Dr. Mei Li
Microemulsion, liquid crystal and block copolymer template-directed morphosynthesis of inorganic-organic hybrid nanoscale materials and self-assembly into high-ordered superstructures.

DNA and protein directed programmed assembly of multifunctional nanoparticle networks using metallic and bioinorganic building blocks.

Synthesis of magnetic proteins; meso-structured inorganic-organic hybrid materials and biomimetic materials.

Selected publications
Mei Li, Heimo Schnablegger, Stephen Mann, Coupled synthesis and self-assembly of nanoparticles to give structures with controlled organization, Nature, 1999, 402, 393-395.

Mei Li, Kim K. W. Wang, Stephen Mann, Organization of inorganic nanoparticles using biotin-streptavidin connectors, Chem. Mater., 1999, 11, 23-26.

Mei Li and Stephen Mann, Emergence of morphological complexity in BaSO4 Fibers Synthesized in AOT Micrormulsions, Langmuir, 2000, 16, 7088-7094.

Sébastien Vaucher, Mei Li, and Stephen Mann, Synthesis of Prussian Blue Nanoparticles and Nanoparticles Superlattices in Reverse Microemulsions, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2000, 39, 1793-1796.

Stephen Mann, Wayne Shenton, Mei Li, Stephen Connolly and Donald Fitzmaurice, Biologically Programmed Nanoparticle Assembly, Adv. Mater., 2000, 12, 147-150.

Mann S, Davis SA, Hall SR, Li M, Rhodes KH, Shenton W, Vaucher S, Zhang BJ, Crystal tectonics: Chemical construction and self-organization beyond the unit cell Journal of the Chemical Society-Dalton Transactions, 2000, 21, 3753-3763.

Limin Qi, Helmut Cölfen, Markus Antonietti, Mei Li, Jeremy D. Hopwood, Alexandra J. Ashley and Stephen Mann, “Formation of BaSO4 fibers with morphological complexity in aqueous polymer solutions”, Chem. Eur. J., 2001, 7, 3526-3532.

Sébastien Vaucher, John Fielden, Mei Li, Erik Dujardin, and Stephen Mann, Molecule-Based Magnetic Nanoparticles: Synthesis of Cobalt Hexacyanoferrate, Cobalt Pentacyanonitrosylferrate, and Chromium Hexacyanochromate Coordination Polymers in Water-in-Oil Microemulsions, Nano Letters, 2002, 2(3), 225-229.

Mei Li and Stephen Mann, Emergent nanostructures: water-induced mesoscale transformation of surfactant-stabilized amorphous calcium carbonate nanoparticles in reverse microemulsions, Adv. Funct. Mater., 2002, 12(11-12), 771-779.

C.E. Fowler, Mei Li, S. Mann, H.C. Margolis, Surfactant model system for the growth of tooth enamel, Journal of Dental Research, 81: 4011 Sp. Iss. SI MAR 2002.

Mei Li, Benedicte Lebeau and Stephen Mann, Synthesis of aragonite nanofilament networks by mesoscale self-assembly and transformation in reverse microemulsions, Adv. Mater., 2003, 15, 2032-2035. (Front cover 23)

Mei Li and Stephen Mann, DNA-directed assembly of multifunctional nanoparticle networks using metallic and bioinorganic building blocks, J. Mater. Chem., 2004, 14, 2260-2263.

Mei Li, Helmut Cölfen, Stephen Mann, BaSO4 morphology control by a mixture of double hydrophilic block copolymers, J. Mater. Chem., 2004, 14, 2269 - 2276.

Chulanapa Viravaidya, Mei Li and Stephen Mann, Microemulsion-based synthesis of stacked calcium carbonate (calcite) superstructures, Chem. Comm., 2004, 2181-2183.

Ding Ma, Mei Li, Avinash J. Patil and Stephen Mann, Fabrication of protein/silica core-shell nanoparticles by microemulsion-based molecular wrapping, Adv. Mater., 2004, 16, 1838-1841.

Christopher J. Johnson, Mei Li and Stephen Mann, Seed-assisted synthesis of BaCrO4 nanoparticles and nanostructures in water-in-oil microemulsions, Adv. Funct. Mater., 2004, 14, 1233-1239.

Sajanikumari Sadasivan, Erik Dujardin, Mei Li, Christopher J. Johnson and Stephen Mann, DNA-driven assembly of mesoporous silica/gold satellite nanostructures, Small, 2005, 1, 103-106.

Christabel. E. Fowler, Mei. Li, Stephen Mann, and Henry C. Margolis, Influence of surfactant assembly on the formation of calcium phosphate materials - A model for dental enamel formation, 2005, in press.