Faculty and Staff

Yan (Vivian) Li, Ph.D.

Yan Li

Assistant Professor
326 Gifford
(970) 491-7985


Ph.D Cornell University
M.S. Donghua University
B.S. Donghua University

Teaching Emphasis

  • Fundamentals of Textiles
  • Advanced Textiles
  • Textile Testing and Analysis

Research Emphasis

  • Nanostructured Materials for High-tech Textiles
  • Smart/Intelligent Medical Textiles
  • Textile Materials for Renewable Energy and Sustainability
  • Li Research Group Website

Research and Scholarship (selected)

Lu, H., Zou, L., Xu, Y., & Li, Y. V., (2018). Control disperse of multiwalled carbon nanotubes modified by hyperbranched polylysine. Journal of Applied Polymer Science, 135, 46249.

G. Pascual, B. Kim, M. Hong, K. Lee, Y. V. Li, D. A., and Hendrickson, Topography, Phase Imaging, Mechanical Property Investigation of Polyester Yarn Interaction with Silicone Gel Matrix, Microscopy TODAY, 2016, 24(6), 32-37.

J. Chang, J. Wang, J. Qu, Y. V. Li, L. Ma, L. Wang, X. Wang, and K. Pan, Preparation of a-Fe2O3/polyacrylonitrile nanofiber mat as an effective lead adsorbent, Environmental Science: Nano, 2016, 3, 894-901

Y. V. Li, N. Malensek, A. K. Sarkar, and C. Xiang, Colorfastness Properties of Persimmon Dye on Cotton and Wool Fabrics, Clothing and Textiles Research Journal, 2016, 34 (3), 223-234

A K M M. Alam, J. P. Yapor, M. M. Reynolds, and Y. V. Li, Study of Polydiacetylene-Poly (Ethylene Oxide) Electrospun Fibers Used as Biosensors, Materials, 2016, 9(3), 202

Y. V. Li & L. M. Cathles, The Surface Interactions of a Near-neutral Carbon Nanoparticle Tracer with Calcite, Journal of Nanoparticle Research, 2016, 18(3), 1-14

Y. V. Li, 2014, Proteins and Proteins-Based Fibers. In Y. Yang, H. Xu, and X. Yu Eds., Lightweight Materials from Biopolymers and Biofibers, ACS Symposium Series, American Chemical Society, ISBN13: 9780841229907.

L. Zhang, C. Yang, J. Wang, G. Yang, L. Li, Y. V. Li, and L. M. Cathles, Study on the Dipole Moment of Asphaltene Molecules through Dielectric Measuring, Fuel, 2014, 140, 609-615.

Y. V. Li & L. M. Cathles, Retention of Silica Nanoparticles on Calcium Carbonate Sands Immersed in Electrolyte Solutions, Journal of Colloid And Interface Science, 2014, 436, 1-8.

Y. V. Li, L. M. Cathles, and L. A. Archer, Nanoparticle Tracers in Calcium Carbonate Porous Media, Journal of Nanoparticle Research, 2014, 16(8), 1-14.

J. Song, Y. Li, and Q. Cheng, Adsorption of a silicone-based surfactant on polyethylene and polypropylene surfaces and its tribologic performance, Journal of Applied Polymer Science, 2014, 131(19), 40838.

L. Zhang, G. Yang, J. Wang, Y. Li, L. Li,, and C. Yang, Study on the polarity, solubility, and stacking characteristics of asphaltenes, Fuel, 2014, 128, 366-372.

Subramanian, S. K., Li, Y., & Cathles, L. M. (2013). Assessing preferential flow by simultaneously injecting nanoparticle and chemical tracers. Water Resources Research, 49 (1), 29-42.

Li, Y., Rojas, O., & Hinestroza, J. (2012). Boundary Lubrication of PEO-PPO-PEO Tri-block Copolymer Physisorbed on Polypropylene, Polyethylene, and Cellulose Surfaces. Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research, 51 (7), 2931–2940.

Liu, H., Li, Y., Krause, W., Pasquinelli, M., & Rojas, O. (2012). Mesoscopic Simulations of the Phase Behavior of Aqueous EO19PO29EO19 Solutions Confined between Hydrophobic and Hydrophilic Surfaces. ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 4 (1), 87–95.

Liu, H., Li, Y., Krause, W., Pasquinelli, M., & Rojas, O. (2012). The Soft-Confined Method for Creating Molecular Models for Amorphous Polymer Surfaces. Journal of Physical Chemistry B, 116 (5), 1570–1578.

Li, Y., Liu, H., Song, J., Rojas, O., & Hinestroza, J. (2011). Adsorption and Association of a Symmetric PEO-PPPO-PEO Triblock Copolymer Solutions on Polypropylene, Polyethylene, and Cellulose Surfaces. ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 3 (7), 2349–2357.

Song, J., Li, Y., Hinestroza, J., & Rojas, O. (2009). Tools to Probe Nanoscale Surface Phenomena in Cellulose Thin Films: Applications in the Area of Adsorption and Friction. In O. Rojas and L. Lucia (Eds.), The Nanoscience and Technology of Renewable Biomaterials. Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Company. ISBN: 978-1405167864.

Li, Y. & Hinestroza, J. (2008). Boundary lubrication phenomena in coated textile surfaces. In B.S. Gupta (Ed), Friction in Textile Materials. CRC Press, LLC. ISBN: 978084934788.

Li, Y., Zou, L., & Wang, Y. (2002). The Present Status and Future Trend of Stealthy Materials. Synthetic Fibers, 31(5), 16-18.

Zou, L. & Li, Y. (2001). Effect of Preparation Conditions on Water-absorbency of Super-absorbent Polymer for Agriculture and Forestry. Journal of China Textile University, 26(6), 17-20.

Zou, L., Li, Y., & Wang, Y. (2001). Relation between Gel Strength or Super-absorbent Polymer for Agriculture and Forestry and its Water Absorbency. Journal of Textile Research, 22(1), 4-6.

Awards, Recognitions, Grants, and Competitions

2016 Faculty Research Travel Grant, Colorado State University

2016 Resident Fellow Award, the School of Global Environmental Sustainability (SoGES), Colorado State University

2016-2017 Li, Y. V. (PI), Gentry-Weeks, Claudia (CoPI), “Smart Wound Dressings for Detecting Bacterial Infection and Fighting with Antibacterial Resistance”, Colorado Clinical and Transitional Sciences Institute

2015-2017 Li, Y. V. (PI), Park, J. (CoPI), Miller, J. P. (CoPI), "Microbial-Sensing “Smart” Nonwoven Hygiene Wipes for Monitoring of Foodborne Bacterial Infection", CSU Agricultural Experiment Station, Colorado State University

2015-2018 Li, Kipper, M. J. (PI), Y. V. (CoPI), “Understanding protein adsorption in polysaccharide brushes", National Science Foundation

2009 Robert E. Work Award for outstanding graduate student in polymer and fiber science, Cornell University.

2007 Best Paper in the National Textiles Center 15th Student Paper Presentation Competition.