Yuanxin (Miranda) Li

Graduate Student Researcher

Office Location

PSBN 4623B



Miranda’s research so far is to improve Dynamic Nuclear Polarization (DNP) as a technique in terms of signal enhancement for biological materials. She has worked on biocompatible radicals to optimize Cross Effect DNP and have been looking at the solvent-radical interface in mixed radicals. She has now started working on bio NMR and learning the state-of-art ssNMR experiments like Cross-polarization, DARR, HNC, and REDOR.  


  • 2012 - 2016: B.S., Chemistry, Zhejiang University, China.
  • 2016 - present: Graduate Student Researcher, Chemistry, University of California - Santa Barbara (Advisor: Prof. Songi Han)



  • 2018: International Research Experiences for Students (IRES)
  • 2014-2015: Scholarship of Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics of Chinese Academy of Science)
  • 2013-2014, 2014-2015: Scholarship for Outstanding Merits
  • 2013-2014, 2014-2015: Scholarship for Outstanding Students
  • 2013-2014: Excellent Student Awards


  • Schrader, A. M.; Monroe, J. I.; Sheil, R.; Dobbs, H. A.; Keller, T. J.; Li, Y.; Jain, S.; Shell, M. S.;  Israelachvili, J. N.; Han, S. Surface chemical heterogeneity modulates silica surface hydration. Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci. 2018, 115, 2890-2895.