Qiliang Li

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Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Volgenau

Contact Information

Phone: 703-993-1596
Campus: Fairfax
Building: Nguyen Engineering Building
Room 3250
Mail Stop: 1G5
Email: qli6@gmu.edu

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Qiliang Li received Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from North Carolina State University in 2004. His doctoral research was in the area of hybrid silicon/molecular field effect transistors and memories. Prior to joining Mason, he was a Senior Scientist at Semiconductor Electronics Division of National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Gaithersburg, MD, where he was involved with the fabrication, characterization and simulation of advanced CMOS and nanoelectronics materials and devices. In August 2007, he joined the faculty of George Mason University as Assistant Professor. He was promoted to Tenured Associate Professor (May 2012) and Professor (May 2017) in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He is a Guest Scientist at NIST since working at Mason.

Prof. Li received the honor of Virginia Microelectronics Consortium (VMEC) Professorship in 2007. He is currently Distinguished VMEC Chair Professor at Mason. He received NSF CAREER award in 2009 for the research on nanowire field effect transistors and memory. He received Mason Emerging Researcher/Scholar/Creator Award in 2011 and School of Engineering Rising Star in 2012. He is currently working on molecular electronics, nanowires, 2D electronics, topological insulator devices, optical sensors, chemical vapor sensors and magnetoresistance devices. He published over 120 technical papers and had 7 U.S. patents. Prof. Li currently serves as Vice Chair of Electronics & Photonics Division of Electrochemical Society and an executive member of Virginia Microelectronics Consortium Operation Committee. He is a senior member of the IEEE, leading local IEEE council activity.


2020 - 2023: GaN nanowire chemical Sensors. Funded by NASA (with N5 Sensors).

2018 – 2021: Topological Insulator Field Effect Transistors for Memory and Sensors. Funded by National Science Foundation.

2014 - 2017 : Collaborative Research: Surface Engineering and Atomic Layer Deposition of Dielectrics on Two-Dimensional Atomic Crystals for Device Application. Funded by National Science Foundation.

Research Interests

Electronics; Intelligent Sensor System; Chemical Sensors


  • PhD, Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering, North Carolina State University
  • MS, Physics, Nanjing University
  • BS, Physics, Wuhan University