2004年9 至2008年6月就读于复旦大学化学系并获得理学学士学位。2008年8月至2013年12月就读于美国匹兹堡大学化学系并获得无机化学博士学位(导师:Nathaniel L. Rosi)。2014年2月至2015年11月与加州大学伯克利分校材料无翼之鸟全集漫画全彩与工程系和劳伦斯伯克利国家实验室从事博士后无翼之鸟全集漫画全彩(导师:Ting Xu)。自2015年11月加入无翼之鸟全集漫画全彩无翼之鸟全集漫画全彩任助理教授。







MOF - Polymer Interfaces

Porosity is a material property closely associated with rigidity.  Processability, however, is strongly related to ductility and flexibility. Benefiting from the rigid molecular construct through strong coordination bonds, most metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) gain their permanent porosity at the cost of material flexibility and processsability. On the other hand, many polymers inherit excellent processability at the cost of porosity. Combining MOFs and polymers is a promising way to bring these two contradictory properties together.

This part of our research focuses on bridging the interface between MOFs and polymers. By doing so, we aim to 1) understand the fundamental aspects of MOF-polymer interfaces; 2) engineer composite materials interfaces to maximize material properties and 3) create well-defined hierarchical MOF-polymer composite materials with unique properties for energy and environmental related applications.


Hierarchical Porous Composites

The physical and chemical properties of a porous material are encoded not only at the molecular scale (atomic or molecular assembly) but also at the mesoscale. Hierarchical arrangement of porous materials at the mesoscale can often lead to the emergence of unexpected properties specific to such architecture.

The extreme diversity of metal-organic framework (MOF) and covalent-organic framework (COF) structures rooted in the endless combinations between organic linkers and metal building units. Nevertheless, for a given application, it is still challenging to find a MOF that meets all the requirements. By arranging different MOFs at a specific mesoscopic hierarchical order, it is possible to combine their merits that are usually contradictory to each other.

This part of research focuses on the fundamental understanding of the interfaces between MOFs and COFs. Meanwhile, we aim to develop new strategies to construct hierarchical MOF/COF composites and pursue their unique properties thereafter.


Gas Separation Membranes

Natural gas sweetening, H2/N2 separation, and olefin/parafin separation are some of the most energy intensive gas separation processes in industry. Practicing other separation such as CO2 removal from flue gas and direct air capture of CO2 may have a direct impact on mitigating global warming.

Compared to traditional separation technologies (e.g. cryogenic distillation and wet scrubbing), membrane gas separation using composite materials is an attractive alternative to considerably lower the energy consumption of these processes. The idea of compositing rigid crystalline porous fillers with soft polymeric matrix creates new possibilities to continuously improve membrane performance. However, the addition of a new phase also generates new problems including non-ideal filler distribution, interfacial compatibility and reduced mechanical properties, which complicate the rational design of materials.

We are interested in constructing well-defined composite membranes using various synthetic tools to simplify these problems and then subsequently find their structure-property correlations.

Research Summary

Our research interests focus on rational design, synthesis and fabrication of porous composite materials with hierarchy across different length scales. We strive to understand the physical and chemical properties of materials interfaces. By combining such knowledge with a library of synthetic tools from inorganic, organic and polymer chemistry, we aim to construct well-defined porous composite materials with desired atomic, mesoscopic and even macroscopic ordering which will subsequently aid us to decipher the structure-property relationship of these complex systems.


As an Independent PI

 16. C. Wu, L. Chou, L. Long, X. Si, W. Lo, C. Tsung,* T. Li*. Structural Control of Uniform MOF-74 Microcrystals for the Study of Adsorption Kinetics.ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces, 2019, accepted

 15. T. Huang, J. Song, S. He, T. Li, T. He* Enabling sustainable green close-loop membrane lithium extraction by acid and solvent resistant poly (ether ether ketone) membrane.J. Membrane Sci., 2019, 589, 117273

 14. F. Wang, S. He, H. Wang, S. Zhang, C. Wu, H. Huang, Y. Pang, C. Tsung, T. Li*Uncovering Two Kinetic Factors in the Controlled Growth of Topologically Distinct Core-Shell Metal-Organic Frameworks. Chem. Sci., 2019,10, 7755-7761

 13.  C. Liu, X. Ren, F. Lin, X. Fu, X. Lin, T. Li*, K. Sun, J. Huang*, The Structure of Au23-xAgx(S-Adm)15 Nanocluster and its Application in Photocatalytic Degradation of Organic Pollutants.Angew. Chem., Int. Ed. 2019, 58, 11335-11339.

 12. F. Wang, H. Wang, T. Li*, Seaming the Interfaces between Topologically Distinct Metal-Organic Frameworks Using Random Copolymer Glues. Nanoscale, 2019,11, 2121-2125

 11. S. He, H. Wang, C. Zhang, S. Zhang, Y. Yu, Y. Lee, T. Li*, A generalizable method for the construction of MOF@polymer functional composites through surface-initiated atom transfer radical polymerization.Chem. Sci., 2019, 10, 1816-1822

 10. H. Wang, S. He, X. Qin, C. Li and T. Li* Interfacial Engineering in Metal-Organic Framework-Based Mixed Matrix Membranes Using Covalently Grafted Polyimide Brushes. J. Am. Chem. Soc.2018, 140, 17203-17210

 9. C. Zhang, F. Wang, R. S. Patil, C. L. Barnes, T. Li* and J. L. Atwood,* Hierarchical Self-Assembly of Supramolecular Coordination Polymers Using Giant Metal-Organic Nanocapsules as Building Blocks.Chem. Eur. J.2018, 24, 14335

 8. C. Zhang,# Y. Li,# H. Wang, S., Y. Xu, C. Zhong* and T. Li,* Adhesive Bacterial Amyloid Nanofibers-Mediated Growth of Metal-Organic Frameworks on Diverse Polymeric Substrates. Chem. Sci. 2018, 9, 5672

 7. J. Wang, T. Xiao, R. Bao, T. Li, Y. Wang, D. Li, X. Li, T. He*, Zwitterionic surface modification of forward osmosis membranes using N-aminoethyl piperazine propane sulfonate for grey water treatment. Process Saf. Environ., 2018, 116, 632-639

 6. Meng, L. Wu, Z. Liu, X. Wang, Q. Xu, Y. Hu, S. He, X. Li, T. Li and G. Chen,*In Situ Real-Time Study of the Dynamic Formation and Conversion Processes of Metal Halide Perovskite Films. Adv. Mater. 2018, 30, 1706401

 5. C. Liu, T. Li, H. Abroshan, Z. Li, C. Zhang, H. Kim, G. Li* and R. Jin,*Chiral Ag23 Nanocluster with Open Shell Electronic Structure and Helical Face-Centered Cubic Framework. Nat. Commun. 2018, 9, 744

 4. Z. P. Smith, J. E. Bachman, T. Li, B. Gludovatz, V. A. Kusuma, T. Xu, D. P. Hopkinson, R. O. Ritchie, J. R. Long,*Increasing M2(dobdc) Loading in Selective Mixed-Matrix Membranes: A Rubber Toughening Approach. Chem. Mater. 2018, 30, 1484-1495

 3. X. Chai, T. Li, M. Chen, R. Jin, W. Ding, Y. Zhu.* Suppressing the active site-blocking impact of ligands of Ni6(SR)12 clusters with the assistance of NH3 on catalytic hydrogenation of nitriles. Nanoscale, 10, 19375-19382

 2. C. Zhang, R. S. Patil, T. Li, C. L. Barnes, S. J. Teat, J. L. Atwood,*Preparation of Magnesium-Seamed C-Alkylpyrogallol[4]arene Nanocapsules with Varying Chain Lengths. Chem. Eur. J. 2017, 23, 8520-8524

 1. C. Zhang, R. S. Patil, T. Li, C. L. Barnes, J. L. Atwood,*Self-Assembly of Magnesium-Seamed Hexameric Pyrogallol [4] arene Nanocapsules. Chem. Commun. 2017, 53, 4312-4314

Postdoc and Ph.D. (selected)

 14. J. E. Bachman, Z. P. Smith, T. Li, T. Xu, J. R. Long,*Enhanced Ethylene/Ethane Separation and Mitigated Plasticization in Polymer Membranes Incorporating Metal-Organic Framework Nanocrystals.Nat. Mater. 2016, 15, 845-849

 13. C. Liu, T. Li, G. Li, K. Nobusada, C. Zeng, G. Pang, N. L. Rosi, and R. Jin.*Observation of Body-Centered Cubic Gold Nanocluster.  Angew. Chem., Int. Ed., 2015, 127, 9964-9967

 12. S. R. Venna, M. Lartey, T. Li, A. Spore, S. Kumar, H. B. Nuwala, D. R. Luebke, N. L. Rosi,* E. Albenze.*Fabrication of MMMs with Improved Gas Separation Properties Using Externally-Functionalized UiO-66-NH2 MOF Particles.  J. Mater. Chem. A. 2015, 3, 5014-5022

 11. Z. Xie,#T. Li,# N. L. Rosi,* and M. A. Carreon.*Alumina-supported Bio-MOF-13 and Bio-MOF-14 Membranes for CO2/CH4 Separation.  J. Mater. Chem. A, 2014, 2, 1239-1241

 9. A. Das, T. Li, K. Nobusada, C. Zeng, N. L. Rosi, and R. Jin.*Non-superatomic [Au23(SC6H11)16]? Nanocluster Featuring Bipyramidal Au15 Kernel and Trimeric Au3(SR)4 Motif.  J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2013,135, 18264-18267.

 8. T. Li, and N. L. Rosi.*Screening and Evaluating Aminated Cationic Functional Moieties for Potential CO2 Capture Applications Using an Anionic MOF Scaffold.  Chem. Comm., 2013, 49, 11385-11387.

 7. T. Li, M. T. Kozlowski, E. A. Doud, M. N. Blakely, N. L. Rosi.*Stepwise Ligand Exchange for the Preparation of a Family of Meso-porous MOFs.  J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2013, 135, 11688-11691.

 6. T. Li, J. E. Sullivan, N. L. Rosi.*Design and Preparation of a Core-Shell Metal-Organic Framework for Selective CO2 Capture.  J. Am. Chem. Soc.,2013, 135, 9984-9987.

 5. C. Zeng, T. Li, A. Das, N. L. Rosi, R. Jin.*Chiral Structure of Thiolate-Protected 28-Gold-Atom Nanocluster Determined by X-ray Crystallography.  J. Am. Chem. Soc.,2013, 135, 10011-10013.

 4. T. Li, J. E. Sullivan, D. Chen, M. T. Kozlowski, J. K. Johnson, N. L. Rosi.*Systematic Modulation and Enhancement of CO2:N2 Selectivity and Water Stability in an Isoreticular Series of Bio-MOF-11 Analogues.  Chem. Sci., 2013, 4, 1746-1755

 3. A. Das, T. Li, K. Nobusada, Q. Zeng, N. L. Rosi, R. Jin.*Total Structure and Optical Properties of a Phosphine/Thiolate-Protected Au24 Nanocluster.  J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2012, 134, 20286-20289.

 2. C. Zeng, H. Qian, T. Li, N. L. Rosi, B. Yoon, R. N. Barnett, R. L. Whetten, U. Landman, R. Jin.*Total Structure and Electronic Properties of the Gold Nanocrystal Au36(SR)24.  Angew. Chem., Int. Ed.,2012,51, 13114-13118.

 1. C. Liu, T. Li, and N. L. Rosi.*Strain-Promoted ‘Click’ Modification of a Mesoporous Metal-Organic Framework.  J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2012, 134, 18886-18888.


Principle Investigator

Dr. Tao Li

Assistant Professor of System Materials
School of Physical Science and Technology
ShanghaiTech University

Education and Professional Appointments

University of California Berkeley,
 (2014.02 - 2015.11)

Advisor: Prof. Ting Xu
University of Pittsburgh,
(2008.08 - 2013.12)

Advisor: Prof. Nathaniel L. Rosi
Fudan University,
(2004.09 - 2008.06)

Research Mentor: Yinhong Yue


Dr. Malaisamy Sivakumar

PhD degree: Peking University

Graduate Students

Sanfeng He

5th year graduate student

Hongliang Wang

5th year graduate student

Fang Wang

4th year graduate student

Songwei Zhang

4th year graduate student

Xuedi Qin

3rd year graduate student

Conger Li

2nd year graduate student

Leilei Song

2nd year graduate student

Chunhui Wu

4th year graduate student

Lianshun Luo

3rd year graduate student

Dejun Dai

1st year graduate student

Siqi Li

1st year graduate student

Dongxu Wang

1st year graduate student

Undergraduate Students

Lihan Chen

4th year undergraduate student

Xinwen Shi

4th year undergraduate student

Yuanke Chen

3rd year undergraduate student

Yi Dong

3rd year undergraduate student

Haoxin Wang

3rd year undergraduate student

Yuqian Pang

3rd year undergraduate student

Qinlin Zhu

4th year undergraduate student

Youzu Zhao

3rd year undergraduate student