Carnegie Mellon University

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Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shangai, China  

June 2004
B.S. Chemical Engineering

Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shangai, China
March. 2007
M.S. Materialogy


Carnegie Mellon University, Department of Chemistry
  • Functional polymer nanostructure in various heterogeneous media. 
  • Design and use of reactive stabilizer for atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP) in various heterogeneous media, including miniemulsion, inverse miniemulsion, emulsion and dispersion.
  • Uniform amphiphilic star like polymers (10-30 nm) synthesized in aqueous dispersed media through the pre-micellization or in situ micellization of the macroinitiator/macromonomer arm precursor.
  • Synthesis of branched polymers/insoluble gels polymers containing tunable cross-linked network structure through the simple copolymerization of monomer and cross-linker using controlled radical polymerization (CRP) technique.
Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Department of Chemistry
  • Stimuli-responsive polymers or polypeptide modified carbon based nanomaterials. 
  • Functional nanoparticles (metal nanoparticles/quantum dot/magnetic nanoparticles) modified carbon nanotubes.


  1. W. Li, K. Matyjaszewski*, “Cationic Surface-Active Monomers as Reactive Surfactants for AGET Emulsion ATRP of n-Butyl Methacrylate”, Macromolecules,2011, 44, 5578-5585.
  2. W. Li, K. Matyjaszewski*, Atom Transfer Radical Dispersion Polymerization of Styrene in the Presence of PEO-based Macromonomer”, Macromol. Chem. Phys. 2011, in press.
  3. W. Li, J. Yoon, M. Zhong, K. Matyjaszewski*, “Atom Transfer Radical Co-Polymerization of Monomer and Cross-Linker under Highly Dilute Conditions”, Macromolecules 2011, 44, 3270-3275. 
  4. W. Zhu, M. Zhong, W. Li, H. Dong, K. Matyjaszewski*, “Clickable Stars by Combination of AROP and Aqueous AGET ATRP”, Macromolecules, 2011, 44, 1920-1926.
  5. W. Li, K. Matyjaszewski*, “Uniform PEO Star Polymers Synthesized in Water via Free Radical Polymerization or Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization”, Macromol. Rapid Commun. 2011, 32, 74-81. 
  6. W. Li, J. Yoon, K. Matyjaszewski*, “Dual-Reactive Surfactant Used for Synthesis of Functional Nanocapsules in Miniemulsion”, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2010, 132, 7823-7825.
  7. W. Li, K. Matyjaszewski*, K. Albrecht, M. Möller, “Reactive Surfactants for Polymeric Nanocapsules via Interfacially Confined Miniemulsion ATRP”, Macromolecules 2009, 42, 8228–8233.
  8. W. Li, K. Matyjaszewski*, “Star Polymers via Cross-Linking Amphiphilic Macroinitiators by AGET ATRP in Aqueous Media”, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2009, 131, 10378–10379.
  9. H. Gao, W. Li, Ke Min, and K. Matyjaszewski*, “Gelation in Atom Transfer Radical Copolymerization with a Divinyl Cross-linker”, Controlled/Living Radical Polymerization: Progress in ATRP, Chapter 14, 2009, 203-213
  10. A. Plichta, W. Li, K. Matyjaszewski* “ICAR ATRP of Styrene and Methyl Methacrylate with Ru(Cp*)Cl(PPh3)2”. Macromolecules, 2009, 42, 2330-2332.
  11. W. Li, H. Gao, K. Matyjaszewski*, “Influence of Initiation Efficiency and Polydispersity of Primary Chains on Gelation during Atom Transfer Radical Copolymerization of Monomer and Cross-Linker” Macromolecules 2009, 42, 927-932.
  12. W. Li, K. Min, K. Matyjaszewski,* François Stoffelbach, Bernadette Charleux,“PEO-Based Block Copolymers and Homopolymers as Reactive Surfactants for AGET ATRP of Butyl Acrylate in Miniemulsion” Macromolecules 2008, 41, 6387-6392.
  13. H. Gao, W. Li, and K. Matyjaszewski*, “Synthesis of Polyacrylate Networks by ATRP: Parameters Influencing Experimental Gel Points” Macromolecules 2008, 41, 2335-2340.
  14. W. Li, C. Gao*; “Efficiently Stabilized Spherical Vaterite CaCO3 Crystals by Carbon Nanotubes in Biomimetic Mineralization” Langmuir 2007, 23, 4575-4582.
  15. K. Wang, W. Li, C. Gao*. “Poly(ε-caprolactone)-Functionalized Carbon Nanofibers by Surface-Initiated Ring-Opening Polymerization” J. Appl. Polym. Sci. 2007, 105, 629-640.
  16. C. Gao, S. Muthukrishnan, W. Li, J. Yuan, Y. Xu, A. H. E. Muller. Linear and Hyperbranched Glycopolymer-Functionalized Carbon Nanotubes: Synthesis, Kinetics, and Characterization Macromolecules 2007, 40, 1803-1815.
  17. W. Li, C. Gao*, H. Qian, J. Ren, D. Yan. “Multiamino-Functionalized Carbon Nanotubes and Their Applications in Loading Quantum Dots and Magnetic Nanoparticles” J. Mater. Chem. 2006, 16, 1852-1859. 
  18. C. Gao*, W. Li, Y. Jin, H. Kong. “Facile and Large-Scale Synthesis and Characterization of Carbon Nanotube/Silver Nanocrystal Nanohybrids” Nanotechnology 2006, 17, 2882-2890. 
  19. C. Gao*, W. Li, H. Morimoto, Y. Nagaoka, T. Maekawa*. “Magnetic Carbon Nanotubes: Synthesis by Electrostatic Self-Assembly Approach and Application in Biomanipulations” J. Phys. Chem. B 2006, 110, 7213-7220.
  20. Y. Yao, W. Li, S. Wang, D. Yan* and X. Chen. “Polypeptide Modification of Multiwalled Carbon Nanotubes via a Graft-from Approach” Macromol. Rapid Comm. 2006, 27, 2019-2025.
  21. W. Li, H. Kong, C. Gao*, D. Yan. “pH-responsive poly(2-diethylaminoethyl methacrylate) -functionalized multiwalled carbon nanotubes” Chinese Science Bulletin 2005, 50, 2276-2280. 
  22. H. Kong, W. Li, C. Gao*, D. Yan Poly(N-isopropylacrylamide)-Coated Carbon Nanotubes: Temperature- Sensitive Molecular Nanohybrids in Water” Macromolecules, 2004, 37, 6683-6686.


  1. W. Li, K. Matyjaszewski, “ATRP in Heterogeneous Media, conventional or reactive surfactant” CRP Consortium Meeting Spring, April, 2011, Pittsburgh, PA.
  2. W. Li, K. Matyjaszewski, “Encapsulation of Au Nanoparticles and Organic Dyes into Polymeric Nanocapsules via Miniemulsion ATRP”, 241st ACS National Meeting, March, 2011, Anaheim, CA.
  3. W. Li, K. Matyjaszewski, “Uniform PEO Star Polymers Synthesized in Water by FRP or ATRP” CRP Consortium Meeting Fall, September, 2010, Pittsburgh, PA.
  4. W. Li, K. Matyjaszewski, “Functional Nanocapsules via Interfacially Confined Miniemulsion ATRP”, 239th ACS National Meeting, March, 2010, San Francisco, CA.
  5. W. Li, K. Matyjaszewski, “Reactive Surfactants for CRP in Heterogeneous Media” CRP Consortium Meeting Spring, March, 2010, Pittsburgh, PA.
  6. W. Li, K. Matyjaszewski, “Reactive Surfactants for Polymeric Nanocapsules via Interfacial Miniemulsion ATRP” CRP Consortium Meeting Fall, October, 2009, Pittsburgh, PA.
  7. W. Li, K. Matyjaszewski, “Use of reactive surfactants bi-phasic ATRP” CRP Consortium Meeting Spring, April, 2009, Pittsburgh, PA.
  8. W. Li, K. Matyjaszewski, “Influence of Initiation Efficiency and PDI on Gelation during ATRP of Monomer and Crosslinker” CRP Consortium Meeting Fall, September, 2008, Pittsburgh, PA.
  9. W. Li, K. Min, K. Matyjaszewski, “Reactive surfactants used for AGET ATRP of BA in miniemulsion”, 236th ACS National Meeting, August, 2008, Philadelphia, PA.


  • 2011  Astrid and Bruce McWilliams fellowship, Carnegie Mellon University.
  • 2011  Graduate Student Award at the 7th Excellence in Graduate Polymer Research Symposium, 241st ACS national meeting, Anaheim, CA, 2011
  • 2010  Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Self-Financed Students Abroad.
  • 2010 John and Nancy Harrison Legacy Dissertation Fellowship
  • 2008 Bayer Graduate Fellowship in Carnegie Mellon University
  • 2006 Mitsui Chemicals Fellowship
  • 2005 Dow Scholarship
  • 2003 The excellent student of Shanghai Jiao Tong University
  • 2003 BOC Scholarship
  • 2002 GE Scholarship
  • 2001 The excellent student of Shanghai Jiao Tong University


  • 2011/05-2011/07 - Summer intern at Bayer MaterialScience: Coatings Adhesives Specialties, Pittsburgh, PA
  • 2010/05-2010/07 - Summer intern at Bayer MaterialScience: Polycarbonate, Pittsburgh, PA
  • 2007-Present - Graduate Student, Department of Chemistry, Carnegie Mellon University, USA
  • 2007- 2008 - Teaching Assistant, Department of Chemistry, Carnegie Mellon University, USA
  • 2006/07-2006/09 - Summer intern at Dow Chemical, Shanghai, China
  • 2004-2007 - Research Assistant, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China