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Zhuangnan Li



  • University College London (UK), Chemistry, PhD, 2019, Title of thesis: Design of graphene-based structures for capacitive energy storage
  • University of Manchester (UK), Material Science, MEng (Hons), 2015
  • Jilin University (China), Material Science and Engineering, B.S., 2014


  • Research Associate, University of Cambridge, Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy

Research Interests

  • Cathode development for Li-S batteries
  • Design of carbon-based materials for electrochemical energy storage


  1. Li, Z.; Gadipelli, S.; Li, H.; Howard, C. A.; Brett, D. J. L.; Shearing, P. R.; Guo, Z.; Parkin, I. P.; Li, F., Tuning the interlayer spacing of graphene laminate films for efficient pore utilization towards compact capacitive energy storage, Nat. Energy, 2020, 5, 160-168.
  2. Li, J.; McColl, K.; Lu, X.; Sathasivam, S.; Dong, H.; Kang, L.; Li, Z.; Zhao, S.; Wang, R.; Brett, D. J. L.; Shearing, P. R.; Cora, F.; He, G.; Carmalt, C. J.; Parkin, I. P., Multi-scale investigations of δ-Ni0.25V2O5 cathode materials in aqueous zinc-ion batteries, Adv. Energy Mater., accepted.
  3. Xu, H.; Han, X.; Liu, W.; Liu, P.; Fang, H.; Li, X.; Li, Z.; Guo, J.; Xiang, B.; Hu, W.; Parkin, I. P.; Wu, J.; Guo, Z.; Liu, H., Ambipolar and robust WSe2 field-effect transistors utilizing self-assembled edge oxides, Adv. Mater. Interfaces, 2020, 7, 1901028.
  4. Simitzi, C.; Hendow, E.; Li, Z.; Day, R., Promotion of pro-Angiogenic secretome from mesenchymal stromal cells via hierarchically structured biodegradable microcarriers, Adv. Healthcare Mater., submitted.
  5. Gadipelli, S.; Li, Z.; Lu, Y.; Li, J.; Guo, J.; Skipper, N. T.; Shearing, P. R.; Brett, D. J. L., Size-related electrochemical activity-performance relationships in active carbon nanostructures: a MOF-derived carbons case study, Adv. Sci., 2019, 6, 1901517.
  6. Li, Z.; Gadipelli, S.; Yang, Y.; He, G.; Guo, J.; Li, J.; Lu, Y.; Howard, C. A.; Brett, D. J. L.; Parkin, I. P.; Li, F.; Guo, Z., Exceptional supercapacitor performance from optimized oxidation of graphene-oxide, Energy Storage Mater., 2019, 17, 12-21.
  7. Guo, J.; Gadipelli, S.; Yang, Y.; Li, Z.; Lu, Y.; Brett, D. J. L.; Guo, Z., An efficient carbon-based ORR catalyst from low-temperature etching of ZIF-67 with ultra-small cobalt nanoparticles and high yield, J. Mater. Chem. A, 2019, 7, 3544-3551.
  8. Xu, H.; Han, X.; Li, Z.; Liu, W.; Li, X.; Wu, J.; Guo, Z.; Liu, H., Epitaxial growth of few-layer black phosphorene quantum dots on Si substrates, Adv. Mater. Interfaces, 2018, 5, 1801048.
  9. Li, Z.; Gadipelli, S.; Yang, Y.; Guo, Z., Design of 3D graphene-oxide spheres and their derived hierarchical porous structures for high performance supercapacitors, Small, 2017, 13, 1702474.
  10. Lin, R.; Li, Z.; Amaiem, D.; Zhang, B.; Brett, D. J. L.; He, G.; Parkin, I. P., A general method for boosting the supercapacitor performance of graphitic carbon nitride/graphene hybrids, J. Mater. Chem. A, 2017, 5, 25545-25554.
  11. Gadipelli, S.; Li, Z.; Zhao, T.; Yang, Y.; Yildirim, T.; Guo, Z., Graphitic nanostructures in a porous carbon framework significantly enhance electrocatalytic oxygen evolution, J. Mater. Chem. A, 2017, 5, 24686-24694.
  12. Chen, J.; Cheng, G.; Li, Z.; Miao, F.; Cui, X.; Zheng, W., Ultrafine Au nanodots on graphene oxide for catalytic reduction of 4-nitrophenol, Nano, 2013, 8, 1350034.