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Biomimetic Smart Materials
Group Leader


licx (AT) qibebt.ac.cn    


Dr. LI Chaoxu is the Professor of Qingdao Institute of Bioenergy and Bioprocess Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), and leading the Laboratory of Biomimetic Smart Materials (BioSM Lab). He received his PhD degree in polymer chemistry and physics from Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2004. Following the post-doctoral research in self-assembly of block copolymers in Pohang University of Science and Technology and University of Fribourg, he shifted his research in 2009 to self-assembly of proteins and biomimetic functional materials in the Lab of Food and Soft Materials, ETH Zurich. In 2014 he moved back to CAS and took the current position. Dr. Li has published over 30 peer-reviewed papers in leading journals including Nature Nanotechnology, Advanced Materials, Advanced Functional Materials, Nanoscale, Chemical Communications, Macromolecules etc., which were either highlighted by scientific journals such as Nature Nanotechnology and American Chemical Society journals, or commented by scientific websites, television news channel and newspapers. 

Group Members

The BioSM Lab was founded in March, 2014. There are 2 research staffs at present. The scientific backgrounds of group members range from biology, biological materials, polymer physics and chemistry to nanotechnology.   



Email Address 

Qingshan Kong 


Kongqs (AT) qibebt.ac.cn 

Shimei Wu 

Assistant Professor 

Wusm (AT) qibebt.ac.cn 


Research Focus

We aim to fundamentally understanding the structure-property relationships of marine and terrestrial bio-based materials and their applications. 

  • Hierarchically structural basis of super properties of natural biomaterials.
  • Nano-structuring and self-assembly of biological macromolecules, including proteins, polysaccharides etc..
  • Structurally biomimetic materials, including functional composites, fibrous and membrane materials and smart interfacial materials.

Selected Publications

Shengjie Ling, Chaoxu Li, Jozef Adamcik, Zhengzhong Shao, Xin Chen, Raffaele Mezzenga, Modulating materials by orthogonally oriented-strands: composites of amyloid and silk fibrils, Adv. Mater. 2014, doi: 10.1002/adma.201400730. 

Chaoxu Li, Anne-Kathrin Born, Marcy Zenobi-Wong, Marta Cerruti, Raffaele Mezzenga, Amyloid-hydroxyapatite bone biomimetic composites, Adv. Mater. 2014, doi: 10.1002/adma.201306198. 

Chaoxu Li, Raffaele Mezzenga, The interplay between carbon nanomaterials and amyloid fibrils in bio-nanotechnology, Nanoscale, 2013, 5, 6207. 

Chaoxu Li, Sreenath Bolisetty, Raffaele Mezzenga, Hybrid nanocomposites of gold platelets and amyloid fibrils with tunable conductivity and sensing properties. Adv. Mater. 2013, 25, 3694. 

Chaoxu Li, Sreenath Bolisetty, Krishna Chaitanya, Jozef Adamcik,Raffaele Mezzenga, Tunable Carbon Nanotube/Protein Core-Shell Nanoparticles with NIR- and Enzymatic-Responsive Cytotoxicity, Adv. Mater. 2013, 25, 1010. 

Chaoxu Li, Adamcik J., Mezzenga R., Biodegradable nanocomposites of amyloid fibrils and graphene with shape-memory and enzyme-sensing properties, Nat. Nanotechnol. 2012, 7, 421.  

Yi-Kai Fang, Chen-Liang Liu, Chaoxu Li, Chih-Jung Lin, Wen-Chang Chen, and Raffaele Mezzenga, Synthesis, Morphology and Properties of New Poly(3-hexylthiophene)-block-poly(vinylphenyl oxadiazole) Donor-Acceptor Block Copolymers and Their Memory Device Applications, Adv. Funct. Mater. 2010, 20, 3012.  

Chaoxu Li, Dieter A. Schlüter, Afang Zhang and Raffaele Mezzenga. A New Level of Hierarchical Structure Control by Use of Supramolecular Self-Assembled Dendronized Block Copolymers. Adv. Mater. 2008, 20, 4530. 

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