Dr. Li Jia

Dr. Li Jia

Title: Professor of Polymer Science and Chemistry
Dept/Program: School of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering
Office: GDYR 603
Phone: 330-972-7511
Fax: 330-972-5290
Email: ljia@uakron.edu
Website: https://blogs.uakron.edu/jialab/


Dr. Jia  is  a Professor in the School of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering at The University of Akron. His research group focuses on synthesis of novel polymer materials. Prior to joining the university, he was an industrial researcher at Rohm and Haas Electronic Materials and an Assistant Professor at Lehigh University. He obtained his Ph.D. from Northwestern University, and his B.Sc. from Lanzhou University in China.


DuPont Young Professor Award
Lindback Minority Junior Faculty Award

Professional Affiliations

American Chemical Society


Metal-catalyzed polymerization, rubber chemistry and reinforcement, polyimides, and polymer sustainability



  • Dai, Y.; Lou, J.; Liu, T.; Jia, L.* “Dual-Site Catalysis for Sustainable Polymers to Replace Current Commodity Polymers – Carbonylative Copolymerization of Ethylene, Ethylene Oxide, and Tetrahydrofuran”, Chem. Commun. 2020, 56, 15341-15344.
  • Sun, Y.; Yan, X.; Liang, H.; Böhm, G.; Jia, L.* “Rubber Recycling: Mending the Interface between Ground Rubber Particles and Virgin Rubber”, ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces 2020, 12, 47957–47965.
  • Sun, Y.; Fan, C.; Wei, B.; Wesdemiotis, C.; Jia, L.* “Activated Isobutylene-Isoprene Rubber Synthesis, Peroxide Cure, and Mechanical Properties”, ACS Appl. Polym. Mater. 2020, 2, 5163–5172.
  • Tan, X.; Zhao, Y.; Qian, M.; Hamed, G. R.; Jia, L.* “Reinforcement of Rubber Using Reactive Oligo(b-alanine) Supramolecular Fillers”, RUBBER CHEM. TECHNOL. 201992, 198-217.
  • Dai, Y.; He, S.; Peng, B.; Crandall, L. A.; Schrage, B. R.; Ziegler, C. J.; Jia, L.*Zwitterionic Design Principle of Ni(II) Catalysts for Carbonylative Polymerization of Cyclic Ethers,” Angew Chem., Int. Ed. 2018130, 14111-14115.
  • Zhao, Y.; Fu, L.; Jia, L.*“Synthesis, characterization, and mechanical and dynamic mechanical studies of β-alanine trimer-grafted SBR”, Polymer 2018136, 62-70.
  • Yan, X.; Hamed, G. R.;* Jia, L.* “Urushiol-derived non-silane coupling agent”, Polymer 2017125, 172-181.
  • Le Floch, P; Yao, X.; Liu, Q.; Wang, Z.; Nian, G.; Sun, Y.; Jia, L.; Suo, Z.* “Wearable and washable conductors for active textiles”, ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces 2017, 9, 25542-25552.
  • Tan, X.; Zhao, Y.; Shang, M.; Hamed, G. R.;* Jia, L.* “Supramolecular Reinforcement of Styrene-Butadiene Rubber Composites”, Polymer 2017122, 242-248.
  • Jia, X.; Zhang, M.; Li, M.; Pan, F.; Ding, K.; Jia, L.;* Crandall, L. A.; Engle, J. T.; Ziegler, C. J.* “Zwitterionic Nickel(II) Catalysts for CO-Ethylene Alternating Copolymerization”, Organometallics 201736, 1122-1132.


  • 1996 Ph.D., Chemistry, Northwestern University
  • 1991 B.Sc., Lanzhou University