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Dr.  Qizhen Li
Associate Professor

Qizhen Li

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  • Ph.D., Materials Science and Engineering, The Ohio State University, 2004

Education and professional appointments

  • 2012-Present. Associate Professor, Chemical and Materials Engineering, University of Nevada, Reno
  • 2006-2012. Assistant Professor, Chemical and Materials Engineering, University of Nevada, Reno
  • 2004-2006. Postdoctoral Fellow, Materials Science and Engineering Department, Northwestern University

Research interests

  • Design and manufacture of advanced materials (e.g., light weight materials and structures, nanoporous materials, nanocomposites, nanostructured multilayered thin films, lattice block structures) for structural, energy, and bio-applications
  • Nano and micro fabrication and materials synthesis/processing
  • Mechanical behavior of materials, Nano/micro-mechanics, fatigue and fracture
  • Relationship among processing, structure and property of advanced materials
  • Biomaterials and biomechanics, bone/dental implant materials, biomedical applications of shape memory alloys, magnesium alloys and titanium alloys

Honors and awards

  • NSF CAREER award
  • TMS Young Leader Professional award
  • Nevada Regents Rising Researcher Award
  • UNR Junior Faculty Research Award
  • DOE Research Grant
  • NASA EPSCoR Research Grant

Recent Publications

  • Q. Yu, J. Zhang, Y.Y. Jiang, Q.Z. Li, Effect of strain ratio on cyclic deformation and fatigue of extruded AZ61A magnesium alloy, International Journal of Fatigue 44, 2012, pg. 225-233
  • Q.Z. Li, Fatigue behavior and microstructure of 0001 and -1014 magnesium single crystals under compression-compression cyclic loading, Materials Science and Engineering A 556, 2012, pg. 301-308
  • Q.Z. Li, Mechanical Properties and Microscopic Deformation Mechanism of Polycrystalline Magnesium under High-Strain-Rate Compressive Loadings, Materials Science and Engineering A 540, 2012, pg. 130-134
  • Q.Z. Li, B. Tian, Mechanical properties and microstructure of pure polycrystalline magnesium rolled by different routes, Materials Letters 67 (1), pg. 81-83, 2012
  • Q. Yu, J. Zhang, Y. Jiang, and Q.Z. Li, An Experimental Study on Cyclic Deformation and Fatigue of Extruded ZK60 Magnesium Alloy, International Journal of Fatigue, 2011, Vol.36, pp.47-58

Class Materials

  • MSE 101 Introduction to Materials Science and Engineering I
  • MSE 232 Principles of Metallurgical Engineering
  • MSE 361 Thermodynamics of Materials
  • MSE 415/615 Materials Characterization
  • MSE 460 Physical Metallurgy I
  • MSE 461/661 Physical Metallurgy II
  • MSE 474/674 Fundamentals of MEMS/NEMS
  • MSE 710 Electron Microscopy
  • MSE 721 Alloy Selection and Failure Analysis

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