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Wanlu Li,

Assistant Professor of Chemistry

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About Dr. Li

Wanlu Li, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of Chemistry. Before joining Saint Peter’s University, she worked as a postdoc at Columbia University. She earned her doctoral degree in Chemistry at Graduate Center, The City University of New York (2017). Her research interests are in the area of environmental chemistry and chemistry of materials. The focus is on the synthesis of materials that will benefit sustainable development. The topics are among CO₂ capture and utilization, and H₂ production.

“I believe that the core of any successful teaching is the ability to inspire students with the excitement and commitment of the subject in the classroom and in the field instilling in students a desire to learn. Effective teaching is more than simply to transmit knowledge but is also to cultivate learners who can tackle real-life problems with logic. Basic skills and principles in Chemistry are taught as tools to scientifically address problems and to critically assess the existing knowledge, rather than as part of a final set of facts that students are merely expected to memorize for a grade. I think this approach is essential both for attracting majors to the chemistry, and for developing in non-majors a greater awareness and appreciation of science.”

Career & Accomplishments


  • The City University of New York, Ph.D.

  • The City University of New York, M.S.


Role of Heteroatoms in S, N-codoped Nanoporous Carbons in CO₂ (Photo)electrochemical Reduction
W. Li, T. J. Bandosz, -ChemSusChem, 2018

Role of Sulfur and Nitrogen Surface Groups in Adsorption of Formaldehyde on Nanoporous Carbons
G. de Falco, W. Li, S. Cimino, T. J. Bandosz – Carbon, 2018

Chemically heterogeneous nitrogen sites of various reactivity in porous carbons provide high stability of CO₂ electroreduction catalysts
W. Li, N. Fechler, T. J. Bandosz – Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, 2018

Photosensitivity of g-C₃N₄/S-doped carbon composites: study of surface stability upon exposure to CO₂ and/or water in ambient light
W. Li, E. Rodriguez-Castellon, T. J. Bandosz, J. Mater -Journal of Materials 2017

Combined effect of porosity and surface chemistry on the electrochemical reduction of oxygen on cellular vitreous carbon foam catalyst
J. Encalada, K. Savaram, N. A. Travlou, W. Li, Q. L – ACS, 2017

Alterations in the surface features of S-doped carbon and g-C₃N₄ photocatalysts in the presence of CO₂ and water upon visible light exposure
W. Li, Y. Hu, E. Rodríguez-Castellón – Journal of Materials, 2017

Pyridinic-N groups and ultramicropore nanoreactors enhance CO₂ electrochemical reduction on porous carbon catalysts
W. Li, B. Herkt, M. Seredych, T. J. Bandosz – Applied Catalysis B, 2017

Interface structure, precursor rheology and dielectric properties of BaTiO₃/PVDF–hfp nanocomposite films prepared from colloidal perovskite nanoparticles
W. Li, Y. N. Hao, K. Bi, S. O’Brien, X. X. Wang, J. Lombardi – RSC Advances, 2017

Synthesis and Dielectric Properties of Nanocrystalline Oxide Perovskites, [KNbO₃]₁₋ₓ [BaNi₀.₅Nb₀.₅O₃₋σ]ₓ’, Derived from Potassium Niobate KNbO₃ by Gel Collection
W. Li, J. Lombardi, F. Pearsall, S. O’Brien – Journal of Materials Chemistry, 2016

Metal‐free Nanoporous Carbon as a Catalyst for Electrochemical Reduction of CO₂ to CO and CH₄
W. Li, M. Seredych, E. Rodríguez-Castellón, T. J. Bandosz – ChemSusChem, 2016

Electrical Properties of New Hollandite Complex Oxide Nanocrystals
S. Liu, W. Li, J. Li, S. O’Brien – Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, 2015

Green and scalable production of colloidal perovskite nanocrystals and transparent sols by a controlled self-collection process
S. Liu, L Huang, W. Li, X. Liu, S. Jing, J. Li, S. O’Brien – Nanoscale, 2015

Hollandites as a new class of multiferroics
S. Liu, A. R. Akbashev, X. Yang, X. Liu, W. Li, L. Zhao, X. Li – Scientific reports, 2014

Synthesis and characterization of spherical-like tin-nickel alloy as anode for lithium ion batteries
M. Lu, Y. Tian, Y. Li, W. Li, X. Zheng – Int. J. Electrochem, 2012


H₂ Production from Brown Seaweed via Catalytic Alkaline Thermal Treatment Integrated with Carbon Capture 
W. Li, AHA Park, 258th ACS National Meeting, San Diego, CA, August 2019

Nanoporous carbon materials in CO₂ (photo) electrochemical reduction 
W. Li, T. J. Bandosz, 258th ACS National Meeting, San Diego, CA, August 2019

CO₂ Electrochemical Reduction on Porous Carbon
W. Li, T. J. Bandosz,  ACS 91st Colloid and Surface Science Symposium, New York, NY, July 2017

CO₂ Metal-free Heterogeneous Nanoporous Carbon for CO₂ Electrochemical Reduction to CO and CH₄ in the Aqueous Solution
W. Li, T. J. Bandosz,  The Electrochemical Society Conference/PRIME. Honolulu, HI, Oct 2016

Exploring CO₂ Reduction on Heteroatom Doped Nanoporous Carbons
W. Li, T. J. Bandosz,  Carbon Conference, State College, PA, July 2016

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