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School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering Faculty

Qizhen (Katherine) Li

Qizhen Li


Dana 239C


  • Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering, Ohio State University, 2004
  • M.S. in Materials Science and Engineering, Harbin Engineering University, Harbin, China, 2000.
  • B.S. in Metallic Materials and Heat Treatment, Harbin Engineering University, Harbin, China, 1997.

Professional Preparation

  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) Department, Northwestern University, 2004-2006.

Research Interests

  • 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/manufacturing, 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

Recognition and Honors

  • NSF CAREER Award
  • TMS Young Leader Professional Award
  • Nevada Regents Rising Researcher Award
  • UNR Junior Faculty Research Award

Selected Publications

Complete List of Publications on Google Scholar

  • B. Tian, F. Chen, Y. Tong, L. Li, Y. Zheng, Q.Z. Li, Microstructure and phase transformation of Ni46Mn33Ga17Cu4-xZrx alloys, Materials Letters, 116: 307-310, 2014
  • B. Tian, F. Chen, Y. Tong, L. Li, Y. Zheng, Q.Z. Li, Fracture behavior and structural transition of Ni46Mn33Ga17Cu4-xZrx alloys, Materials Science and Engineering A, 607: 95-101, 2014
  • Q.Z. Li, Carbon nanotube reinforced porous magnesium composite: 3D nondestructive microstructure characterization using x-ray micro-computed tomography, Materials Letters, 133: 83-86, 2014
  • Q.Z. Li, Ambient Compression–Compression Fatigue Behavior of Magnesium Single Crystal, Metallurgical and Materials Transactions A, 45: 41-46, 2014
  • Q.Z. Li, B. Tian, Compression behavior of magnesium/carbon nanotube composites, Journal of Materials Research 28, 2013, pg. 1877-1884
  • H. Cay, H. Xu, Q.Z. Li, Mechanical Behavior of Porous Magnesium/Alumina Composites with High Strength and Low Density, Materials Science and Engineering A 574, 2013, pg. 137-142
  • 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, 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