Yifan Li


Yifan Li  Assistant Professor, PI


Group Leader

Institute: School of Physical Science and Technology

Research Area: Radical Polymerization based on Monomer Design 

Contact Info: liyf3@shanghaitech.edu.cn 


Professional Experience:



Assistant Professor  Shanghaitech University, Shanghai, China

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Cambridge, USA.

Postdoctoral   studies, adviser: Prof. Timothy. M.   Swager.



Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL). Lausanne, Switzerland.

Ph. D., adviser: Prof Jerome Waser.


Claude Bernard University Lyon 1. Lyon, France.

Diploma (master) work, adviser: Prof Peter Goekjian, in 2011



University of Jinan, Jinan, China

Bachelor Degree in materials chemistry.


Research Interest

Our group is interested in creating novel monomers for radical polymerization with the goal of affording polymers with sequence control or efficiently increasing the complexity of polymer chains.



Select Publications

Independent work:

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Representative Supervised Work:

(1) Autonomous Responsive Membranes for Chemical Warfare Protection 

Y. Li,† C. Chen,† E. R. Meshot, S. F. Buchsbaum, M. Herbert, R. Zhu, O. Kulikov, B. McDonald, N. Bui, M. Jue, S. Park, C. Valdez, S. Hok, C. J. Donna, K. Wu, T. M. Swager, F. Fornasiero. Adv. Funct. Mater.. 2020, 20002258 († Equal contribution).


(2)Thiophene Fused Polyaromatics: synthesis, columnar liquid crystal, fluorescence and  electrochemical properties

Y. Li, A. Concellon, C. Lin, N. A. Romero, S. Lin, T. M. Swager, Chem. Sci. 2020, 11, 4695  


(3) Cyclic Hypervalent Iodine Reagents for Atom-Transfer Reactions: Beyond Trifloromethylation

Y. Li, D. P. Hari, M. V. Vita, J. Waser, Angew. Chem., Int. Ed. 2016, 55, 4436. 


(4) Platinum-catalyzed Domino Reaction with Benziodoxole Reagents for Accessing Benzene Alkynylated Indoles

Y. Li, J. Waser, Angew. Chem., Int. Ed. 2015, 54, 5438. 


(5) Gold-catalyzed Regioselective Synthesis of 2- and 3-Alkynyl Furans

Y. Li, J. Brand, J. Waser, Angew. Chem., Int. Ed. 2013, 52, 6743-6747. 


(6) Zinc–gold Cooperative Catalysis for the Direct Alkynylation of Benzofurans

 Y. Li,  J. Waser, Beilstein J. Org. Chem. 2013, 9, 1763-1767. (Invited Article) 



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