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Dr. Li will give a keynote on environmental effects on the mechanical behavior and function performance of nanostructures to Plasticity 2012, San Juan, Puerto Rico, January 3-8, 2012.

Dr. Li will give an invited talk on unveiling the strengthening and toughening mechanisms of nacre - lessons from nature to TMS 2012, 141st Annual Meeting & Exhibition, Orlando, FL, March 11-15, 2012.  

Dr. Li will give an invited talk on unveiling the strengthening and toughening mechanisms of nacre - lessons from nature to 36th International Conference and Exposition on Advanced Ceramics and Composites (ICACC'12), Daytona Beach, Florida, January 22-27, 2012.

Dr. Li will give an invited talk titled "what roles do nanostructures play in the strengthening and toughening of nacre? Lessons from nature" to 2011 MRS Fall Meeting, Boston, MA, November 27 - December 1, 2011.  

Dr. Li will give an invited talk on unveiling the strengthening and toughening mechanisms of nacre - lessons from nature to Xiangshan Science Conference on Biomimetic Materials and Devices, Beijing, China, October 17-19, 2011.

Dr. Li will give a keynote on unveiling the strengthening and toughening mechanisms of nacre - lessons from nature to 2011 ASME Annual Conference, International Mechanical Engineering Congress & Exposition (IMECE), Denver, Colorado, November 11- 17, 2011.

Dr. Li received 2011 College of Engineering and Computing Research Achievement Award.

Dr. Li gave an invited talk on environmental effects on the mechanical behavior and function performance of nanostructures to International Workshop on Nanoindentation Related Research, Xi’an, China,May 19-21, 2011.

Chemistry World News, Ceramic Tech Today, Shma Shot about Physics, and USC Nano Center News highlighted our research on electrical self-healing of mechanically damaged zinc oxide nanobelts.
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Dr. Li was invited to serve on the Editorial Board of Journal of Biomaterials and Nanobiotechnology.

Dr. Li has been elected Chairman of the TMS - Nanomechnical Materials Behavior Committee.

Dr. Li was invited to serve on the Editorial Board of Journal of Nanoscience Letters.

Dr. Li was nominated for 2011 Michael J. Mungo Undergraduate Teaching Award.

Dr. Li’s H index factor is over 26.

Dr. Li’s publications have been cited over 2,800 times.

ScienceDaily, MSNBC, Discovery News, Chemistry World News, physorg.com, swissinfo.ch, The Times of India, Canadian Business Magazine, news.com.au, TechNewsDaily, Nanowerk Spotlight, USC News and many other media highlighted our research on boron carbide nanowires and composites from cotton T-shirts.
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Nature China, Cutting Tool Magazine, and Nanowerk Spotlight highlighted our research on top-down nanomechanical machining of three-dimensional nanostructures by atomic force microscopy.

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Dr. Li gave an invited talk on environmental effects on the mechanical behavior and function performance of nanostructures to TMS 2011, 140th Annual Meeting & Exhibition, San Diego, California, February 27 - March 3, 2011.
Dr. Li gave an invited talk on deformation and toughening mechanisms of nacre to the 35th International Conference and Exposition on Advanced Ceramics and Composites (ICACC’11), Daytona Beach, Florida, January 23-28, 2011.
Dr. Li gave an invited talk on in situ atomic force microscopy nanomechanical testing and nanofabrication to 2010 MRS Fall Meeting, Boston, MA, November 29 - December 3, 2010.
Dr. Li co-organized a symposium titled "Controlled Processing of Nanoparticle-based Materials and Nanostructured Film" at MS&T ’10, Materials Science & Technology 2010 Conference & Exhibition, Houston, Texas, October 17-21, 2010.
Dr. Li gave an invited talk on in-situ AFM and nanoindentation mechanical testing to the International Workshop on Materials Behavior at the Micro- and Nano-Scale, Xi’an, China, June 8-11, 2010.
Dr. Li gave an invited talk on B/SiOx nanonecklace reinforced nanocomposites by unique mechanical interlocking mechanism to TMS 2010, 139th Annual Meeting & Exhibition, Seattle, WA, February 14-18, 2010.
Dr. Li gave an invited talk on the deformation and toughening mechanisms of natural biological nanocomposites - lessons from nature to the 3rd International Conference on One-dimentional Nanomaterials (ICON 2009), Atlanta, Georgia, December 7- 9, 2009.
Dr. Li gave an invited talk on the formation mechanism of pseudo single-crystal aragonite platelets in nacre to MS&T ’09 Material Science & Technology 2009 Conference & Exhibition, Pittsburgh, PA, October 25-29, 2009.
Dr. Li and Dr. Zhi-Hui Xu, with other co-authors, were awarded the 2008 Professional Engineering Publisher’s PE Prize for the most significant research article, titled “Drift and spatial distortion elimination in atomic force microscopy images by the digital image correlation technique”.
Dr. Li served as a Guest Editor for Metallurgical and Materials Transactions A, Special Issue - Mechanical Behavior of Nanostructured Materials.
Dr. Li served as a Guest Editor for JOM, Special Issue - Nanomechanical Testing.
Dr. Li gave an invited talk on the deformation and toughening mechanisms of natural biological nanocomposites - lessons from nature, Summer School of Advanced Function Materials 2009, Shenyang, China, July 7 - 9, 2009.
Dr. Li gave an invited talk on deformation and toughening mechanisms of natural biological nanocomposites - lessons from nature to the International Workshop on Size Effect on Materials Mechanical Behavior, Beijing, China, May 24 - 26, 2009.
Science Perspectives (22 February 2008 issue) highlighted/cited our research on seashells.
Dr. Li was invited to serve on the Editorial Board of International Journal of Applied Mechanics.
Dr. Li served as a Guest Editor for Experimental Mechanics, Special Issue - Emerging Methods to Understand Mechanical Behavior.
Dr. Li received the 2008 College of Engineering and Computing Research Progress Award.
Xinnan Wang successfully passed his PhD defense on February 8, 2008. Congratulations, Dr. Xinnan Wang!
Dr. Li gave an invited talk on experimental nanomechanics of nanobuilding blocks to MS&T '08 Material Science & Technology 2008 Conference & Exhibition, Pittsburgh, PA, October 5-9, 2008.
Dr. Li gave an invited talk on nanomechanics of biological systems to 2008 MRS Spring Meeting, San Francisco, CA, March 24-28, 2008.
Dr. Li gave an invited seminar on experimental nanomechanics to University of North Carolina at Charlotte on March 20, 2008.
Dr. Li gave an invited talk on deformation and toughening mechanisms of nanograins - lessons from nature to 2008 TMS Annual Meeting & Exhibition, New Orleans, LA, March 9-13, 2008.
Dr. Li gave an invited talk on micro/nanomechanical characterization of coatings and its applications to fuel cell systems to 2008 TMS Annual Meeting & Exhibition, New Orleans, LA, March 9-13, 2008.
Dr. Li gave an invited talk on nanomechanical testing and size effect of low-dimensional nanostructures to the ACER /ASTM Workshop on Strength and Fracture Standards at Micro and Nano Scales, Daytona Beach, Florida, January 27, 2008.
Dr. Li gave an invited talk on deformation and toughening mechanisms of natural nanocomposites - lessons from nature to the 32nd International Conference & Exposition on Advanced Ceramics & Composites, Daytona Beach, Florida, January 27-February 1, 2008.
Dr. Li organized a symposium titled "Nanostructured Materials" at 2007 ASME Annual Conference, International Mechanical Engineering Congress & Exposition (IMECE), Seattle, Washington, November 12-15, 2007.
Dr. Li gave an invited seminar on deformation and toughening secrets of natural biological nanocomposites - lessons from nature to University of Georgia on October 11, 2007.
Nanowerk Spotlight featured our research on biomaterials. Please see the news story "Nature's bottom-up nanofabrication of armor."
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Dr. Li was invited to serve as a panelist on nanotechnology at 2007 ASME Pressure Vessels and Piping/CREEP8 Conference, San Antonio, Texas, July 22-26, 2007.
Dr. Li gave an invited plenary lecture on experimental nanomechanics and nanomachining of low-dimensional nanostructures to the International Workshop on One-Dimensional Nano-Structured Materials: Properties, Devices and MEMS, Beijing and Nanchang, China, June 24-28, 2007.
Dr. Li organized a symposium titled "Mechanics of Nanomaterials and Micro/Nanodevices-Experimental and Modeling" at MS&T '07 Materials Science & Technology 2007 Conference & Exhibition, Detroit, Michigan, September 16-20, 2007.
Dr. Li gave an invited talk on structural and mechanical characterization of biomaterials - lessons from nature to ICMCTF 2007, The International Conference on Metallurgical Coatings and Thin Films, San Diego, California, April 23-27, 2007.
Dr. Li gave an invited talk on application of digital image correlation techniques to atomic force microscopy-challenges and opportunities to 2007 SEM Annual Conference, Springfield, MA, June 3-6, 2007.
Dr. Li gave an invited talk on experimental mechanics of nanostructures - challenges and opportunities to TMS 2007-136th Annual Meeting & Exhibition, Orlando, Florida, February 25 - March 1, 2007.
Dr. Li gave an invited talk on atomic force microscopy nanometrology and in-situ mechanical testing -challenges and opportunities to TMS 2007-136th Annual Meeting & Exhibition, Orlando, Florida, February 25 - March 1, 2007.
Dr. Li gave an invited seminar on experimental nanomechanics of nano building blocks and biomaterials to Johns Hopkins University on December 1, 2006.
Dr. Li gave an invited seminar on nanomechanical testing of 1D nanomaterials and biomaterials to Rice University on October 11, 2006.
Dr. Li gave an invited seminar on nanoscale mechanical testing and nanomanipulation of nanobuilding blocks to Clemson University on December 7, 2006.
Dr. Li gave an invited talk on nanoscale deformation and toughening mechanisms of nacre to 2006 MRS Fall Meeting, Boston, MA, November 27- December 1, 2006.
Dr. Li gave an invited talk on nanoscale structural and mechanical characterization of natural nanocomposites -seashells to MS&T '06, Materials Science & Technology 2006 Conference & Exhibition, Cicinnati, Ohio, October 15-19, 2006..
Dr. Li organized a symposium titled "Nanomechanical Characterization and Size Dependent Mechanical Properties" at MS&T '06, Material Science & Technology 2006 Conference & Exhibition, Cincinnati, Ohio, October 15-19, 2006
Dr. Li gave an invited seminar on in-situ nanomechanical testing of nanomaterials and biomaterials - challenges and opportunities to Veeco Metrology Group on June 21, 2006.
Dr. Li gave an invited talk on nanomechanical and interface properties to The Chem-Semi Nanotechnology Modeling Workshop, Gaitherburg, Maryland, May 24-25, 2006
Dr. Li gave an invited seminar on nanoscale structural and mechanical characterization of low-dimensional nanomaterials and biomaterials to University of California at Riverside on April 21, 2006.
Dr. Li gave an invited seminar on nanomechanical testing and nanomachining of low-dimensional nanomaterials to North Carolina State University on March 31, 2006.
Hongsheng Gao successfully passed his PhD defense in May 2006. Congratulations, Dr. Hongsheng Gao!
Dr. Li's paper titled "Nanomechanical Characterization of Single-walled Carbon Nanotube Reinforced Epoxy Composites" was sited as one of the 100 most popular papers of 2004 in the journal - Nanotechnology. The award was based on the high number of downloads that the paper received since publication in August, 2004.
Dr. Li gave an invited talk on nanomechanical testing and nanomechanical machining of nanobuilding blocks to TMS 2006, 135th Annual Meeting & Exhibition, San Antonio, Texas, March 12-16, 2006.
Dr. Li gave an invited talk on structural and mechanical characterization of polymer nanocomposites to TMS 2006, 135th Annual Meeting & Exhibition, San Antonio, Texas, March 12-16, 2006.
Dr. Li gave an invited seminar on nanoscale imaging and mechanical testing of cells and tissues to Medical University of South Carolina on October 31, 2005.
Dr. Li gave an invited talk on nanomechanical testing and mechanical machining of zero- and one-dimensional nanobuilding blocks to Chinanano2005, China International Conference on Nanoscience and Technology, Beijing, China, June 9-11, 2005..
Dr. Li gave an invited talk on nanoindentation residual stress measurement techniques to MS&T '05 Materials Science & Technology 2005 Conference and Exhibition, Pittsburgh, PA, September 25-28, 2005.
Dr. Li gave an invited talk on experimental nanomechanics and nanomechanical machining of nanobuilding blocks to ASME Nanomechanics: Sensors and Actuators Conference, Knoxville, Tennessee, May 16-18, 2005.
Dr. Li gave an invited talk on nanoindentation mechanical testing of bulk and thin films of ferroic materials to American Ceramic Society 107th Annual Meeting & Exposition, Baltimore, Maryland, April 10-13, 2005.
Dr. Li's paper titled "Nanomechanical Characterization of Single-Walled Carbon Nanotube-Reinforced Epoxy Composites" is listed as a featured article in Nanotechnology.
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USC News featured our research on the development of stronger, lighter materials. Please see the news story "USC Research to Develop Stronger, Lighter Materials Reported in Nanotechnology."
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Patrick Nardi has successfully passed his Master Thesis Defense. Congratulations!
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Dr. Li gave an invited talk on nanomechanics and AFM imaging of tissues and cells to 2005 MRS Spring Meeting, San Francisco, CA, March 28- April 1, 2005.
USC Research News highlighted our research on carbon nanotube reinforced composites. Please see the news story "USC Researchers in Nanotechnology."
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Materials Today featured our research on natural seashell nanocomposites. Please see the news item "Mother-of-Pearl Reveals Her Tough Side."
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Dr. Li was featured in a news story published in the June 2004 edition of USC Times about biomedical research.
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Nanotechweb.org featured our research on cut-up of nanowires in October 2003.
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HighTech Online highlighted our research on nanoworking on nanowires without lithography in October 2003.
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Dr Li's paper published in Scripta Materilia 47(2002) 473-479 on nano fatigue was covered by Materials Today Research News.
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Dr Li's papers published in Acta Materialia and Thin Solid Films on "Fracture Toughness Assement of Thin Films" were highlighted by JOM Research News.
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