Emerging Investigator: Meng Li from Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences (ICCAS)

Emerging Investigator: Meng Li

Position          Associate Professor

Education       2012–2015  Institute of Chemistry, CAS                Ph.D.

                       2009–2012  University of Chinese Academy of Sciences                                                                                                          M.Sc.

                       2005–2009  Shandong Normal University              B.Sc.

ORCID            0000-0003-4835-9293

Read Meng Li’s Emerging Investigator Series article in Organic Chemistry Frontiers and learn more about him.

  Advances in circularly polarized electroluminescence based on chiral TADF-active materials  


This review summarizes the development status of chiral TADF-active materials with CPEL, covering chiral perturbed TADF molecules, intrinsically chiral TADF molecules, and TADFsensitized fluorescent enantiomers.


  From the themed collection: Frontiers Emerging Investigator Series  
  The article was first published on 24 Sep 2022  
  Org. Chem. Front., 2022, 9, 6441-6452  

My research interests

Key words: organic synthesis, circularly polarized luminescence, organic light-emitting diodes
Meng Li’s research focuses on developing chiral optoelectronic materials for photoelectric conversion devices. He is also interested in understanding the structure–activity relationship between chiral molecules and their circularly polarized luminescence properties, as well as developing circularly polarized organic light-emitting diodes for display device of low power consumption. 

10 Facts about me

My favourite published academic article is the one on circularly polarized electroluminescence (CPEL) materials in Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. in 2018. In this work, we created a new system of CPEL materials based on chiral thermally activated delayed fluorescence (TADF) materials, providing an original research idea to solve the key problem of low device efficiency in the field of CPEL materials.

The academic group that helped me most is the Youth Innovation Promotion Association CAS. The members of this academic group are all outstanding young scientists under the age of 35 in CAS. They are active in various academic fields, and are ready to help others. Becoming a member of the group has greatly helped my scientific research.

The most important questions to be asked/answered in my research field include: (1) How to design and construct chiral luminescent materials with large asymmetry factor and high efficiency? (2) How to realize the transfer, amplification and regulation of chiral optoelectronic properties with multi-level chiral structures? (3) How to realize the creation of high-performance circularly polarized light emitting devices?

The most challenging work about my research is the application of chiral luminescent materials. I think this will require interdisciplinary collaborations between different academic fields, partnerships with industrial stakeholders, etc.

If I were not a scientist, I would be a secondary school teacher.

In my spare time, I enjoy reading biographical novels and playing Chinese chess.

One piece of career-related wisdom I would like to share with other early career scientists: be passionate about your research, and keep your curiosity.

The next big goal of my research is to improve the asymmetry factor of circularly polarized electroluminescence of chiral TADF-active materials.

My favourite book is Journey to the West.

My favourite time of the day is on the way to work in the morning. At that time, I am full of expectations for the whole day’s experiments.

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