Bin Li

Assistant Professor
Bin Li

Contact Information


  • Ph.D., Materials Science Engineering, University of Connecticut, 2004
  • M.S., Materials Science Engineering, University of Connecticut, 1999
  • M.S., Materials Science Engineering, Institute of Metal Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 1996
  • B.S., Materials Science Engineering, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China, 1990


  • Assistant Professor, Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering, University of Nevada, Reno. 2014- to date.
  • Assistant Research Professor, Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems, Mississippi State University. 2010-2014.
  • Postdoctoral fellow, Dept. of Mater Sci Eng., Johns Hopkins University. 2006-2010.
  • Postdoctoral fellow, Dept. of Mater Sci Eng., University of Connecticut. 2004-2006.
  • Research scientist, Institute of Metal Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences. 1996-1998.
  • Welding engineer, Golden-Cup Automotive Company, Shenyang, China. 1990-1993.


  • Best Fundamental Research Award, Light Metals Division, TMS, 2013.

Research interests

  • Atomistic simulations of phase transformation in alloys
  • Atomistic simulations of carbon nanotubes
  • Alloy solidification
  • Mechanical properties of lightweight magnesium and magnesium alloys
  • Dynamic recrystallization in magnesium alloys
  • Texture evolution during thermomechanical processing of magnesium alloys
  • Processing and mechanical properties of ultra-fine grained (UFG) magnesium alloys
  • Deformation twinning in cubic and hexagonal metals
  • Transmission electron microscopy
  • Multiscale modeling of deformation of metals and alloy design

Selected and Recent Publications

  • X. Zhang, B. Li, and Q. Liu, Non-equilibrium basal stacking faults in hexagonal close-packed metals. Acta Mater 90 (2015) 140-150.
  • X.Y. Zhang, B. Li, J. Tu, Q. Sun, and Q. Liu, Non-classical Twinning Behavior in Dynamically Deformed Cobalt. Materials Research Letters 3 (2015) 142-148.
  • B. Li, M. Liao, Q. Ma, and Z. McClelland. Structure of grain boundaries with 30°[0 0 0 1] misorientation in dynamically recrystallized magnesium alloys. Computational Materials Science 101 (2015) 175-180.
  • Q.W. Zhang, B. Li. Torsional behavior of single-walled carbon nanotubes. Carbon, 2015, in press.
  • Z. McClelland, B. Li, S.J. Horstemeyer, S. Brauer, A.A. Adedoyin, L.G. Hector, Jr., M.F. Horstemeyer. Geometrically necessary twins in bending of a magnesium alloy. Mater Sci Eng A. 2015, in press.
  • B.Y. Liu, J. Wang, B. Li, E. Ma, J. Sun, X.Y. Zhang, Z.W. Shan, Twinning-like lattice reorientation without a crystallographic twinning plane, Nature Communications 5 (2014) 3297.
  • K. Eswar Prasad, B. Li, N. Dixit, M. Shaffer, S.N. Mathaudhu, K.T. Ramesh, The dynamic flow and failure behavior of magnesium and magnesium alloys, JOM 66 (2014) 291 - 304.
  • B. Li, Z. McClelland, S.J. Horstemeyer, I. Aslam, P.T. Wang, M.F. Horstemeyer, Time dependent springback of a magnesium alloy. Materials and Design 66, Part B (2015) 575-580.
  • Q. Ma, B. Li, W.R. Whittington, A.L. Oppedal, E.B. Marin, P.T. Wang, M.F. Horstemeyer, Texture evolution during dynamic recrystallization in a magnesium alloy at 450 °C, Acta Mater 67 (2014) 102-115.
  • M. Liao, B. Li, M.F. Horstemeyer, Interaction between a basal dislocation and a Mg17Al12 precipitate, Metall Mater Trans A 45A (2014) 3661-3669.
  • I. Aslam, B. Li, Z. McClelland, S.J. Horstemeyer, Q. Ma, P.T. Wang, M.F. Horstemeyer, Three point bending behavior of a ZEK100 Mg alloy at room temperature, Mater Sci Eng A 590 (2014) 168-173.
  • B. Li, X.Y. Zhang, Global strain generated by shuffling-dominated {10-12}<10-1-1> twinning, Scripta Mater 71 (2014) 45-48.
  • M. Pozuelo, S.N. Mathaudhu, S. Kim, B. Li, W.H. Kao, J.-M. Yang, Deformation Twins in a Nanocrystalline Magnesium Alloy Processed by Cryomilling, Phil Mag Lett 93 (2013) 640-647.
  • Q. Ma, B. Li, Z. McClelland, S.J. Horstemeyer, Negative strain rate sensitivity of twinning in a magnesium alloy at high temperature. Metall Mater Trans A 44A (2013) 4480-4485.
  • M. Liao, B. Li, M.F. Horstemeyer, Interaction between a prismatic dislocation and a Mg17Al12 precipitate in magnesium, Computational Mater Sci 79 (2013) 534-539.
  • B. Li, Formation of helicity in an armchair single-walled carbon nanotube during tensile loading, Computational Mater Sci 74 (2013) 27-32.
  • Q. Ma, W. Mao, B. Li, P.T. Wang, M.F. Horstemeyer, Substructure and texture evolution in an annealed aluminum alloy at medium Strains, Metall Mater Trans A 44 (2013) 4404-4415.
  • B. Li, Q. Ma, Z. McClelland, S.J. Horstemeyer, W.R. Whittington, S. Brauer, P.G. Allison, Twin-like domains and fracture in deformed magnesium, Scripta Mater 69 (2013) 493-496.
  • M. Liao, B. Li, M.F. Horstemeyer, Unstable dissociation of a prismatic dislocation in magnesium. Scripta Mater 69 (2013) 246-249.
  • Q. Ma, B. Li, A.L. Oppedal, W. Whittington, S.J. Horstemeyer, E.B. Marin, P.T. Wang, M.F. Horstemeyer, Strain rate dependence of twinning and effect on microstructure at 450 °C in a magnesium alloy, Mater Sci Eng A 559 (2013) 314-318.
  • X.Y. Zhang, B. Li, X.L. Wu, Y.T. Zhu, Q. Ma, Q. Liu, P.T. Wang, M.F. Horstemeyer, Twin boundaries showing very large deviations from the twinning plane, Scripta Mater 67 (2012) 862-865.
  • B. Li, S.P. Joshi, O. Almagri, Q. Ma, K.T. Ramesh, T. Mukai, Rate-Dependent Hardening Due to Twinning in Ultrafine-Grained Magnesium Alloy, Acta Mater 60 (2012) 1818-1826.
  •  J.C. Baird, B. Li, S. Yazdan Parast, S.J. Horstemeyer, L.G. Hector Jr., P.T. Wang, M.F. Horstemeyer, Localized Twin Bands in Sheet Bending of A Magnesium Alloy, Scripta Mater 67 (2012) 471-474.
  • Q. Ma, H. El Kadiri, A.L. Oppedal, J.C. Baird, B. Li, M.F. Horstemeyer, S.C. Vogel, Twinning Effects in a Rod-Textured AM30 Magnesium Alloy, International Journal of Plasticity 29 (2012) 60-76.
  • B. Li, H. El Kadiri, M.F. Horstemeyer, Extended Zonal Dislocations Mediating {11-22}<11-2-3> twinning in Titanium, Phil Mag 92 (2012) 1006-1022.
  • E. Huskins, B.Y. Cao, B. Li, K.T. Ramesh, Temperature-Dependent Mechanical Response of an UFG Aluminum Alloy at High Rates, Experimental Mechanics 52 (2012) 185-194.
  • Q. Ma, B. Li, E. Marin, S.J. Horstemeyer, Twinning Induced Dynamic Recrystallization in a Magnesium Alloy Extruded at 450ºC, Scripta Mater 65 (2011) 823-826.
  • B.Q. Li, B. Li, Y.B. Wang, M.L. Sui, E. Ma, Twinning mechanism via synchronized activation of partial dislocations in face-centered-cubic materials, Scripta Mater 64 (2011) 852-855.
  • B. Li, P.F. Yan, M.L. Sui, E. Ma, Transmission electron microscopy study of stacking faults and their interaction with pyramidal dislocations in deformed magnesium. Acta Mater 58 (2010) 173-179.
  • C.M. Byer, B. Li, B.Y. Cao, K.T. Ramesh, Microcompression of single crystal magnesium, Scripta Mater 62 (2010) 536-539.
  • B. Li, E. Ma, Atomic shuffling dominated mechanism for deformation twinning in magnesium, Phys Rev Lett 103 (2009) 035503.
  • B. Li, E. Ma, Zonal dislocations mediating twinning in magnesium. Acta Mater 57 (2009) 1734-1743.
  • B.Q. Li, M.L. Sui, B. Li, E. Ma, S.X. Mao, Reversible twinning in pure aluminum, Phys Rev Lett 103 (2009) 205504.
  • B. Li, B.Y. Cao, K.T. Ramesh, E. Ma, A nucleation mechanism of deformation twins in pure aluminum, Acta Mater 57 (2009) 4500-4507.
  • B. Li, E. Ma, Pyramidal slip in magnesium: dislocations and stacking fault on the {10-11} plane. Philo Mag 89 (2009) 1223-1235.
  • B. Li, S. Joshi, K. Azevedo, E. Ma, K.T. Ramesh, R.B. Figueiredo, T.G. Langdon, Dynamic testing at high strain rates of an ultrafine-grained magnesium alloy processed by ECAP, Mater Sci Eng A 517 (2009) 24-29.
  • B. Li, E. Ma, K.T. Ramesh, Dislocation configurations in an extruded ZK60 magnesium alloy. Metall Mater Trans A, 39A (2008) 2607-2614.
  • X.L. Wu, B. Li, E. Ma, Vacancy clusters in ultra-fine grained Al by severe plastic deformation. Appl Phys Lett 91 (2007) 141908.
  • B. Li, H.D. Brody and A. Kazimirov, Real time study of dendrite coarsening in Sn-13%Bi alloy by synchrotron microradiography. Metall Mater Trans A 38A (2007) 599.
  • B. Li, H.D. Brody and A. Kazimirov, Synchrotron microradiography of temperature gradient zone melting in Sn-13%Bi alloy. Metall Mater Trans A 37A (2006) 1039.
  • B. Li, H.D. Brody, D.R. Black, H.E. Burdette, C. Rau, Real time observation of dendritic solidification in alloys by synchrotron microradiography. J Phys D: Appl Phys 39 (2006) 4450.
  • B. Li, H.D. Brody, D.R. Black, H.E. Burdette, C. Rau, A compact design of a temperature gradient furnace for synchrotron microradiography. Meas Sci Technol 17 (2006) 1883.
  • B. Li, H.D. Brody and A. Kazimirov, Real time observation of dendrite coarsening in Sn-13%Bi alloy by synchrotron microradiography. Phys Rev E 70 (2004) 062602.
  • B. Li, X.M. Zhang, P.C. Clapp and J.A. Rifkin, Molecular dynamics simulation of effects of lattice defects on martensite nucleation. J Appl Phys 95 (2004) 1698.
  • B. Li, P.C. Clapp, J.A. Rifkin and X.M. Zhang, Molecular dynamics simulation of stick-slip, J Appl Phys 90 (2001) 3090.
  • B. Li, P.C. Clapp, J.A. Rifkin and X.M. Zhang, Molecular dynamics calculation of heat dissipation during sliding friction, Int J Heat and Mass Transfer 46 (2003) 37.
  • X.M. Zhang, B.Li, X.W. Sha, Z.Q. Sun, R. Li, Simulations of martensite nucleation at dislocations. J Materials Science and Technology 16 (2000) 370.