Dr. Li’s expertise and interests include (but not limited to) additive manufacturing, smart manufacturing, nanomaterial-enabled energy systems, biological and bio-inspired materials and devices, biomechanics, micro/nanomechanics, surface engineering, and tribology. His stature in the field of his expertise includes over 230 peer-reviewed journal articles in prestigious journals such as Science, Nature Communications, Advanced Materials, Advanced Energy Materials, Advanced Functional Materials, Nano Letters, Physical Review Letters, Acta Materialia, Physical Review B, Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids, and Philosophical Magazine; over 10,780 citations with H-index of 51; TMS MPMD Distinguished Scientist/Engineer Award (2015), Professional Engineering Publisher's PE Prize (2008), University of South Carolina CEC Research Progress Award (2008) and CEC Research Achievement Award (2011); over 70 invited plenary lectures/keynotes/talks at international conferences/workshops; Campus Director of the South Carolina Space Grant Consortium (2007- 2012); Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME); Fellow of the Society of Experimental Mechanics (SEM); University of South Carolina CEC Distinguished Professor in Mechanical Engineering (10/2009-9/2012); and Rolls-Royce Commonwealth Professor at the University of Virginia (8/2013-present). His breakthrough work has been featured by over 1,000 media outlets worldwide including BBC, Discovery News, Science Daily, and MSNBC. His innovation on cotton textile based composites was recently selected by New York Times – Year in Ideas for Year 2010. He currently serves as an Associate Editor for Transactions of the ASME - Applied Mechanics Reviews, and is on the editorial board for ten journals. He reviews papers for over 150 journals including Science and Nature series, and he was the elected chair for the TMS nanomechanical materials behavior committee.