Meijun Li

Meijun Li

Staff Scientist


Dr. Meijun Li is a staff scientist in the Manufacturing Science Division at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). She obtained her Ph.D., in Physical Chemistry at Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics in 2002. She has authored and co-authored more than 60 journal publications with > 6900 citations and an “h-index” of 36. She has over 15 years expertise in heterogeneous catalysis and nanomaterial synthesis including oxides, zeolites, and supported metals via various routes. Her current research strongly ties applications with fundamental catalysis, where kinetics, catalyst synthesis, advanced characterizations are well integrated to address critical challenges in catalysis for renewable energy applications such as biomass and waste feedstock conversion to low-carbon jet/diesel fuels & chemicals, light alkane upgrading and CO2 conversion.



  • August 1997 - December 2002: Ph.D., Physical Chemistry/Catalysis
    • Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China.
  • August 1993 - July 1997: BSc, Chemistry
    • Inner Mongolia Normal University, China


Selected Publications

1. Meijun Li, Junyan Zhang, Stephen C Purdy, Fan Lin, Kinga A Unocic, Michael Cordon, Zili Wu, Huamin Wang, Jacklyn Hall, A Jeremy Kropf, Theodore R Krause, Brian Davison, Zhenglong Li, Andrew D Sutton; Tailoring olefin distribution via tuning rare earth metals in bifunctional Cu-RE/beta-zeolite catalysts for ethanol upgrading. Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, 2024, 344, 123648.

2. Xinbin Yu, Yongqiang Cheng, Yuanyuan Li, Felipe Polo-Garzon, Jue Liu, Eugene Mamontov, Meijun Li, David Lennon, Stewart F Parker, Anibal J Ramirez-Cuesta, Zili Wu; Neutron scattering studies of heterogeneous catalysis. Chemical Reviews, 2023, 123, 8638-8700.

3. Jisue Moon, Meijun Li, Anibal J Ramirez-Cuesta, Zili Wu; Raman spectroscopy, Book
Springer Handbook of Advanced Catalyst Characterization, 2023, 75-110.

4. Michael J Cordon, Junyan Zhang, Nohor “River” Samad, James W Harris, Kinga A Unocic, Meijun Li, Dongxia Liu, Zhenglong Li; Ethanol Conversion to C4+ Olefins over Bimetallic Copper- And Lanthanum-Containing Beta Zeolite Catalysts. ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering, 2022, 10, 5702-5707.

5. Nathan Coutard, Charles B Musgrave III, Jisue Moon, Nichole S Liebov, Robert M Nielsen, Jonathan M Goldberg, Meijun Li, Xiaofan Jia, Sungsik Lee, Diane A Dickie, William L Schinski, Zili Wu, John T Groves, William A Goddard III, T Brent Gunnoe; Manganese Catalyzed Partial Oxidation of Light Alkanes. ACS Catalysis, 2022, 12, 5356-5370.

6. Xiang Wang, Meijun Li, Zili Wu; In situ spectroscopic insights into the redox and acid-base properties of ceria catalysts. Chinese Journal of Catalysis, 2021, 42, 2122-2140.

7. J. Zhang, E. C. Wegener, N. R. Samad, J. W. Harris, K. A. Unocic, L. F. Allard, S. Purdy, Sh. Adhikari, M. J. Cordon, J. T. Miller, T. R. Krause, S. Cheng, D. Liu, M. Li, X. Jiang, Z. Wu, and Z. Li*; Isolated Metal Sites in Cu–Zn–Y/Beta for Direct and Selective Butene-Rich C3+ Olefin Formation from Ethanol. ACS Catal. 2021, 11, 9885–9897.

8. M Li, M Tian, H Chen, SM Mahurin, Z Wu, S Dai; H2O-prompted CO2 capture on metal silicates in situ generated from SBA-15. Rsc Advances, 2020, 10, 28731-28740.

9. K Jie, H Chen, P Zhang, W Guo, M Li, Z Yang, S Dai; A benzoquinone-derived porous hydrophenazine framework for efficient and reversible iodine capture. Chemical Communications, 2020, 54, 12706-12709.

10. M Li, K Huang, JA Schott, Z Wu, S Dai; Effect of metal oxides modification on CO 2 adsorption performance over mesoporous carbon. Micro. Meso. Mater. 2017, 249, 34-41.

11. K Huang, L Liang, S Chai, U Tumuluri, M Li, Z Wu, BG Sumpter, S Dai. Aminopolymer functionalization of boron nitride nanosheets for highly efficient capture of carbon dioxide. J. Mater. Chem. A 2017, 5, 16241-16248.

12. S Ding, C Tian, X Zhu, CW Abney, Z Tian, B Chen, M Li, D Jiang, N Zhang, S. Dai. Pd‐Metalated Conjugated Nanoporous Polycarbazoles for Additive‐Free Cyanation of Aryl Halides: Boosting Catalytic Efficiency through Spatial Modulation. ChemSusChem 2017, 10, 2348-2351.

13. GS Foo, G Hu, ZD Hood, M Li, D Jiang, Z Wu. Kinetics and Mechanism of Methanol Conversion over Anatase Titania Nanoshapes. ACS Catal. 2017, 7, 5345-5356.

14. L Gill, A Beste, B Chen, M Li, AKP Mann, SH Overbury, EW Hagaman. Fast MAS 1H NMR Study of Water Adsorption and Dissociation on the (100) Surface of Ceria Nanocubes: A Fully Hydroxylated, Hydrophobic Ceria Surface. J. Phys. Chem. C 2017, 121, 7450-7465.

15. U Tumuluri, JD Howe, WP Mounfield III, M Li, M Chi, ZD Hood, KS Walton, S. Dai, Z. Wu.  Effect of Surface Structure of TiO2 Nanoparticles on CO2 Adsorption and SO2 Resistance. ACS Sus. Chem. Eng. 2017, 5, 9295-9306.

16. Mounfield, WP; Tumuluri, U; Jiao, Y; Li, M.J.; Dai, S; Z.L.; Walton, KS; Role of defects and metal coordination on adsorption of acid gases in MOFs and metal oxides: An in situ IR spectroscopic study. Micro. Meso. Mater. 2016, 227, 65-75.

17. Zhu WS; Gao, X.; Li, Q.; Li, HP; Chao, YH; Li, M.J.; Mahurin, S.; Li, HM; Zhu, HY; Dai, S. Controlled Gas Exfoliation of Boron Nitride into Few-Layered Nanosheets. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2016, 55, 10766-10770.

18. Brown. S.; Chatterjee, S.; Li, M.J.; Yue, Y. F.; Tsouris, C.; Janke, C.J.; Saito, T.; Dai, S.; Uranium Adsorbent Fibers Prepared by Atom-Transfer Radical Polymerization from Chlorinated Polypropylene and Polyethylene Trunk Fibers. Indus. & Eng. Chem. Res. 2016, 55, 4130-4138.

19. Tumuluri U.; Li, M.J.; Cook, B. G.; Sumpter B.; Dai, S.; Wu, Z. L.; Surface Structure Dependence of SO2 Interaction with Ceria Nanocrystals with Well-Defined Surface Facets. J. Phys. Chem. C, 2015, 119, 28895-28905.

20. Li, M. J.; Tumuluri U.; Wu, Z. L.; Dai, S.; Effect of Dopants on the Adsorption of Carbon Dioxide on Ceria Surfaces. ChemSusChem, 2015, 8, 3651-3660.

ORNL Outstanding Research Output Team Award, 2023