Dr. Lin Li

  • Associate Professor
  • Departmental Graduate Program Coordinator

Contact Information

  • Office: 2007 NERC
  • Phone: (205) 348-4971
  • Fax: (205) 348-2346

Areas of Research

  • Computational Materials Science and Engineering
  • Materials Informatics and Machine Learning
  • Mechanical Behaviors of Structural and Functional Materials
  • Grain Boundary Engineering


  • Ph.D., Materials Science and Engineering, The Ohio State University, 2011
  • M.S., Materials Science and Engineering, The Ohio State University, 2008
  • B.S., Materials Science and Engineering, Zhejiang University, China, 2005


Dr. Li’s research interest is exploring the structure-property-processing relationships in structural metals and advanced materials, with particular emphasis on size effect, structural disorder, and extreme processing conditions, and their roles in mechanical and functional properties. Our research utilizes integrated computational materials science and engineering (ICME) approach, coupling multi-scale materials modeling and simulations, data-driven models, and experimental means to establish connections between atomic process and macroscopic material performance, particularly for amorphous alloys, nanostructured alloys, additive manufactured metals, and photovoltaic materials.


  • Ding J, Li L*, Wang N, Tian L, Asta M, Ritchie R.O., Egami T., “Universal nature of the saddle states of structural excitations in metallic glasses”, Material Today Physics, 17, 2021: 100359. (https://doi.org/10.1016/j.mtphys.2021.100359 )
  • Guo QY, Gu YC, Barr CM, Koenig T, Hattar K, Li L, Thompson GB, “In situ Indentation and High Cycle Tapping Deformation Responses in a nanolaminate Crystalline/Glassy Metal Composite” Materials Science and Engineering A, 798(4), 2020, 140074. (https://doi.org/10.1016/j.msea.2020.140074 )
  • Tian L, Yue F, Li L*, Mousseau N “Identifying the flow defects in amorphous solids by activation and relaxation techniques and machine learning outlier detection methods”, Scripta Materialia, 186, 2020: 185. (https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scriptamat.2020.05.038 )
  • Holland S, Wang XQ, Chen J, Cai WJ, Yan F, Li L*, “Multiscale Microstructure and Mechanical properties of Inconel 718 Fabricated by Selective Laser Melting and Heat Treatment”, Journal of Alloys and Compounds, 784, 2019, P 182. (https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jallcom.2018.12.380
  • Wang N, Ding J, Yan F, Asta M, Ritchie RO, Li L*, “Spatial correlation of elastic heterogeneity tunes the deformation behaviors of metallic glasses”, npj Computational Materials, 19, 2018. (http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/s41524-018-0077-8 )


  • Air Force Research Lab Summer Faculty Fellow (2020)
  • Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Awards from ORAU (2014).