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Dr. LI Bing

Scientist II


Soft Materials (SOF) Department


2 Fusionopolis Way. Innovis, #08-03, Singapore 138634

Research Details

  • Self-assembly and scanning probe microscopy
  • Development and evaluation of multi-functional materials for advanced energy applications, particularly graphene and carbon nanotubes.
  • Metal-organic framework (MOF) and covalent organic framework (COF)
  • STM and AFM study of 2D molecular structure formation on surfaces as well as at the liquid-solid interfaces, e.g. self-assembly of 2D porous networks on HOPG and graphene
  • Functionalization and nanofabrication of graphene for device application
  • Controlled growth of Carbon Nanotubes (CNTs) via Chemical Vapor Deposition (CVD)
  • Nano-device fabrication and investigation, e.g. fabricating individual CNT devices as well as all-carbon devices
  • Patterning techniques: Micro-contact Printing (µCP), Dip-Pen Nanolithography (DPN), Photoligthgraphy, and Needle Scratch Method (NSM)
  • Controlled assembly of nano-objects (e.g. gold nanoparticles and graphene oxide sheets) on patterned surface
  • Fabrication of Gold and/or Si nanostructures using wet chemical etching
Development and evaluation of novel carbon-based materials for high performance Lithium-Air Batteries

Sep/2012 - To-date Scientist I, Institute of Materials Research and Engineering, A* STAR, Singapore

Oct/2010 - Aug/2012 Postdoctoral fellow, KU Leuven, Belgium

Jan/2010 - Sep/2010 Research Fellow, Nanyang Technology University, Singapore

Ph.D., Materials Science, Nanyang Technology University, Singapore, January 2010

M.S., Chemistry, Nankai University, China, July 2006

First authored

1.            Li, B.; Geng, D.; Lee, X. S.; Ge, X.; Chai, J.; Wang, Z.; Zhang, J.; Liu, Z.; Hor, T. S. A.; Zong, Y., Eggplant-derived microporous carbon sheets: towards mass production of efficient bifunctional oxygen electrocatalysts at low cost for rechargeable Zn-air batteries. Chemical Communications 2015, 51, 8841-8844.

2.            Li, B.; Ge, X.; Goh, F. W. T.; Hor, T. S. A.; Geng, D.; Du, G.; Liu, Z.; Zhang, J.; Liu, X.; Zong, Y., Co3O4 nanoparticles decorated carbon nanofiber mat as binder-free air-cathode for high performance rechargeable zinc-air batteries. Nanoscale 2015, 7, 1830-1838.

3.            Li, B.; Puigmarti-Luis, J.; Jonas, A. M.; Amabilino, D. B.; De Feyter, S., Hierarchical growth of curved organic nanowires upon evaporation induced self-assembly. Chemical Communications 2014, 50 (87), 13216-13219.

4.            Li, B.; Klekachev, A. V.; Cantoro, M.; Huyghebaert, C.; Stesmans, A.; Asselberghs, I.; De Gendt, S.; De Feyter, S., Toward tunable doping in graphene FETs by molecular self-assembled monolayers. Nanoscale 2013, 5 (20), 9640-9644.

5.            Li, B.; Tahara, K.; Adisoejoso, J.; Vanderlinden, W.; Mali, K. S.; De Gendt, S.; Tobe, Y.; De Feyter, S., Self-Assembled Air-Stable Supramolecular Porous Networks on Graphene. Acs Nano 2013, 7 (12), 10764-10772.

6.            Li, B.; Cao, X.; Ong, H. G.; Cheah, J. W.; Zhou, X.; Yin, Z.; Li, H.; Wang, J.; Boey, F.; Huang, W.; Zhang, H., All-Carbon Electronic Devices Fabricated by Directly Grown Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes on Reduced Graphene Oxide Electrodes. Advanced Materials 2010, 22 (28), 3058-3061.

7.            Li, B.; Cao, X.; Huang, X.; Lu, G.; Huang, Y.; Goh, C. F.; Boey, F. Y. C.; Zhang, H., Facile "Needle-Scratching" Method for Fast Catalyst Patterns Used for Large-Scale Growth of Densely Aligned Single-Walled Carbon-Nanotube Arrays. Small 2009, 5 (18), 2061-2065.

8.            Li, B.; Lu, G.; Zhou, X.; Cao, X.; Boey, F.; Zhang, H., Controlled Assembly of Gold Nanoparticles and Graphene Oxide Sheets on Dip Pen Nanolithography-Generated Templates. Langmuir 2009, 25 (18), 10455-10458.

9.            Li, B.; Goh, C. F.; Zhou, X.; Lu, G.; Tantang, H.; Chen, Y.; Xue, C.; Boey, F. Y. C.; Zhang, H., Patterning Colloidal Metal Nanoparticles for Controlled Growth of Carbon Nanotubes. Advanced Materials 2008, 20 (24), 4873-+.

10.         Li, B.; Gu, W.; Zhang, L.-Z.; Qu, J.; Ma, Z.-P.; Liu, X.; Liao, D.-Z., Ln(2)(C2O4)(2)(pyzc)(2)(H2O)(2) (n) Ln = Pr (1), Er (2) : Novel two-dimensional lanthanide coordination polymers with 2-pyrazinecarboxylate and oxalate. Inorganic Chemistry 2006, 45 (26), 10425-10427.

11.          Zhou, X.#; Chen, Y.#; Li, B.#; Lu, G.; Boey, F. Y. C.; Ma, J.; Zhang, H., Controlled growth of peptide nanoarrays on Si/SiOx substrates. Small 2008, 4 (9), 1324-1328. # Co-first authored.



 1.            Narita, A.; Feng, X.; Hernandez, Y.; Jensen, S. A.; Bonn, M.; Yang, H.; Verzhbitskiy, I. A.; Casiraghi, C.; Hansen, M. R.; Koch, A. H. R.; Fytas, G.; Ivasenko, O.; Li, B.; Mali, K. S.; Balandina, T.; Mahesh, S.; De Feyter, S.; Muellen, K., Synthesis of structurally well-defined and liquid-phase-processable graphene nanoribbons. Nature Chemistry 2014, 6 (2), 126-132.

2.            Fan, Z.; Huang, X.; Han, Y.; Bosman, M.; Wang, Q.; Zhu, Y.; Liu, Q.; Li, B.; Zeng, Z.; Wu, J.; Shi, W.; Li, S.; Gan, C. L.; Zhang, H., Surface modification-induced phase transformation of hexagonal close-packed gold square sheets. Nature Communications 2015, 6, 6571.

3.            Chen, J.; Wu, X.-J.; Yin, L.; Li, B.; Hong, X.; Fan, Z.; Chen, B.; Xue, C.; Zhang, H., One-pot Synthesis of CdS Nanocrystals Hybridized with Single-Layer Transition-Metal Dichalcogenide Nanosheets for Efficient Photocatalytic Hydrogen Evolution. Angewandte Chemie-International Edition 2015, 54 (4), 1210-1214.

4.            Tan, C.; Zeng, Z.; Huang, X.; Rui, X.; Wu, X.-J.; Li, B.; Luo, Z.; Chen, J.; Chen, B.; Yan, Q.; Zhang, H., Liquid-Phase Epitaxial Growth of Two-Dimensional Semiconductor Hetero-nanostructures. Angewandte Chemie-International Edition 2015, 54 (6), 1841-1845.

5.            Wu, X.-J.; Huang, X.; Liu, J.; Li, H.; Yang, J.; Li, B.; Huang, W.; Zhang, H., Two-Dimensional CuSe Nanosheets with Microscale Lateral Size: Synthesis and Template-Assisted Phase Transformation. Angewandte Chemie-International Edition 2014, 53 (20), 5083-5087.

6.            Wu, X.-J.; Huang, X.; Qi, X.; Li, H.; Li, B.; Zhang, H., Copper-Based Ternary and Quaternary Semiconductor Nanoplates: Templated Synthesis, Characterization, and Photoelectrochemical Properties. Angewandte Chemie-International Edition 2014, 53 (34), 8929-8933.

7.            Zhang, X.; Lai, Z.; Liu, Z.; Tan, C.; Huang, Y.; Li, B.; Zhao, M.; Xie, L.; Huang, W.; Zhang, H., A Facile and Universal Top-Down Method for Preparation of Monodisperse Transition-Metal Dichalcogenide Nanodots. Angewandte Chemie-International Edition 2015, 54 (18), 5425-5428.

8.            Cao, X.; Li, B.; Huang, Y.; Boey, F.; Yu, T.; Shen, Z.; Zhang, H., Facile "Scratching" Method with Common Metal Objects To Generate Large-Scale Catalyst Patterns Used for Growth of Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes. Acs Applied Materials & Interfaces 2009, 1 (9), 1873-1877.

9.            Ge, X.; Liu, Y.; Goh, F. W. T.; Hor, T. S. A.; Zong, Y.; Xiao, P.; Zhang, Z.; Lim, S. H.; Li, B.; Wang, X.; Liu, Z., Dual-Phase Spinel MnCo2O4 and Spinel MnCo2O4/Nanocarbon Hybrids for Electrocatalytic Oxygen Reduction and Evolution. Acs Applied Materials & Interfaces 2014, 6 (15), 12684-12691.

10.          Ge, X.; Sumboja, A.; Wuu, D.; An, T.; Li, B.; Goh, F. W. T.; Hor, T. S. A.; Zong, Y.; Liu, Z., Oxygen Reduction in Alkaline Media: From Mechanisms to Recent Advances of Catalysts. Acs Catalysis 2015, 5 (8), 4643-4667.

11.          Li, H.; Cao, X.; Li, B.; Zhou, X.; Lu, G.; Liusman, C.; He, Q.; Boey, F.; Venkatraman, S. S.; Zhang, H., Single-layer graphene oxide sheet: a novel substrate for dip-pen nanolithography. Chemical Communications 2011, 47 (36), 10070-10072.

12.          Tahara, K.; Adisoejoso, J.; Inukai, K.; Lei, S.; Noguchi, A.; Li, B.; Vanderlinden, W.; De Feyter, S.; Tobe, Y., Harnessing by a diacetylene unit: a molecular design for porous two-dimensional network formation at the liquid/solid interface. Chemical Communications 2014, 50 (22), 2831-2833.

13.          Puigmarti-Luis, J.; Minoia, A.; Lei, S.; Geskin, V.; Li, B.; Lazzaroni, R.; De Feyter, S.; Amabilino, D. B., Self-assembly of supramolecular wires and cross-junctions and efficient electron tunnelling across them. Chemical Science 2011, 2 (10), 1945-1951.

14.          Sumboja, A.; Ge, X.; Goh, F. W. T.; Li, B.; Geng, D.; Hor, T. S. A.; Zong, Y.; Liu, Z., Manganese Oxide Catalyst Grown on Carbon Paper as an Air Cathode for High-Performance Rechargeable Zinc-Air Batteries. Chempluschem 2015, 80 (8), 1341-1346.

15.          Liu, Y.-H.; Li, B.; Gu, W.; Liu, X., Synthesis, Structure and Magnetic Property of 1D Complex { Mn-2(2,2 '-bipy)(4)(3,3 '-tda) center dot 2ClO(4)}(n). Chinese Journal of Inorganic Chemistry 2009, 25 (10), 1889-1892.

16.          Zhang, L.-Z.; Gu, W.; Dong, Z.; Liu, X.; Li, B., Phase transformation of a rare-earth Anderson polyoxometalate at low temperature. Crystengcomm 2008, 10 (10), 1318-1320.

17.          Zhang, L.-Z.; Gu, W.; Liu, X.; Dong, Z.; Li, B., Solid-state photopolymerization of a photochromic hybrid based on Keggin tungstophosphates. Crystengcomm 2008, 10 (6), 652-654.

18.          Zhang, L.-Z.; Gu, W.; Li, B.; Liu, X.; Liao, D.-Z., { Nd(4)(ox)(4)(NO(3))(2)(OH)(2)(H(2)O)(2) center dot 5H(2)O}(n): A porous 3D lanthanide-based coordination polymer with a special luminescent property. Inorganic Chemistry 2007, 46 (3), 622-624.

19.          Zhang, L.-Z.; Gu, W.; Liu, X.; Dong, Z.; Yang, Y.-S.; Li, B.; Liao, D.-Z., K-10 Co-4(H2O)(2)(B-alpha-SiW9O34H)(2) center dot 21H(2)O: A sandwich polyoxometalate based on the magnetically interesting element cobalt. Inorganic Chemistry Communications 2007, 10 (11), 1378-1380.

20.          Tan, C.; Yu, P.; Hu, Y.; Chen, J.; Huang, Y.; Cai, Y.; Luo, Z.; Li, B.; Lu, Q.; Wang, L.; Liu, Z.; Zhang, H., High-Yield Exfoliation of Ultrathin Two-Dimensional Ternary Chalcogenide Nanosheets for Highly Sensitive and Selective Fluorescence DNA Sensors. Journal of the American Chemical Society 2015, 137 (32), 10430-10436.

21.          Lu, G.; Zhou, X.; Li, H.; Yin, Z.; Li, B.; Huang, L.; Boey, F.; Zhang, H., Nanolithography of Single-Layer Graphene Oxide Films by Atomic Force Microscopy. Langmuir 2010, 26 (9), 6164-6166.

22.          Ge, X.; Goh, F. W. T.; Li, B.; Hor, T. S. A.; Zhang, J.; Xiao, P.; Wang, X.; Zong, Y.; Liu, Z., Efficient and durable oxygen reduction and evolution of a hydrothermally synthesized La(Co0.55Mn0.45)0.99O3-[small delta] nanorod/graphene hybrid in alkaline media. Nanoscale 2015, 7, 9046-9054.

23.          Cao, X.; He, Q.; Shi, W.; Li, B.; Zeng, Z.; Shi, Y.; Yan, Q.; Zhang, H., Graphene Oxide as a Carbon Source for Controlled Growth of Carbon Nanowires. Small 2011, 7 (9), 1199-1202.

24.          Yan, J.; Song, S.; Li, B.; Zhang, Q.; Huang, Q.; Zhang, H.; Fan, C., An On-Nanoparticle Rolling-Circle Amplification Platform for Ultrasensitive Protein Detection in Biological Fluids. Small 2010, 6 (22), 2520-2525.

25.          Zhang, Y.; Sun, W.; Rui, X.; Li, B.; Tan, H. T.; Guo, G.; Madhavi, S.; Zong, Y.; Yan, Q., One-Pot Synthesis of Tunable Crystalline Ni3S4@Amorphous MoS2 Core/Shell Nanospheres for High-Performance Supercapacitors. Small 2015, 11 (30), 3694-3702.

1.             Ge, X.; Liu, Z.; Goh, F. W. T.; Zong, Y.; Li, B.; Zhang, j.; Hor, T. S. A., Bifunctional catalysts for oxygen reduction and evolution reactions and rechargeable metal air batteries using the same. US 2015/0065333 A1 2015, Mar. 5,

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