Chemical engineering alumna receives Li Foundation Heritage Prize

Chemical engineering alumna Song Li (PhD’14) has been awarded the 2015-2016 Li Foundation Heritage Prize. Li is an associate professor in the Department of Energy and Power Engineering at Huazhong University of Science and Technology in Hubei, China.

Song Li

The Heritage Prize is the Foundation’s top award and it is valued at $40,000. It is given to outstanding Chinese scholars educated in the United States who return to teach or work professionally at institutions in China. Li joined the HUST faculty in August 2015.

The Foundation cited her outstanding and distinguished research contributions in carbon dioxide capture and storage by metal-organic frameworks.

Her research in the School of Engineering’s Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering included molecular dynamics simulations of electrolyte-electrode interface relevant to energy storage devices such as supercapacitors; structural and dynamics characterization of bulk/interfacial ionic liquids; confinement effects on ionic liquids; and the application of ionic liquids as lubricants.

At Vanderbilt, Li was a member of a research team led by Peter T. Cummings, John R. Hall Professor of Chemical Engineering and Associate Dean for Research. After receiving a doctorate in 2014, she served as postdoctoral fellow for one year at Northwestern University.

Li earned a bachelor of science degree in chemistry from Shandong University and a master’s degree in chemical engineering from Sungkyunkwan University.

The Li Foundation was founded in 1944 by Dr. Kuo Ching Li and based in Glen Cove, New York. The Foundation established the Heritage Prize in 1993.

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