Qiliang Li

Mason ECE professor Qiliang Li
Titles and Organizations

Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering; VA Microelectronics Consortium for Education Research Professor

Contact Information

Phone: 703-993-1596
Campus: Fairfax
Building: Nguyen Engineering Building
Room 3250
Mail Stop: 1G5

Personal Websites


Qiliang Li’s research is focused on semiconductor device technology, nanoelectronics, and intelligent sensing systems. He became a faculty member at George Mason University in 2007. Prior to joining Mason, he was a scientist at the Semiconductor Electronics Division, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), working on advanced CMOS devices and nanoelectronics. He is the Distinguished Virginia Microelectronics Consortium (VMEC) Chair Professor at George Mason University.

Qiliang Li received a PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering from North Carolina State University in 2004. From 2004 to 2007, he was a Scientist at the Semiconductor Electronics Division of 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 and was promoted to Tenured Associate Professor (2012) and Professor (2017) in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He is a Guest Scientist at NIST while working at Mason as a professor.

Prof. Li received the honor of the Virginia Microelectronics Consortium (VMEC) Professorship in 2007. He is currently a Distinguished VMEC Chair Professor at Mason. He received the NSF CAREER award in 2009 for his research on nanowire field effect transistors and memory. He received the Mason Emerging Researcher/Scholar/Creator Award in 2011 and the School of Engineering Rising Star in 2012. He is currently working on nanoelectronics for logic, memory, and sensors, 2D electronics and topological insulators, and wide band gap semiconductors. He published over 150 technical papers and had 7 U.S. patents. Prof. Li currently serves as Vice Chair of the Electronics & Photonics Division of the Electrochemical Society and an executive member of the 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 the 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 the National Science Foundation.

Research Interests

  • Electronics
  • Intelligent Sensor Systems
  • Chemical Sensors


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