Lian Li is a Research Scientist in the Center for Advanced Materials and the HEROES Center at UMass Lowell.

Lian Li, Ph.D.

Research Scientist

Kennedy College of Sciences
Center for Advanced Materials
Olney 418


Photovoltaic materials and devices, nanomaterials, thermoelectric materials and devices, sensors, optical spectroscopies, optoelectronic materials and laser physics, nonliear optics

Research Interests

Novel thin film photovoltaic materials and devices, organic and composite thermoelectric materials, and thermoelectric devices, sensor materials and devices, nanomaterials and nanotechnologies, nonlinear optical materials, optoelectronic materials, and optical spectroscopies and lasers


Ph.D. in Physics (1993), University of Massachusetts Lowell
M.S. in Physics (1987), University of Memphis
B.S. in Physics (1982), Central China Normal University

Selected Awards and Honors

Book Reviews

  • L. Li, Book Review of “Organic Photovoltaics - Materials, Device Physics and Manufacturing Technologies,” edited by Christoph Brabec, Ullrich Scherf, and Vladimir Dyakonov, Mol. Cryst. Liq. Cryst. 616, 259 (2015).
  • L. Li, Book Review of “Smart Light-Responsive Materials – Azobenzene-Containing Polymers and Liquid Crystals,” edited by Yue Zhao and Tomiki Ikeda, Mol. Cryst. Liq. Cryst., 518, 172 (2010).
  • L. Li, Book Review of “Fourier Transform Raman Spectroscopy: From Concept to Experiment,” edited by D. B. Chase and J. F. Rabolt, Mol. Cryst. Liq. Cryst., 281, 313 (1996).

Selected Publications

(Total over 170)

  • Youngju Bae, Lian Li, Ke Yang, Ravi Mosurkal, and Jayant Kumar, “Fluorination of an N, N, N’, N’-Tetraphenylbenzidine Derivative as a Dopant-Free Hole-Transporting Material for Moisture-Resistant Perovskite Solar Cells,” ACS Appl. Energy Mater. 4 (10), 10459-10467 (2021).
  • H. S. Gill, B. Elshahat, A. Kokil, L. Li, R. Mosurkal, P. Zygmanski, E. Sajo and J. Kumar, “Flexible perovskite based X-ray detectors for dose monitoring in medical imaging applications,” Physics in Medicine, 5, 20-23 (2018).
  • H. S. Gill, L. Li, H. Ren, R. Mosurkal and J. Kumar, “Effects of nanoimprinted structures on the performance of organic solar cells,” Journal of Nanomaterials, 2018, Article ID 7401974, 6 pages (2018).
  • E. H. Khan, S. Thota, Y. Wang, L. Li, E. Wilusz, R. Osgood and J. Kumar, “Environment-Friendly Post-Treatment of PEDOT-Tos Films by Aqueous Vitamin C Solutions for Tuning of Thermoelectric Properties,” Journal of Electronic Materials, 47 (7), 3963-3968 (2018).
  • S. Satapathi, L. Li, R. Anandakathir, L. Samuleson and J. Kumar, “Effect of side group on two-photon-absorption of soluble polythiophenes,” Spectroscopy Letters, 50 (7), 375-380 (2017).
  • H. S. Gill, S. Thota, L. Li, A. Kokil, R. Mosurkal and J. Kumar, “Performance enhancement of fullerene based solar cells upon NIR laser irradiation,” RSC Adv. 5, 48526-48532 (2015).
  • H. S. Gill, S. Thota, L. Li, H. Ren, R. Mosurkal and J.t Kumar, “Reusable SERS active substrates for ultrasensitive molecular detection,” Sensors and Actuators B, 220, 794-798 (2015).
  • P. Yadav, H. S. Gill, K. Chand, L. Li, J. Kumar and S. K. Sharma, “Synthesis and Sensing Applications of Fluorescent 3-Cinnamoyl Coumarins,” Sensors, 15, 31987–31998 (2015).
  • H. S. Gill, A. Kokil, L. Li, R. Mosurkal and J. Kumar, “Solution processed flexible planar hybrid perovskite solar cells,” Proc. SPIE, 9184, Organic Photovoltaics XV, 918418 (2014).
  • S. Satapathi, S. Das, H. S. Gill, L. Li, L. A. Samuelson, M. Green and J. Kumar, “Performance enhancement of dye-sensitized solar cells by incorporating graphene sheets of various sizes,” Appl. Surf. Sci. 314, 638-641 (2014).
  • S. Satapathi, H. S. Gill, L. Li, L. A. Samuelson, J. Kumar and R. Mosurkal, “Synthesis of nanoparticles of P3HT and PCBM for optimizing morphology in polymeric solar cells,” Appl. Surf. Sci. 323, 13-18 (2014).
  • S. Satapathi, A. K. Pal, L. Li, L. A. Samuelson, D. Bello and J. Kumar, “Two-photon active polymeric nanoparticles for high contrast in-vitro imaging,” RSC Adv. 4, 1116-1119 (2014).
  • R. Kirby, R. Mosurkal, L. Li, J. Kumar and J. W. Soares, “Polysiloxane-based Organoclay Nanocomposites as Flame Retardants,” Polymer-Plastics Technology and Engineering, 52 (15), 1527-1534 (2013).
  • S. Satapathi, A. Kokil, B. H. Venkatraman, L. Li, D. Venkataraman and J. Kumar, “Sensitive detection of nitroaromatics with colloidal conjugated polymer nanoparticles,” IEEE Sensors Journal, 13, 2329 (2013)
  • A. Kumar, A. Kokil, R. Nagarajan, J. Kumar, L. Li and L. A. Samuelson, “Large-area nanoscale patterning using optical interference,” SPIE Newsroom, DOI: 10.1117/2.1201202.004052 (2012).
  • A. Kumar, L. Li, A. Chaturvedi, J. Brzostowski, J. Chittigori, S. Pierce, L. Samuelson, D. Sandman and J. Kumar, “Two-photon fluorescence properties of curcumin as a biocompatible marker for confocal imaging,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 100, 203701 (2012).
  • S. Satapathi, L. Li, A. Kumar, H. Huo, R. Anandakathir, M. Shen, L. Samuelson and J. Kumar, "Strong two-photon-induced fluorescence from a highly soluble polythiophene," Optics Communications, 284, 3612 (2011).

Selected Intellectual Property

Selected Patents (11 issued and 5 invention disclosures filed):

  • L. Li, A. Montello, E. Montello, R. Gaudiana, K. Oliver, G.K. Chittibabu, “Photovoltaic module architecture,” European Patent No. EP 1,603,169 B1.
  • R. Gaudiana, L. Li, K. G. Chittibabu, R. D. Eckert, A. Montello, E. Montello and P. Wormser, “Photovoltaic fibers,” U.S. Patent No. 7,894,694.
  • L. Li, A. Montello, E. Montello and R. Gaudiana, “Photovoltaic module architecture,” U.S. Patent No. 7,772,484.
  • K. G. Chittibabu, J. He, L. A. Samuelson, L. Li, J. Kumar, S. Balasubramanian and S. K. Tripathy, “Photovoltaic Cell,” U.S. Patent No. 7,323,635.
  • L. Li and E. Montello, “Photovoltaicly Powered Multimedia Greeting Cards and Smart Cards,” U.S. Patent No. 7,205,473.
  • R. A. Gaudiana and L. Li, “Photovoltaic Cell Interconnection,” U.S. Patent No. 6,706,963.
  • X. Wang, S. Balasubramanian, L. Li, J. Kumar and S. K. Tripathy, “Nonlinear Optical Structures and Methods of Making,” U.S. Patent No. 6,106,948.

Selected Contracts, Fellowships, Grants and Sponsored Research

  • 3D Textile-based integrated energy harvesting and storage system (MN-29); PI: Jayant Kumar, Co-PI(s): R. Nagarajan, C. Lepont, L. Li, E. Agar, M. Ciuchta; Funding agency: US Army DEVCOM SC; Amount: $546,760 (2021)
  • Scalable organic photovoltaic devices with a stable power conversion efficiency of 13% suitable for flexible substrates (STTR Phase I with Nano-C Inc.), PI: Jayant Kumar, Co-PI(s): R. Nagarajan, L. Li, C. Lepont; Funding agency: US Navy ONR; Amount: $60,966 (2021)
  • Optimizing performance of Organic Photovoltaic Fibers (MN-9 Phase 2); PI: Jayant Kumar, Co-PI: Lian Li, Claire Lepont; Funding agency: US Army DEVCOM SC; Amount: $299,693 (2019)
  • Development of high performance flexible perovskite photovoltaic power sources for solider application (B-4 Phase 2); PI: Jayant Kumar, Co-PI: Lian Li, Youngju Bae; Funding agency: US Army DEVCOM SC; Amount: $213,219 (2019)