Battelle Energy Alliance Professor of Nuclear Science and Engineering,
MIT Professor of Materials Science and Engineering


Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA 02139
Battelle Energy Alliance Professor of Nuclear Science and Engineering,
Full Professor (7/2011-present), Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering
and Department of Materials Science and Engineering

University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA 19104
Associate Professor of Materials Science and Engineering (9/2007-6/2011)

Ohio State University, Columbus, OH 43210
Assistant Professor of Materials Science and Engineering (9/2002-9/2007)

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA 02139
Research scientist (4/2002-9/2002), postdoctoral associate (9/2000-4/2002)
Departments of Nuclear Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering


Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA 02139
Department of Nuclear Engineering (1994-2000) Ph.D., Sept. 2000
GPA 5.0/5.0: 40 graduate-level courses at 8 MIT departments

University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, Anhui 230026, P.R.C.
Special Class for Gifted Young (1990-1994) B.S. in Physics, 1994

Honors & Awards

  • Fellow of the American Physical Society (2014)
  • Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researchers 2014, among 147 scientists worldwide in Materials Science category based on papers published between 2002-2012, and among “The World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds 2014”
  • Lee Hsun Young Scientist Lecture Series on Materials Science, Institute of Metal Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences (2011)
  • TMS Robert Lansing Hardy Award (2009)
  • Technology Review TR35 Award (2007)
  • Materials Research Society (MRS) 2006 Outstanding Young Investigator Award
  • Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) 2005
  • Materials Research Society (MRS) Graduate Student Silver Medalist 1998


  • Author of free molecular visualization software AtomEye:
  • Member of Editorial Board of Nano Research (Mar. 2008-), Modelling and Simulation in Materials Science and Engineering (Feb. 2008-), Science China:Technological Sciences (Jan. 2013-), Extreme Mechanics Letters (Aug. 2014-).
  • 3-Member ExecutiveBoard (Oct. 2010-present) and International Advisory Board (Aug. 2009-present) of Multiscale Materials Modeling (MMM) conference series.
  • LeadOrganizerof 2013 MRSFall Meeting SymposiumYY “Elastic Strain Engineering for Unprecedented Materials Properties”, and Lead Guest Editor of MRS Bulletin February 2014 special issue on Elastic Strain Engineering (ESE)

Representative Publications(190+ peer-reviewed papers, 9000+ SCI cites, h-index 49)

90. X.L. Wang, F. Jiang, H. Hahn, J. Li, H. Gleiter, J. Sun and J.X. Fang, “Plasticity of a scandium-based nanoglass,” Scripta Materialia 98 (2015) 40-43.

89.Y.G.Cho, J-H. Shin,A.Costa,T.A.Kim,V.Kunin,J.Li,S.Y.Lee,S.Yang, H.N.Han, I-S. Choi and D.J. Srolovitz, “Engineering the shape and structure of materials by fractal cut,” PNAS 111 (2014) 17390-17395.

88. X-F. Qian, J-W. Liu, L. Fu and J. Li, “Quantum spin Hall effect in two-dimensional transition metal dichalcogenides,” Science 346 (2014) 1344-1347.

87.J.Sun,L-B.He,Y-C.Lo,T.Xu,H-C.Bi,L-T.Sun,Z. Zhang,S.X.MaoandJ.Li,“Liquidlike pseudoelasticity of sub-10-nm crystalline silver particles,” Nature Materials 13 (2014) 1007-1012.

86. J-J.Niu,A.Kushima,M-D.Li,Z-Q.Wang,W-B.Li,C.WangandJ.Li,“Scalable synthesis of a sulfur nanosponge cathode for a lithium-sulfur battery with improved cyclability,” J. Mater. Chem.A 2 (2014) 19788-19796.

85. J. Li, Z-W. Shan and E. Ma, “Elastic strain engineering for unprecedented materials properties,” MRS Bulletin 39 (2014) 108-114.

84. M-H.Wu,X-F.QianandJ.Li,“Tunable Exciton FunnelUsing Moire SuperlatticeinTwisted van derWaals Bilayer,” Nano Letters 14 (2014) 5350-5357.

83. W-B. Li, H-Y. Fan and J. Li, “Deviatoric Stress-Driven Fusion of Nanoparticle Superlattices,” Nano Letters 14 (2014) 4951-4958.

82. J-J. Niu, A. Kushima, X-F. Qian, L. Qi, K. Xiang, Y-M. Chiang and J. Li, “In Situ Observation of Random Solid Solution Zone in LiFePO4 Electrode,” Nano Letters 14 (2014) 4005-4010.

81. P-Y. Zhao, J. Li andY-Z.Wang, “Extended defects, ideal strength and actual strengths of finite-sized metallic glasses,” Acta Materialia 73 (2014) 149-166.

80. X-W.Fu,C.Su,Q.Fu,X-L.Zhu,R.Zhu,C-P.Liu,Z-M.Liao,J.Xu,W-L.Guo,J.Feng,J. LiandD-P.Yu, “Tailoring Exciton DynamicsbyElastic Strain-Gradientin Semiconductors,” Advanced Materials 26 (2014) 2572-2579.

79. B-Y. Liu, J. Wang, B. Li, L. Lu, X-Y. Zhang, Z-W. Shan, J. Li, C-L. Jia, J. Sun and E. Ma, “Twinning-like lattice reorientation without a crystallographic twinning plane,” Nature Communications 5 (2014) 3297.

78. Z.J.Wang,Z.W.Shan,J.Li,J.SunandE.Ma,“Anindexfor deformation controllabilityof small-volume materials,” Science ChinaTechnological Sciences 57 (2014) 663-670.

77. J.P. Lin, X.D. Li, G.J. Qiao, Z.Wang, J. Carrete,Y. Ren, L.Z. Ma,Y.J. Fei, B.F.Yang, L. Lei and J. Li, “Unexpected High-Temperature Stabilityof beta-Zn4Sb3 Opens the Door to Enhanced Thermoelectric Performance,” J. Am. Chem. Soc.136 (2014) 1497-1504.

76. J. Li, Z-W. Shan and E. Ma, Guest Editors, “Elastic strain engineering for unprecedented materials properties,” MRS Bulletin 39 (2014) 108-162.

75. L.F. Liu, X.D. Ding, J. Li, T. Lookmand and J. Sun, “Direct observation of hierarchical nucleation of martensite and size-dependent superelasticity in shape memory alloys,” Nanoscale 6 (2014) 2067-2072.

74. C-C.Wang,Y-W.Mao,Z-W.Shan,M.Dao,J.Li,J.Sun,E.MaandS. Suresh, “Real-time, high-resolution study of nanocrystallization and fatigue cracking in a cyclically strained metallic glass,” PNAS 110 (2013) 19725-19730.

73. M. Gu, A.Kushima,Y.Y. Shao, J-G. Zhang, J. Liu, N.D. Browning, J. Li and C.M.Wang, “Probing theFailure Mechanism of SnO2 Nanowires for Sodium-Ion Batteries,” Nano Letters 13 (2013) 5203-5211.

72. Q. Yu, L. Qi, R.K. Mishra, J. Li and A.M. Minor, “Reducing deformation anisotropy to achieve ultrahigh strength and ductility in Mg at the nanoscale,” PNAS 110 (2013) 1328913293.

71.L.Tian,J.Li,J.Sun,E.MaandZ-W.Shan,“Visualizing size-dependent deformationmechanism transition in Sn,” Scientific Reports 3 (2013) 2113.

70. J.Y. Huang, Y-C. Lo, J.J. Niu, A. Kushima, X.F. Qian, L. Zhong, S.X. Mao and J. Li, “Nanowire Liquid Pumps,” Nature Nanotechnology 8 (2013) 277-281.

69. S.J.Hao,L.S.Cui,D.Q.Jiang,X.D.Han,Y.Ren,J.Jiang,Y.N.Liu,Z.Y.Liu,S.C.Mao,Y.D. Wang,Y.Li,X.B.Ren,X.D.Ding,S.Wang,C.Yu,X.B.Shi,M.S.Du,F.Yang,Y.J. Zheng,                                 Z.Zhang,X.D.Li,D.E.BrownandJ.Li,“ATransformingMetal NanocompositewithLarge Elastic Strain, Low Modulus, and High Strength,” Science 339 (2013) 1191-1194.

68. A. Ishii, J. Li and S. Ogata, “Conjugate Channeling Effect in Dislocation Core Diffusion: CarbonTransportin Dislocated BCC Iron,” PLoS ONE 8 (2013) e60586.

67. P.Y. Zhao, J. Li and Y.Z. Wang, “Heterogeneously randomized STZ model of metallic glasses: Softening and extreme value statistics during deformation,” Int. J. Plasticity 40 (2013) 1-22.

66. J. Feng, X-F. Qian, C-W. Huang and J. Li, “Strain-engineered artificial atom as a broad-spectrum solar energy funnel,” Nature Photonics 6 (2012) 866-872.

65. A.Kushima, J.Y. Huang and J. Li, “Quantitative fracture strength and plasticity measurementsof lithiated silicon nanowiresbyinsituTEM tensileexperiments,”ACS Nano6 (2012) 9425-9432.

64. J. Li and L-Y. Bai, “DNA Nanotechnology: A metamaterial with memory,” Nature Nanotechnology 7 (2012) 773-774.

63. L. Qi and J. Li, “Adsorbate interactions on surface lead to a flattened Sabatier volcano plot in reduction of oxygen,” J. Catalysis295 (2012) 59-69.

62. L.Qi,Y.W.MaoandJ.Li,“Slip Corona Surrounding Bilayer Graphene Nanopore,”Nanoscale 4 (2012) 5989-5997.

61. S. Sarkar, J. Li, W.T. Cox, E. Bitzek, T.J. Lenosky and Y.Z. Wang, “Finding activation pathway of coupled displacive-diffusional defect processes in atomistics: Dislocation climb in fcc copper,” Phys. Rev.B 86 (2012) 014115.

60.J.Feng,W-B.Li,X-F.Qian,J-S.Qi,L.QiandJ.Li,“Patterningof graphene,” Nanoscale 4 (2012) 4883-4899.

59. X.H. Liu, Y. Liu, A. Kushima, S.L. Zhang, T. Zhu, J. Li and J.Y. Huang, “In Situ TEM Experiments of Electrochemical Lithiation and Delithiation of Individual Nanostructures,” Adv. Energy Mater. 2 (2012) 722-741.

58. S-W. Nam, H-S. Chung,Y.C. Lo, L. Qi, J. Li,Y. Lu, A.T.C. Johnson,Y. Jung,P. Nukala,

R.Agarwal, “ElectricalWindForce-Driven and Dislocation-Templated Amorphization in Phase-Change Nanowires,” Science 336 (2012) 1561-1566.

57.H.Yang,S. Huang,X. Huang,F.F.Fan,W.T. Liang,X.H.Liu,L-Q.Chen,J.Y. Huang,

J. Li, T. Zhu and S.L. Zhang, “Orientation-Dependent Interfacial Mobility Governs the Anisotropic Swelling in Lithiated Silicon Nanowires,” Nano Letters 12 (2012) 1953-1958.

56. J.S. Qi, X.F. Qian, L. Qi, J. Feng, D.N. Shi and J. Li, “Strain-Engineering of Band Gaps in Piezoelectric Boron Nitride Nanoribbons,” Nano Letters 12 (2012) 1224-1228.

55. Z-J.Wang,Z-W.Shan,J.Li,J.SunandE.Ma,“Pristine-to-pristineregimeof plastic deformation in submicron-sized single crystal gold particles,” Acta Mater. 60 (2012) 1368-1377.

54. Q.Yu, L. Qi, K. Chen, R.K. Mishra, J. Li and A.M. Minor, “The Nanostructured Origin of DeformationTwinning,” Nano Letters 12 (2012) 887-892.

53. L.Tian,Y-Q. Cheng,Z-W.Shan,J.Li,C-C.Wang,X-D.Han,J.SunandE.Ma,“Approaching the ideal elastic limit of metallic glasses,” Nature Communications 3 (2012) 609.

52. A. Ishii, S. Ogata, H. Kimizuka and J. Li, “Adaptive-boost molecular dynamics simulation of carbon diffusion in iron,” Phys. Rev.B 85 (2012) 064303.

51. L. Huang, Q-J. Li, Z-W. Shan, J. Li, J. Sun and E. Ma, “A new regime for mechanical annealing and strong sample-size strengthening in body centred cubic molybdenum,”Nature Communications 2 (2011) 547.

50. A.Kushima, X. H. Liu, G. Zhu, Z. L.Wang, J.Y. Huang and J. Li, “Leapfrog Cracking and Nanoamorphization of ZnO Nanowires during in Situ Electrochemical Lithiation,” Nano Letters 11 (2011) 4535-4541.

49. X.H.Liu,S.Huang,S.T. Picraux,J.Li,T.ZhuandJ.Y.Huang, “Reversible nanopore formation in Ge nanowires during lithiation-delithiation cycling: an in situ transmission electron microscopystudy,” Nano Letters 11 (2011) 3991-3997.

48. Y. Liu, H. Zheng, X. H. Liu, S. Huang, T. Zhu, J. W. Wang, A. Kushima, N. S. Hudak,

X. Huang, S.L. Zhang, S. X. Mao, X.F. Qian, J. Li, and J.Y. Huang, “Lithiation-Induced Embrittlement of Multiwalled Carbon Nanotubes,” ACS Nano5 (2011) 7245-7253.

47. X.H. Liu, H. Zheng, L. Zhong, S. Huang, K. Karki, L.Q. Zhang,Y. Liu, A.Kushima,W.T. Liang, J.W.Wang, J.-H. Cho, E. Epstein, S.A. Dayeh, S.T. Picraux,T. Zhu, J. Li, J.P. Sullivan, J. Cumings, C.S.Wang, S.X. Mao, Z.Z.Ye, S.L. Zhang and J.Y. Huang, “Anisotropic Swelling and Fracture of Silicon Nanowires during Lithiation,” Nano Letters 11 (2011) 3312-3318.

46. J. Li, S. Sarkar,W.T. Cox,T. J. Lenosky, E. Bitzek andY.Z.Wang, “Diffusive molecular dynamics and its application to nanoindentation and sintering,” Phys. Rev. B 84 (2011) 054103.

45. J.S. Qi, J.Y. Huang, J. Feng, D.N. Shi and J. Li, “The Possibility of Chemically Inert, Graphene-Based All-Carbon Electronic Devices with 0.8 eV Gap,” ACS Nano 5 (2011) 3475-3482.

44. J. Li, A.Kushima, J. Eapen, X. Lin, X.F. Qian, J. C. Mauro,P. Diep and S.Yip, “Computing theViscosity of Supercooled Liquids: Markov Network Model,” PLoS ONE 6 (2011) e17909.

43. J. Y. Huang, L. Zhong, C. M. Wang, J. P. Sullivan, W. Xu, L. Q. Zhang, S. X. Mao, N.

S. Hudak, X. H. Liu, A. Subramanian, H. Y. Fan, L. Qi, A. Kushima and J. Li, “In situ observation of the electrochemical lithiation of a single SnO2 nanowire electrode,” Science 330 (2010) 1515-1520.

42.S.HaraandJ.Li,“Adaptive strain-boosthyperdynamics simulationsof stress-driven atomic processes,” Phys. Rev.B 82 (2010) 184114.

41. H.Y.Yuan, J. Li, G. Bao and S.L. Zhang, “Variable Nanoparticle-Cell Adhesion Strength Regulates Cellular Uptake,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 105 (2010) 138101.

40.S.I.White,R.M.Mutiso,P.M.Vora,D.Jahnke,S.Hsu,J.M.Kikkawa,J.Li,J.E. Fischer andK.I.Winey, “Electrical percolationbehaviorinsilvernanowire-polystyrene composites: simulation and experiment,” Adv. Funct. Mater. 20 (2010) 2709-2716.

39. T. Zhu and J. Li, “Ultra-strength materials,” Progress in Materials Science 55 (2010) 710757.

38. S. Z. Li, X. D. Ding, J. Li, X. B. Ren, J. Sun and E. Ma, “High-efficiencymechanical energy storage and retrieval using interfaces in nanowires,” Nano Letters 10 (2010) 1774-1779.

37. L. Qi, J.Y. Huang, J. Feng and J. Li, “In situ observations of the nucleation and growth of atomically sharp graphene bilayer edges,” Carbon 48 (2010) 2354-2360.

36.Q.Yu,Z.-W.Shan,J.Li,X.X.Huang,L.Xiao,J.SunandE.Ma,“Strong crystalsizeeffect on deformation twinning,” Nature 463 (2010) 335-338.

35.Y.WangandJ.Li,“Phase Field Modelingof Defectsand Deformation,” Acta Mater. 58 (2010) 1212-1235. Overview No. 150.

34. Y. Mishin, M. Asta and J. Li, “Atomistic modeling of interfaces and their impact on microstructure and properties,” Acta Mater. 58 (2010) 1117-1151. Overview No. 148.

33.J.Feng,L.Qi,J.Y.HuangandJ.Li,“Geometricand electronic structureofgraphenebilayer edges,” Phys. Rev.B 80 (2009) 165407.

32.J.Y.Huang,F.Ding,B.I.Yakobson,P.Lu,L.QiandJ.Li,“Insitu observationof graphene sublimation and multi-layer edge reconstructions,” PNAS 106 (2009) 10103-10108.

31. L.Kovarik, R.R. Unocic, J. Li,P. Sarosi, C. Shen,Y.Wang and M.J. Mills, “Microtwinning and other shearing mechanisms at intermediate temperatures in Ni-based superalloys,” Progress in Materials Science 54 (2009) 839-873.

30. S. L. Zhang, J. Li, G.Lykotrafitis, G. Bao and S. Suresh, “Size-Dependent Endocytosis of Nanoparticles,” Adv. Mater. 21 (2009) 419-424.

29. X-F.Qian,J.Li,L.Qi,C-Z.Wang,T-L.Chan,Y-X.Yao,K-M.HoandS.Yip,“Quasiatomic orbitals for ab initio tight-binding analysis,” Phys. Rev.B 78 (2008) 245112.

28. S. Suresh and J. Li, “Deformation of the ultra-strong,” Nature 456 (2008) 716-717.

27. J. Li,T.J. Lenosky, C.J.F¨orst and S.Yip, “Thermochemical and Mechanical Stabilities of the Oxide Scale of ZrB2+SiC and OxygenTransport Mechanisms,” J. Am. Ceram. Soc. 91 (2008) 1475-1480.

26. L. Qi, X-F.Qian and J. Li, “Near-neutrality of oxygen molecule adsorbed on Pt(111) surface,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 101 (2008) 146101.

25. T. Zhu, J. Li, A. Samanta, A. Leach and K. Gall, “Temperature and Strain-Rate Dependence of Surface Dislocation Nucleation,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 100 (2008) 025502. Cover article.

24. H.Verweij, M. C. Schillo and J. Li, “Fast MassTransport through Carbon Nanotube Membranes,” Small 3 (2007) 1996-2004. Concepts article.

23.Y.M.Wang,J.Li,A.V. HamzaandT.W. Barbee,Jr.,“Ductile crystalline-amorphous nanolaminates,” PNAS 104 (2007) 11155-11160.

22.J.Li,P.G.Kevrekidis,C.W.GearandI.G.Kevrekidis, “Decidingthe Natureofthe Coarse Equation through Microscopic Simulations: The Baby-Bathwater Scheme,” SIAM Review 49 (2007) 469-487.

21. J. Li, G.Lykotrafitis, M. Dao and S. Suresh, “Cytoskeletal Dynamics of Human Erythrocyte,” PNAS 104 (2007) 4937-4942.

20.A.Gouldstone,N. Chollacoop,M.Dao,J.Li,A.MinorandY.-L.Shen,“IndentationAcross Size Scales and Disciplines: Recent Developments in Experimentation and Modeling,” Acta Mater. 55 (2007) 4015-4039. Overview No. 142.

19. T. Zhu, J. Li, A. Samanta, H.G. Kim and S. Suresh, “Interfacial Plasticity Governs Strain Rate Sensitivity and Ductility in Nanostructured Metals,” PNAS 104 (2007) 3031-3036. Cover article.

18. J. Li, “The Mechanics and Physics of Defect Nucleation,” MRS Bulletin 32 (2007) 151-159.

17. J. Eapen, J. Li and S.Yip, “Mechanism of thermal transport in dilute nanocolloids,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 98 (2007) 028302.

16. F. Shimizu, S. Ogata and J. Li, “Yield Point of Metallic Glass,” Acta Mater. 54 (2006) 4293-4298.

15. X. Lin, J. Li, C. J.F¨orst and S.Yip, “Multiple Self-Localized Electronic States inTrans-Polyacetylene,” PNAS 103 (2006) 8943-8946.

14. X. Lin, J. Li and S.Yip, “Controlling Bending andTwisting of Conjugated Polymers via Solitons,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 95 (2005) 198303.

13.J.Li,M.Dao,C.T.LimandS. Suresh,“Spectrin-level analysisofshapeevolutionandlarge deformation elasticity of erythrocyte,” Biophys.J. 88 (2005) 3707-3719.

12. T. Zhu, J. Li and S. Yip, “Atomistic configurations and energetics of crack extension in silicon,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 93 (2004) 205504.

11.T.Zhu,J.LiandS.Yip,“Atomisticstudyof dislocationloop emissionfroma cracktip,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 93 (2004) 025503.

10.J.Li, A.H.W.NganandP. Gumbsch, “Atomistic modelingof mechanicalbehavior,” Acta Mater. (Golden Jubilee Issue) 51 (2003) 5711-42.

9. N.H.deLeeuw,Z.M.Du,J.Li,S.YipandT.Zhu,“Computer modelingstudyoftheeffect ofhydration on the stabilityofa silica nanotube,” Nano Letters 3 (2003) 1347-52.

8. J. Li, “AtomEye: an efficient atomistic configuration viewer,” Modelling Simul. Mater. Sci. Eng. 11 (2003) 173-7.

7. C.W.Gear,J.LiandI.G.Kevrekidis,“Thegap-tooth methodin particle simulations,”Physics Letters A316 (2003) 190-5.

6. S.Ogata,J.Li andS.Yip, “Ideal pure shear strengthof aluminum and copper,” Science 298 (2002) 807-11.

5.J.Li,K.J.VanVliet,T.Zhu,S.YipandS. Suresh, “Atomistic mechanismgoverning elastic limit and incipient plasticity in crystals,” Nature 418 (2002) 307-10.

4.W.Cai,V.V. Bulatov, J.-P. Chang,J.LiandS.Yip,“Anisotropic elastic interactionsofa periodic dislocation array,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 86 (2001) 5727-30.

3. J. Li, L.J. Porter and S.Yip, “Atomistic modeling of finite-temperature properties of crystalline β-SiC: II. thermal conductivity and effects of point defects,” J. Nucl. Mater. 255 (1998) 139-52.

2. J. Li, D.Y. Liao and S.Yip, “Coupling continuum to molecular-dynamics simulation: reflecting particle method and the field estimator,” Phys. Rev.E 57 (1998) 7259-67.

1. J.H.Wang,J.Li,S.Yip,S. PhillpotandD.Wolf,“Mechanical instabilitiesof homogeneous crystals,” Phys. Rev.B 52 (1995) 12627-35.