Referred Journal Papers

(*: Corresponding author) 

  1. Hurst, J.; Kim, M. A.; Peng, Z.; Li, L.* and Liu, H.* “Assessing and mitigating surface contamination of carbon electrode materials”, Chem. Mater., (IF = 10.159)2019, 31, 7133-7142.
  2. Wang, B.; Moran C.; Lin, D. Huan, T.; Gage, E. and Li, L.* “Nanometer-thick fluorinated ionic liquids (ILs) as media lubricants for data storage devices”, ACS Appl. Nano Mater.,2019, 2, 5260-5265.
  3. Zhou, Z.; Gao, T.; McCarthy S.; Kozbial, A.; Tan, S.; Pekker D.; Li, L. and Leu, P.* “Parahydrophobicity and stick-slip wetting dynamics of vertically aligned carbon nanotube forests”, Carbon (IF = 7.088)2019, 152, 474-481. 
  4. Jiao, Y.; Gao Y.; Meng, Y. Lu, W.; Liu, Y; Han, H; Shuang, S; Li, L. and Dong C.* “One-step Synthesis of Label-free ratiometric fluorescence carbon dots for the detection of silver ions and glutathione and cellular imaging applications”, ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces. (IF = 8.097), 2019, 11, 16822-16829.
  5. Wang, B.; Lertola, A.; Moran, C.; Kowall, C. and Li, L.* “Uncovering the Underlying mechanisms of the fouling in maleic anhydride condensers”, Ind. Eng. Chem. Res.(IF = 3.141)2019, 58, 3721-3725. 
  6. Jia, J.*; Lin, B.; Gao Y.; Jiao Y.; Li, L., Dong C. and Shuang, S.* “Highly luminescent N-doped carbon dots from black soya beans for free radical scavenging, Fe3+sensing and cellular imaging”, Spectrochimica Acta Part A: Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy (IF=2.571),2019, 211, 363-372.
  7. Gong, X*; Wang, B. and Li, L.* “Spreading of nanodroplets of ionic liquids on the mica surface”, ACS Omega, 2018, 3, 16398-16402.
  8. Wang, Y.; Gong, X.; You, C. and Li, L.* “A nanometer-thick, mechanically robust and easy-to-fabricate simultaneously oleophobic/hydrophilic polymer coating for oil-water separation”, Ind. Eng. Chem. Res.(IF = 3.141)2018, 57, 15395-15399. 
  9. Gong, X*; Wang, B.; Kozbile, A. and Li, L.* “From molecular arrangement to macroscopic wetting of ionic liquids on the mica surface: Effect of humidity”, Langmuir (IF = 4.210),2018, 34, 12167-12173.
  10. Lertola, A.; Wang, B. and Li, L.* “Understanding the friction of nanometer-thick fluorinated ionic liquids (ILs)”, Ind. Eng. Chem. Res.(IF = 3.141)2018, 57(34), 11681-11685. 
  11. Hurst, J.; Li, L. and Liu, H.* “Adventitious hydrocarbons and the graphite-water interface”, Carbon (IF = 6.832)2018, 134, 464-469. 
  12. Gong, X.* and Li, L.* “Nanometer-thick ionic liquids as boundary lubricants”, Adv. Engr. Mater.(IF = 2.319) 2018, 1700617 (Invited review).
  13. Gong, X. and Li, L.* “Understanding the wettability of nanometer-thick room temperature ionic liquids (RTILs) on solid surfaces”,Chin. Chem. Lets. (IF = 1.932) 2017, 55(22), 6391-6397 (Invited review).
  14. Liu, H.* and Li, L.* “Graphitic materials: intrinsic hydrophilicity and its implications”, Extreme Mechanics Letters2017, in press
  15. Peng, Z.; Yang, R. Kim, M., Li L.* and Liu, H.* “Influence of O2, H2O and airborned hydrocarbons on the properties of selected 2D materials” RSC Adv. (IF =3.485), 2017, 7(43), 27048-27057.
  16. Kozbial, A.; Guan, W. and Li, L.* “Manipulating the molecular conformation of a nanometer-thick environmentally friendly coating to control the surface energy” J. Mater. Chem. A (IF = 8.262), 2017, 5, 9752-9759.
  17. Kozbial, A.; Trouba, C. and Li, L.* “Characterization of the intrinsic water wettability of graphite with contact angle measurement: effect of defects on the static and dynamic contact angles”, Langmuir (IF = 4.210), 2017, 33(4), 959-967
  18. Kozbial, A.; Zhou, F.; Li, Z.;  Liu, H.* and Li, L.* “Are graphitic surfaces hydrophobic”, Acc. Chem. Res. (IF = 22.003), 2016, 49(12), 2765-2773
  19. Wang Y.; Dugan M.; Urbaniak B. and Li, L.* “A nanometer-thick simultaneously oleophobic/hydrophilic polymer coating fabricated via a photochemical approach”, Langmuir (IF = 4.210)  , 2016, 32(26), 6723-6729
  20. Gong, X.; West, B.; Taylor, A. and Li, L.* “Study on nanometer-thick room-temperature ionic liquids (RTILs) for applications as the media lubricant in heat-assisted magnetic recording (HAMR)”, Ind. Eng. Chem. Res. (IF = 2.718) 2016, 55(22), 6391-6397
  21. Li, Z.; Kozbial, A.; Nioradze, N; Parobek, D.; Shenoy, G.; Salim, M.; Amemiya, S.; Li, L.* and Liu, H.* “Water protects graphitic surface from airborne hydrocarbon contamination”, ACS Nano (IF = 14.486) 2016, 10(1), 349-359
  22. Gong, X.*; Bartlett, A.; Kozbial, A. and Li, L.* “A cost-effective approach to fabricate nearly superhydrophobic coatings using hydrophilic materials”, Advanced Engineering Materials (IF = 1.744)  2016, 18(4), 567-571
  23. Kozbial, A.; Gong, X.; Liu H. and Li, L.* “Understanding the intrinsic water wettability of molybdenum disulfide (MoS2)”, Langmuir (IF = 4.210), 2015, 31(30), 8429-8435
  24. Gong, X.; Kozbial, A. and Li, L.* “What causes extended layering of ionic liquids on the mica surface?”, Chem. Sci. (IF = 9.155),  2015, 6, 3478-3482
  25. Gong, X.; Vahdat. V; Frankert, S.; Anderson, E.; Chen S.; Hsia, Y. and Li, L.* “Study on the interaction between talc and perfluoropolyethers under tribology contact”, Tribo. Trans. (IF = 1.519), 2015, 58(4), 679-685
  26. Wang Y.; Knapp J.; Legere A.; Raney, J. and Li L.* “Effect of end-groups on simultaneous oleophobicity/hydrophilicity and anti-fogging performance of nanometer-thick perfluoropolyethers (PFPEs)”, RSC Adv. (IF = 3.485)2015, 5, 30570-30576
  27. Gong, X.; Kozbial, A.; Rose, F. and Li, L.* “Effect of π–π+ Stacking on the Layering of Ionic Liquids Confined to an Amorphous Carbon Surface”, ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces. (IF = 7.332), 2015, 7(13), 7078-7081
  28. Kozbial, A.; Li, Z.; Conaway, C.; McGinley, R.; Dhingra, S.; Vahdat, V.; D’Urso, B.; Liu, H.* and Li, L.* “Study on the surface energy of graphene by contact angle measurements”, Langmuir (IF = 4.210)  , 2014, 30, 8598-8606
  29. Kozbial, A.; Li, Z.; Sun, J.; Gong, X.; Wang, Y.; Xu, H.; Liu, H.* and Li, L.* “Understanding the intrinsic water wettability of graphite”, Carbon (IF = 6.832)2014, 74, 218-225
  30. Kozbial, A. and Li, L.* “Study on the Friction of κ-Carrageenan Hydrogels in Air and Aqueous Environments”, Mater. Sci. Eng., C (IF = 3.338), 2014, 36C, 173-179
  31. Li, Z.; Wang, Y.; Kozbial, A.; Shenoy, G.; Zhou, F.; McGinley, R.; Ireland, P.; Morganstein, B.; Kunkel, A.; Surwade, S. P.; Li, L.* and Liu, H.* “Effect of airborne contaminants on the wettability of supported graphene and graphite”, Nature Mater. (IF = 45.772), 2013, 12, 925 (Highlighted by Nature Mater.)
  32. Kozbial, A.; Li, Z.; Iasella, S.; Taylor, A.; Morganstein, B.; Wang, Y.; Sun, J.; Zhou, B.; Randall, N.; Liu, H.* and Li, L.* “Lubricating graphene with a nanometer-thick perfluoropolyether”, Thin Solid Films (IF = 1.790)2013, 549, 299
  33. Gong, X.; Frankert, S.; Wang, Y. and Li, L.* “Thickness-dependent molecular arrangement and topography of ultrathin ionic liquid films on a silica surface”, Chem. Commun. (IF = 6.628), 2013, 49(71), 7803-7805
  34. Zhou, F.; Li, Z.; Shenoy, G.; Li L. and Liu, H.* “Enhanced Room-Temperature Corrosion of Copper in the Presence of Graphene”, ACS Nano (IF = 14.486)2013, 7(8), 6939-6947
  35. Li L.*; Wang Y.; Gallaschun C.; Risch T. and Sun J. “Why can a nanometer-thick polymer coated surface be more wettable to water than to oil?”, J. Mater. Chem(IF = 6.626)2012, 22(33), 16719-16722
  36. Wang Y.; Sun J. and Li L.* “What is the role of the interfacial interaction in the slow relaxation of nanometer-thick polymer melts on a solid surface?”, Langmuir (IF = 4.210)2012, 28, 6151-6156
  37. Wang Y.; Williams K. and Li L.* “Understand the mechanism of anomalous viscosity-molecular weight relationships of diolic perfluoropoly (oxyethylene-ran-oxymethylene) ”, Macromol. Chem. Physic. (IF = 2.399), 2011, 212, 2685-2690
  38. Zhou B.; Li Y.; Randall N. and Li L.*“A study of the frictional properties of senofilcon A contact lenses“ J. Mech. Behav. Biomed. (IF = 3.152), 2011, 4(7), 1336-1342

    (Paper 1-38 were published while at the University of Pittsburgh)

  39. Li L.*; Jones P.M. and Hsia Y.T. “Characterization of a nanometer-thick sputtered polytetrafluoroethylene film” Appl. Surf. Sci. (IF = 2.982), 2011, 257, 4478–4485
  40. Jones P.M.*; Tang H.; Yan X.; Stirniman M.; Li L. and Hsia Y.T. “Torsional Energy Barriers in Dimethyl Ether and Perfluoro-Dimethyl Ether: Electronic Structure Contributions”, Tribol. Lett. (IF = 1.997)2011, 44: 177-185
  41. Jones P.M.*; Merzlikine A.; Yan X.; Li L.; Dinh Lang; Stirniman M. and Tang H. “The Influence of Ultraviolet Irradiation on the Surface Chemistry of Ztetraol Magnetic Hard Disk Lubricant: a Combined Temperature Programed Desorption and X-Ray Photoelectron Spectroscopic Study”, Tribol. Lett. (IF = 1.997)2011, 44: 201-211
  42. Chen, H.G.; Li, L.; Jones, P.M.; Hsia Y.T. and Jhon M.S.*  “Lifshitz-van der Waals and lewis acid-base approach for analyzing surface energy of molecularly thin lubricant films” IEEE T. MAGN. (IF = 3.478), 2007, 43(6), 2226-2228
  43. Rottmayer, R.E.*; Batra, S.; Buechel, D.; Li L. et al. “Heat-assisted magnetic recording” IEEE T. MAGN. (IF = 1.386), 2006, 42 (10): 2417-2421   
  44. Guo, Q.; Li, L.; Hsia, Y.T. and Jhon M.S.* “A spreading study of lubricant films via optical surface analyzer and molecular dynamics” IEEE T. MAGN. (IF = 1.386), 2006, 42 (10): 2528-2530
  45. Chen, H.G.; Guo, Q.; Li, L.; Hsia Y.T. and Jhon M.S.* “Humidity effects on the relaxation of perfluoropolyether lubricant films” IEEE T. MAGN. (IF = 1.386), 2006, 42(10), 2531-2533   
  46. Chen, H.G.; Li, L.; Merzlikine, A.G.; Hsia Y.T. and Jhon M.S.* “Surface energy and adhesion of perfluoropolyether nanofilms on carbon overcoat: The end group and backbone chain effect” J. Appl. Phys. (IF = 2.126), 2006, 99 (8): Art. No. 08N103   
  47. Rausch, T.*; Mihalcea, C.; Pelhos, K.; Li L. et al. “Near field heat assisted magnetic recording with a planar solid immersion lens” Jan. J. Appl. Phys. (IF = 1.127), 2006, 45 (2B), 1314-1320
  48. Guo, Q.; Li, L.; Hsia, Y.T. and Jhon M.S.* “Stability analysis of ultrathin lubricant films via surface energy measurements and molecular dynamics simulations” J. Appl. Phys. (IF = 2.126),  2005, 97 (10): Art. No. 10P302   
  49. Jones, P.M.*; Luo, M.; White, L.R.;  Schnelder J.; Wu M.L.; Platt C.;  Li L. and Hsia Y.T. “Measurement of disjoining pressure of Z-type perfluoropolyether lubricants on Si and SiNx surfaces” Tribol. Int. (IF = 2.352), 2005, 38(6-7), 528-532   
  50. Merzlikine, A.G.*; Li, L.; Jones, P.M. and Hsia Y.T. “Lubricant layer formation during the dip-coating process: influence of adsorption and viscous flow mechanisms” Tribol. Lett. (IF = 1.997), 2005, 18(3), 279-286
  51. Li, L.*; Jones, P.M.; Merzlikine, A.G. and Hsia Y.T. “Resistance of Fomblin Z-type lubricants to Lewis acid-catalyzed decomposition: effect of the chemical and electronic structure of end-groups” Tribol. Lett. (IF = 1.997), 2004,17(4), 953-959   
  52. Wu X.*; Liu C.; Li L.; Jones P.M.; Chantrell R. and Weller D.’ “Non-magnetic shell in surfactant coated FePt nanoparticles” J. Appl. Phys. (IF = 2.126), 2004, 95(11), 6810-6812
  53. Li, L.*; Jones, P.M.; Hsia, Y.T. “Effect of chemical structure and molecular weight on high-temperature stability of some Fomblin Z-type lubricants” Tribol. Lett. (IF = 1.997), 2004, 16 (1-2): 21-27   
  54. Li, L.; Yee, A.F.* “Effect of the scale of local segmental motion on nanovoid growth in polyester copolymer glasses”, Macromolecules (IF = 5.599), 2003, 36(8), 2793-2801
  55. Du, Z.W.; Li, L.; Zhou, Q.X.; Liu, D.S.* “Reactivity of diamine monomers in non-equilibrium copolycondensation, toward aromatic copolyamides”, Macromol. Rapid Commun. (IF = 4.631), 2003, 24(8), 503-507
  56. Li, L.; Yee, A.F.* “Effect of linkage groups on motional cooperativity in the secondary relaxations of some glassy polymers”, Macromolecules (IF = 5.599), 2002, 35(2), 425-432
  57. Liu, J.W.; Goetz, J.M.; Schaefer, J; Yee A.F.* and Li, L. “Effect of the local motions of chemical linkages on segmental mobility in poly(ester carbonate) block copolymers”, Macromolecules (IF = 5.599),  2001, 34(8), 2559

    (Paper 39-57 were published before the PI joined the University of Pittsburgh)



  1. US 9761262, Hsia Y.T. andLi L. “Planarization methodology for topographically challenged surface”, 2017
  2. US 9040125, Jones P. M.; Yan X.; Li L.; Kiely J.; Platt, C.; Stirniman M.; Yang J. and Hsia Y.T.  “Covalently bound monolayer for a protective carbon overcoat”, 2015
  3. US 8841008, Li L.; Stirniman, M. and Yang J. “Lubricant for heat assisted magnetic recording”, 2014
  4. US 8518563, Jones P. M.; Yan X.; Li L.; Kiely J.; Platt, C.; Stirniman M.; Yang J. and Hsia Y.T.  “Covalently bound monolayer for a protective carbon overcoat”, 2013
  5. US 8187732, Li L.; Yan X.; Jones P.M.; Yang J. and Hsia Y.T. “Media lubricant for high temperature application”, 2012
  6. US 8149534, Yan X.; Li L.; Jones P.M. and Hsia Y.T. “protective coatings for data storage devices”, 2012
  7. US 8053097, Li L.; Hsia Y.T.; Jones P. M.; Johns E. and Kiely J. “Apparatus having a nanocomposite protection layer”, 2011
  8. US 7508632, Li L.; Esmenda E. and Hsia YT. “Head-disc Interface (HDI) with solid Lubricants”, 2009
  9. US 7599213, Jones P.; Johns E.; Kiely J.; Li L. and Hsia YT. “Low Surface Energy Coatings in Probe Recording”, 2009


Invited Presentations

  1. Li L. “Are graphitic surfaces hydrophobic?” University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada, September, 2018
  2. Li L. “Nanomaterial design from the surface/interface” ShanXi University, ShanXi, China, August, 2018
  3. Li L. “Are graphitic surfaces hydrophobic?” Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Changchun, China, August, 2017
  4. Li L. “Understanding the intrinsic water wettability of graphitic surfaces” 254th ACS National meeting, the session of “Surface and microscopic characterization of manufactured nanomaterials”, Washington, DC, August, 2017
  5. Li L. “Uncovering the Molecular Arrangement of Ionic Liquids Confined to Solid Surfaces”, 2017 ACS MARM meeting, the session of “Ionic liquid bulk & interfacial chemistry”, Hershey, PA, June, 2017
  6. Li L. “The intrinsic water wettability of graphene and other 2D materials”, The 9th International Conference on Thin Film Physics and Applications (TFPA 2016), Shanghai, China, November, 2016
  7. Li L. “Understanding the intrinsic water wettability of graphene”, Sichuan University, Chengdu, Sichuan, China, July, 2016
  8. Li L. “Understanding the intrinsic water wettability of graphene and other 2D materials”, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, April, 2016
  9. Li L. “Understanding and manipulating liquid-solid interface ”, Lubrizol, Breksville, OH, January, 2016
  10. Li L. “Understanding the intrinsic water wettability of graphitic surfaces ”, Qingdao University of Science & Technology, Qingdao, China, July, 2015
  11. Li L. “On the intrinsic wettability of graphitic surfaces” 2014 ACS CERM meeting, the session of “Surface and microscopic characterization of manufactured nanomaterials”, Pittsburgh, PA, October, 2014
  12. Li L. “On the intrinsic water wettability of graphitic surfaces ”, PPG Symposium, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, May, 2014
  13. Li L. “Understanding the mechanisms of nanometer-thick simultaneous oleophobic/hydrophilic polymer coatings ”, PPG Industries, Inc., Pittsburgh, PA, May, 2014
  14. Li L. “Understanding the intrinsic water wettability of graphene ”, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, July, 2014
  15. Li L. “Is Graphite/Graphene Hydrophobic?”, TaiYuan Institute of Technology, TaiYuan, China, July 2013
  16. Li L. “Understanding the intrinsic water wettability of graphitic surfaces ”, Hitachi Global Research, San Jose, CA, October, 2013
  17. Li L. “Simultaneous oleophobic/hydrophilic polymer coatings ”, Braskem, Pittsburgh, PA, November, 2013