• Research


    Biological structural materials
    Bio-inspired materials
    Biomineralization
    Self-assembly
    Crystal growth and design
    Mechanical behavior of materials
    Multifunctional materials
  • Publications



    1. C.N. Kaplan, W.L. Noorduin, L. Li, J. Aizenberg, L. Mahadevan, Controlled growth and form of precipitating microsculptures, Science, (2017) 355, 1396-1399.
    2. L. Li*, M. J. Connors*, M. Kolle, G. England, D. Speiser, X. Xiao, J. Aizenberg and C. Ortiz,
    Multifunctionality of chiton biomineralized armor with an integrated visual system, Science,
    (2015) 350, 952-956. Featured in Front Cover.
    3. L. Li^ and C. Ortiz, A Natural 3D interconnected laminate composite for enhanced damage
    resistance, Advanced Functional Materials, (2015) 25, 3463-3471. Featured in Front Cover.
    4. L. Li*, S. Kolle*, M. Kolle, J. C. Weaver, C. Ortiz and J. Aizenberg, A highly conspicuous
    mineralized composite photonic architecture in the translucent shell of the blue-rayed limpet,
    Nature Communications, (2015) DOI: 10.1038/ncomms7322.
    5. L. Li^, J. C. Weaver, and C. Ortiz, Hierarchical structural design for fracture
    resistance in the shell of a pteropod Clio pyramidata, Nature Communications, (2015) DOI:
    10.1038/ncomms7216.
    6. L. Li and C. Ortiz, Pervasive nanoscale deformation twinning as a catalyst for the efficient
    energy dissipation in a bioceramic armor, Nature Materials, (2014) 13, 501-507.
    7. L. Li and C. Ortiz, Biological design for simultaneous optical transparency and mechanical
    robustness in the shell of Placuna placenta, Advanced Materials (2013) 25, 2344-2350.
    8. L. Li, Y. Yang, J. Ding, and J. Xue, Synthesis of magnetite nanooctahedra and their magnetic
    field-induced two-/three-dimensional superstructures, Chemistry of Materials (2010) 22,
    3183-3191.
    9. X. Tang, E. S. G. Choo, L. Li, J. Ding, and J. Xue, Synthesis of ZnO nanoparticles with
    tunable emission colors and their cell labeling applications, Chemistry of Materials (2010)
    22, 3383-3388.
    10. L. Li, E. S. G. Choo, X. Tang, J. Ding, and J. Xue, Ag/Au-decorated Fe3O4/SiO2 composite
    nanospheres for catalytic applications, Acta Materialia (2010) 58, 3825-3831.
    11. L. Li, D. Jun, and J. Xue, A facile green approach for synthesizing monodisperse magnetite
    nanoparticles, Journal of Materials Research (2010) 25, 810-813.
    12. L. Li, E. S. G. Choo, X. Tang, J. Ding, and J. Xue, A facile one-step route to synthesize cagelike
    silica hollow microspheres loaded with superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles in
    their shells, Chemical Communications (2009) 8, 938-940.
    13. X. Tang, E. S. G. Choo, L. Li, and J. Xue, One-Pot synthesis of water-stable ZnO
    nanoparticles via a polyol hydrolysis route and their cell labeling applications, Langmuir
    (2009) 25, 5271-5275.
    14. L. Li, J. Ding, and J. Xue, Macroporous silica hollow microspheres as nanoparticles
    collectors, Chemistry of Materials (2009) 21, 3629-3637.
    15. L. Li, E. S. G. Choo, X. Tang, J. Ding, J. Yi, and J. Xue, Superparamagnetic silica composite
    nanospheres (SSCNs) with ultra-high loading of iron oxide nanoparticles via an oil-in-DEG
    microemulsion route, Chemistry of Materials (2008) 20, 6292-6294.
    16. L. Li, E. S. G. Choo, Z. Liu, D. Jun, and J. Xue, Double-layer silica core-shell nanospheres
    with superparamagnetic and fluorescent functionalities, Chemical Physics Letters (2008)
    461, 114-117.

    Under review or in preparation:
    1. L. Li^, M. J. Connors, J. Weaver, C. Ortiz and J. Aizenberg^, On the intrinsic mechanical properties of biogenic calcite, in preparation.
    2. L. Li, Q. T. Zhang, L. Han, M. Kolle, J.-H. Lee, J. Yin, J. Weaver, C. Ortiz, J. Aizenberg^ and P. Vukusic^, Coupling between mechanical protection and photonic coloration leads to
    structural optimization in a beetle’s exoskeleton, in preparation.
    3. W. Noorduin, L. Li, A. J. Fijneman, J. Aizenberg, Balancing interfacial free energy and local supersaturation to direct nucleation and growth, in preparation.

  • Professional History


    2016-Present, Virginia Tech, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Assistant Professor
    2014-2016, Postdoctoral Fellow, Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering, Harvard University
    2009-2014, Graduate Research Assistant, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Awards and Honors



    2016 – Rosalind Franklin Young Investigator Award
    2015 – 3rd place, Poster Contest in Center for Nanoscale Systems, Harvard University
    2013 – Global Fellows Program Fellowship, MIT
    2010 – Top Prize ($10,000 award) MADMEC Competition, MIT
    2010 – Best Entry, Research Image Competition, DMSE, MIT
    2008 – Lijen Industrial Development Medal (best academic senior thesis in the discipline)
    2008 – Materials Research Society (Singapore) Gold Medal

Education

Ph.D., Material Science and Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2014
B.S., Material Science and Engineering, National University of Singapore, 2008

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Ling Li

Assistant Professor