Prof. Dr. Yuzhuo Li

February 28, 1958November 14, 2012

Professor Dr. Yuzhuo Li, Potsdam, NY, age 54, passed away after a sudden illness on November 14th 2012 in Mannheim, Germany, with his wife by his side. Arrangements are made with Garner Funeral Home in Potsdam, NY. Yuzhuo was born on February 28th, 1958 in Tianjin, China. He received his undergraduate degree in polymer chemistry from Nankai University and his doctorate degree in organic chemistry from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Yuzhuo joined the chemistry faculty at Clarkson University in 1990 and was recognized for his accomplishments with numerous honors including the Outstanding New Teacher Award in 1993, the John W. Graham, Jr. Faculty Research Award in 1997, the Outstanding Advisor Award in 1997 and the CUSA Outstanding Teaching Award in 1998. He had mentored numerous undergraduate and graduate students at Clarkson University. He was also the writer and editor of over 100 publications and inventor of over 60 patents. Yuzhuo was a leading expert in the area of chemical mechanical planarization (CMP). Since 2008, he served as Head of R&D for Global Business Electronic Materials at BASF in Ludwigshafen, Germany. Yuzhuo was survived by his wife Ning Gao, son Eugene, and six brothers and sisters. Calling hours will be on Friday, November 30, 2012 from 2 - 4 and 7 - 9 pm at the Garner Funeral Service, Potsdam. His memorial service will be on Tuesday, December 4th at 10:00 am at Clarkson University in the Barben Room in the Cheel Center. Burial will follow the service at the Bayside Cemetery in Potsdam. A separate memorial service will be held on Friday, November 23rd at BASF in Ludwigshafen, Germany. Online condolences can be sent Contributions may be made to the Yuzhuo Li Memorial Scholarship Fund at Clarkson University.


  • Visitation Friday, November 30, 2012
  • Visitation Friday, November 30, 2012
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, December 4, 2012

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Stacey R

October 24, 2016

Just thinking about Dr. Li and his family at this time. Sending prayers.

Andrei Zelenev

July 8, 2013

Dear Ning and Eugene, I was shocked to learn of Dr. Li's passing. I can't believe this has happened. I ran into Dr. Li by accident inside the cafeteria of Max Plank Institute in Potsdam/Golm in 2010. How could I have known that that was my last opportunity to see him! So sad...

Sameer Dhane

April 9, 2013

I am deeply saddened by the news of Dr. Li's passing. I had the opportunity of working with him during my MS program. My deepest condolences to his family

Laertis Economikos

December 11, 2012

I had the opportunity to work with Prof. Li by contributing a chapter to his book Microelectronic Applications of CMP. I had only good memories from this collaboration. My deepest condolences to his family.

Stacey Reeder

December 10, 2012

I was very saddened to hear of Dr. Li's passing. I am glad that I had to opportunity to learn from him during my time at Clarkson.
He will be missed.

quanhe ma

December 3, 2012

I hope that it was just a bad joke. I couldn't image why such tragedy happens so often and so early around me.

Yuzhuo is a long time family friend. I met him in Madison in 1985 after Liwen arrived. He and Dai Wei drove up from Urbana Champaign during the spring break. Yuzhuo was the designated driver by Dai Wei and got a special treatment. Dai Wei asked him laying on the bed to get full rest while we prepared the food. The treatment was so nice and impressive to me that I mentioned it to Liwen whenever I drove more hours and got no rest. The answer was "you are not Li Yuzhuo and I am not Dai Wei".

In the following years, Yuzhuo visited us every time he came to DC area. Liwen's "fried crab" was his favorable dish. He always had his signature smile and started his talk with "well".

The last time I met Yuzhuo was at Liwen's funeral eight years ago. It was heartbroken to know he left us so young as well.

Dear Ning, Please accept my deepest condolences and prayers for you and Eugene at this most difficult time. Take care.

Kate Matthis

December 1, 2012

Dear Ning and Eugene, I was shocked and so saddened to learn of your loss. Kieran and I send our deepest condolences, and want you both to know that we are thinking of you during this trying time.

Norm Marshall

November 30, 2012

I will forever miss Dr. Li's unique sayings from organic chemistry class, and I will always be grateful for the kindness and patience he showed me in his research lab. I will remember him to my chemistry students for many years to come.

Daniel Shen

November 30, 2012

Prof. Li, my advisor, my colleague and my friend, was a great professor, an innovative scientist and a thoughtful person, who always supported his friends and team members in many ways. Some of the sentences we often heard at Clarkson or in BASF, " Dr. Li always has solutions and good ideas ", " Let's consult Prof. Li for advice "..etc. Under his resourceful leadership, CMP research team has established in a professional form in BASF. We cherish the memory of this scholar who contributed his entire life in CMP.

His sudden passed away shocked me, and I feel so sad to loss this friend, this supervisor. Please accept my sympathy and my condolences. May God bless Dr. Li's family.
Rest in peace, my dear professor, Dr. Yuzhuo Li.

Carol Kissam

November 30, 2012

Dear Ning and Eugene - While I didn't know Professor Li, I do know you and wish to offer you my sincere sympathy for your loss. This is a very difficult time for you, and I hope your fond memories will give you strength. My prayers are with you.