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 Zhe Li

Zhe Li

Lecturer in Energy Materials and Sêr Cymru II Research Fellow

School of Engineering

+44 (0)29 2087 9056
Room S/-1.32, Queen's Buildings - South Building, 5 The Parade, Newport Road, Cardiff, CF24 3AA

Dr Zhe Li is a Lecturer in Energy Materials and Sêr Cymru II Research Fellow at the School of Engineering, Cardiff University. Dr Li's research group, currently comprising 2 postdoctoral fellows, 1 academic visitor and 8 PhD students, forms part of the School's Magnetics and Materials Research Group, covering multiple disciplines of Energy Materials including the development of solar cells and other optoelectronic devices for various target applications, nano-structured materials, device physics, photo-and physical-chemistry and thin film fabrication and characterisation. Alongside other academic groups of the Magnetics and Materials Research Group, Dr Li's group also works in close collaboration with a number of leading UK and international institutions including in particular Imperial College London, Cambridge University, Oxford University, Swansea University, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shandong University, Jinan University and Soochow University. The work of Dr Li's research group has been published in leading international journals such as Nature Communications, Advanced Materials, Energy and Environmental Science, Journal of the American Chemical Society, ACS nano, Angewandte Chemie International Edition, ACS Energy Letters and Scientific Reports. Dr Li is a regular reviewer of top-tier peer-reviewed journals including Nature Communications, JACS, Joule and Nano Energy, and serves as an Editorial Board Member of SN Applied Sciences, a journal published by Springer Nature. Over the past 5 years Dr Li has secured research funding of £1.4m+ from governments, research councils and £0.6m+ from industry.

More details of the research at Dr Li's group can be found at:

If you are interested in joining my research group as a postdoctoral researcher, postgraduate student or for an undergraduate internship, please contact me directly at My group also supports funding applications for outstanding PhD or postdoctoral candidates. Please also contact me for further details for these opportunities.

Dr Zhe Li joined the School of Engineering, Cardiff University as a Lecturer in Energy Materials and Sêr Cymru II Research Fellow in 2018. He received his PhD from Cavendish Laboratory at University of Cambridge in 2012, and worked as a research associate/research fellow/junior group leader at Imperial College London (2012-2015) and Swansea University (2015-2017).

Honours and awards

Invited membership of EPSRC Associate Peer Review College (2019)

Invited Executive Scientific Committee member (engineering division) of the UK Doctoral Researcher Awards (2019)

"2019 Emerging Investigators", Royal Society of Chemistry (2019)

EPSRC “New Investigator Award" (2018)

Invited Editorial Board Member of SN Applied Sciences, Springer Nature (2018)

EPSRC “Super Solar International and Industry Engagement” Award (2018)

EAMC Scientist Medal by International Association of Advanced Materials (2017)

EPSRC “Super Solar International and Industry Engagement” Award (2017)

Welsh Government “Ser Cymru II” research fellowship (2016)

Imperial College London trilateral symposium "Best Poster" Prize (2016)

EPSRC “Knowledge Transfer Secondment” Award (2014)

EPSRC "SuperGen" fully funded doctoral studentship (2009)

Mott Studentship in Environmental Physics’ Award, awarded by Sir Nevill Francis Mott foundation of the Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge (2009)

Dr Zhe Li is currently supervising a number of Doctoral students at Cardiff and Swansea Universities as primary and co-supervisor.

I am interested in supervising PhD students in the areas of:

Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells


Materials Science and Engineering

Device Physics of Optoelectronics

Thin Film Structural and Chemical Characterisation

Photo- and Physical- Chemistry

If you are interested in above research areas for your research project, please contact me directly at