Engineering nanoparticles and nanomaterials in healthcare including drug/gene delivery, cancer therapy and livestock health control

Dr Li Li's research interests are in design and development of functional nanoparticles for targeted drug delivery and vaccine delivery Functional nanoparticles including bio-clay materials and nanoemulsion are employed to efficiently deliver drug or vaccine for effective therapeutic treatment. Her research also focuses on engineering novel nanoplatform for oral vaccine delivery and development of cost-effective nanoplatforms such as solid lipid nanoparticles and hierarchical nanoparticles to efficiently deliver antigens to enhance immune response. Dr Li LI develops nano-formulations in feed for disease control in poultry and a cost-effective oral delivery platform for anti-bacterial plant extracts and antigens combined with animal feeds to control the bacterial infections in poultry; porous materials such as ordered mesoporous silicas and carbon materials for energy production and storage.

​Dr Li Li is currently an Advance Queensland Research Fellow (Mid) at Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology. She received her PhD in Chemical Engineering from China University of Petroleum.  In 2007, she joined the University of Queensland (UQ) as a postdoctoral research fellow in the ARC Centre of Excellence for Functional Nanomaterials, working on nanoparticles and nanomaterials for renewable energy production and storage, environment technology and catalysis including hydrogen production and storage, environmental protection, and gas adsorption. In 2011, she was awarded UQ Postdoctoral Fellowship under the supervision of A/Prof. Zhi Ping (Gordon) Xu, working on engineered nanomaterials in healthcare and environment control. After Postdoctoral Fellowship, she was awarded Advance Queensland Research Fellow in 2016. Her research focuses on design and engineering functional nanomaterials for drug/gene delivery, sustainable release and oral vaccine delivery for human health and animal health management. Since 2011, she has attracted several research funding including Advance Queensland Fellowship (Mid), Queensland smart future fund, UQ Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, 3 UQ grants and 2 international collaboration projects. Moreover, she has a strong linkage with industry partners on the development of functional targeted nano-delivery systems to enhance the health of farm animals.

Industry Engagement and Collaborations

​She have established broad collaborations with national and international researchers on nanomaterials and healthcare  from USA, China, Switzerland and New Zealand, etc. ​She has a strong linkage with industry partners on the development of functional targeted nano-delivery systems to enhance the health of farm animals. She worked on RIRDC and Research Connections projects with industry parnters.  


​Since 2011, she has received several research grants including Advance Queensland Fellow (Mid), Queensland International Fellow