Faculty and Staff


Xuesong Li

Assistant Professor
Organic/Ploymer Chemistry

BS (2008) & MS (2011), China University of Geosciences, Beijing (China)
Ph.D.s (2016), University of Bordeaux (France) & University of Liege (Belgium)

Postdoctoral Researcher, Washington University in St. Louis (2016 – 2020) & Northwestern University (2020 – 2023)

xli20@uwyo.edu • (314) 489-5716 • PS 425

Our research activities center in organic, supramolecular and polymer chemistry, with a particular focus on (supra)molecular biomimetics, supramolecular polymers, and their extensive applications in both organic materials and the biomedical sphere.

In our laboratory, our pursuit is driven by the desire to unlock the intricate secrets of biopolymers such as nucleic acids, proteins, and polysaccharides. Likewise, we are intrigued by the intricacies of natural molecular machinery and biological tissues, the remarkable precision with which they operate, and their roles in various biological processes. Biopolymers, natural molecular machinery, and biological tissues, serving as the fundamental building blocks of life, turn themselves into the essential resource of our research activities. In our quest for knowledge, through appropriate approaches, we are crafting artificial molecular architectures that are able to mimic, emulate and even extend (if possible) the elegance of nature's designs. By bridging the gap between the biological and synthetic worlds, and the space between cutting-edge science and practical applications, we hope these synthetic molecular architectures, inspired by the wisdom of nature, permit us to glean deeper insights into nature’s intricacies. These insights can further revolutionize various fields, including the realm of polymer science, where these synthetic molecular architectures can lead to new materials with exceptional mechanical properties and functionalities that are challenging to attain through conventional polymers, and that of biomedical materials, where they have the potential to develop drug delivery systems, tissue engineering, medical implants, diagnostics, therapies, etc.


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