College Introduction

The Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) has been established at Shenzhen University to provide both undergraduate and postgraduate education, focusing on interdisciplinary teaching and research. As a special platform at Shenzhen University, IAS seeks to


Xiuting Li

Ph.D., Assistant Professor


Address: Room 415, Zhizhi Building, Shenzhen University, Nanshan District, Shenzhen, China, 518060

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2018, University of Oxford, Physical and Theoretical Chemistry, Ph.D.

2014, Sichuan University, Analytical Chemistry, M.Sc.

2011, Sichuan University, Chemistry, B.Sc.


2017.10-2018.10, University of Oxford, Postdoc Research Associate


We are interested in both fundamental and applied electrochemistry of nanomaterials. Currently the wide application of nanomaterials not only forces us to evaluate their macroscale electrochemical performance but also requires good understanding on the intrinsic properties from nanoscale measurement. We are investigating the fundamental electrochemical behavior, electrocatalysis of nanomaterials from both ensemble and single particle level with the aim to providing insights in sensing, battery, photoelectronic devices et al.


2019 Overseas High-Caliber Personnel in Shenzhen (Level C)

2018 Poster Prize of Royal Society of Chemistry-NPL Symposium: Nanoparticle

Concentration-Critical Needs and State-of-the-art Measurement (London, UK)

2016 Travel Grant awarded by the 67th ISE Annual Meeting (The Hague, The Netherlands)

2016-2018 Carreras Senior Scholarship awarded by Hertford College, University of Oxford

2014-2017 Doctorial Scholarship awarded by China Scholarship Council

2011-2013 The First Prize of Postgraduate Scholarship awarded by Sichuan University

2011 The First Prize of Outstanding Undergraduate Thesis awarded by Sichuan University

2011 Outstanding Undergraduate of Sichuan Province awarded by Provincial Department of Education

2008, 2009, 2010 National Scholarship awarded by Ministry of Education of China

2008, 2009, 2010 The Comprehensive First Prize of Scholarship awarded by Sichuan University

2008, 2009, 2010 Outstanding Student of Sichuan University


• Nayak, P.;Yang, M.;Wang, Z.;Li, X.;Miao, R.; Compton, R. G.*, Single-entity Ti3C2Tx MXene electro-oxidation. Applied Materials Today 2022, 26, 101335.

• Wang, Z.;Wu, Y.;Zhu, Y.; Li, X.*, Exploring the mechanism of electrocatalytic water oxidation on CoO decorated Ti3C2Tx nanoplatelets. Electrochim. Acta 2022, 409, 139969.

• Zhang, X.;Huang, K.;Zhang, N.;Luo, Z.;Wang, C.;Xian, L.;Jiang, F.; Li, X.*, Electrochemically Quantifying the Phase Transition of Cesium Lead Halide Perovskite Quantum Dots in Purification. J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 2021, 12 (45), 11042-11049.

• Wu, Y.; Wang, Y.; Wang, Z.; Li, X.*, Highly Dispersed Cop on Three-Dimensional Ordered Mesoporous Fep for Efficient Electrocatalytic Hydrogen Production. J. Mater. Chem. A 2021, 9, 23574-23581.

• Lu, Y.;Li, X.;Li, D.; Compton, R. G.*, Amperometric Environmental Phosphate Sensors. ACS Sensors 2021, 6 (9), 3284-3294.

• Chen, Y.;Li, X.;Li, D.;Batchelor-McAuley, C.; Compton, R. G.*, A simplified methodology: pH sensing using an in situ fabricated Ir electrode under neutral conditions. J. Solid State Electrochem. 2021, 25, 2821-2833.

• Wu, Y.; Ning, F.; Wang, Z.; Saad, A.; Li, X.*; Xia, D.*, 3D Ordered Macroporous Copper Nitride-Titanium Oxynitrides as Highly Efficient Electrocatalysts for Universal-pH Hydrogen Evolution. J. Mater. Chem. A 2021, 9, 14392-14399.

• Mathuri, S.; Zhu, Y.; Margoni, M. M.; Li, X.*, Semiconducting Nanoparticles: Single Entity Electrochemistry and Photoelectrochemistry. Front. Chem. 2021, 9 (404).

• Chen, J.;Yuan, C.;Liang, W.;Zhang, N.;Zhang, X.;Wang, Z.;Wang, C.; Li, X.*, Probing Dynamics of Lead(II) Sulfide Quantum Dots in Solution Ligand Exchange by Voltammetry. J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 2021, 12 (5), 1567-1572.

• Ibraheem, S.;Li, X.*; Shah, S. S. A.;Najam, T.;Yasin, G.;Iqbal, R.;Hussain, S.;Ding, W.; Shahzad, F., Tellurium Triggered Formation of Te/Fe-NiOOH Nanocubes as an Efficient Bifunctional Electrocatalyst for Overall Water Splitting. ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces 2021, 13 (9), 10972-10978.

• Liu, Y.;Li, X.*;Chen, J.; Yuan, C., Micro/Nano Electrode Array Sensors: Advances in Fabrication and Emerging Applications in Bioanalysis. Front. Chem. 2020, 8, 573865-573865.

• Kudur Jayaprakash, G.;Swamy, B. E. K.;Sánchez, J. P. M.;Li, X.;Sharma, S. C.; Lee, S.-L., Electrochemical and quantum chemical studies of cetylpyridinium bromide modified carbon electrode interface for sensor applications. J. Mol. Liq. 2020, 315, 113719.

Li, X.; Batchelor-McAuley, C.; Compton, R. G.*, Silver Nanoparticle Detection in Real-World Environments via Particle Impact Electrochemistry. ACS Sensors 2019, 4 (2), 464-470.

• Krittayavathananon, A.+; Li, X.+; Batchelor-McAuley, C.; Sawangphruk, M.; Compton, R. G.*, Electrolyte-Induced Electrical Disconnection between Single Graphene Nanoplatelets and an Electrode. J. Phys. Chem. Lett.2018, 9, 5822-5826.

Li, X.; Batchelor-McAuley, C; Novev, J. K.; Compton, R. G.*, A Thermostated Cell for Electrochemistry: Minimising Natural Convection and Investigating the Role of Evaporation and Radiation. Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 2018, 20, 11794-11804.

Li, X.; Batchelor-McAuley, C.; Laborda, E.; Compton, R. G.*, Aqueous Voltammetry in the Near Absence of Electrolyte. Chem. Eur. J.2017, 23, 1-6. (Hot Paper and Highlighted in ChemisryView)

Li, X.; Batchelor-McAuley, C.; Shao, L.; Sokolov, S. V.; Young, N. P.; Compton, R. G.*, Quantifying Single-Carbon Nanotube–Electrode Contact via the Nanoimpact Method. J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 2017,8, 507-511.

Li, X.; Batchelor-McAuley, C.; Whitby, S. A. I.; Tschulik, K.; Shao, L.; Compton, R. G.*, Single Nanoparticle Voltammetry: Contact Modulation of the Mediated Current. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2016,55, 4296-4299. (Hot Paper)

Li, X.; Hodson, H.; Batchelor-McAuley, C.; Shao, L.; Compton, R. G.*, Improving Formate and Methanol Fuels: The Catalytic Activity of Single Pd Coated Carbon Nanotubes. ACS Catal. 2016,6, 7118-7124.

Li, X.; Lin, C.; Batchelor-McAuley, C.; Laborda, E.; Shao, L.; Compton, R. G.*, New Insights into Fundamental Electron Transfer from Single Nanoparticle Voltammetry. J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 2016, 7, 1554-1558.

Li, X.; Batchelor-McAuley, C.; Tschulik, K.; Shao, L.; Compton, R. G.*, Ultra-Small Palladium Nanoparticle Decorated Carbon Nanotubes: Conductivity and Reactivity.ChemPhysChem 2015, 16, 2322-2325.

Li, X.; Qin, X.; Zheng, H.; Yuan, H.; Guo, Y.*; Xiao, D.*, Highly Efficient Electrogenerated Chemiluminescence of Natural Chlorophyll A. Electrochem. Commun. 2015, 61, 66-69.

Li, X.; Yuan, H.*; Li, L.; Xiao, D.*, Electrogenerated Chemiluminescence of Magnesium Chlorophyllin a Aqueous Solution and Its Sensitive Response to the Carcinogen Aflatoxin B1. Biosens. Bioelectron. 2014, 55, 350-354.

Li, X.; Zheng, B.; Du, J.; Yuan, H.*; Xiao, D.*, A Self-Assembled Net Structured Film for the Immobilization of Tris(2,2’-Bipyridyl)Ruthenium(II) and Its Ultrasensitive Electrogenerated Chemiluminescent Sensing for Phenol. RSC Adv. 2014, 4, 467-473.

• Krittayavathananon, A.; Li, X.; Sokolov, S. V.; Batchelor-McAuley, C.; Sawangphruk, M.; Compton, R. G.*, The Solution Phase Aggregation of Graphene Nanoplates. Applied Materials Today2018, 10, 122-126.

• Krittayavathananon, A.; Li, X.; Batchelor-McAuley, C.; Sawangphruk, M.; Compton, R. G.*, Comparing the Effect of Different Surfactants on the Aggregation and Electrical Contact Properties of Graphene Nanoplatelets. Applied Materials Today 2018,12, 163-167.

• Yang, H.; Li, X.; Batchelor-McAuley, C.; Sokolov, S. V.; Compton, R. G.*, Nafion Particles Doped With Methyl Viologen: Electrochemistry. Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys.2018, 20, 682-689.

• Little, C. A.; Li, X.; Batchelor-McAuley, C.; Young, N. P.; Compton, R. G., Particle-electrode impacts: Evidencing partial versus complete oxidation via variable temperature studies. J. Electroanal. Chem. 2018,823, 492-498.

• Little, C. A.; Xie, R.; Batchelor-McAuley, C.; Katelhon, E.; Li, X.; Young, N. P.; Compton, R. G.*, A Quantitative Methodology for the Study of Particle-electrode Impacts. Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys.2018,20, 13537-13546.

• Chen, L.; Li, X.; Tanner, E. E. L.; Compton, R. G.*, Catechol Adsorption on Graphene Nanoplatelets: Isotherm, Flat to Vertical Phase Transition and Desorption Kinetics. Chem. Sci. 2017,8, 4771-4778.

• Yang, H.; Li, X.; Batchelor-McAuley, C.; Sokolov, S. V.; Kätelhön, E.; Compton, R. G.*, Immobilised Electrocatalysts: Nafion Particles Doped with Ruthenium(II) Tris(2,2′-bipyridyl).Chem. Eur. J., 2017,23, 17605-17611.

• Krittayavathananon, A.; Ngamchuea, K.; Li, X.; Batchelor-McAuley, C.; Kätelhön, E.; Chaisiwamongkhol, K.; Sawangphruk, M.; Compton, R. G.*, Improving Single-Carbon-Nanotube–Electrode Contacts Using Molecular Electronics. J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 2017,8, 3908-3911.

• Liu, J.; Li, X.; Batchelor-McAuley, C.; Zhu, G.; Compton, R. G.*, Nitrite-Enhanced Charge Transfer to and from Single Polyaniline Nanotubes. Chem. Eur. J., 2017, 23, 17823-17828.

• Liu, J.; Zhu, G.; Li, X.; Batchelor-McAuley, C.; Sokolov, S. V.; Compton, R. G.*, Quantifying Charge Transfer to Nanostructures: Polyaniline Nanotubes. Applied Materials Today 2017,7, 239-245.

• Hodson, H.; Li, X.; Batchelor-McAuley, C.; Shao, L.; Compton, R. G.*, Single Nanotube Voltammetry: Current Fluctuations Are Due to Physical Motion of the Nanotube. J. Phys. Chem. C 2016, 120, 6281-6286. (ACS Editors' Choice)

• Zhang, N.; Neo, D. C. J.; Tazawa, Y.; Li, X.; Assender, H. E.; Compton, R. G.*; Watt, A. A. R.*, Narrow Band Gap Lead Sulfide Hole Transport Layers for Quantum Dot Photovoltaics. ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces 2016, 8, 21417-21422.

• Qin, X.; Li, X.; Yang, L.; Wang, Z.; Zheng, B.; Yuan, H.*; Xiao, D.*, Molten-Salt Synthesis of Lamellar Ni(OH)2/NiOOH Composite and Its Application for Pseudocapacitor. J. Alloys Compd. 2014, 610, 549-554.

• Zheng, H.; Li, M.; Dai, J.; Wang, Z.; Li, X.; Yuan, H.*; Xiao, D.*, Double Input Capacitively Coupled Contactless Conductivity Detector with Phase Shift. Anal. Chem. 2014, 86, 10065-10070.