Tai-De Li, Ph.D.

  • Manager, Surface Science Facility
  • Research Associate Professor, Nanoscience Initiative

After his undergraduate and master degrees in National Taiwan University, Dr Tai-De Li studied the viscoelasticity of nano-confined liquids as his PhD thesis in Georgia Tech Physics and mechanobiochemical systems, such as actin networks and thylakoid membranes of chloroplasts, in his postdoc in UC Berkeley. Shortly after his postdoc, he joined ASRC of CUNY as a research assistant professor and facility manager in 2015.

Research Interests

Dr. Tai-De Li’s research is focused on the interface of mechanics and biochemistry in biological systems, such as cytoskeleton actin networks and thylakoid membranes of chloroplasts. With the expertise on surface sciences, Dr. Li is also studying the electric and elastic properties of 2-D semi-conductor thin films, which is the essential knowledge for next generation electronic devices at nano-meter scale. These researches are based on both local and global cross-disciplinary collaborations in physics, chemistry, biology, and engineering.

Job History

  • 2020 – Current: Research Associate Professor, Advanced Science Research Center
  • 2015 – Current: Surface Science Facility Manager, Advanced Science Research Center
  • 2015 – 2020: Research Assistant Professor, Advanced Science Research Center
  • 2015 – 2015: Research Scientist, Georgia Institute of Technology, GA
  • 2011 – 2014: Post-Doctoral Research Associate, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, CA
  • 2009 – 2011: Post-Doctoral Research Associate, UC Berkeley, CA
  • 2003 – 2008: Ph.D. Candidate, Georgia Institute of Technology, GA


Y. Yin, Y. Zhou, S. Fu, X. Zuo, Y.-C. Lin, L. Wang, Y. Xue, Y. Zhang, E. H. R. Tsai, S. Hwang, K. Kissenger, M. Li, M. Cotlet, T.-D. Li, K. G. Yager, C.-Y. Nam, and M. H. Rafailovich, Enhancing Crystallization in Hybrid Perovskite Solar Cells Using Thermally Conductive 2D Boron Nitride Nanosheet AdditiveSmall2023, 2207092.

Y.-C. Lin, A. Rauta, Y. Fang, Y. Yin. D. Sprouster, T.-D. Li, G. Freychet, M. Zhemenkov, S. Nitodas, J. Sokolov, Y. Shmueli, M. Rafailovich, Application of the core shell model for strengthening polymer filament interfacesJournal of Materials Research and Technology2022, 21, 3025-3037.

A. Jain, S. Kassem, R.S. Fisher, B. Wang, T.-D. Li, T. Wang, Y. He, S. Elbaum-Garfinkle, and R.V. Ulijn, Connected Peptide Modules Enable Controlled Co-Existence of Self-Assembled Fibers Inside Liquid Condensates, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2022, 144 (33), 15002–15007. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1021/jacs.2c05897.

T.-D. Li, P. Bieling, J. Weichsel, R.D. Mullins, and D.A. Fletcher, The molecular mechanism of load adaptation by branched actin networks, eLife, 2022, 11, e73145

Y. Jung, S.S. Golru, T.-D. Li, E.J. Biddinger, R.S. Tu, and X. Chen, Tuning water-responsiveness with Bombyx mori silk-silica nanoparticle composites, Soft Matter, 2021, 17, 7817-7821.

Y. Zhou, Y. Yin, X. Zuo, L. Wang, T.-D. Li, Y. Xue, A. Subramanian, Y. Fang, Y. Guo, Z. Yang, M. Cotlet, C.-Y. Nam, and M. H. Rafailovich, Improving Thermal Stability of Perovskite Solar Cells by Suppressing Ion Migration Using Copolymer Grain Encapsulation, Chemistry of Materials, 2021, 33, 15, 6120.

J. Kong, Y. Shin, J.A. Röhr, H. Wang, J. Meng, Y. Wu, A. Katzenberg, G. Kim, D.Y. Kim, T.-D. Li, E. Chau, F. Antonio, T. Siboonruang, S. Kown, K. Lee, J.R. Kim, M.A. Modestino, H. Wang, and A.D. Taylor, CO2 doping of organic interlayers for perovskite solar cells, Nature, 2021, 594, 51-56.

J.M. Riesera, T.-D. Li, J. L. Tingle, D.I. Goldman, and J.R. Mendelson III, Functional consequences of convergently evolved microscopic skin features on snake locomotion, PNAS, 2021, 118, 6.

Y. Park, Y. Jung, T.-D. Li, J. Lao, R. Tu, X. Chen, β-Sheet Nanocrystals Dictate Water Responsiveness of Bombyx Mori Silk, Macromolecular Rapid Communications, 2020, 1900612.

S. Li, H. Yu, T.-D. Li, Z. Chen, W. Deng, A. Anbari, J. Fan, Understanding transport of an elastic, spherical particle through a confining channel, Applied Physics Letters, 2020, 116, 103705.

X. Zheng, A. Calo, T. Cao, X. Liu, Z. Huang, P.M. Das, M. Drndic, C. Aruta, E. Albisetti, F. Lavini, T.-D. Li, V. Narang, W. King, J. Harrold, M. Vittadello, D. Shahrjerdi, and E. Riedo, Spatial Defects Nanoengineering for Bipolar Conductivity in MoS2Nature Communications, 2020, 11, 3463.

Y. Zhou, Y. Yin, X. Zuo, L. Wang, T.-D. Li, Y. Zhou, N. Padture, Z. Yang, Y. Guo, Y. Xue, K. Kisslinger, M. Cotlet, C.-Y. Nam, and M. Rafailovich, Enhancing Chemical Stability and Suppressing Ion Migration in CH3NH3PbI3 Perovskite Solar Cells via Direct Backbone Attachment of Polyesters on Grain Boundaries​, Chemistry of Materials, 2020, 32, 12, 5104-5117.

X. Zuo, Y. Xue, Y. Zhou, Y. Yin, T.-D. Li, L. Wang, Y.-C. Chuang, C.-C. Chang, M. H. Rafailovich, Y. Guo, The use of low cost, abundant, homopolymers for engineering degradable polymer blends: Compatibilization of poly(lactic acid)/styrenics using poly (methyl methacrylate), Polymer, 2019, 186, 122010.

Q. Cheng, A. Li, N. Li, K. Yan, S. Li, A. Zangiabadi, T.-D. Li, W. Huang, A. C. Li, T. Jin, Q. Song, W. Xu, N. Ni, H. Zhai, M. Dontigny, K. Zaghib, X. Chuan, D. Su, and Y. Yang, Stabilizing Solid Electrolyte-Anode Interface in Li-Metal Batteries by Boron Nitride-Based Nanocomposite Coating, Joule, 2019, 3, 6, 1510-1522.

Lavini, A. Calò, Y. Gao, E. Albisetti, T.-D. Li, T. Cao, G. Li, L. Cao, C. Aruta and E. Riedo, Friction and work function oscillatory behavior for even and odd number of layers in polycrystalline MoS2Nanoscale2018, 10, 8304-8312.

Bieling, S. Hansen, O. Akin, T.-D. Li, D.A. Fletcher and R.D. Mullins, WH2 and proline-rich domains of WASP-family proteins collaborate to accelerate actin filament elongationEMBO2018, 38, 102-121.

V.A. Zarubin, T.-D. Li, S. Humagain, H. Ji, K.G. Yager, S.G. Greenbaum and L.T. Vuong, Improved Anisotropic Thermoelectric Behavior of PEDOT:PSS via MagnetophoresisACS Omega2018, 3, 12554-12561

A. M. L. Sousa, T.-D. Li, S. Varghese, P. J. Halling, and K. H. A. Lau, Highly Active Protein Surfaces Enabled by Plant-Based Polyphenol Coatings, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 2018, 10, 39353-39362.

Lampel, Scott A. McPhee, H.-A. Park, G.G. Scott, S. Humagain, D.R. Hekstra, B. Yoo, P.W.J.M. Frederix, T.-D. Li, R.R. Abzalimov, S.G. Greenbaum, T. Tuttle, C. Hu, C.J. Bettinger and R.V. Ulijn, Polymeric Peptide Pigments with Sequence-encoded PropertiesScience2017, 356, 1064.

L. Lambert, G. Goebrecht, S. De Leo, R. O’Connor, S. Nunez-Cruz, T.-D. Li, J. Yuan, M. Milone and L. Kam, Improving T Cell Expansion with a Soft Touch, Nano Letters, 201717 (2), 821-826.

P. Bieling, T.-D. Li, J. Weichsel, R. McGorty, P. Jreij, B. Huang, D. A. Fletcher and R. D. Mullins, Force feedback controls motor activity and mechanical properties of self-assembling branched actin networksCell2016, 164, 115-127.

A. Gurarslan, S. Jiao, T.-D. Li, G. Li, Y. Yu, Y. Gao, E. Riedo, Z. Xu and L. Cao. Van der Waals Force Isolation of Monolayer MoS2. Advanced Materials2016, 45, 10055–10060.

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