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Jin Li   BEng MIET PhD

Dr Jin Li



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 researcher with a passionate interest in the science and applications of soft matter and microfluidic technology. My expertise lies in the precise control of chemical compartmentalization within complex emulsions, microgels, micro-sized polymeric capsules, and their macrostructure organizations. I work in multidisciplinary research, including integrated microfluidic devices, engineering biology, and tissue engineering. I expand my work to focus on engineered, biomimetic 'Living Machines', built upon functional soft components. This will give rise to a plethora of applications, providing economical, environmental, and sustainable benefits across diverse industries including, critically, new materials, medicine, soft electronics and robots, agriculture, energy, and AI technology development.

Currently, I serve as:

Co-director of Applied Microfluidic Laboratory;

Co-director of Complex Nanofluid Engineering group at Cardiff University;

Consortium member of the EU-Horizon2020 project, entitled "Artificial Cells with Distributed Cores (ACDC)", and the EIC project, entitled "Bio-Hybrid Hierarchical Organoid-Synthetic Tissues (BiohHOST)" under EU flagship research programme - "Engineered Living Materials".















Research contracts:

Title  Role Sponsor  Value Duration
Portable Fluidic Pumps  PI Cardiff School of Engineering


Nano-Droplet Robots PI Cardiff University


Engineering Biology Mission Awards project, entitled "Agriculture Living Machine of Operatable Nano-Droplets (ALMOND)" Co-I BBSRC


(Total volume £1.5M)

Bio-HhOST: Next Generation 3D Tissue Models: Bio-Hybrid Hierarchical Organoid-Synthetic Tissues (Bio-HhOST) Comprised of Live and Artificial Cells Co-I European Innovation Council (underwrite by Innovate UK)


(Total volume €3.2M)

Microfluidic Perfusion Device for Organoids PI EPSRC £48,524 2024
Biocompatible 3D printed vasculature for bioprinted tissues Co-I BBSRC £49,996 2024
Precision microgel materials for engineering biology  PI Wales Innovation Network £10,000 2023 
Precision microfabrication (BMF S230) PI EPSRC £321,613 2023-2024
Complex Nanofluid Engineering Co-PI Cardiff School of Engineering  £12,000 2023-2024
Robot-assisted synthetic cell and tissue engineering PI Cardiff School of Engineering £6, 625 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, Reseacher co-investigator 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, Reseacher co-investigator 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 EPSRC Peer Review College

Member of European Synthetic Cell Initiative

Member of The Institution of Engineering and Technology

Member of Cardiff Synthetic Biology Initiative

Member of Cardiff School of Engineering EDI committee

Committe Member of Cardiff Science Festival

Speaking engagements

·       Invited talk, “3D printing fabrication of microfluidic devices and their applications in synthetic biology”, Forum of Intelligence Manufacturing, Zhejiang Normal University, invited by Prof. Yigang Shen, Jinhua, Zhejiang China, 21, June, 2024.

·       Invited workshop, “Artificial Cells and 3D-printed Microfluidics”, BBSRC International Partnership - Residential Microfluidics Workshop (Organ-on-a-chip), Chepstow, 28-29, May 2024.

·       Invited talk, “3D-Printed Microfluidics for Artificial Cell Creation”, STJU Trans-med Awards Research, invited by Prof. Hongjing Dou, at SJTU, Shanghai, 8th April, 2024.

·       Invited workshop, “Soft matter and microfluidic engineering” Sound Chemistry, the Royal Society of Edinburgh, Glasgow, 7-8 March 2024

·       Invited talk, “Building hybrid materials with artificial cells and living cells using droplet microfluidics” at GW4-Innovations in brain tissue engineering, Bristol, 20-21, November, 2023.

·       Invited talk, “Droplet microfluidics: an emerging technology to bridge tissue engineering and synthetic biology” at CITER annual scientific meeting, 2022.

·       Invited talk, “3D printing technologies and microfluidics for the generation of microspheres”, Li J, Royal Academic of Engineering- Young Researchers’ Futures’ Meeting, Edinburgh, U.K. 2018.

Committees and reviewing

Reviewer of Nature Chemical Biology

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

Past projects

Lab Alumni:

Dr. Pantelitsa Dimitriou (PhD supervision)

Dr. Francisco Munguia Galeano (Paid interim)

Miss Aleksandra Spasova (Paid interim)

Dr. Yigang Shen (Visiting academics)

Research themes


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