Soft matter refers to materials having complex structural and dynamic properties intermediate between those of crystals and fluids. Materials belonging to this category are polymers, liquid crystals, colloids, gels and foams. We study soft matter, combining it with low dimensional nanoparticles to achieve tailored hybrid materials. The fascinating properties of these unique material systems enable a wide spread of applications in the fields of energy, biomedical, optoelectronics and nanocomposites.

Open Positions:

We currently have open postdoctoral (1), visiting scientist, PhD student (1-2), and undergraduate research assistant positions. For the postdoctoral position, the candidate should have good polymer synthesis, or polymer scattering/microscopy skills and an understanding and knowledge of polymer science. Knowledge/experience of nanoparticle synthesis/properties is a plus. For other positions, the students need to be highly motivated to do research.

One project is generally on the interaction between nanoparticles and crystalline polymer/block copolymers, and the focus of the other project is on understanding the mechanism of ion transport in polymer electrolyte membranes. For more information, please contact Prof. Li at