Limin Qi


Physical Chemistry:
Colloid and Interface Chemistry
Nanomaterials and Biomimetic Materials Chemistry



Academic Career:
B.Sc., 1990, Peking Univ.; M.Sc., 1993, Peking Univ.; Ph.D., 1998, Peking Univ.
Postdoctoral Fellow, 1998-2000, Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces, Germany
Associate Professor, 2000, College of Chemistry, Peking University
Professor, 2004, College of Chemistry, Peking University

Awards & Honors:
Award for National Excellent Doctoral Dissertation of China (2000)
Outstanding Young Chemist Award of Chinese Chemical Society (2003)
National Science Fund for Distinguished Young Scholars (2003)
The First Rank Award for Excellent Young Teachers in Universities by Fok Ying Tong Education Foundation (2004)
Beijing "May 4th" Medal (2006)

Supervisor of a nominated dissertation for the National Excellent Doctoral Dissertation of China (2012)

Professional Activities:
Advisory Board Member of Advanced Functional Materials (2005-)

Advisory Board Member of ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces (2011-)
Editorial Board Member of Chinese Science Bulletin (2005-).

Editorial Board Member of Chinese Journal of Chemistry (2007-).

Teaching Courses: Physical Chemistry (B), Colloid Chemistry.

Research Fields and Interests£º
Our research work is focused on the controlled synthesis and hierarchical assembly of inorganic micro- and nanostructures by colloidal chemical methods as well as bio-inspired routes, which is aimed to explore facile, effective, and environmentally benign routes to novel functional materials with specific size, morphology, and architectures. Current research topics include:
1. Colloidal chemical approaches to morphology-controlled inorganic micro- and nanostructures.
2. Controlled assembly of colloidal nanoparticles and fabrication of colloidal crystal-based nanomaterials.
3. Application of inorganic micro- and nanomaterials in energy conversion and storage.
4. Biomineralization and biomimetic materials chemistry.

Six-horn PbS nanostars

Nanoporous TiO2 mesocrystals

Li4Ti5O12 nanosheet arrays

3DOM CaCO3 single crystals


Selected Publications£º

  1. Shuai Chen, Yuelong Xin, Yiyang Zhou, Yurong Ma, Henghui Zhou,* and Limin Qi,* ¡°Self-supported Li4Ti5O12 nanosheet arrays for lithium ion batteries with excellent rate capability and ultralong cycle life¡±, Energy Environ. Sci. 2014, 7, 1924. (cover)
  2. Jinguang Cai, Jianfeng Ye, Suyue Chen, Xiaowei Zhao, Dayong Zhang, Shuai Chen, Yurong Ma, Song Jin,* and Limin Qi,* ¡°Self-cleaning, broadband and quasi-omnidirectional antireflective structures based on mesocrystalline rutile TiO2 nanorod arrays¡±, Energy Environ. Sci. 2012, 5, 7575.
  3. Xiaozhou Ye and Limin Qi,* ¡°Two-dimensionally patterned nanostructures based on monolayer colloidal crystals: Controllable fabrication, assembly, and applications¡±, Nano Today 2011, 6, 608.
  4. Jianfeng Ye, Wen Liu, Jinguang Cai, Shuai Chen, Xiaowei Zhao, Henghui Zhou, and Limin Qi,* ¡°Nanoporous anatase TiO2 mesocrystals: additive-free synthesis, remarkable crystalline-phase stability, and improved lithium insertion behavior¡±, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2011, 133, 933.
  5. Taiji Zhang, Yurong Ma,* Kai Chen, Martin Kunz, Nobumichi Tamura, Ming Qiang, Jun Xu, and Limin Qi,* ¡°Structure and mechanical properties of a pteropod shell consisting of interlocked helical aragonite nanofibers¡±, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2011, 50, 10361.
  6. Limin Qi, ¡°Colloidal chemical approaches to inorganic micro- and nanostructures with controlled morphologies and patterns¡±, Coord. Chem. Rev. 2010, 254, 1054.
  7. Cheng Li and Limin Qi,* ¡°Bio-inspired fabrication of 3D ordered macroporous single crystals of calcite via a transient amorphous phase¡±, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2008, 47, 2388. (VIP)
  8. Nana Zhao and Limin Qi,* ¡°Low-temperature synthesis of star-shaped PbS nanocrystals in aqueous solutions of mixed cationic-anionic surfactants¡±, Adv. Mater. 2006, 18, 359.
  9. Conghua Lu, Limin Qi,* Jinhu Yang, Xiaoyu Wang, Dayong Zhang, Jinglin Xie and Jiming Ma, ¡°One-pot synthesis of octahedral Cu2O nanocages by a catalytic solution route¡±, Adv. Mater. 2005, 17, 2562.
  10. Jinhu Yang, Limin Qi,* Conghua Lu, Jiming Ma and Humin Cheng, ¡°Morphosynthesis of rhombododecahedral silver cages by self-assembly coupled with precursor crystal templating¡±, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2005, 44, 598.

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    (last updated 9/28/2014)