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Dr. Jing Li – NESC Academy Biography

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Nanosensor array development and instrument miniaturization for chem/bio detection including

  1. Sensing materials development – nanostructure materials synthesis and characterization
  2. Sensor chip design – layout and interconnect design, micro/nano fabrication
  3. Electronics for data acquisition and hardware interfacing – power, mass and communication protocol design for sensor module, smartphone interface, cloud data storage and display
  4. Signal processing and algorithm development – sensor data analysis, sensor signal pre and post processing, pattern recognition and linear regression techniques for chem/bio identification and concentration prediction
  5. Sensor application development for space, homeland security, military, medical, industry, and environmental monitoring


2001- now, Principal Investigator and Senior Scientist

NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA

1998-2001, Senior Scientist

Cyrano Sciences, Inc. Pasadena, CA

1996 – 1998, Post Doctoral Fellow (Dept. of Energy)

Pacific Northwest National Lab, Richland, WA


1996    Ph.D., University of Utah, Materials Science and Engineering

1993    M.S., University of Utah, Materials Science and Engineering 

2008    Certificate, NASA Ames Strategic Leadership Bootcamp

Awards and Recognition

  • 2015 Ames honor award on technology transfer and commercialization
  • NASA Exceptional Space Act Award, 2013
  • 2012 NASA Government Invention of the Year, 2013
  • H. Julian Allan Award, Best Scientific Paper of the Year, 2012
  • NASA Honor Award, Exceptional Technology Achievement Medal, 2011
  • Nano 50 Innovator Award, 2008

Professional society services

  • Chair of Sensor Division in the Electrochemical Society 2008-2010.
  • Board member of the Electrochemical Society 2008-2010.
  • National Nanotechnology Initiative – Nanotechnology Enabled Sensors Planning Panel, 2009.
  • NASA STMD and EPSCoR technical monitor and other program/proposal reviewer.

Publications on nanosensors (55 peer reviewed articles and 2 book chapters)

PatentS on nanosensors (10 US Patents and 1 world patent)