Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering, Iowa State University, 2014
Multifunctional polymers and composites
Stimuli-responsive liquid crystals
Liquid crystalline thermosets and elastomers
Y. Li, C. Pruitt, O. Rios, L. Wei, M. Rock, J. K. Keum, A. G. McDonald, M. R. Kessler, “Controlled Shape Memory Behavior of a Smectic Main-chain Liquid Crystalline Elastomer”, Macromolecules, 2015, 48(9), 2864-2874. (Featured on front cover)
Y. Li, O. Rios, M. R. Kessler, “Thermomagnetic Processing of Liquid Crystalline Epoxy Resins and Their Mechanical Characterization using Nanoindentation”, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 2014, 6(21), 19456-19464.
C. Zhang, Y. Li, R. Chen, M. R. Kessler, “Polyurethanes from Solvent-Free Vegetable Oil Based Polyols”, ACS Sustainable Chemistry and Engineering, 2014, 2(10), 2465-2476
Y. Li, M. R. Kessler, “Creep-resistant Behavior of Self-reinforcing Liquid Crystalline Epoxy Resins,” Polymer, 2014, 8(10), 2021-2027.
Y. Li, M. R. Kessler, “Cure Kinetics of Liquid Crystalline Epoxy Resins Based on Biphenyl Mesogen,” Journal of Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry, 2014, 117(1), 481-488.
Y. Li, M. R. Kessler, “Liquid Crystalline Epoxy Resin Based on Biphenyl Mesogen: Effect of Magnetic Field Orientation during Cure,” Polymer, 2013, 54(21), 5741-5746.
Y. Li, P. Badrinarayana, M. R. Kessler, “Liquid Crystalline Epoxy Resin Based on Biphenyl Mesogen: Thermal Characterization,” Polymer, 2013, 54(12), 3017-3025.