Extraordinary academic appointments

Dr. Hui Li

Email: hui.li@sustc.edu.cn

Phone: 86-755-88018987








Dr. Hui Li joined the Department of Materials Science and Engineering as a chair professor and the vice president of the Hydrogen Energy Research Institute at South University of Science and Technology of China (SUSTC), in Oct 2015. Her research topics focus on PEM fuel cell key technologies and materials that hinder the large scale commercialization; hydrogen production technologies including PEM water electrolysis, photocatalytic water splitting, hoto-electrochemical water splitting; and hydrogen storage including compressed gas, material-based storage and chemical hydrogen storage.

Dr. Li received her B.S. and M.Sc. in Chemical Engineering from Tsinghu University (China), in 1987 and 1990, respectively, and her Ph.D in Electrochemical Engineering from University of British Columbia (Canada) in 2006. Dr. Hui Li has over 20 years’ experience working on theoretical and applied electrochemistry, and electrochemical engineering. Most notably, she has worked for eight years at Institute for Fuel Cell Innovation of National Research Council of Canada as a research council officer, multiple client project manager and Energy Storage Program technical leader.  She has accumulated extensive experience in PEM fuel cell contamination and durability testing; preparation and development of electrochemical catalysts with long-term stability; catalyst layer/cathode structure; and catalyst layer characterization and electrochemical evaluation; failure diagnosis and mitigation for PEM fuel cells and electrolyzers; air-cathodes for zinc-air batteries; failure diagnosis and accelerated testing of flow batteries, and energy storage for grid applications.

Dr. Li has co-authored more than forty research papers, four books and eight book chapters. Dr. Li has three granted patents and one technology licensed to the Mantra Energy Group. Dr. Li was sitting in the ISO/WG14 group developing specs for air and hydrogen feeds for stationary applications of fuel cells.


 Dr. Alexander Avdeenkov

 Email: avdeyenkov@mail.ru








At the beginning of my scientific career I got some experience in theoretical nuclear physics working within the theory of Finite Fermi Systems as formulated by A.B.Migdal. My PhD thesis was on theoretical nuclear physics and its goal was the microscopic description of single- particle characteristics in odd non magic nuclei. During my research I got valuable experience in  analytical and numerical studies of strongly correlated Fermi- systems and in quantum field theory at finite temperatures, namely in thermofield dynamics .

During my work as a Research Associate at JILA(University of Colorado) I got an extensive experience in both theoretical and computational physics. I have worked and still work in fields of nuclear and AMO(atomic, molecular and optics) physics where an intensive use of quantum-mechanical methods is required. I have written several codes for calculations of collisional dynamics of cold atoms and molecules and codes for calculations of different properties of many-body systems. Some of these codes were written from scratch, some of them were adapted as MPI codes for parallel processors.

After JILA I was working at Algodigh LCC(Moscow branch) for two years. I was working in the field of quantum chemistry, theory and computer simulations of fuel cells, hydrogen storage in carbon-based nanostructures and search for new materials for hydrogen storage.

In 2009 I started my research at National Institute of Theoretical Physics(Stellenbosch University, South Africa) as a senior researcher where I was working for more than 3 years. In 2009 I became B3 rated(NRF) researcher. At the same time I was teaching students at SU. One of my current research interests was focused on the physics of ultracold atoms and molecules, degenerate Bose and Fermi gases. I was probing different types of diatoms in either a magnetic or an electric field to understand the collisional properties at ultralow energies such as the scattering lengths that determine mean-field energies in Bose-Einstein condensates; the inelastic rates that determine the stability of the gases; and the prospects for manipulating intermolecular interactions  by applying external fields. In conjunction with the ultracold collisions I was interested in the theoretical investigations of the many- body physics of trapped cold and ultracold molecular gases, especially in their quantum nature. I was also continuing my research in theoretical nuclear physics. In particular, the spectra of unstable nuclei up to excitation energies of 30 MeV are studied in an extension of the theory of finite Fermi systems. This theoretical approach includes the coupling of phonons and the single particle continuum, in addition to the particle-hole excitations. The results of the investigation will be of interest for astrophysics and predictions of experiments at radioactive beam facilities.

In 2012 I was appointed as a leading researcher and in 2013 as a Deputy Director General at Institute of Physics and Power Engineering, Obninsk, Russia. Among other things I was conducting some research on theory and computer simulations of fission products transport for SVBR-100 reactor project, computer simulations for new reactor materials.

In 2015 I was appointed as Extraordinary Professor in the Faculty of Engineering at NWU. Recently I have become B2 rated(NRF) researcher/

To this date I have published 60 articles in peer-reviewed journals or proceedings of conferences and workshops. I have 415 citations of my works and my h-index is 14.