Xin Li

Xin Li

  • Associate Professor of Materials Science


Xin Li’s research group focuses on the design of new energy related materials through advanced characterizations and simulations. By combining electrochemistry, (in situ) electron microscopy, (in situ) X-ray diffraction and first principles simulations, we try to understand the relationship between atomistic structure and electrochemical property of materials. The scientific understanding guides the design of new energy related materials with technological importance, especially energy storage materials such as cathodes, anode s and solid electrolytes for lithium or sodium ion batteries with improved energy density, cyclability and safety. The group is also interested in obtaining a general understanding on how microscopic interactions in the atomistic configurational unit can decide the collective behavior in layered metal oxides, such as NaTMO2 and unconventional superconductors.

Contact Information

Office:Pierce Hall 210
Assistant:Jessa S. Piaia
Assistant Office:Pierce 328A
Assistant Phone:(617) 496-9676
Research Mgr: Alex Yen Yee Man

Positions & Employment

2011-2015: Postdoctoral Scholar, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

2010-2011: Postdoctoral Scholar, California Institute of Technology


Graduate Student Silver Award from Materials Research Society, 2009

Member, Materials Research Society

Patents Awarded

Li, X.and Ceder, G. Sodium Manganese Iron Cobalt Nickel Oxide, Na(Mn0.25Fe0.25Co0.25Ni0.25)O2, A New Cathode Material for Sodium Ion Batteries. U.S. application No.: 62/043522, patent filed, 2014 

Ceder,G.,Lee,J.,Kim,S.,Li,X.Molybdenum oxides and uses thereof, U.S. Patent Application No.: 14/044814, patent filed, 2013

Ceder, G.,Lee,J.,Urban,A.,Li,X.,Kim,S.,Hautier,G.High capacity positive electrode active material, U.S. Patent Application No.: 14/044596, patent filed, 2013

Ceder,G.,Lee,J.,Urban,A.,Li,X.,Kim,S.,Hautier,G.High capacity positive electrode active material, International Patent Application PCT/US 2013/063094, patent filed, 2013