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Nan Li

Nan Li

Phone (505) 665-1857


  • Materials
  • Dynamic loading
  • Irradiation
  • Alloy design and development
  • Corrosion
  • Metallic interface science
  • Physical vapor deposition
  • Development of constitutive properties of structural materials
  • Electron microscopy
  • Interface engineering
  • Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies (CINT)
  • Science of Signatures - In Situ Measurements
  • Electron microscopy
  • CINT
  • Structure Measurements
  • Characterization


1. In-situ and ex-situ electron microscopy

2. Multiscale mechanical deformation and fracture behavior

3. Defect phenomena in materials under irradiation or shock extremes.


Ph.D.   Materials Science and Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Texas A&M University, College Station, Jan. 2006 – May 2010.

M.S.     Materials Science and Engineering, State Key Laboratory for Corrosion and Protection, Institute of Metal Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Sep. 2003 – Dec. 2005.

B.S.     Materials Science and Engineering, Beijing University of Chemical Technology, Sep. 1999 – Jul. 2003.


Professional Societies




TMS Young Leader Professional Development Award, 2014.

Los Alamos Awards Program (LAAP) Award, 2012.

Distinguished Postdoctoral Performance Award, Los Alamos National Laboratory, 2011.

ELSEVIER Top Reviewer Award, 2011.

ACTA Student Award, 2010.

TMS Outstanding Student Paper Contest, 2009.



Complete List of Publications: Google Scholar

Selected Publications:

Book chapter: N. Li and J. Wang, “In-situ TEM Study of Dislocation-Interface Interactions”, The Transmission Electron Microscope – Theory and Application, edited by Khan Maaz, Publisher: InTech. Chapter 3, (2015) pp. 69-93.

S. Huang, J. Wang, N. Li, J. Zhang, C. Zhou, “Atomistic simulations of plasticity in heterogeneous nanocrystalline Ni lamella” Computational Materials Science, 141, 229 (2018).

B.M. Schultz, N. Li, D.R. Economy, J.L. Sharp, N.A. Mara, N.S. Kennedy, “Tribological performance of monolithic copper thin films during nanowear” Wear, 394, 50 (2018).

L.W. Yang, C. Mayer, N. Li, J.K. Baldwin, N.A. Mara, N. Chawla, J.M. Molina-Aldareguia, J. Llorca, “Mechanical properties of metal-ceramic nanolaminates: effect of constraint and temperature” Acta Materialia, 142, 37 (2018).

N. Li, X.Y. Liu, “Mechanical behavior of metal/ceramic interfaces in nanoloayered composites – experiments and modeling” Journal of Materials Science, 1 (2017).

D. Chen, N. Li, D. Yuryev, J.K. Baldwin, Y. Wang, M.J. Demkowicz, “Self-organization of helium precipitates into elongated channels within metal nanolayers” Science Advances, 3, eaao2710 (2017).

N. Li, M.J. Demkowicz, N.A. Mara, “Microstructure evolution and mechanical response of nanolaminate composites irradiated with helium at elevated temperatures” JOM, 69, 2206 (2017).

W.C. Yang, Y.T. Xie, W.K. Zhu, K. Park, A.P. Chen, Y. Losovyj, Z. Li, H.M. Liu, M. Starr, J.A. Acosta, C.G. Tao, N. Li, Q.X. Jia, J.J. Heremans, S.X. Zhang, “Epitaxial thin films of pyrochlore iridate Bi2+xIr2-yO7-δ: structure, defects and transport properties” Scientific Reports, 7, 7740 (2017).

Y. Liu, N. Li, M.A. Kumar, S. Pathak, J. Wang, R.J. McCabe, N.A. Mara, C.N. Tome, “Experimentally quantifying critical stresses associated with basal slip and twinning in magnesium using micropillars” Acta Materialia, 135, 411 (2017).

Z. Li, S.K. Yadav, Y. Chen, N. Li, X.Y. Liu, J. Wang , S. Zhang, J.K. Baldwin, A. Misra, N. Mara, “Mechanically controlling the reversible phase transformation from zinc blende to wurtzite in AlN” Materials Research Letters, 5, 426 (2017).

T.M. Wilkinson, D. Wu, M.A. Musselman, N. Li, N. Mara, C.E. Packard, “Mechanical behavior of rare-earth orthophosphates near the monazite/xenotime boundary characterized by nanoindentation” Materials Science and Engineering: A, 691, 203 (2017).

N. Li, S.K. Yadav, Y. Xu, J.A. Aguiar, J.K. Baldwin, Y.Q. Wang, H.M. Luo, A. Misra, B.P. Uberuaga, “Cr incorporated phase transformation in Y2O3 under ion irradiation” Scientific Reports, 7, 40148 (2017).

Y. Chen, S. Shao, X.Y. Liu, S.K. Yadav, N. Li, N. Mara, J. Wang, “Misfit dislocation patterns of Mg-Nb interfaces” Acta Materialia, 126, 552 (2017).

W.C. Yang, Y.T. Xie, W.K. Zhu, K. Park, A.P. Chen, Y. Losovyj, Z. Li, H.M. Liu, M. Starr, J.A. Acosta, C.G. Tao, N. Li, Q.X. Jia, J.J. Heremans, S.X. Zhang, “Epitaxial thin films of pyrochlore iridate Bi2+xIr2-yO7-δ: structure, defects and transport properties” Scientific Reports, 7, 7740 (2017).

Y.C. Lin, D. Kim, Z. Li, B.M. Nguyen, N. Li, S. Zhang, J. Yoo “Strain-induced structural defects and their effects on the electrochemical performances of silicon core/germanium shell nanowire heterostructures” Nanoscale 9, 1213 (2017).

E.B. Watkins, J. Majewski, J.K. Baldwin, Y. Chen, N. Li, R.G. Hoagland, S.K. Yadav, X-Y Liu, I.J. Beyerlein, N.A. Mara, “Neutron reflectometry investigations of interfacial structures of Ti/TiN layers deposited by magnetron sputtering” Thin Solid Films, 616, 399 (2016).

N. Li, J.W. Wang, S. Mao, H. Wang, “In situ nanomechanical testing of twinned metals in a transmission electron microscope” MRS Bulletin, 41, 305 (2016). (invited)

N. Li, M. Demkowicz, N. Mara, Y.Q. Wang, A. Misra, “Hardening due to Interfacial He Bubbles in Nanolayered Composites” Materials Research Letters, 4, 75 (2016).

Y. Liu, N. Li, S. Shao, M. Gong, J. Wang, R.J. McCabe, Y. Jiang, C.N. Tome, “Characterizing the boundary lateral to the shear direction of deformation twins in magnesium”, Nature Communications, 7, 11577 (2016).

Y. Chen, N. Li, D.C. Bufford, J. Li, K. Hattar, H. Wang, X. Zhang, “In situ study of heavy ion irradiation response of immiscible Cu/Fe multilayers” Journal of Nuclear Materials, 475, 274 (2016).

I. McCue, S. Ryan, K. Hemker, X. Xu, N. Li, M.W. Chen, J. Erlebacher, “Size Effects in the Mechanical Properties of Bulk Bicontinuous Ta/Cu Nanocomposites Made by Liquid Metal Dealloying” Advanced Engineering Materials 18, 46 (2016).

N. Mara, N. Li, A. Misra, J. Wang, “Interface-Driven Plasticity in Metal–Ceramic Nanolayered Composites: Direct Validation of Multiscale Deformation Modeling via In Situ Indentation in TEM” JOM 68, 143 (2016). (invited)

E. Xu, Z. Li, J.A. Acosta, N. Li, B. Swartzentruber, S.J. Zheng, N. Sinitsyn, H. Htoon, J. Wang, S.X. Zhang, “Enhanced thermoelectric properties of topological crystalline insulator PbSnTe nanowires grown by vapor transport” Nano Research 9, 820 (2016).