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Xiaopeng  Li

Xiaopeng Li

Xiaopeng Li
Assistant Professor


Office: BSF 306
Phone: 813/974-8319
Lab: BSF 357 and 359



B.S., Zhengzhou University, China, 2004
Ph.D., Cleveland State University, 2008
Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Akron, 2009 – 2012


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 giant supramolecules using multitopic ligands, which provide more geometric constraints to prevent the formation of multiple entities and to reach the most thermodynamically stable architectures.
  2. Incorporating a wide variety of functional groups into the supramolecular core structures 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).
  4. Exploring the applications of these assemblies in diverse fields, such as host-guest chemistry, molecular recognition, reactivity modulation, catalysis, template-directed synthesis and biology.

Ultimately, fundamental advances in synthesis, self-assembly, and characterization of metallo-supramolecules will allow predictable incorporation of desired properties and functionality into supramolecular architectures with molecular level precision.

Graduate Students

Alexander Filosa, Yiming Li, Ruidong Ni, Bo Song, Lei Wang, Yu Yan