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 Jin Li

Jin Li


S/0.46, Queen's Buildings - Central Building, 5 The Parade, Newport Road, Cardiff, CF24 3AA
Available for postgraduate supervision


I joined School of Engineering, Cardiff University as Lecturer of soft matter engineering in December 2022. I am Co-director of Applied Microfluidic Laboratory (, and the principal researcher of EU-H2020 FETPROCAT project, entitled with "Artificial Cells with Distributed Cores" (

My research focuses on the fundmental of microfluidics, micro-flow dynamics and soft materials. I investigate (i) the precesion formation of complex emulsions, (ii) the fabrication of functional microfluidic devices (integated with acoustics, optics, microwave elements, etc.), and (iii) the multiphyisics finite element modelling of droplet behaviours. My work has been applied to droplet based technology development, for the applications in synthetic biology (bottom-up artificial cell creation), cell biologoy (living cell encapsulation), and energy production (inertial fusion energy target fabrication).



  • PhD (2012~2015), School of Engineering, Cardiff University, U.K.
  • BEng (First, 2010~2012), School of Engineering, Cardiff Univeristy, U.K.
  • BEng (Hons, 2008~2012), North China Electrical Power University (Beijing), China

Work Experience:

  • 2019 - current, Pointed researcher of EU-H2020 project, entitled with “Artificial Cells with DistributedCores (PN 824060)”. Funded by European Research Council (ERC). Cardiff University. Duties of my role: Research on internal organisations and communications of artificial cell compartments.
  • 2018 - 2019, PDRA, project: “Exosomes characterization in fluidic environment”. Funded by Medical Research Council (MRC). King’s College London. Duties of my role: Design and fabrication of optofluidic devices for cells and exosomes imaging.
  • 2017 - 2018, PDRA, project: “Development of new microfluidic techniques for the production of artificial cells”. Funded by Medical Research Council (MRC). Cardiff University. Duties of my role: Design and fabrication of 3D printed fluidic devices for the creation of artificial cell chassis.
  • 2015 - 2017, Pointed researcher of NRN project, entitled with “Laser and microfluidic manufacture of novel bio-diagnostic platforms”. Funded by National Research Network Wales. Cardiff University. Duties of my role: Generation of microcapsules with definable architectures for biological applications using multiphase microfluidics.

Honours and awards

  • “Young Scientist Award Finalist” with certificate, by Microsystems & Nanoengineering (Springer Nature) Young Scientist Award Summit 2022.

Professional memberships

Member of European Synthetic Cell Initiative

Member of EU Artificial Cell with Distributed Cores project consortium (ACDC)

Member of King’s Imaging Network (KIN)

Member of The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)

Member of Cardiff Institute of Tissue Engineering and Repair (CITER)

Member of Cardiff Synthetic Biology Initiative (CSBI)

Speaking engagements

  • Invited talk, “3D printing technologies and microfluidics for the generation of microspheres”, Li J, Royal Academic of Engineering- Young Researchers’ Futures’ Meeting, Edinburgh, U.K. 2018.
  • Invited talk, “Droplet microfluidics: an emerging technology to bridge tissue engineering and synthetic biology” at CITER annual scientific meeting, 2022.

Committees and reviewing

Reviewer of Scietific Reports journal

Reviewer of Journal of Fusion Energy journal

Reviewer of Chemical Engineering Science journal











EN0019 Introduction to Calculus

EN0021 Engineering Applications

EN4100 Y4 Group Project

I am interested in all the science and applications of complex emulsions, soft matter materials and microfluidic technologies.

My current research focuses on the creation of bottom-up, multcompartment, synthetic cells, and their interaction with living cells, using 3D microfluidics. I am working as the principal researcher for an EU-H2020 project, entitled with "Artificial Cells with Distributed Cores" (, with an interanational consoriutm of both academics and industrial partners.

Selected publications:

Acoustic Levitation and Synthetic Cell Processing: “Building programmable multicompartment artificial cells incorporating remotely activated protein channels using microfluidics and acoustic levitation”. Jin Li, William D. Jamieson, Pantelitsa Dimitriou, Wen Xu, Paul Rohde, Boris Martinac, Matthew Baker, Bruce W. Drinkwater, Oliver K. Castell, David A. Barrow, Nature Communications, 2022.

3D Printing and Functional Synthetic Cell: “Formation of Polarized, Functional Artificial Cells from Compartmentalized Droplet Networks and Nanomaterials, Using One-Step, Dual-Material 3D-Printed Microfluidics”. Li J, Baxani DK, Jamieson WD, Xu W, Rocha VG, Barrow DA and Castell OK, Advanced Science, 2020,

Droplet Formation and Compartmentalised Chemicals: “A new droplet forming fluidic junction for the generation of highly compartmentalised capsules”, Li J and Barrow DA, Lab on a chip, 2017, 17, 2873-2881.

Microcapsule and Inertial Fusion Energy Target Fabrication: “Continuous and scalable target-shell processing for inertial fusion energy”, Li J, Lindely-Start J, Porch A, Barrow DA, Scientific Reports, 2017, 7, 6302.


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

  • Microfluidics
  • Complex emulsions
  • Bottom-up synthetic biology
  • Soft condensed matter
  • Cell encapsulation
  • Micro-/nanoengineering

Past projects

Co-Supervisor (& day-to-day response) for Pantelitsa Dimitriou