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Xiaodong Li

Professor
Unit: School of Engineering and Applied Science
Department: Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Office location and address
Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering Building, Room 317
130 Chemistry Dr
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
Biography

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.

Characterization and Manufacturing Assessment of CTP Ceramic and Ceramic Composite Tubes
Source: Ceramic Tubular Products, LLC
September 16, 2021 – January 31, 2025
Characterization and Improvement of Tribofilms on Afton Supplied Axle Parts
Source: Afton Chemical Corporation
August 01, 2017 – July 31, 2023
Development of Industrial Scale Rare Earth Master Alloys from Their Native Oxides for Magnet Production
Source: U.S. Department of Energy
August 01, 2021 – July 31, 2022
Ductile-to-Brittle Transition and High Temperature Degradation Mechanisms of Coated ATF Cladding
Source: Westinghouse Electric Company, LLC
June 01, 2021 – March 31, 2022
Analysis of Graphene from Spent Li-ion Battery Anode Graphite
Source: UChicago Argonne, LLC
March 29, 2021 – March 28, 2022
Energy Efficient Material Processing through automated process monitoring and controls
Source: Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State Universit
April 01, 2019 – January 31, 2022
Microstructural and Mechanical Characterization of SiC-SiC Composites
Source: CTP Advanced Composites
June 01, 2021 – October 31, 2021
Multiscale Investigation of SiC/SiC Composite Degradation in Helium Coolant Operating Environment
Source: U.S. Department Of Energy Ntl Lab - Idaho
October 01, 2017 – September 30, 2021
Yeast-Derived Carbon Nanotube Lithium-Sulfur Batteries with an Exceptionally Long Lifespan
Source: U.S. NSF - Directorate For Engineering
September 01, 2017 – August 31, 2021
Characterization of SiC-SiC Composites
Source: Ceramic Tubular Products, LLC
October 01, 2020 – May 31, 2021
Bio-mass Enabled Growth of Silicon Carbide
Source: SiCorp Materials, LLC
April 15, 2019 – April 14, 2021
Predictive Tools Development for Low Cost Carbon Fiber
Source: U.S. Department of Energy
October 01, 2017 – March 31, 2021
Four Point Bend Testing of Free Standing Coatings
Source: Rolls-Royce Corporation
January 01, 2019 – December 31, 2020
A Graphene Enhanced SiC - SiC Ceramic Composite Bonding Solution for Generation IV Advanced Nuclear Reactors
Source: Mc Technologies LLC
February 19, 2019 – February 18, 2020
Multiscale, Microstructure-Governed Creep Response of CMCs and Characterization of microcracking in of SiC/SiC CMC via in situ XCT
Source: Rolls-Royce Corporation
January 01, 2018 – December 31, 2019
Image Correlation Study- Elite vs Plate in Sawbone Lapidus Model
Source: Biomedical Enterprises, Inc.
July 01, 2018 – September 30, 2019
EN-MAE-Early Initiation and Evolution of the Voids in Metals and Alloys
Source: U.S. DOE - National Lab - Sandia
April 13, 2017 – September 30, 2019
EN-MAE Smart Manufactoring of Biopolymer-like Metal Enabled Hybrid Materials with an Exceptional Combination of Strength and Toughness
Source: U.S. NSF - Directorate For Engineering
September 01, 2015 – August 31, 2019
EN-MAE Live Input Control of Thermal Spray - Phase 4
Source: Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing
August 17, 2018 – May 14, 2019
Adaptive Thermal Spray of Abradables -- Improvement of Acoustic and Vision Monitoring
Source: Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing
August 18, 2018 – February 28, 2019
DuPont Single Filament Measurements
Source: E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company
September 18, 2018 – February 28, 2019
Multiscale Analysis of Mechanical Properties, Thermomechanical Degradation and Residual Stress in Environmental Barrier Coatings
Source: Rolls-Royce Corporation
December 16, 2017 – December 15, 2018
DuPont Single Filament Measurements
Source: E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company
February 16, 2018 – August 15, 2018
EN-MAE-Generating Toughness and Ductility in High-Temperature Ceramic Composites through Bioinspired Microstructure Design
Source: Virginia Space Grant Consortium
June 01, 2016 – May 31, 2018
Design of high-strain loading device for thin composites based on eccentric loading
Source: MC Technologies
August 24, 2017 – May 24, 2018
Chemical, Crystallographic and Microstructural Characterization of Polymer Derived Ceramics_Phase II
Source: Starfire Systems, Inc.
March 19, 2018 – May 19, 2018
Digital Image Correlation Enabled Feedback Control in Aluminum Alloy Additive Manufacturing
Source: MC Technologies
October 20, 2017 – April 19, 2018
EN-MAE Fretting Wear Test
Source: Rolls-Royce Corporation
September 29, 2015 – December 31, 2017
EN-MAE-Collection of High Temperature Mechanical Material Properties for CMCs and Constituents
Source: Rolls-Royce Corporation
April 18, 2016 – December 31, 2017
EM-MAE CoF Testing for Gen2 Concepts
Source: Rolls-Royce Corporation
March 01, 2017 – December 31, 2017
Chemical, Crystallographic and Microstructural Characterization of Polymer Derived Ceramics
Source: Starfire Systems, Inc.
October 01, 2017 – November 30, 2017
EN-MAE Multiscale In-Situ Mechanical Testing to Evaluate Damage, Fracture and Hermecity of Cladding
Source: Westinghouse Electric Company, LLC
August 10, 2016 – October 30, 2017
EN-MAE Adaptive Spraying of Abradable Coatings - Phase 2
Source: Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing
July 18, 2016 – August 30, 2017
EN-MAE Live Input Control of Thermal Spray - Phase 3
Source: Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing
July 18, 2016 – May 31, 2017
n-Process Monitoring of Residual Stresses in Selective Laser Melting by Digital Image Correlation
Source: Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing
June 01, 2016 – February 28, 2017
EN-MAE Digital Image Correlation for Aerostructure Health Monitoring
Source: Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing
December 15, 2015 – December 15, 2016
EN-MAE Trust Washer Rubbing Wear Test
Source: Rolls-Royce Corporation
June 01, 2016 – November 30, 2016
EN-MAE Flexible Core/Shell Nanocable - Carbon Microfiber Hybrid Composite Electrodes for High-Performance Supercapacitors
Source: U.S. NSF - Directorate For Engineering
September 01, 2013 – August 31, 2016
EN-MAE Wear Testing - Pin on Disc
Source: Rolls-Royce Corporation
May 15, 2016 – August 15, 2016
EN-MAE Live Monitoring of Thermal Spray Process and Powder Injection
Source: Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing
May 25, 2015 – May 17, 2016
EN-MAE In Situ Deformation Quantification of Carbon Fiber Composites at Evaluated Temperatures
Source: University Of Hawaii
April 16, 2015 – April 15, 2016
EN-MAE In-Situ uXCT Characterization and High Temperature Tribological Behavior of SiC CMC, Hybrid Clad, and Coated Clad
Source: Westinghouse Electric Company, LLC
April 01, 2015 – March 31, 2016
EN-MAE Seal Ring Wear Testing - Pin on Disk
Source: Rolls-Royce Corporation
March 12, 2015 – December 31, 2015
EN-MAE Non-Destructive Testing for Thermal Spray Coatings
Source: Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing
May 18, 2015 – December 31, 2015
EN-MAE Collection of High Temperature Mechanical Material Properties for CMCs and Constituents
Source: Rolls-Royce Corporation
April 02, 2015 – November 30, 2015
EN-MAE Wear Damage Measurements of Blaser's Milling Tools
Source: Blaser Swisslube AG
December 22, 2014 – September 21, 2015
EN-MAE In Situ Volumetric Digital Image Correlation Quantification of Internal Strain of Dissimilar Material Joints
Source: University Of Hawaii
August 01, 2014 – August 31, 2015
EN-MAE Nanographene Flakes in Metal Working Fluids
Source: Blaser Swisslube AG
December 16, 2014 – August 15, 2015
EN-MAE Friction and Wear Measurements of DLC Coatings at 60 C
Source: Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing
November 03, 2014 – June 30, 2015
EN-MAE High Throughput Manufact. of Carbide Nanowire-Carbon Microfiber Hybrid Structures&Polymer Composites from Cotton Textiles
Source: U.S. NSF - Directorate For Engineering
September 01, 2013 – May 31, 2015
MAE 4501: Special Topics in Mechanical Engineering
Credits: 3
Applies basic engineering science, design methods, and systems analysis to developing areas and current problems in mechanical engineering. Topics vary based on student and faculty interest. Prerequisite: 3rd or 4th year standing.
MAE 4605: Manufacturing and Process Technology
Credits: 3
Includes familiarization with concepts of mass production tooling and automation; metallurgical and mechanical aspects of machining and metal forming; and experiments with machine tools. Prerequisite: MAE 2000, MAE 3620.
MAE 6592: Special Topics in Mechanical and Aerospace Science: Intermediate Level
Credits: 1–3
Study of a specialized, advanced, or exploratory topic relating to mechanical or aerospace engineering science, at the first-graduate-course level. May be offered on a seminar or a team-taught basis. Subjects selected according to faculty interest. New graduate courses are usually introduced in this form. Specific topics and prerequisites are listed in the Course Offering Directory.
MAE 8897: Graduate Teaching Instruction
Credits: 1–12
For master's students.
MAE 8999: Master's Thesis Research, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Credits: 1–12
Formal documentation of faculty supervision of thesis research. Each full-time, resident Master of Science student in mechanical and aerospace engineering is required to register for this course for the number of credits equal to the difference between his or her regular course load (not counting the one-credit MAE 7510 seminar) and 12.
MAE 9897: Graduate Teaching Instruction
Credits: 1–12
For doctoral students.
MAE 9999: Dissertation Research, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Credits: 1–12
Formal documentation of faculty supervision of dissertation research. Each full-time resident doctoral student in mechanical and aerospace engineering is required to register for this course for the number of credits equal to the difference between his or her regular course load (not counting the one-credit MAE 8591 seminar) and 12.

TMS MPMD Distinguished Scientist/Engineer Award

Professional Engineering Publisher's PE Prize

New York Times – Year in Ideas for Year 2010

Fellow of the Society of Experimental Mechanics

Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers