Li, Jing

Distinguished Professor

Jing Li

Phone: 848-445-3758

E-mail: E-mail

FAX: 732-445-5312

Office: Wright Rieman Labs 207

Mail: Chemistry & Chemical Biology, 610 Taylor Road, Piscataway, NJ 08854


Education Links
  • M.S. August 1983, State University of New York at Albany
  • Ph. D. January 1990, Cornell University (Advisor: Prof. Roald Hoffmann)
  • Postdoctoral Associate 1989-1991, Cornell University (Advisor: Prof. Frank DiSalvo)

Awards & Honors

  • Highly Cited Researcher (Thomson Reuters,, 2015
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), 2015
  • The Humboldt Research Award (Humboldt Prize, 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), 2007
  • Excellence Award, Chinese American Chemical Society, 2006
  • Outstanding Achievement Award, Chinese Association of Science and Technology, USA, 2002
  • The Board of Trustees Fellowship for Scholarly Excellence, Rutgers University, 1996
  • Presidential Faculty Fellow, 1995-2000
  • NSF CAREER Award, 1995
  • Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar, 1994-1998
  • Henry Rutgers Research Fellow, Rutgers University, 1991-1993

Research Overview

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 relevant for practical applications. 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 and separation, greenhouse gas capture, 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.


  • Catalysis
  • Gas storage and separation (e.g. CO2 capture and hydrocarbon separation)
  • Luminescence-based sensing and explosive detection
  • Rare-earth-element (REE) free phosphors for white LEDs


  • I-VII based hybrid materials
  • II-VI based hybrid materials
  • III-VI based hybrid materials
  • VI-VI based hybrid materials
  • Perovskite based hybrid materials


  • Metal chalcogenides
  • Metal halides

Representative Publications (2008-2015)



  • Catalysis.pngZhao, Y.G.; Padmanabhan, M.; Gong, Q.H.; Tsumori, N.; Xu, Q.; Li, J. “CO Catalytic Oxidation by Metal Organic Framework Containing High Density of Reactive Copper Sites”, Chem. Comm., 2011, 47, 6377-6379. [Link]
  • Zou, C.; Zhang, Z.J.; Xu, X.; Gong, Q.H.; Li, J.; Wu, C.D. “A Multifunctional Organic-Inorganic Hybrid Structure Based on MnIII-Porphrin and Polyoxometalate as Highly Effective Dye Scavenger and Heterogeneous Catalyst”, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2012, 134, 87-90. [Link]
  • Zhang, J.M.; Biradar, A.V.; Emge, T.J.; Asefa, T.; Li, J. “A New Layered Metal-Organic Framework as a Promising Heterogeneous Catalyst for Olefin Epoxidation Reactions”, Chem. Comm., 2012, 48, 6541-6543. [Link]
  • Deibert, B.J.; Zhang, J.M.; Smith, P.F.; Chapman, K.W.; Rangan, S.; Banerjee, D.; Tan, K.; Wang, H.; Pasquale, N.; Chen, F.; Lee, K.B.; Dismukes, G.C.; Chabal, Y.J.; Li, J. “Highly Active ‘Polytype-Birnessite’ MnOx Water Oxidation Catalyst Formed In-situ from MnII4O4 MOF Precursor: Structural Investigation of an Amorphous Catalyst”, Chem. Euro. J., 2015, ASAP. [Link]

Gas storage and separation

  • Gas_storage_and_separation.pngLi, K. H.; Olson, D. H.; Seidel, J.; Emge, T. J.; Gong, H. W.; Zeng, H. P.; Li, J. “Zeolitic Imadazolate Frameworks Capable of Kinetic Separation of Propane and Propene”, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2009, 131, 10368-10369. [Link]
  • Li, B.Y.; Zhang, Z.J.; Li, Y.; Yao, K.X.; Zhu, Y.H.; Deng, Z.Y.; Yang, F.; Zhou, X.J.; Li, G.H.; Wu, H.H.; N.; Chabal, Y.J.; Shi, Z.; Feng, S.H.; Li, J. “Enhanced Binding Affinity, Remarkable Selectivity, and High Capacity of CO2 by Dual Functionalization of a rht-Type Metal–Organic Framework”, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2012, 51, 1412-1415. [Link]
  • Nijem, N.; Wu, H.H.; Canepa, P.; Marti, A.; Balkus Jr. , K.J.; Thonhauser, T.; Li, J.; Chabal, Y.J. “Tuning the Gate Opening Pressure of MOFs for the Selective Separation of Hydrocarbons”, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2012, 134, 15201-15204. [Link]
  • Wu, H.H.; Gong, Q.H.; Olson, D.H.; Li, J. “Commensurate Adsorption of Hydrocarbons and Alcohols in Microporous Metal Organic Frameworks”, Chem. Rev., 2012, 112, 836-868 (Invited Review). [Link]
  • Zhang, Z.J.; Zhao, Y.G.; Gong, Q.H.; Li, Z.; Li, J. “MOFs for CO2 Capture and Separation from Flue Gas Mixtures: The Effect of Multifunctional Sites on Their Adsorption Capacity and Selectivity”, Chem. Comm., 2013, 49, 653-661. [Link]
  • Plonka, A.M.; Banerjee, D.; Woerner, W.R.; Zhang, Z.J.; Nijem, N.; Chabal, Y.J.; Li, J.; Parise, J.B. “Mechanism of Carbon Dioxide Adsorption in a Highly Selective Coordination Network Supported by Direct Structural Evidence”, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2013, 52, 1692-1695. [Link] (Selected as Inside Cover and as “Hot Paper” by Angew. Chem., December 2012). [Link]
  • Wang, H.; Yao, K.X.; Zhang, Z.J.; Jagiello, J.; Gong, Q.H.; Han, Y.; Li, J. “The First Example of Commensurate Adsorption of Atomic Gas in a MOF and Effective Separation of Xenon from Other Noble Gases”, Chem. Sci., 2014, 5, 620-624. [Link]

Luminescence based sensing and explosive detection

  • Luminescence.pngLan, A. J.; Li, K. H.; Wu, H. H.; Olson, D. H.; Emge, T. J.; Ki, W.; Hong, M. C.; Li, J. “A Luminescent Microporous Metal Organic Framework for the Fast and Reversible Detection of High Explosives”, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2009, 48, 2334-2338. [Link] (Selected as “Hot Paper” by Angew. Chem.; Featured in “Patent Picks”, C&EN News, 92(26), p.28, June 30, 2014 [Link])
  • Pramanik, S.; Zheng, C.; Zhang, X.; Emge, T. J.; Li, J. “New Microporous Metal Organic Framework Demonstrating Unique Selectivity for Detection of High Explosives and Aromatic Compounds”, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2011, 133, 4153-4155. [Link]
  • Hu, Z.C.; Tan, K.; Lustig, W.P.; Wang, H.; Zhao, Y.G.; Zheng, C.; Banerjee, D.; Gong, Q.H.; Emge, T.J.; Chabal, Y.J.; Li, J. “Effective Sensing of RDX via Instant and Selective Detection of Ketone Vapors”, Chem. Sci., 2014, 5, 4873-4877. [Link]
  • Hu, Z.C.; Deibert, B.J.; Li, J. “Luminescent Metal-Organic Frameworks for Chemical Sensing and Explosive Detection”, Chem. Soc. Rev., 2014, 43, 5815-5840 (Invited Review). [Link]

Rare-earth-element (REE) free phosphors for white LEDs

  • REE.jpgSun, C.Y.; Wang, X.L.; Zhang, X.; Qin, C.; Li, P.; Su, Z.M.; Zhu, D.X.; Shan, G.G.; Shao, K.Z.; Wu, H.; Li, J. “Efficient and Tunable White-Light Emission of Metal-Organic Frameworks by Iridium-Complex Encapsulation”, Nat. Comm., 2013, 4, 2717. [Link]
  • Gong, Q.H.; Hu, Z.C.; Deibert, B.J.; Emge, T.J.; Teat, S.J.; Banerjee, D.; Mussman, B.; Rudd, N.D.; Li, J. “Solution Processable Rare-Earth-Free Yellow Phosphor with Exceptionally High Quantum Efficiency”, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2014, 136, 16724-16727. [Link]
  • Hu, Z.C.; Huang, G.X.; Lustig, W.P.; Wang, F.M.; Wang, H.; Teat, S.J.; Banerjee, D.; Zhang, D.Q.; Li, J. “Achieving Exceptionally High Luminous Efficacy by Immobilizing an AIE Molecular Chromophore into A Metal-Organic Framework”, Chem. Comm., 2015, 51, 3045-3048. [Link] (Selected as Front Cover). [Link]


I-VII based hybrid materials

  • I_VII.jpgZhang, X.; Liu, W.; Wei, G.Z.; Banajee, D.; Hu, Z.C.; Li, J. “A Systematic Approach in Designing Rare-Earth-Free Hybrid Semiconductor Phosphors for General Lighting Applications”, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2014, 136, 14230-14236. [Link] (Selected by ACS News Weekly PressPac, October 15, 2014) [Link]
  • Liu, W.; Yang, F.; Wei, G.Z.; Teat, S.J.; Xiong, K.C.; Hu, Z.C.; Lustig, W.P.; Li, J. “A family of highly efficient CuI-based lighting phosphors prepared by a systematic, bottom-up synthetic approach”, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2015, 137, 9400-9408. [Link]

II-VI based hybrid materials

  • II_VI.jpgKi, W.; Li, J. “A Semiconductor Bulk Material That Emits Direct White Light”, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2008, 130, 8114-8115. [Link] (Featured in C & EN News, June 16, 2008, 84(24), p48; Highlighted in Nature, July 17, 2008, 454, p256).
  • Huang, X. Y.; Roushan, M.; Emge, T. J.; Bi, W. H.; Thiagarajan, S.; Cheng, J. H.; Yang, R. G.; Li, J. “Flexible Hybrid Semiconductors Having Low Thermal Conductivity: The Role of Organic Diamines”, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2009, 48, 7871-7874. [Link]
  • Roushan, M.; Zhang, X.; Li, J. “Solution-Processable White Light Emitting Hybrid Semiconductor Bulk Materials with High PL Quantum Efficiency”, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2012, 51, 436-439. [Link]
  • Fang, X.M.; Roushan, M.; Zhang, R.B.; Peng, J.; Zeng, H.P.; Li, J. “Tuning and Enhancing White Light Emission of II-VI Based Inorganic-Organic Hybrid Semiconductors as Single-Phased Phosphors”, Chem. Mater., 2012, 24, 1710-1717. [Link]

III-VI and VI-VI based hybrid materials

  • III-VI.jpgZhang, R.B.; Emge, T.J.; Li, J. “The First Single-Sized (~ 1 nm) and Periodically Ordered Array of In2Te3 Semiconductor Quantum Dots Self-Assembled in Solution”, J. Mater. Chem, A, 2013, 1, 199-202. [Link]
  • Zhang, X.; Hejazi, M.; Thiagarajan, S.J.; Woerner, W.R.; Banerjee, D.; Emge, T.J.; Xu, W.Q.; Teat, S.J.; Safari, A.; Yang, R.G.; Parise, J.B.; Li, J. “From 1D Chain to 3D Network: A New Family of Inorganic-Organic Hybrid Semiconductors MO3(L)x (M = Mo, W; L = Organic Linker) Built on Perovskite-Like Structure Modules”, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2013, 135, 17401-17407. [Link]



  • other_solid_state.jpgWu, M.; Emge, T. J.; Huang, X. -Y.; Li, J.; Zhang, Y. “Designing and Tuning Properties of a Three-Dimensional Porous Quaternary Chalcogenide Built on a Bimetallic Tetrahedral Cluster [M4Sn3S13]5- (M = Zn/Sn)”, J. Solid St. Chem., 2008, 181, 415-422 (Selected as Front Cover). [Link]
  • Wu, M.; Rhee, J.; Yao, H. B.; Emge, T. J.; Cheng, J. -H.; Thiagarajan, S.; Croft, M.; Yang, R. G.; Li, J. “A Low band Gap iron Sulfide Hybrid Semiconductor with Unique 2D [Fe16S20]8- Layer and Reduced Thermal Conductivity”, Chem. Comm., 2010, 46, 1649-1651. [Link]
  • Yao, H.B.; Zhang, X.; Wang, X.L.; Yu, S.H.; Li, J. “From (Cd2Se2)(pa) (pa = Propylamine) Hybrid Precursor to CdSe Nanostructures: Structural Evolution and Optical Properties”, Dalton. Trans., 2011, 40, 3191-3197. [Link]
  • Chen, Y.-C.; Yao, H.B.; Thiagarajan, S.; Wu, M.; Emge, T.J.; Yang, R.G.; Yu, S.H.; Li, J. “Layered Hybrid Selenoantimonates with Reduced Thermal Conductivity”, Z. Anorg. Allg. Chem., 2012, 638, 2604-2609; DOI: 10.1002/zaac.201200286 [Link]

Research Area(s): 
Analytical Chemistry
Inorganic Chemistry
Materials Chemistry