Bin Li

Associate Professor
Bin Li
  • Associate Professor, Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering, University of Nevada, Reno, 2020 -  to date.
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering, University of Nevada, Reno. 2014- 2020.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Best Fundamental Research Award, Light Metals Division, TMS, 2013.

Prospective Students

Professor Li is hiring for two research assistantships toward Ph.D. degrees in Materials Science and Engineering. Applications should contact Professor Li.

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 publications

  1. Zhang F, Ren Y, Yang Z, Su H, Lu Z, Tan C, Peng H, Watanabe K, Li B, Barnett MR, Chen M. The interaction of deformation twins with long-period stacking ordered precipitates in a magnesium alloy subjected to shock loading. Acta Mater. 2020 Apr 15;188:203–14.
  2. He Y, Li B, Wang C, Mao SX. Direct observation of dual-step twinning nucleation in hexagonal close-packed crystals. Nat Commun. 2020 May 18;11(1):2483.
  3. Chen P, Ombogo J, Li B. Dislocation ↔ twin transmutations during interaction between prismatic slip and {101¯1} twin in magnesium. Acta Mater. 2020 Mar 1;186:291–307.
  4. Liu B-Y, Liu F, Yang N, Zhai X-B, Zhang L, Yang Y, Li B, Li J, Ma E, Nie J-F, Shan Z-W. Large plasticity in magnesium mediated by pyramidal dislocations. Science. 2019 Jul 5;365(6448):73–5.
  5. Zhang XY, Li B, Sun Q. On the {10-12} “twinning shear” measured from line deflection. Scr Mater. 2019 Jan 15;159:133–6.
  6. Shen Y, Wang H, Li B, An Q. First principles high-throughput screening to enhance the ductility of lightweight magnesium alloys. Phys Rev Mater. 2019 May 9;3(5):053603.
  7. Mao B, Siddaiah A, Zhang X, Li B, Menezes PL, Liao Y. The influence of surface pre-twinning on the friction and wear performance of an AZ31B Mg alloy. Appl Surf Sci. 2019 Jun 30;480:998–1007.
  8. Mao B, Liao Y, Li B. Abnormal twin-twin interaction in an Mg-3Al-1Zn magnesium alloy processed by laser shock peening. Scr Mater. 2019 May 1;165:89–93.
  9. Mao B, Li B, Lin D, Liao Y. Enhanced room temperature stretch formability of AZ31B magnesium alloy sheet by laser shock peening. Mater Sci Eng A. 2019 May 22;756:219–25.
  10. Chen P, Wang F, Ombogo J, Li B. Formation of 60° 〈01-10〉 boundaries between {10-12} twin variants in deformation of a magnesium alloy. Mater Sci Eng A. 2019 Jan 2;739:173–85.
  11. Chen P, Wang F, Li B. Transitory phase transformations during {10-12} twinning in titanium. Acta Mater. 2019 Jun 1;171:65–78.
  12. Chen P, Wang F, Li B. Misfit strain induced phase transformation at a basal/prismatic twin boundary in deformation of magnesium. Comput Mater Sci. 2019 Jun 15;164:186–94.
  13. Chen P, Wang F, Li B. Dislocation absorption and transmutation at {10-12} twin boundaries in deformation of magnesium. Acta Mater. 2019 Feb 1;164:440–53.
  14. Chen KF, Aslam I, Li B, Martens RL, Goodwin JR, Goodwin FE, Horstemeyer MF. Lift-Off of Surface Oxides During Galvanizing of a Dual-Phase Steel in a Galvannealing Bath. Metall Mater Trans A. 2019 Aug 1;50(8):3748–57.
  15. Aslam I, Baskes MI, Dickel DE, Adibi S, Li B, Rhee H, Asle Zaeem M, Horstemeyer MF. Thermodynamic and kinetic behavior of low-alloy steels: An atomic level study using an Fe-Mn-Si-C modified embedded atom method (MEAM) potential. Materialia. 2019 Dec 1;8:100473.
  16. Wang FX, Li B. Origin of deflection of precipitates during interaction with a migrating twin boundary in magnesium alloys. Comput Mater Sci. 2018 Nov 1;154:472–80.
  17. Wang FX, Li B. Atomistic calculations of surface and interfacial energies of Mg17Al12–Mg system. J Magnes Alloys. 2018 Dec 1;6(4):375–83.
  18. Mao B, Liao Y, Li B. Gradient twinning microstructure generated by laser shock peening in an AZ31B magnesium alloy. Appl Surf Sci. 2018 Nov 1;457:342–51.
  19. Liu B-Y, Yang N, Wang J, Barnett M, Xin Y-C, Wu D, Xin R-L, Li B, Narayan RL, Nie J-F, Li J, Ma E, Shan Z-W. Insight from in situ microscopy into which precipitate morphology can enable high strength in magnesium alloys. J Mater Sci Technol. 2018 Jul 1;34(7):1061–6.
  20. Chen P, Li B, Culbertson D, Jiang Y. Negligible effect of twin-slip interaction on hardening in deformation of a Mg-3Al-1Zn alloy. Mater Sci Eng A. 2018 Jun 27;729:285–93.
  21. Chen P, Li B, Culbertson D, Jiang Y. Contribution of extension twinning to plastic strain at low stress stage deformation of a Mg-3Al-1Zn alloy. Mater Sci Eng A. 2018 Jan 2;709:40–5.
  22. Sun Q, Zhang Q, Li B, Zhang X, Tan L, Liu Q. Non-dislocation-mediated basal stacking faults inside {10-11}<10-1-2> twins. Scr Mater. 2017 Dec;141:85–8.
  23. Pan H, Huang Q, Qin G, Fu H, Xu M, Ren Y, She J, Song B, Li B. Activations of stacking faults in the calcium-containing magnesium alloys under compression. J Alloys Compd. 2017 Jan 25;692:898–902.
  24. Li B, Zhang QW, Mathaudhu SN. Basal-pyramidal dislocation lock in deformed magnesium. Scr Mater. 2017 Jun;134:37–41.
  25. Brauer SA, Whittington WR, Johnson KL, Li B, Rhee H, Allison PG, Crane CK, Horstemeyer MF. Strain Rate and Stress-State Dependence of Gray Cast Iron. J Eng Mater Technol [Internet]. 2017 Apr 1 [cited 2020 Aug 17];139(2). Available from:
  26. Li B, Zhang XY. Twinning with zero twinning shear. Scr Mater. 2016 Dec 1;125:73–9.
  27. Aslam I, Li B, Martens RL, Goodwin JR, Rhee HJ, Goodwin F. Transmission electron microscopy characterization of the interfacial structure of a galvanized dual-phase steel. Mater Charact. 2016 Oct;120:63–8.
  28. Zhang X, Li B, Liu Q. Non-equilibrium basal stacking faults in hexagonal close-packed metals. Acta Materialia. 2015;90:140–50.
  29. Zhang XY, Li B, Tu J, Sun Q, Liu Q. Non-classical Twinning Behavior in Dynamically Deformed Cobalt. Mater Res Lett. 2015 Jul 3;3(3):142–8.
  30. Zhang QW, Li B. Torsional behavior of single-walled carbon nanotubes. Carbon. 2015 Nov;94:826–35.
  31. McClelland Z, Li B, Horstemeyer SJ, Brauer S, Adedoyin AA, Hector Jr LG, Horstemeyer MF. Geometrically necessary twins in bending of a magnesium alloy. Mater Sci Eng A. 2015 Oct 1;645:298–305.
  32. Li B, McClelland Z, Horstemeyer SJ, Aslam I, Wang PT, Horstemeyer MF. Time dependent springback of a magnesium alloy. Mater Des. 2015 Feb 5;66, Part B:575–80.
  33. Li B, Liao M, Ma Q, McClelland Z. Structure of grain boundaries with 30°[0001] misorientation in dynamically recrystallized magnesium alloys. Comput Mater Sci. 2015 Apr 15;101:175–80.
  34. Li B, Aslam I, Horstemeyer SJ, Yazdan Parast S, Oppedal AL, Hammi Y. Inverse strain rate sensitivity of ductility in sheet bending of an AZ31 magnesium alloy processed by infrared heating. Mater Sci Eng A. 2015;submitted.
  35. Prasad KE, Li B, Dixit N, Shaffer M, Mathaudhu SN, Ramesh KT. The Dynamic Flow and Failure Behavior of Magnesium and Magnesium Alloys. JOM. 2014 Feb 1;66(2):291–304.
  36. Ma Q, Li B, Whittington WR, Oppedal AL, Wang PT, Horstemeyer MF. Texture evolution during dynamic recrystallization in a magnesium alloy at 450 °C. Acta Mater. 2014 Apr;67:102–15.
  37. Liu B-Y, Wang J, Li B, Lu L, Zhang X-Y, Shan Z-W, Li J, Jia C-L, Sun J, Ma E. Twinning-like lattice reorientation without a crystallographic twinning plane. Nat Commun [Internet]. 2014 Feb 13 [cited 2014 Jul 21];5. Available from:
  38. Liao M, Li B, Horstemeyer MF. Interaction Between Basal Slip and a Mg17Al12 Precipitate in Magnesium. Metall Mater Trans A. 2014 Jul 1;45(8):3661–9.
  39. Li B, Zhang XY. Global strain generated by shuffling-dominated twinning. Scr Mater. 2014 Jan 15;71:45–8.
  40. Aslam I, Li B, McClelland Z, Horstemeyer SJ, Ma Q, Wang PT, Horstemeyer MF. Three-point bending behavior of a ZEK100 Mg alloy at room temperature. Mater Sci Eng A. 2014 Jan 10;590:168–73.
  41. Pozuelo M, Mathaudhu SN, Kim S, Li B, Kao WH, Yang J-M. Nanotwins in nanocrystalline Mg–Al alloys: an insight from high-resolution TEM and molecular dynamics simulation. Philos Mag Lett. 2013 Sep 25;93(11):640–7.
  42. Ma Q, Mao W, Li B, Wang PT, Horstemeyer MF. Substructure and Texture Evolution in an Annealed Aluminum Alloy at Medium Strains. Metall Mater Trans A. 2013 Sep 1;44(9):4404–15.
  43. Ma Q, Li B, Mcclelland Z, Horstemeyer SJ. Anomalous Strain Rate Sensitivity of {10-12} <10-1-2> Twinning in a Magnesium Alloy at High Temperature. Metall Mater Trans A. 2013 Oct 1;44(10):4480–5.
  44. Ma Q, Li B, Oppedal AL, Whittington WR, Horstemeyer SJ, Marin EB, Wang PT, Horstemeyer MF. Strain rate dependence of twinning at 450 °C and its effect on microstructure of an extruded magnesium alloy. Mater Sci Eng A. 2013 Jan 1;559:314–8.
  45. Liao M, Li B, Horstemeyer MF. Unstable dissociation of a prismatic dislocation in magnesium. Scr Mater. 2013 Aug;69(3):246–9.
  46. Liao M, Li B, Horstemeyer MF. Interaction between prismatic slip and a Mg17Al12 precipitate in magnesium. Comput Mater Sci. 2013 Nov;79:534–9.
  47. Li B. Formation of helicity in an armchair single-walled carbon nanotube during tensile loading. Comput Mater Sci. 2013 Jun;74:27–32.
  48. Li B, Ma Q, McClelland Z, Horstemeyer SJ, Whittington WR, Brauer S, Allison PG. Twin-like domains and fracture in deformed magnesium. Scr Mater. 2013 Sep;69(6):493–6.
  49. Zhang XY, Li B, Wu XL, Zhu YT, Ma Q, Liu Q, Wang PT, Horstemeyer MF. Twin boundaries showing very large deviations from the twinning plane. Scr Mater. 2012 Nov;67(10):862–5.
  50. Ma Q, El Kadiri H, Oppedal AL, Baird JC, Li B, Horstemeyer MF, Vogel SC. Twinning effects in a rod-textured AM30 Magnesium alloy. Int J Plast. 2012 Feb;29:60–76.
  51. Li B, Shannahan L, Ma E, Ramesh K, Mathaudhu S, Dowding R, McCauley J. Deformation Mechanisms and High Strain Rate Properties of Magnesium (Mg) and Mg Alloys. Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD 21005-5066: Army Research Laboratory; 2012 Aug p. 1–18. Report No.: ARL-TR-6085.
  52. Li B, Joshi SP, Almagri O, Ma Q, Ramesh KT, Mukai T. Rate-dependent hardening due to twinning in an ultrafine-grained magnesium alloy. Acta Mater. 2012 Feb;60(4):1818–26.
  53. Li B, El Kadiri H, Horstemeyer MF. Extended zonal dislocations mediating twinning in titanium. Philos Mag. 2012;92(8):1006–22.
  54. Huskins E, Cao B, Li B, Ramesh KT. Temperature-Dependent Mechanical Response of an UFG Aluminum Alloy at High Rates. Exp Mech. 2012 Feb 1;52(2):185–94.
  55. Baird JC, Li B, Yazdan Parast S, Horstemeyer SJ, Hector Jr. LG, Wang PT, Horstemeyer MF. Localized twin bands in sheet bending of a magnesium alloy. Scr Mater. 2012 Sep;67(5):471–4.
  56. Ma Q, Li B, Marin EB, Horstemeyer SJ. Twinning-induced dynamic recrystallization in a magnesium alloy extruded at 450 °C. Scr Mater. 2011 Nov;65(9):823–6.
  57. Li BQ, Li B, Wang YB, Sui ML, Ma E. Twinning mechanism via synchronized activation of partial dislocations in face-centered-cubic materials. Scr Mater. 2011 May;64(9):852–5.
  58. Li B, Yan PF, Sui ML, Ma E. Transmission electron microscopy study of stacking faults and their interaction with pyramidal dislocations in deformed Mg. Acta Mater. 2010 Jan;58(1):173–9.
  59. Byer CM, Li B, Cao B, Ramesh KT. Microcompression of single-crystal magnesium. Scr Mater. 2010 Apr;62(8):536–9.
  60. Li BQ, Sui ML, Li B, Ma E, Mao SX. Reversible Twinning in Pure Aluminum. Phys Rev Lett. 2009 May 20;102(20):205504.
  61. Li B, Ma E. Zonal dislocations mediating {10-11}<10-1-2> twinning in magnesium. Acta Mater. 2009 Apr;57(6):1734–43.
  62. Li B, Ma E. Pyramidal slip in magnesium: Dislocations and stacking fault on the {10-11} plane. Philos Mag. 2009;89(14):1223–35.
  63. Li B, Ma E. Atomic Shuffling Dominated Mechanism for Deformation Twinning in Magnesium. Phys Rev Lett. 2009 Jul 17;103(3):035503.
  64. Li B, Joshi S, Azevedo K, Ma E, Ramesh KT, Figueiredo RB, Langdon TG. Dynamic testing at high strain rates of an ultrafine-grained magnesium alloy processed by ECAP. Mater Sci Eng A. 2009 Aug 20;517(1–2):24–9.
  65. Li B, Cao BY, Ramesh KT, Ma E. A nucleation mechanism of deformation twins in pure aluminum. Acta Mater. 2009 Sep;57(15):4500–7.
  66. Li B, Ma E, Ramesh KT. Dislocation Configurations in an Extruded ZK60 Magnesium Alloy. Metall Mater Trans A. 2008 Nov 1;39(11):2607–14.
  67. Wu XL, Li B, Ma E. Vacancy clusters in ultrafine grained Al by severe plastic deformation. Appl Phys Lett. 2007 Oct 1;91(14):141908.
  68. Li B, Brody HD, Kazimirov A. Real Time Synchrotron Microradiography of Dendrite Coarsening in Sn-13 Wt Pct Bi Alloy. Metall Mater Trans A. 2007 Mar 1;38(3):599–605.
  69. Li B, Brody HD, Kazimirov A. Synchrotron microradiography of temperature gradient zone melting in directional solidification. Metall Mater Trans A. 2006 Mar 1;37(3):1039–44.
  70. Li B, Brody HD, Black DR, Burdette HE, Rau C. Real time observation of dendritic solidification in alloys by synchrotron microradiography. J Phys Appl Phys. 2006 Oct 21;39(20):4450.
  71. Li B, Brody HD, Black DR, Burdette HE, Rau C. A compact design of a temperature gradient furnace for synchrotron microradiography. Meas Sci Technol. 2006 Jul 1;17(7):1883.
  72. Li B, Zhang XM, Clapp PC, Rifkin JA. Molecular dynamics simulations of the effects of defects on martensite nucleation. J Appl Phys. 2004 Feb 15;95(4):1698–705.
  73. Li B, Brody HD, Kazimirov A. Real-time observation of dendrite coarsening in Sn-13%Bi alloy by synchrotron microradiography. Phys Rev E. 2004 Dec 16;70(6):062602.
  74. Li B, Clapp PC, Rifkin JA, Zhang XM. Molecular dynamics calculation of heat dissipation during sliding friction. Int J Heat Mass Transf. 2003 Jan;46(1):37–43.
  75. Li B, Clapp PC, Rifkin JA, Zhang XM. Molecular dynamics simulation of stick-slip. J Appl Phys. 2001 Sep 15;90(6):3090–4.
  76. Li B. Molecular dynamics simulation of friction between metals [Master of Science]. [Storrs]: The University of Connecticut; 1999.
  77. Wang ZC, Li B, Cui Y. The cavitation behavior of several cladding materials. Abrasion Cavitation Water Power Gener. 1996;33:65.
  78. Wang ZC, Liang YN, Li B. The microstructure of GB1 cladding metal and the effect of rare earth elements. Abrasion Cavitation Water Power Gener. 1995;32:67.