Li-Qiong Wang

Senior Lecturer in Chemistry

Research Area

Contact Info

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Areas of Interest

  • Innovative and engaging introductory chemistry and bioinorganic chemistry laboratory experiments
  • Solid state and hyperpolarized 129-Xe NMR
  • Collaborative teaching and learning pedagogy


Dr. Li-Qiong Wang joined the Department of Chemistry at Brown University in January 2010. Prior to Brown, she was a chief scientist working in the materials research at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) for 17 years. At Brown, she uses her extensive research experiences to help undergraduate teaching and research.  She believes that students absorb more knowledge when they are engaged in the activities that apply new science and technology to real-world problems. Laboratory experiments offer the perfect opportunity for this real-world connection. With these philosophies in mind, through collaborative effort between faculty and students, she has developed new and engaging teaching materials and laboratory modules with real-world applications, resulting in several publications in Journal of Chemical Education with the undergraduates as first authors. In addition, with the DOE supports, her team has built a state of art hyperpolarized 129-Xe NMR polarizer enabling investigation of structures and porosity of novel energy, catalytic and biomaterials


  • 1991 - Ph.D., Physical Chemistry: U.C. Berkeley
  • 1982 - B.S.: Wuhan University

Selected Publications

  • Y. Mao, M. Song, R. Hopson, N.K. Karan, P. R. Guduru, and L-Q. Wang, " Hyperpolarized 129Xe Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Studies of Si Nanocomposite Electrode Materials,” Energy & Fuels, 30 (2), 1470 (2016).  
  • L. -Q. Wang*, " Hyperpolarized 129Xe NMR in Materials Sciences: Pore Structure, Interconnectivity and Functionality,” Invited review article, book chapter: Hyperpolarized Xenon-129 Magnetic Resonance : Concepts, Production, Techniques and Applications, Publisher, RSC publishing (2015).
  • D. Rand, P. Lynch, W. Zhu, G. Lowery, and L. -Q. Wang*, “Development and Implementation of a Simple, Engaging Acid Rain Neutralization Experiment and Corresponding Animated Instructional Video for Introductory Chemistry Students,”J. Chem. Educ., 2016, 93 (4), pp 722–728
  • K. Klara, N. Hou, A. Lawman,  L. Wu, D. Morrill, A. Tente and Li-Qiong Wang*, "Developing and Implementing a Simple Affordable Hydrogen Fuel Cell Laboratory in Introductory Chemistry,” J. Chem. Educ. 91, 1924 (2014).
  • M. Song, S. P. V. Nadimpalli, V. A. Sethuraman, M. J. Chon, P. R. Guduru, and L-Q. Wang, " Investigation of Initial Lithiation of Silicon (100) Using Solid-State 7Li NMR,” J. Electrochem. Soc. 161 (6), A915 (2014).
  • K. Klara, N. Hou, A. Lawman and L. -Q. Wang, " Developing and Implementing a Collaborative Teaching Innovation in Introductory Chemistry,” J. Chem. Educ. 90, 401 (2013).
  • L. -Q. Wang, D. Wang, J. Liu, G. J. Exarhos, " Probing Porosity and Pore Interconnectivity in Self-Assembled TiO2–Graphene Hybrid Nanostructures Using Hyperpolarized 129Xe NMR,” J. Phys. Chem. C 116, 22 (2012)
  • L. -Q. Wang, D. Wang, J. Liu, G. J. Exarhos, S. Pawsey, I. Moudrakovski: " Probing Porosity and Pore Interconnectivity in Crystalline Mesoporous TiO2 Using Hyperpolarized 129Xe NMR,” J. Phys. Chem. C 113, 6577 (2009).
  • L.-Q. Wang, X. –D. Zhou, C. Yao, G. J. Exarhos, C. F. Windisch Jr, L. R. Pederson, “Probing Proton Dynamics in ZnO Nanorods Quantified by in situ Solid-State 1H Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy" Applied Physics Letters, 91, 173107 (2007).
  • L.-Q. Wang, G. J. Exarhos, C. F. Windisch Jr, C. Yao, L. R. Pederson X. –D. Zhou, “Probing hydrogen in ZnO nanorods using solid-state 1H Nuclear Magnetic Resonance" Applied Physics Letters, 90(17):315-317 (2007).
  • W. Wang, L.-Q. Wang, B. J. Palmer, G. J. Exarhos, and A. D. Q. Li, “Cyclization and Catenation Directed by Molecular Self-Assembly,” Wang, W; Wang, LQ; Palmer, BJ; Exarhos, GJ; Li, ADQ, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 128, 11150 (2006).
  • H. Qishegn, J. Liu, L.-Q. Wang, Y. Jiang, T. N. Lambert, E. Fang “A New Class of Silica Crosslinked Micellar Core-Shell Nanoparticles,” J. Am. Chem. Soc., 128, 6447-6453, 2006.
  • I. L. Moudrakovski, L. -Q. Wang, G. J. Exarhos, V. V. Terskikh, C. I. Ratcliffe, J. A. Ripmeester, “Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Studies of Resorcinol-Formaldehyde Aerogels,” J. of Phys. Chem. B. 109, 11215 (2005).
  • I. L. Moudrakovski , L. -Q. Wang, G. J. Exarhos, V. V. Terskikh, C. I. Ratcliffe, J. A. Ripmeester, “Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Investigation of Organic Aerogels,” J. Am. Chem. Soc. Commun.126, 5052 (2004).
  • M.-Q. Zhu, L. -Q. Wang, G. J. Exarhos, A. D. Q. Li, “Thermosensitive Gold Nanoparticles,” J. Am. Chem. Soc. Commun. 2004, 126, 2656
  • L. Q. Wang, G. J Exarhos, J. Liu, Invited review article:  "Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Characterization of Self-Assembled Nanostructural Materials," Adv. Mater. 1999, 11, 1331.
  • X. Feng, G. E. Fryxell, L. Q. Wang, A. Y. Kim, J. Liu, K. M. Kemner , "Functionalized Monolayers on Ordered Mesoporous Supports," Science 1997, 276, 923.


  • CHEM0330 Laboratory: Equilibrium, Rate, and Structure
  • CHEM0400 Laboratory: Biophysical and Bioinorganic Chemistry