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Xiao (Sheryl) Li
Courtesy Faculty


Office: SCA
Phone: 813/974-



University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, Illinois 2004


Peking University, Beijing, P. R. China 1999

Professional Experience

Courtesy Professor, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL

10/2015 – present

Assistant Professor, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL

08/2007 – 05/2015

Ad Interim Assistant Professor, TAMU, Commerce, Texas

08/2006 – 05/2007

Postdoctoral Research, University of Texas, Austin, Texas

08/2004 – 08/2006


The long term goal of our research is to detect further understand, qualitatively and quantitatively, the chemical composition, structure, their interactions and roles in real time in biological samples or during a process using up-to-date analytical techniques including electrochemical methods like ultramicroelectrodes (UME) and scanning electrochemical microscopy (SECM) and optical spectroscopy such as Raman, surface enhanced-Raman spectroscopy (SERS). In details, the research is involved in the following fields: 1. In situ and real time characterization of reaction intermediates at the interface to establish reaction mechanisms and further optimize surface structure hence the catalytic activity of the catalysts. 2. Biomolecules especially biomarker characterization, identification and real-time detection in biological samples. 3. Materials science: nanostructure and nanoparticles synthesis, characterization, assembly and applications including metal, alloy, polymer and metal organic framework (MOF).

Recent Publications

  1. Li, Zhi; Sun, Siqi; Li, Xiao; Schlaf, Rudy “The impact of inverse photoemission spectroscopy measurements on regioregular poly(3-hexylthiophene) films” Appl. Phys. Letter (2014), 104, 021606
  2. Chen, Yao; Han, Sungyub; Li, Xiao; Zhang, Zhenjie; Ma, Shengqian “Why doesn’t enzyme leach from MOF? Unveiling the interactions between enzyme molecule and MOF” Inorg. Chem. (2014), 53, 10006-10008
  3. Dongping Zhan, Xiao Li, Alexander B. Nepomnyashchii, Mario A. Alpuche-Aviles, Fu-Ren F. Fan and Allen J. Bard “Characterization of Ag+ toxicity on living fibroblast cells by the ferrocenemethanol and oxygen response with the scanning electrochemical microscope” J. Electroanal. Chem. (2013), 688(SI), 61-68.
  4. Parul Jain, Ranjani Muralidharan, Jennifer Wedebrock, Xiao Li, Norma A. Alcantar and Julie P. Harmon “Processing and Performance of Polymeric Transparent Conductive Composites (TCCs)” Int. J. Polymer Sci. (2013), Article ID 845432, doi:10.1155/2013/845432.
  5. Sungyub Han, Seongmin Hong and Xiao Li “Effects of Cations and Anions as Aggregating Agents on SERS Detection of Cotinine and Trans-3'-hydroxycotinine” J. Colloid and Interface Science (2013), 410, 74-80.
  6. Seongmin Hong and Xiao Li “One Step Surface Modification of Gold Nanoparticles for Surface-Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy” App. Surf. Sci. (2013), 10.1016/j.apsusc.2013.09.149
  7. Yaghoubi, Houman; Dayerizadeh, Alireza; Han, Sung; Mulaj, Mentor; Gao, Wenyang; Li, Xiao; Muschol, Martin; Ma, Shengqian; Takshi, Arash “The effect of surfactant-free TiO2 surface hydroxyl groups on physicochemical, optical, and self-cleaning properties of developed coatings on polycarbonate” J. Phys. D: Appl. Phys. (2013), 46, 505316. doi:10.1088/0022-3727/46/50/505316