Dr. Gonghu Li is the quintessential teacher-scholar, excelling in teaching, research and service. In his chemistry courses, students describe him as amazing, clear, effective, organized, enthusiastic, engaging and just plain “awesome.” Dr. Li’s research focuses on aspects of sustainability. He works to reduce carbon dioxide through the design and study of catalysts that enable solar energy to convert CO2 to liquids. His research has practical and fundamental implications, and both are funded by the National Science Foundation and the United States Department of Energy. He has published some 50 research papers in leading journals. He and his students have presented at prestigious international meetings.
For a professor of Dr. Li’s caliber, teaching and research are not separate entities. They are one and the same. Dr. Li has mentored 15 undergraduates, including five that completed rigorous senior theses. He’s nominated many of his undergrads for prestigious awards, and they have collectively received a remarkable 22 such awards!
Dr. Li planned and implemented a chemistry and sustainability lecture series, inviting 15 experts to UNH to present research, discuss sustainability, meet with students and learn about sustainability efforts at UNH. These talks, entirely conceived by Dr. Li, were held over several years and helped to raise national awareness of UNH and its role in sustainability.
Finally, I must note that Gonghu Li is one of the kindest, most modest human beings I know. He quietly but profoundly improves the lives of those around him through his hard work, his passion, his dedication to students and his humility.