Jiashen Li


  • Department of Materials, The University of Manchester

    M139PL Manchester

    United Kingdom

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Dr. Jiashen Li is a Lecturer in Textile Science & Engineering in the Department of Materials. His research interests involve the science and technology underpinning processing-structure-property relationships in functional fibers and textiles; including nano fibres, bio-functional fibres, smart fibres and textiles, e-textile, and structural fibre-composites. With more than ten years’ experience on fibre spinning, he has significantly expanded his studies of advanced functional polymer fibres and textiles. Dr Jiashen Li obtained his PhD in Polymer Materials (Physics) from Tianjin University (China) in 2001. He then spent thirteen years conducting biomaterials and fibre spinning in The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (Hong Kong), before joining the University of Manchester in 2015.

Recently, I developed a new technology to fabricate porous fibers and fibrous membrane.  

In short, poly(L lactic acid) (PLLA) was electrospun and collected as micro/nano fibers or fibrous membranes. At this stage, the electrospun PLLA fibers are solid fiber with smooth surface, like almost all other electrospun fibers.

Then, the collected PLLA fibers were treated by a special method and they became a porous structure with ultrahigh surface area. Meanwhile, they still keep the mechanical properties. The surface area of porous fibres is about 10-50 times higher than non-treated fibres.

For the porous PLLA fibers and fibrous membrane, they can find a wide range of applications in air/water filtration, separation, absorption, adsorption, tissue engineering, drug delivery, and so on.

Furthermore, if some functional materials, such as nano particles, carbon tubes, graphene, quantum dots, can be introduced into the porous PLLA fibers, PLLA fibrous membrane can server as a substrate to increase interactive interfaces between functional materials and their environments. Either it can improve the reaction efficiency or sensitivity, or reduce the consumption of functional materials which are quite expensive sometimes. The composite fibers can be used as anti-bacterial/cancer dressing, sensors, catalysis, and so on.

And using porous fibres as templates, some inorganic materials (TiO2, SiO2, ZnO, SiC) can be attached on the surface of porous fibres. After the samples are treated at high temperature, porous inorganic materails can be collected while the polymer templates are sacrificed.

My group

Research interests

Polymers; Functional fibers and composites; Biomaterials; Tissue engineering scaffolds; Electrospinning; Melt spinning; Graphene-related materials; Porous fibres

Two main research areas:

1. Porous micro/nano fibres with ultra-high surface area and their related materials;

2. Porous graphene-related materials.

Media contributions and coverage

Highly porous micro/nano polymer fibres and fibrous membranes.



Supervision information

Main supervisor of current research students 

        PhDName Start dateThesis title 
 1.Zhiying Xin  09/2016  Fabrication of Graphene via Catalytic Graphitisation of Solid Carbon Sources
 2.Ting Liu07/2017Porous PLLA/TiO2 functional fibers for better photocatalysis
 3.Qasim Zia09/2017Porous Poly(L-Lactic Acid) Nano Fibres Coated Chitosan and Their Applications
 4.Jun Song09/2017Electrospun fibroin/polymer membrane for tissue engineering
 5.Jinmin Meng  01/2018Fabrication of Porous Carbon Nanofiber (CNF) using PAN Coating on Electrospun PLLA Fibre
 6.Dexin Tang01/2018 
 7.Zihan Lu05/2018A Study of Hierarchical Porous Poly(L-lactide)/Silica nanoparticles (PLLA/SNPs) Nanofibrous Membranes
 8.Wenyuan Wei  04/2019Preparation and Characterization of Graphene/Modified Cellulose Composites
 9. Chen Meng09/2019Preparation and characterisation of 3D nanofibrous scaffold
 10.Ludanni Li03/2021Poly(L-lactic acid) porous scaffold for bone tissue engineering
 1. Yuhang Zhou01/2019Conductive graphene/resin nano composites
 2.Tianhe Zhang01/2019Graphene/silicon rubber spongy and applications
 MSc by Research  
 1.Xintong Li09/2020Preparation and thermoelectric properties of graphene/SnTe-based thermoelectric materials

 Co-supervisor of current research students

        PhDNameStart date  Thesis title
 1. Yangyang Fan05/2016Spinnibility of Degradable Electrospun Organic/Inorganic Nanofibre Composites
 2. Khawar, Muhammad Tauseef  09/2016Development of Respiratory Filters for the Protection against Byssinosis of Cotton worker
 3.Shihao Song04/2019Study of Medical Textiles for Sustained Slow Drug-release
 4.  Xue Zhang09/2019Research on Textile - based Electromagnetic Interference Shielding and Wave-absorbing Materials
 5. Zeyuan Zhuang09/2020 

 Main supervisor of graduated research students

        MPhilNameStart-end dateThesis title
 1. Jing Zhu  09/2017-09/2018  Porous electrospun PLLA fibres with hydroxyapatite/keratin nanoparticles
 2.Xiao Li09/2017-09/2018Growth of Three-Dimensional Graphene Scaffold from Solid Carbon Source
 3.Yilu Chen09/2017-09/2018Fabrication of Porous Poly(L-lactic acid)/Graphene Electrospun Fibres

 Co-supervisor of graduated research students

        PhDNameStart-end dateThesis title
 1.Jiawen Qiu09/2015-09/2018Surface Modification of Carbon Fibres for Interface Improvement in Textile Composites
 1. Yuxi Shi 09/2015-09/2016Design and fabrication of fabric near antenna for wearable application

 MSc by taught students

 1. Hengyu Wang   Poly(L-lactic acid) electrospun membranes for oil-water separation
 2. Mengjie Xu Removal of heavy metal ions in aqueous solution based on electrospun membranes
 1. Kexin LiuConductive Carbon Nano-tube/EcoFlex Composite
 2. Zhoumin Jiang Electrospun PCL composite nano-fibre
 3. Yuting HongElectrospun PLA/Ecoflex Nanofibres
 1. Mengxin DuanPreparation and structure improvement of PCL electrospun composite nano-fiber
 2. Jinjing LiParaffin/MWCNTs Composite PCMs as Thermal Energy Storage Materials
 3. Sizhuo LiElectrically conductive Multi-wall carbon nanotubes/polyurethane composite
 4. Yang LiuAn Ecoflex sponge for selective absorption of oil from water
 5. Qianmei ZhengDurable, Thermosensitive Smart Windows with Paraffin Microspheres
 1. Luyi DaiPrepare Porous Fibre by Recrystallization Via the Electrospinning of Polycaprolactone
 2. Min ZhuFabrication of porous syndiotactic polystyrene micro/nano fibers
 3. Yash RedkarApplication of Graphene on Textiles for Wearable Purposes
 4.Jessica Lie3D-graphene related material derived from banana peels
 1. Lu ZhangFabrication of porous polystyrene micro/nano fibers
 2. Tao ZhangFabrication of Porous Structure in Electro-spun PVDF Fibres
 3. Qi ZhaoPorous Recycled Poly (ethylene terephthalate) (PET) Fibers by Solvent Induced Crystallization
 4. Yifan FengFabrication of porous PAN fibres via phase separation/solvent-induced crystallixation
 1. Bowen ZhangStudy of Electrospun Porous PLLA Nanofibres
 2. Yasmin IqbalBiomedical Evaluation of Electrospun Porous PLLA nanofibers for Bone Tissue Engineering
 3. Chaung Shi 
 4.Kelly Mason 

My collaborations

Prof. Lin Li, School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering

Prof. Zhongdong Wang, School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering

Prof. Jian Lu, School of Physics and Astronomy

Prof. Zhirun Hu, School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering

Prof. Tao Wang, Division of Evolution & Genomic Sciences

Units taught

2015-2016: MATS26202 Fabric Structures & Coloration, 18, lecturer

2016-2017: MATS26202 Fabric Structures & Coloration, 18, lecturer

2017-2018: MATS26202 Fabric Structures & Coloration, 18, lecturer

    MATS32602/MATS49602 Textile Manufacturing Techniques, 5, lecturer

2018-2019: MATS30411 Advanced Manufacturing Techniques, 12, coordinator

                    MATS69301 Essential Textile Technology, 6, lecturer

                    MATS43902/MATS69606 Technical & Biomedical Textiles, 6, lecturer

                    MATS32602 Textile Manufacturing Techniques, 5, lecturer


MATS22802 Fabric Structures and Coloration

MATS32602/MATS49602 Textile Manufacturing Techniques

MATS69301 Essential Textile Technology

MATS43902/MATS69602 Technical & Biomedical Textiles

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy

Areas of expertise

  • TP Chemical technology
  • Filtration
  • Catalysis
  • Adsorption
  • Energy storage
  • TS Manufactures
  • Electrospinning
  • Nanomaterials
  • MeltSpinning
  • WetSpinning
  • Composites
  • Scaffolds
  • QD Chemistry
  • Protein
  • Quantum dot
  • Biomaterials
  • Tissue Regeneration

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Sustainable Futures
  • Christabel Pankhurst Institute


  • electrospinning
  • nano fibres


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