Li Cao, Ph.D.

Research Scientists

Research Scientist

Research Interests

​Design and synthesis of ultrathin porous membranes for ion/molecule-selective transport.

Selected Publications

  • Graphene Oxide-Based Solid Electrolytes with 3D Prepercolating Pathways for Efficient Proton Transport. 
    L. Cao, H. Wu, P. Yang, X. He, J. Li, Y. Li, M. Xu, M. Qiu, Z. Jiang
    Advanced Functional Materials, 1804944, (2018)
  • Phosphorylated graphene monoliths with high mixed proton/electron conductivity 
    L. Cao, H. Wu, Z. Mu, X. He, C. Wang, J. Li, Y. Li, M. Xu, Z. Jiang
    Journal of Materials Chemistry A, 6, 8499-8506, (2018)
  • Channel-facilitated molecule and ion transport across polymer composite membranes 
    L. Cao, X. He, Z. Jiang, X. Li, Y. Li, Y. Ren, L. Yang, H. Wu
    Chemical Society Reviews, 46, 6725-6745, (2017)
  • Novel sulfonated polyimide/zwitterionic polymer-functionalized graphene oxide hybrid membranes for vanadium redox f... 
    L. Cao, L. Kong, L. Kong, X. Zhang, H. Shi
    Journal of Power Sources, 299, 255-264, (2015)
  • Novel acid-base hybrid membrane based on amine-functionalized reduced graphene oxide and sulfonated polyimide for v... 
    L. Cao, Q. Sun, Y. Gao, L. Liu, H. Shi
    Electrochimica Acta, 158, 24-34., (2015)


  • ​Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, Tianjin University, Tianjin, China, 2019
  • M.Sc., Materials Science and Engineering, Tianjin Polytechnic University, Tianjin, China, 2015
  • B.Sc., Material Chemistry, Tangshan Normal University, Tangshan, China, 2012

Professional Profile

​2019-present: Postdoctoral fellow, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia


  • ​Excellent Doctoral Degree Dissertation at Tianjin University, 2019
  • China National Scholarship for Graduate Students, 2013, 2018
  • Excellent Master Degree Dissertation at Tianjin Polytechnic University, 2015
  • China National Scholarship for College Students, 2010

Research Interests Keywords

2D materials membranes Ion conduction