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Dr. Xiaopeng Li - Assistant Professor


Contact Information

Office:  CHEM 309

Phone:  (512) 245-3119

Fax:  (512) 245-2374

email:  x_l8@txstate.edu

Educational Background

  • B.S., Chemistry, Zhengzhou University (Zhengzhou, China) 2004
  • Ph.D., Chemistry, Cleveland State University (Cleveland, OH) 2008
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Akron (Akron, OH) 2009-2012

Areas of Interest

  • Supramolecular Chemistry
  • Polymers
  • Mass Spectrometry

Related Web Sites

Li Research Group Webpage





Research in the Li Group

The past few decades have seen a significant growth in the field of supramolecular chemistry. These supramolecular structures created by non-covalent interaction possess self-healing abilities, high physical performance while maintaining processibility, recyclability scenarios, and stimulus-responsive behavior. Our research is focused on metal-mediated supramolecular chemistry to construct a series of 2D and 3D architectures with precise shapes and sizes. Our specific research interests include:

  1. Design, synthesis and self-assembly of the core structures of supramolecules. Typically, these giant 2D or 3D structures have molecular weights more than 10,000 Da.
  2. Incorporating polymers chains into supramolecular core through either pre- or post-assembly modification.
  3. Characterization of supramolecules using mass spectrometry, e.g., Matrix-Assisted Laser Desorption/Ionization (MALDI),  Electrospray Ionization (ESI), and Ion Mobility-Mass Spectrometry (IM-MS).

Fundamental advances in synthesis, self-assembly, and characterization of metallo-supramolecules will advance the design of supramolecules, and ultimately allow predictable incorporation of desired properties and functionality into supramolecular architectures with molecular level precision.  

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Recent Publications

Ming Wang,Chao Wang, Xin-Qi Hao,* Xiaohong Li, Tyler J Vaughn, Yan-Yan Zhang, Yihua Yu, Zhong-Yu Li, Mao-Ping Song, Hai-Bo Yang, and Xiaopeng Li.* From trigonal bipyramidal to Platonic solids: Self-assembly and self-sorting study of terpyridine-based 3D architectures. J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2014, 136, 10499–10507.

URL: http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/ja505414x

Zhong-Yu Li, YanYan Zhang, Chang-Wei Zhang, Li-Jun Chen, Chao Wang, Hongwei Tan, Yihua Yu, Xiaopeng Li, Hai-Bo Yang.* Cross-linked supramolecular polymer gels constructed from discrete multi-pillar[5]arene metallacycles and their multiple stimuli-responsive behavior. J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2014, 136, 8577–8589.

URL: http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/ja413047r

Ming Wang, Chao Wang, Xin-Qi Hao, Jingjing Liu, Xiaohong Li, Chenglong Xu, Alberto Lopez, Luyi Sun, Mao-Ping Song, Hai-Bo Yang, and Xiaopeng Li.* Hexagon wreaths: Self-assembly of discrete supramolecular fractal architectures using multitopic terpyridine ligands. J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2014,136, 6664–6671.

URL: http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/ja501417g

Li-Jun Chen, Guang-Zhen Zhao, Bo Jiang, Bin Sun, Ming Wang, Lin Xu, Jiuming He, Zeper Abliz, Hongwei Tan, Xiaopeng Li, Hai-Bo Yang.* Smart stimuli-responsive spherical nano-structures constructed from supramolecular metallodendrimers via hierarchical self-assembly. J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2014,136, 5993–6001

URL: http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/ja500152a

Chao Wang, Xin-Qi Hao, Ming Wang,* Cunlan Guo, Bingqian Xu, Eric N. Tan, Yan-Yan Zhang, Yihua Yu, Zhong-Yu Li, Hai-Bo Yang, Mao-Ping Song, Xiaopeng Li.*  Self-assembly of giant supramolecular cubes with terpyridine ligands as vertices and metals on edges. Chem. Sci., 2014, 5, 1221-1226.

URL: http://pubs.rsc.org/En/content/articlelanding/2013/sc/c3sc52965g#!divAbstract

Robert A. Rogers, Allison R. Rodier, Jake A. Stanley, Nick A. Douglas, Xiaopeng Li,* William J. Brittain.* A study of the spiropyran-merocyanine system using ion mobility-mass spectrometry: experimental support for the cisoid conformation. Chem. Commun., 2014, 50, 3424-3426.

URL: http://pubs.rsc.org/en/Content/ArticleLanding/2013/CC/C3CC47697A#!divAbstract

Xiaocun Lu, Xiaopeng Li, Yan Cao, Anthony Schultz, Jin-Liang Wang, Charles N. Moorefield, Chrys Wesdemiotis,* Stephen Z. D. Cheng, George R. Newkome.* Self-assembly of a supramolecular, three-dimensional, spoked, bicycle-like wheel. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2013, 52, 7728–7731.

URL: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/anie.201302362/abstract

Anthony Schultz, Xiaopeng Li, Balaka Barkakaty, Charles N. Moorefield, Chrys Wesdemiotis,* George R. Newkome.* Stoichiometric self-Assembly of isomeric, shape-persistent, supramacromolecular bowtie and butterfly structures.  J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2012, 134, 7672-7675.

URL: http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/ja303177v