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Li Shi


The BF Goodrich Endowed Professorship in Materials Engineering


Phone: (512) 471-3109
Office: ETC 7.140

Nanomaterials & Thermo-Fluids Laboratory

Dr. Li Shi is the BF Goodrich Endowed Professor in Materials Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin. He spent close to a decade in combustion research, which resulted in a bachelor degree in Thermal Engineering from Tsinghua University at Beijing in 1991, a master degree in Mechanical Engineering from Arizona State University in 1997, and four-year industrial research experience in between. His invention of micro-devices for studying thermal physics in individual carbon nanotubes earned him a doctoral degree in Mechanical Engineering from University of California at Berkeley in 2001. Dr. Shi investigated thermoelectric cooling as an IBM Research Staff Member for about a year before joining the faculty at UT Austin in 2002 to build a program at the interface between thermal sciences and materials sciences.

One focus of Dr. Shi's research is on materials, devices, and systems for enhancing the energy efficiency of transportation, electronics, and buildings and for enabling cost-effective solar energy utilization technologies. His research group has demonstrated a set of unique methods based on nanofabricated measurement devices, scanning probe microscopy, and optical spectroscopy to characterize energy transport and conversion in nanostructures and complex materials. The publications from these groundbreaking works have been highly cited, and have led to a better understanding of thermal transport processes in nanomaterials especially carbon nanostructures. Based on the findings from some of these fundamental research efforts, high-performance devices are being developed in his group for energy-efficient solid-state electronic and energy devices, thermoelectric vehicle waste heat recovery, thermal energy storage, and solar energy utilization. His other research efforts include thermal management of nanoelectronic devices, and nanotechnologies for drug delivery and biomedical imaging.

Among Dr. Shi’s synergetic activities, he has co-organized a NSF sponsored workshop on Nanotechnologies for Solar and Thermal Energy Conversion and Storage, the Seventh US-Japan Joint Seminar on Nanoscale Transport Phenomena, and the Third ASME Energy Nanotechnology International Conference. He has also chaired a number of symposiums and sessions for Materials Research Society (MRS), American Physical Society (APS), and American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) conferences. He currently serves as the Editor-in-Chief of Nanoscale and Microscale Thermophysical Engineering.

Dr. Shi’s research achievements and professional services have been recognized by the Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award from the National Science Foundation in 2003, the Young Investigator Award from the Office of Naval Research in 2004, the ASME Transaction Journal of Heat Transfer Outstanding Reviewer Award in 2005, the O’Donnell Award in Engineering from the Academy of Medicine, Engineering, and Science of Texas in 2013, and the Invitation Fellowship for Research in Japan from Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS). He is an elected fellow of ASME and APS as well as an active member of the UT Austin Badminton Club. 

Selected Publications

  1. P. Kim, L. Shi, A. Majumdar, P. L. McEuen, "Thermal Transport Measurements of Individual Multiwalled Carbon Nanotubes," Physical Review Letters 87, 215502 (2001)
  2. H.-K. Lyeo, A. A. Khajetoorians, L. Shi, K. P. Pipe, R. J. Ram, A. Shakouri, C. K. Shih, "Profiling the Thermoelectric Power of Semiconductor Junctions with Nanometer Resolution," Science 303, 816-818 (2004)
  3. M. T. Pettes and L. Shi, "Thermal and Structural Characterizations of Individual Single-, Double-, and Multi- Walled Carbon Nanotubes," Advanced Functional Materials 19, 3918-3925 (2009)
  4. J. H. Seol, I. Jo, A. L. Moore, L. Lindsay, Z. H. Aitken, M. T. Pettes, X. Li, Z. Yao, R. Huang, D. Broido, N. Mingo, R. S. Ruoff, L. Shi, "Two-Dimensional Phonon Transport in Supported Graphene," Science 328, 213-216 (2010)
  5. M. M. Sadeghi, I. Jo, L. Shi, “Phonon-Interface Scattering in Multi-layered Graphene on an Amorphous Support,” Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences 110, 16321–16326 (2013) 

Most Recent Publications

  1. L. A. Jauregui, M. T. Pettes, L. P. Rokhinson, L. Shi, Y. P. Chen, "Magnetic field Induced Helical Mode and Topological Transitions in a Quasi-ballistic Topological Insulator Nanoribbon with Circumferentially Quantized Surface State Sub-bands", Nature Nanotechnology 11, 345–351 (2016)
  2. L. B. Zhang, P. Xiao, L. Shi, G. Henkelman, J.B. Goodenough, and J. Zhou, “Localized Mg-vacancy states in the thermoelectric material Mg2−δSi0.4Sn0.6,” Journal of Applied Physics 119, 085104 (2016)
  3. J. Kim, D. A. Evans, D. P. Sellan, O. M. Williams, E. Ou, A. H. Cowley, and L. Shi, “Thermal and thermoelectric transport measurements of an individual boron arsenide microstructure,” Applied Physics Letters108, 201905 (2016)
  4. M. M. Sadeghi, S. Park, Y. Huang, D. Akinwande, Z. Yao, J. Murthy, and L. Shi, “Quantitative scanning thermal microscopy of graphene devices on flexible polyimide substrates,” Journal of Applied Physics 119, 235101 (2016)
  5. M. T. Pettes, J. Kim, W. Wu, K. C. Bustillo, and L. Shi, “Thermoelectric transport in surface- and antimony-doped bismuth telluride nanoplates,” APL Materials 4, 104810 (2016)
  6. K. An, K. S. Olsson, A, Weathers, S. Sullivan, X. Chen, X. Li, L. G. Marshall, X. Ma, N. Klimovich, J. S. Zhou, L. Shi, X. Q. Li, “Magnons and Phonons Optically Driven out of Local Equilibrium in a Magnetic Insulator,” Physical Review Letters 117, 107202, (2016)
  7. G. Coloyan, N. D. Cultrara, A. Katre, J. Carrete, M. Heine, E. Ou, J. H. Kim, S. Jiang, L. Lindsay, N. Mingo, D. Broido, J. Heremans, J. Goldberger, L. Shi, “Basal-plane Thermal Conductivity of Nanocrystalline and Amorphized Thin Germanane,” Applied Physics Letters 109, 131907 (2016)
  8. M. Kayyalha, J. Maassen, M. Lundstrom, L. Shi, Y. Chen, “Gate-Tunable and Thickness-dependent Electronic and Thermoelectric Transport in Few-layer MoS2”, Journal of Applied Physics 120,134305 (2016)
  9. X. Chen, D. Bansal, S. Sullivan, D. L. Abernathy, A. Aczel, J. S. Zhou, O. Delaire, L. Shi, “Weak Coupling of Pseudoacoustic Phonons and Magnon Dynamics in Incommensurate Spin Ladder Compound Sr14Cu24O41,” Physical Review B 94, 134309 (2016)
  10. B. Smith, B. Vermeersch, J. Carrete, E. Ou, J. H. Kim, N. Mingo, D. Akinwande, L. Shi, “Temperature and Thickness Dependences of the Anisotropic In-Plane Thermal Conductivity of Black Phosphorus,” Advanced Materials 29, 1603756 (2017)
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