doi.org/10.1002/smtd.201800324
  9. Zhen Zhang, Ping Li, Qi Feng, Bing Wei, Chenglong Deng, Jiantao Fan, Hui Li,*and Haijiang Wang*,Scalable Synthesis of a Ruthenium-Based Electrocatalyst as a Promising Alternative to Pt for Hydrogen Evolution Reaction,ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces.2018, 10, 32171−32179
  10. Qi Feng, Xiao−ZiYuan, GaoyangLiu, BingWei, ZhenZhang, HuiLi*, HaijiangWang*.A review of proton exchange membrane water electrolysis on degradation mechanisms and mitigation strategies,Journal of Power Sources. Volume 2017,366(31),33-55.
  11. Yao Yao, Shangqian Zhu, Haijiang Wang, Hui Li, and Minhua Shao* A Spectroscopic Study on the Nitrogen Electrochemical ReductionReaction on Gold and Platinum Surfaces. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2018, 140, 1496−1501.
  12.   Yan-Jie Wang , Baizeng Fang , Hui Li, Xiaotao T. Bi, Haijiang Wang。 “Progress in modified carbon support materials for Pt and Pt-alloy cathode catalysts in polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells”,Progress in Materials Science 82(2016)445-498
  13.   Yanjie Wang, Nana. Zhao, Zheng Bai, Hui Li, Tony Bi, Haijinag Wang. “Effect of different solvent ratio (ethylene glycol/water) on the preparation of Pt/C catalyst and its activity toward oxygen reduction reaction ”. RCS Advances.  5 (2015) 56570-56577
  14.    Yanjie Wang, Nana. Zhao, Zheng Bai, Hui Li, Haijinag Wang, Tony Bi. “Carbon-Supported Pt-Based Alloy Electrocatalysts for the Oxygen Reduction Reaction in Polymer Electrolyte Membrane Fuel Cells: Particle Size, Shape, and Composition Manipulation and Their Impact to Activity”. Chemical Reviews, 115(2015) 3433-3467
  15.  Lei Zhang, Hui Li, Jiujun Zhang. “Kinetics of oxygen reduction reaction on three different Pt surfaces of Pt/C catalyst analyzed by rotating ring-disk electrode in acidic solution”. Journal of Power Sources, 255 (2014) 242-250.
  16.   Zhu Chen, Aiping Yu, Drew Higgins, Hui Li, Haijiang Wang, Zhongwei Chen. “Highly active and durable core-corona structured bifunctional catalyst for rechargeable metal-air battery applications”. Nano Letters, 12 (2012) 1946-1652.
  17.   Zhu Chen, Aiping Yu, Raihan Ahmed, Haijiang Wang, Hui Li, Zhongwei Chen. “Manganese Dioxide Nanotube and Nitrogen-doped Carbon Nanotube Based Composite Bifunctional Catalyst for Rechargeable Zinc-Air Battery”. Electrochim. Acta, 69(2012)295-300.
  18.   Yi Yu, Xiao-Zi Yuan, Hui Li, Elton Gu, Haijiang Wang, Guangjin Wang, Mu Pan. “Current mapping of a PEM fuel cell with a segmented current collector during the gas starvation and shutdown process”. Intern. J. Hydrogen Energy 37 (2012) 15288-15300.
  19.   Xiao-Zi Yuan, Hui Li, Yi Yu, Max Jiang, Weimin Qian, Shengsheng Zhang, Haijiang Wang, Silvia Wessel, Tommy Cheng. “Diagnosis of contamination introduced by ammonia at the cathode in a PEM fuel cell”. Intern. J. Hydrogen Energy 37 (2012) 12464-12473.
  20.   Hui Li, Shengsheng Zhang, Weimin Qian, Yi Yu, Xiao-Zi Yuan, Haijiang Wang, Max Jiang, Silvia Wessel, Tommy Cheng. “Impacts of operating conditions on the effects of chloride contamination on PEM fuel cell performance and durability”. J Power Sources. 218 (2012) 375-382.
  21.   Yi Yu, Hui Li, Haijiang Wang, Xiao-Zi Yuan, Guangjin Wang, Mu Pan. “A review on performance degradation of proton exchange membrane fuel cells during startup and shutdown processes: Causes, consequences, and mitigation strategies”. J Power Sources. 205 (2012) 10-23.
  22.   Alfred Lam, Hui Li, Shengsehng Zhang, Haijiang Wang, David Wilkinson, Silvia Wessel, Tommy T. H. Cheng. “Ex situ study of chloride contamination on carbon supported Pt catalyst”. J. Power Sources. 205 (2012) 235-238.
  23.   Xiao-Zi Yuna, Jian Colin Sun, Haijiang Wang, Hui Li. “Accelerated conditioning for a proton exchange membrane fuel cell”. J. Power Sources. 205 (2012) 340-344.
  24.   Shengsheng Zhang, Xiao-Zi Yuna, Renate Hiesgen, K. Andreas Friedrich, Haijiang Wang, Mathias Schulze, Andrea Haug, Hui Li. “ Effect of open voltage on degradation of a short proton change membrane fuel cell stack with bilayer membrane configuration”. J Power Sources. 205 (2012) 290-300.
  25.   Bing Li, Drew C. Higgins, Shaomin Zhu, Hui Li, Haijiang Wang, Jianxin Ma, Zhongwei Chen.“Highly Active Pt-Ru Nanowire Network Catalysts for the Methanol Oxidation Reaction”. Catalysis Communications, 18(2012)51-54.

 

Research

1. PEM fuel cell key materials and key technologies, including catalysis, stack design, fuel cell failure analysis and diagnosis  

2. PEM fuel cell commercialization, including MEA and bipolar plate mass production

3. PEM water electrolysis catalysis and device  

4. Electrochemical reduction of NH3: mechanisms, catalysis and device

5. Electrochemical reduction of CO2: catalysis and device


Teaching

《Modern Materials Science and FrontiersⅠ》,《Electrochemical Energy Storage and Conversion 》、《Fundamentals of Electrochemistry》


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Dr. Li has over 20 years’ experience working on theoretical and applied electrochemistry and electrochemical engineering. Most notably, she worked for eight years at Institute for Fuel Cell Innovation of National Research Council of Canada as a research officer and Energy Storage Program technical leader. She has accumulated extensive experience in PEM fuel cell and PEM water electrolysis related areas. She was sitting in the ISO/WG14 group developing specs for air and hydrogen feeds for stationary FC applications. She authored 50 peer reviewed journal papers and edited four books in the area of PEM fuel cells and electrolysis. Her two most recent review papers related to PEM fuel cell catalysts, one published in Chemical Reviews (2015) and the other in Progress in Materials Science (2016), are highly regarded in PEM fuel cell catalyst development. She used to be ISO/WG14 member for PEM fuel cell stationary applications.

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  • Development of improved electrocatalysts progresses under SUSTech research

    Ammonia is an ideal carbon-free energy storage material owing to its high energy density (4.32 kWh/L), high weight fraction of hydrogen (17.65%), ease of liquefaction under mild conditions, and inexpensive transportation. Industrially, ammonia synthesis is realized by the energy intensive Haber-Bosch process, where nitrogen and hydrogen are reacted at high temperatures (~450 °C) and pressures […]

    2019-09-25
  • Two Ph.D. candidates in our research group were awarded The State scholarship

    Qi Feng, the Ph.D candidate of Department of Materials Science and Engineering, and Yajun Wang, the Ph.D candidate of Department of Mechanical and Energy Engineering were both awarded The State scholarship in 2018, based on their excellent works.            

    2019-01-04
  • The project Shenzhen Key Laboratory of Hydrogen Energy of our group has recently passed the evaluation successfully

    Recently, the project Shenzhen Key Laboratory of Hydrogen Energy, after more than two years of effort, has passed the evaluation successfully and come into a conclusion. In the future, we will continue to apply for the promotion plan for more breakthroughs in the field of Hydrogen Energy.  

    2018-12-22

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Office Phone

0755-88018987

Email

hui.li@sustech.edu.cn

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