- Professor and ARC Future Fellow 2011-
- Associate Professor, School of Materials Science & Engineering, UNSW 2009-2011
- Senior Lecturer, School of Materials Science & Engineering, UNSW, 2007-2009
- Lecturer, School of Materials Science & Engineering, UNSW 2004-2007
- Assistant Professor, Nanyang Technological University (Singapore), 1998-2004
Professor Sean Li is currently leading a research group, which consists of more than 40 researchers including 3 academics, 4 research fellows and 36 postgraduate students to work in the research areas of advanced multifunctional materials at UNSW. Their research activities were/are funded by ~$20m from Australian Research Council, Australian Renewable Energy Agency, ANSTO, CSIRO and Industries etc, since 2005. Professor Sen Li's laboratory is equipped with a number of world-class research facilities, which are specially designed and fully geared towards the development of advanced multifunctional and energy materials with a total value of $8m. It is one of the key research infrastructures in the University. Professor Sean Li has published 2 textbooks, 1 edited book, 8 book chapters and more than 275 scientific articles in international peer-reviewed journals. He received the Global Star Award from American Ceramic Society in 2013.
Professor Sean Li not only involves in undergraduate teaching program but also supervise a large group of postgraduate students at the School of Materials Science and Enginering. He taught "Crystallography and X-Ray Diffraction", "Materials Science", "Physical Metallurgy of Alloys", "Design of Materlias" and "Advanced Nanotechnology" etc. at UNSW. In the past 5 years, 25 postgraduate students (14 Ph.D. and 11 M.Eng./M.Sc. students) under his supervision completed their degree studies at UNSW and currently working as Academics, Scientists and Chief-Technical officer etc in Europe and Asia including Japan and China.
Honours, Awards and Memberships:
- 2013 – Global Star Award, American Ceramic Society 2013
- 2006 – UNSW Vice-Chancellors Teaching and Research Award
- 2004 – Excellence in Teaching Award 2004, Nanyang Technological University Singapore
- K. Liao and S. Li, “Interfacial Characteristics of Carbon Nanotube-Polystyrene Composite System”, Appl. Phys. Lett. 79 (25), 4225 (2001).
- C.Q. Sun, Y. Wang, B. K. Tay, S. Li, H. Huang, Y. B. Zhang, “Correlation Between the Melting Point of a Nanosolid and the Cohesive Energy of a Surface Atom”, J. Phys. Chem. B 106 (41), 10701 (2002).
- S. Li, Z.L. Dong, K. Maung Latt, H.S. Park and T. White, “Formation of Cu Diffusion Channels in Ta layer of Cu/Ta/SiO2/Si Structure”, Appl. Phys. Lett. 80, 2296 (2002).
- S. Li, T. White, K. Laursen, T.T. Tan, C.Q. Sun, Z.L. Dong, Y. Li, S.H. Zhou, J. Horvat and S.X. Dou, “Intense vortex pinning enhanced by semi-crystalline defect traps in self-aligned nanostructured MgB2”, Appl. Phys. Lett. 83, 314 (2003).
- S. Li, T. White, C.Q. Sun, Y.Q. Fu, J. Plevert and K. Lauren, “Discriminating Lattice Structural Effects from Electronic Contributions to the Superconductivity of Doped MgB2 with Nanotechnology”, J. Phys. Chem. B 108, 16415 (2004).
- S. Li, Z.W. Li, Y.Y. Tay, J. Armellin and W. Gao, “Growth Mechanism and Photonic Behaviours of Nanoporous ZnO Microcheerios”, Crystal Growth and Design 8(5), 1623 (2008).