Zhi Li, PhD, P.Eng.,

Associate Professor, Faculty of Engineering - Chemical and Materials Engineering Dept


Associate Professor, Faculty of Engineering - Chemical and Materials Engineering Dept
(780) 492-1248
DICE 12-332 Donadeo Innovation Centre For Engineering
9211 116 St
Edmonton AB
T6G 2H5


Area of Study / Keywords

energy storage electrocatalysts advanced carbon materials nitrogen reduction fuel cell


Energy and the environment are two closely linked topics of increasing concern in today’s society. The deployment of renewable energy and transport electrification pose an urgent need for high-efficiency electrochemical energy storage (EES) technologies. My research interest is to engineer sustainable electrode materials and electrocatalysts to meet energy storage and conversion challenges with minimal ecological footprint.

  • 1D and 2D carbon nanomaterials derived from biomass and petroleum byproducts
  • Low-cost carbon fibers using asphaltene as feedstock
  • Understanding the stress in rechargeable batteries utilizing advanced in-situ tools
  • Li/Na/K-ion batteries, Li-Sulfur batteries and Zn-ion aqueous batteries
  • Single/duo/tri-atom catalysts for water splitting, fuel cell and nitrogen reduction

For more details about my research, please check out our recent publications: Publication (ualberta.ca) and ‪Zhi Li‬ - ‪Google Scholar‬


MAT E 202 Materials Science II (2022 Winter and upcoming Fall semester)


Sustainable Energy Storage group at the department of Chemical and Materials Engineering is looking for 2 postdoctoral researchers (Postdoc). This Postdoc position will be engaged in developing nanocarbon derived from processed biomass and industrial wastes, exploring the application in various types of energy storage devices and probing the reaction mechanism using multiple in-situ techniques. Candidates with demonstrated expertise in following area are preferred:

1. Electrochemical nitrogen reduction;

2. DFT modeling for electrocatalysts and batteries;

3. Obtaining and interpreting synchrotron XAS and XRD data. Familiar with Athena, Artemis and Hephaestus software; 

4. Operating TEM or AFM for in situ experiments.

This position is available immediately. It has a term length of one year and possible extension of another year with comprehensive benefits package found at: www.hrs.ualberta.ca. With the restrictions in the pandemic, priority will be given to candidates with valid work permit/PR documents to work in Canada. Please send a cover letter and a CV with publications to Dr. Zhi Li. Short-listed candidates will be contacted.