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Jin Li   BEng, PhD

Dr Jin Li BEng, PhD

Lecturer in soft matter and microfluidic engineering

School of Engineering

Queen's Buildings - South Building, Room S/0.46, 5 The Parade, Newport Road, Cardiff, CF24 3AA
Available for postgraduate supervision


I am an early career academic with a passionate research interest in the science and applications of soft matter and technology. My expertise lies in the precise control of chemical compartmentalisation and organisation within complex emulsions, microgels, and microsized polymeric capsules. I work in multidisciplinary research, including multiphase microfluidics, bottom-up synthetic biology, and tissue engineering. I expand my work to foucs on engineered, biomimetic “Living Machine”, built upon functional soft materials. This will give rise to a plethora of applications, providing societal, environmental, and sustainable benefits across diverse industries including, critically, new material, medicine, soft electronics and robotics, agriculture, energy and A.I. development. 

Currently, I serve as co-director of Applied Microfluidic Laboratory (, co-director of Complex Nanofluid Engineering group at Cardiff University, and consortium member of EU-H2020 FETPROCAT project, entitled with "Artificial Cells with Distributed Cores" (















Title  Role Sponsor  Value Duration
Precision microgel materials for engineering biology  PI Wales Innovation Network £10,000 April-Sep 2023 
Precision microfabrication PI EPSRC £321,613 Feb 2023-Feb 2024
Complex Nanofluid Engineering Co-PI Cardiff School of Engineering  £12,000 April 2023-April 2024
Robot-assisted synthetic cell and tissue engineering PI Cardiff School of Engineering £6, 625 Feb 2023- July 2023




EN0019 Introduction to Calculus

EN0021 Engineering Applications

EN4100 Year 4 Group Project



  • PhD (2012~2015), School of Engineering, Cardiff University, U.K.
  • BEng (First, 2010~2012), School of Engineering, Cardiff Univeristy, U.K.
  • BEng (Hons, 2008~2012), North China Electrical Power University (Beijing), China

Work Experience:

  • 2023 - now, Lecturer in soft matter and microfluidic engineering, Cardiff School of Engineering, Cardiff University.
  • 2019 - 2022, Pointed researcher of EU-H2020 project, entitled with “Artificial Cells with DistributedCores (PN 824060)”. Funded by European Research Council (ERC). Cardiff University. Duties of my role: Research on internal organisations and communications of artificial cell compartments.
  • 2018 - 2019, PDRA, project: “Exosomes characterization in fluidic environment”. Funded by Medical Research Council (MRC). King’s College London. Duties of my role: Design and fabrication of optofluidic devices for cells and exosomes imaging.
  • 2017 - 2018, PDRA, project: “Development of new microfluidic techniques for the production of artificial cells”. Funded by Medical Research Council (MRC). Cardiff University. Duties of my role: Design and fabrication of 3D printed fluidic devices for the creation of artificial cell chassis.
  • 2015 - 2017, Pointed researcher of NRN project (PN097), entitled with “Laser and microfluidic manufacture of novel bio-diagnostic platforms”. Funded by National Research Network Wales. Cardiff University. Duties of my role: Generation of microcapsules with definable architectures for biological applications using multiphase microfluidics.

Honours and awards

  • “Young Scientist Award Finalist” with certificate, by Microsystems & Nanoengineering (Springer Nature) Young Scientist Award Summit 2022.

Professional memberships

Member of European Synthetic Cell Initiative

Member of EU Artificial Cell with Distributed Cores project consortium (ACDC)

Member of King’s Imaging Network (KIN)

Member of The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)

Member of Cardiff Institute of Tissue Engineering and Repair (CITER)

Member of Cardiff Synthetic Biology Initiative (CSBI)

Committe Member of Cardiff Science Festival

Committees and reviewing

Reviewer of Scietific Reports journal

Reviewer of Journal of Fusion Energy journal

Reviewer of Chemical Engineering Science journal


I am available to supervise postgraduate research students in following areas:

  • Microfluidics
  • Complex emulsions
  • Bottom-up synthetic biology
  • Soft condensed matter
  • Soft technology
  • Cell encapsulation
  • Micro-/nanoengineering

Current supervision

Pantelitsa Dimitriou

Pantelitsa Dimitriou

Research student

Research themes


  • Microfluidics and nanofluidics
  • Synthetic biology
  • Complex emulsions
  • 3D-printing