Luyi Sun

Professor, Director of the IMS Polymer Program

Institute of Materials Science


  • Ph.D., The University of Alabama, 2004

Research Focus

  • Multi-functional nanostructured materials for structural, functional, environmental, and energy related applications
  • Polymeric materials and new polymer processing development
  • Layered compounds
  • Green science and engineering
  • Hydrates and porous materials for energy storage and CO2 capture


  • Best Paper Award, Engineering Properties and Structure Division, Annual Technical Conference – Society of Plastics Engineers, 2012
  • Runner-Up for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Service, Texas State University-San Marcos, 2012
  • The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) P3–People, Prosperity, and the Planet Award, 2012
  • Presidential Award for Excellence in Scholarly/Creative Activities, Texas State University-San Marcos, 2011
  • Cottrell College Science Award, Research Corporation for Science Advancement, 2010
  • Outstanding Dissertation Award of College of Arts and Sciences, The University of Alabama, 2005
  • The DOW Chemical Company Fellowship; DuPont Fellowship, 1998

Current Publications

Ding, F.; Liu, J.; Zeng, S.; Xia, Y.; Wells, K. M.; Nieh, M.-P.; Sun, L. Biomimetic Nanocoatings with Exceptional Mechanical, Barrier, and Flame Retardant Properties from Large Scale One-Step Co-assembly. Science Advances 2017, accepted.

Xu, Y.; Liu, T.; Zhang, Y.; Ge, F.; Steel, R. M.; Sun, L. Advances in Technologies for Pharmaceuticals and Personal Care Products Removal. Journal of Materials Chemistry A 2017

Wang, Z.; Liu, J.; Wang, W.; Wei, Z.; Wang, F.; Gong, P.; Wang, J.; Li, N.; Liu, B.; Zhang, Z.; Wang, W.; Sun, L. Photoluminescent Carbon Quantum Dots Grafted Silica Nanoparticles Directly from Rice Husk Biomass. Journal of Materials Chemistry B 2017

Wang, Z.; Zeng, S.; Li, Y.; Wang, W.; Zhang, Z.; Zeng, H.; Wang, W.; Sun, L. Luminescence Mechanism of Carbon Incorporated Silica Nanoparticles Derived from Rice Husk Biomass. Industry & Engineering Chemistry Research 2017, 56, 5906-5912.

Chen, Q.; Wang, H.; Sun, L. Preparation and Characterization of Silica Aerogel Microspheres. Materials 2017, 10, 435.

Wang, W.; Wang, Z.; Liu, J.; Luo, Z.; Suib, S. L.; He, P.; Ding, G.; Zhang, Z.; Sun, L. Single-step One-pot Synthesis of TiO2 Nanosheets Doped with Sulfur on Reduced Graphene Oxide with Enhanced Photocatalytic Activity. Scientific Reports 2017, 7, 46610; doi: 10.1038/srep46610.

Zeng, S.; Li, R.; Freire, S. G.; Garbellotto, V. M. M.; Huang, E. Y.; Smith, A. T.; Hu, C.; Tai, W. R. T.; Bian, Z.; Zheng, G.; Zhang, D.; Sun, L. Moisture Responsive Wrinkling Surfaces with Tunable Dynamics. Advanced Materials 2017, Accept (DOI: 10.1002/adma.201700828).

Zheng, M.; Dong, H.; Xiao, Y.; Hu, H.; He, C.; Liang, Y.; Lei, B.; Sun, L.; Liu, Y. Hierarchical NiO Mesocrystals with Tuneable High-Energy Facets for Pseudocapacitive Charge Storage. Journal of Materials Chemistry A 2017, 5, 6921-6927.

Wang, L.; Zeng, H.; Yang, B.; Ye, F.; Chen, J.; Chen, G.; Smith, A.; Sun, L., Structure-Dependent Spectroscopic Properties of Yb3+-Doped Phosphosilicate Glasses Modified by SiO2. Materials 2017, 10, 241; doi:10.3390/ma10030241.

Yu, J.; Sims, J. E.; Sun, L., In situ Synthesis of Polyelectrolyte/Layered Double Hydroxide Intercalation Compounds. Journal of Materials Science 2017, 52, 6647-6655.

Wang, W.; Wang, Z.; Liu, J.; Zhang, Z.; Sun, L. Single-step One-pot Synthesis of Graphene Foam/TiO2 Nanosheet Hybrids for Effective Water Treatment. Scientific Reports 2017, 7, 43755; doi: 10.1038/srep43755.

Luyi Sun
Contact Information
Phone(860) 486-6895
Mailing AddressDepartment of Chemical &
Biomolecular Engineering 97 North Eagleville Road Storrs, CT 06269-3136