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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. He has been PI/Co-PI on over $25 million in extramural grants. His stature in the field of his expertise includes over 298 peer-reviewed journal articles in prestigious journals such as Science, Science Advances, Nature Communications, Advanced Materials, Advanced Energy Materials, Advanced Functional Materials, Nano Energy, Nano Letters, Physical Review Letters, Acta Materialia, Physical Review B, Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids, and Additive Manufacturing; over 23,767 citations with H-index of 80; World’s Top 2% Scientists, Department of Energy VTO Distinguished Achievement Award, TMS MPMD Distinguished Scientist/Engineer Award, Professional Engineering Publisher's PE Prize, UVa Distinguished Researcher Award, and UVa SEAS Distinguished Faculty Award; over 90 invited plenary lectures/keynotes/talks at international conferences/workshops; 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 selected by New York Times – Year in Ideas for Year 2010. He served as an Associate Editor for Transactions of the ASME - Applied Mechanics Reviews (2014-2018) and he has served on the editorial board for over ten journals. He reviews papers for 205 journals including Science and Nature series, and he was the elected chair for the TMS nanomechanical materials behavior committee. 

Research Interests

Additive Manufacturing
Smart Manufacturing
Nanomaterial-enabled Energy Systems
Biological and Bio-inspired Materials and Devices
Surface Engineering

Selected Publications

Tailoring Nanocomposite Interfaces with Graphene to Achieve High Strength and Toughness, Science Advances, 6 (2020) eaba7016 Ningning Song, Zan Gao, Xiaodong Li
Cotton-Textile-Enabled Flexible Self-Sustaining Power Packs via Roll-to-Roll Fabrication, Nature Communications, 7 (2016) 11586. Zan Gao, Clifton Bumgardner, Ningning Song, Yunya Zhang, Jingjing Li, Xiaodong Li
Order-disorder Transition of Aragonite Nanoparticles in Nacre, Physical Review Letters, 109 (2012) 025501. Zaiwang Huang, Xiaodong Li,
Unveiling the Formation Mechanism of Pseudo-Single Crystal Aragonite Platelets in Nacre, Physical Review Letters, 102 (2009) 075502. Xiaodong Li, Zaiwang Huang
Hydrogen Passivation Induced Dispersion of Multi-Walled Carbon Nanotubes, Advanced Materials, 24 (2012) 881-885. Yingchao Yang, Zhi-Hui Xu, Zhengwei Pan, Xiaodong Li


World’s Top 2% Scientists
Department of Energy VTO Distinguished Achievement Award
TMS MPMD Distinguished Scientist/Engineer Award
Professional Engineering Publisher´s PE Prize
UVa Distinguished Researcher Award
Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
Fellow of the Society of Experimental Mechanics (SEM)
MRS Best Poster Award