Dr Jiangnan Li grew up in Xingtai, Hebei province in China. She obtained her BSc degree in Pharmacy from Shandong University in 2013. During her undergraduate studies, Dr Li obtained multiple Excellent Student Scholarships and Metric Student awards from Shandong University. She then moved to the School of Pharmaceutical Science and Technology in Tianjin University to carry out her graduate studies and gained her MSc degree in Medicinal Chemistry in 2016. She graduated with Excellent Graduate honours from Tianjin University.
In 2016, Dr Li moved to the University of Manchester to conduct her PhD studies under the supervision of Dr Sihai Yang and Professor Martin Schröder. Her project focused on the capture and separation of toxic gases and light hydrocarbons using porous materials. During her PhD, she attended multiple experiments at national facilities, including Diamond Light Source, ISIS Neutron Facility, European Synchrotron Radiation Facility, and Advance Light Source. Jiangnan received a scholarship from China Scholarship Council (2016–2020), a prize for her poster exhibition at the School of Chemistry Postgraduate Research Conference (2018), an Outstanding Achievement Award from the Department of Chemistry for the spring of 2020 and the 2020 IZA Metal-Organic Framework Commission Early Career Scientist Award.
Dr Li, as a postdoc in the Schröder/Yang group, continues to develop promising materials for the capture and conversion of NOx and SOx.