Luyi Sun

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Director of the IMS Polymer Program

Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
97 North Eagleville Road
Storrs, CT 06269-3136
Phone: (860) 486-6895
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  • Ph.D., The University of Alabama, 2004

Research Focus

  • Multi-functional nanostructured materials for structural, functional, environmental, and energy related applications
  • Polymeric materials and new polymer processing development
  • Layered compounds
  • Green science and engineering
  • Hydrates and porous materials for energy storage and CO2 capture


  • Best Paper Award, Engineering Properties and Structure Division, Annual Technical Conference – Society of Plastics Engineers, 2012
  • Runner-Up for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Service, Texas State University-San Marcos, 2012
  • The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) P3–People, Prosperity, and the Planet Award, 2012
  • Presidential Award for Excellence in Scholarly/Creative Activities, Texas State University-San Marcos, 2011
  • Cottrell College Science Award, Research Corporation for Science Advancement, 2010
  • Outstanding Dissertation Award of College of Arts and Sciences, The University of Alabama, 2005
  • The DOW Chemical Company Fellowship; DuPont Fellowship, 1998

Current Publications

Laipan, M.; Xiang, L.; Yu, J.; Martin, B. R.; Zhu, R.; Zhu, J.; He, H.; Clearfield, A.; Sun, L. Layered Intercalation Compounds: Mechanisms, New Methodologies, and Advanced Applications. Progress in Materials Science 2019, 100631.

Huang, S.; Chen, D.; Meng, C.; Wang, S.; Ren, S.; Han, D.; Xiao, M.; Sun, L.; Meng, Y. CO2 Nanoenrichment and Nanoconfinement in Cage of Imine Covalent Organic Frameworks for High-Performance CO2 Cathodes in Li-CO2 Batteries. Small 2019, 15, 1904830.

Guo, M.; Wu, Y.; Xue, S.; Xia, Y.; Yang, X.; Dzenis, Y.; Li, Z.; Lei, W.; Smith, A. T.; Sun, L. A Highly Stretchable, Ultra-tough, Remarkably Tolerant, and Robust Self-healing Glycerolhydrogel for a Dual-responsive Soft Actuator. Journal of Materials Chemistry A 2019, 7, 25969-25977.

Chen, S.; Zeng, S.; Liu, S.; Liu, H.; Zheng, R.; White, K. L.; Smith, A. T.; Liu, L.; Sun, L. A Biomimetic Interface with High Adhesion, Tailorable Modulus for On-Skin Sensors, and Low-Power Actuators. Chemistry of Materials 2019, 31, 8708-8716.

Ma, Z.; Zhou, J.; Zhang, J.; Zeng, S.; Zhou, H.; Smith, A. T.; Wang, W.; Sun, L.; Wang, Z. Mechanics-induced Triple-mode Anticounterfeiting and Moving Tactile Sensing by Simultaneously Utilizing Instantaneous and Persistent Mechanoluminescence. Materials Horizons 2019, 6, 2003-2008.

Zhou, Y.; Ding, H.; Smith, A. T.; Jia, X.; Chen, S.; Liu, L.; Chavez, S. E.; Hou, Z.; Liu, J.; Cheng, H.; Liu, Q.; Sun, L. Nanofluidic Energy Conversion and Molecular Separation through Highly Stable Clay-based Membranes. Journal of Materials Chemistry A 2019, 7, 14089-14096.

Xu, Y.; Lin, L.; Zeng, S.; Liu, J.; Xiao, M.; Wang, S.; Meng, Y.; Sun, L. Synthesis of Polylactide Nanocomposites Using an α-Zirconium Phosphate Nanosheet-Supported Zinc Catalyst via in situ Polymerization. ACS Applied Polymer Materials 2019, 1, 1382-1389.

Lin, L.; Liang, J.; Xu, Y.; Wang, S.; Xiao, M.; Sun, L.; Meng, Y. Fully Alternating Sustainable Polyesters from Epoxides and Cyclic Anhydrides: Economical and Metal-free Dual Catalysis. Green Chemistry 2019, 21, 2469-2477.

Zhou, Y.; Ding, H.; Liu, J.; LaChance, A. M.; Xiao, M.; Meng, Y.; Sun, L. Gold Nanoparticles Immobilized on Single-layer α-Zirconium Phosphate Nanosheets as a Highly Effective Heterogeneous Catalyst. Advanced Composites and Hybrid Materials 2019, 2, 520-529.

Wang, Z.; Zeng, S.; Joshi, G. N.; Smith, A. T.; Zeng, H.; Wei, Z.; Yu, X.; Pokhrel, M.; Mao, Y.; Wang, W.; Sun, L. Design and Fabrication of Highly Photoluminescent Carbon-Incorporated Silica from Rice Husk Biomass. Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research 2019, 58, 4688-4694.

Smith, A. T.; LaChance, A. M.; Zeng, S.; Liu, B.; Sun, L. Synthesis, properties, and applications of graphene oxide/reduced graphene oxide and their nanocomposites. Nano Materials Science 2019, 1, 31-47.

Zhang, Y.; Gao, Y.; Pfeiffer, H.; Louis, B.; Sun, L.; O’Hare, D.; Wang, Q. Recent advances in lithium containing ceramic based sorbents for high-temperature CO2 capture. Journal of Materials Chemistry A 2019, 7, 7962-8005.

Mo, Y.; Liu, J.; Meng, C.; Xiao, M.; Ren, S.; Sun, L.; Wang, S.; Meng, Y. Stable and ultrafast lithium storage for LiFePO4/C nanocomposites enabled by instantaneously carbonized acetylenic carbon-rich polymer. Carbon 2019, 147, 19-26.

Li, Z.; Mi, H.; Bai, Z.; Ji, C.; Sun, L.; Gao, S.; Qiu, J. Sustainable biowaste strategy to fabricate dual-doped carbon frameworks with remarkable performance for flexible solidstate supercapacitors. Journal of Power Sources 2019, 418, 112-121.

Zhou, Y.; LaChance, A. M.; Smith, A. T.; Cheng, H.; Liu, Q.; Sun, L. Strategic Design of Clay-Based Multifunctional Materials: From Natural Minerals to Nanostructured Membranes. Advanced Functional Materials 2019, 29, 1807611.

Jiang, Y.; Zeng, S.; Yao, Y.; Xu, S.; Dong, Q.; Chen, P.; Wang, Z.; Zhang, M.; Zhu, M.; Xu, G.; Zeng, H.; Sun, L. Dynamic Optics with Transparency and Color Changes under Ambient Conditions. Polymers 2019, 11, 103.

Huang, S.; Guan, R.; Wang, S.; Xiao, M.; Han, D.; Sun, L.; Meng, Y. Polymers for High Performance Li-S Batteries: Material Selection and Structure Design. Progress in Polymer Science 2019, 89, 19-60.

Yu, J.; Ding, H.; Lampron, J.; Martin, B. R.; Clearfield, A.; Sun, L. Complexing Agent Directed Growth of α-Zirconium Phosphate-Based Hexagonal Prisms. Inorganic Chemistry 2020, 59, 1204-1210.

Zhang, J.; Wang, S.; Han, D.; Xiao, M.; Sun, L.; Meng, Y. Lithium (4-Styrenesulfonyl) (Trifluoromethanesulfonyl) Imide Based Single-ion Polymer Electrolyte with Superior Battery Performance. Energy Storage Materials 2020, 24, 579-587.

Zeng, S.; Sun, H.; Park, C.; Zhang, M.; Zhu, M.; Yan, M.; Chov, N.; Li, E.; Smith, A. T.; Xu, G.; Li, S.; Hou, Z.; Li, Y.; Wang, B.; Zhang, D.; Sun, L. Multi-stimuli Responsive Chromism with Tailorable Mechanochromic Sensitivity for Versatile Interactive Sensing under Ambient Conditions. Materials Horizons 2020, 7, 164-172.