Jiaying Li

PhD candidate
Utrecht University

About myself

My name is Jiaying Li and I’m from Chengdu, China. I completed my bachelor in Applied Chemistry at Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University. After that, I found engineering orientated studies were more interesting for me. Thus I went to Eindhoven University of Technology where I studied Material Science for my master. I started my PhD project in December 2018 at the University of Twente.
In my spare time, I enjoy painting and crafting. When the sun is out, cycling in the woods is my favourite exercise. Chinese is my mother tongue and I speak fluent English.

As a researcher, I am passionate about

I am passionate about studies that combine basic knowledge and practical applications. For example, I investigated novel composites that may be potentially used for wearable pH sensors and gas separation membranes during my previous projects.

At the moment I work on

At the moment I work on a new possibility for waterborne coatings. Targeting the water resistance problem, polyelectrolytes are studied as a new binder material in this project. Polyelectrolytes are charged polymers that normally are soluble in water. The key is to achieve a high level of ionic binding by complexation. With the help of crosslinking, a film with good resistance and sufficient mechanical strength should be formed. Water-soluble polyelectrolytes can be premixed homogenously together with pH control. After the deposition, the main focus is to study the film formation process.

Within ARC CBBC, I wish to accomplish

Within ARC CBBC, I wish to accomplish my project by establishing a new system for polyelectrolyte film formation. Our projects are dedicated to developing waterborne coatings, that can hopefully effectively reduce the use of solvent-borne coatings, which contain mainly volatile organic compounds. Being part of ARC CBBC gives a great opportunity for young scientists to communicate with each other. Personally I’d like to learn from different people having different backgrounds.