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Office Location: ETC 4.146B

Wei Li


John T. MacGuire Professorship in Mechanical Engineering

Department Research Areas:
Advanced Design and Manufacturing
Biomechanical and Biomedicine Engineering
Nano and Micro-scale Engineering 

Dr. Wei Li joined the faculty in 2010. Previously, he was an associate professor of mechanical engineering at University of Washington in Seattle. Dr. Li received his Ph.D. from The University of Michigan. His research interests include nano and biomaterials processing and manufacturing, biomedical design and manufacturing, and clean energy technology. He also has extensive experience in manufacturing process monitoring and diagnosis using data analytics techniques. Dr. Li’s research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, state agencies, and industry partners such as Chrysler, General Motors, and Boeing. Dr. Li is a recipient of the NSF CAREER award and the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). He served as a board director of North American Manufacturing Research Institution of SME, Chair of Biomanufacturing Technical Committee of ASME Manufacturing Engineering Division, and an associate editor of ASME Journal of Manufacturing Science and Engineering.

Current research topics include:

  • Roll-to-roll manufacturing
  • Polymer nanofoam and nanocomposites
  • In-vitro tissue model systems
  • Clean energy technology
Selected Publications
  1. Hong, N., Kireev, D., Zhao, Q., Chen, D., Akinwande, D., and Li, W., 2022, "Roll‐to‐Roll Dry Transfer of Large‐Scale Graphene," Advanced Materials, 34(3), pp. 2106615.
  2. Chu, W., Ho, P.S., and Li, W., 2021, "An adaptive machine learning method based on finite element analysis for ultra low-k chip package design," IEEE Transactions on Components, Packaging and Manufacturing Technology, 11(9), pp. 1435-1441.
  3. Ock, J., and Li, W., 2020, "A high-throughput three-dimensional cell culture platform for drug screening," Bio-Design and Manufacturing, 3(1), pp. 40-47.
  4. Lee, B., Chu, W., and Li, W., 2020, "Effects of process parameters on graphene growth via low-pressure chemical vapor deposition," Journal of Micro and Nano-Manufacturing, 8(3).
  5. Li, X., Li, W., Yang, C.-H., and Chen, R.K., 2020, "Dynamic Impedance Monitoring for Large Diameter Vessel Sealing Using Bipolar Electrosurgery," Journal of Medical Devices, 14(2), pp. 021006.
  6. Luo, W., Cheng, L., Yuan, C., Wu, Z., Yuan, G., Hou, M., Chen, J.Y., Luo, C., and Li, W., 2019, "Preparation, characterization and evaluation of cellulose nanocrystal/poly (lactic acid) in situ nanocomposite scaffolds for tissue engineering," International journal of biological macromolecules, 134, pp. 469-479.
  7. Xin, H., Zhao, Q., Chen, D., and Li, W., 2018, "Roll-to-roll mechanical peeling for dry transfer of chemical vapor deposition graphene," Journal of Micro and Nano-Manufacturing, 6(3), 031004 (7 pages).
  8. Li, X., Chen, R., and Li, W., 2018, "An Experimental Study on Bipolar Tissue Hemostasis and Its Dynamic Impedance," Journal of Manufacturing Science and Engineering, 140(6), 061016 (8 pages).
  9. Li, X., Borduin, R., Chen, R.K., and Li, W., 2017, "The effect of compression force uniformity on bipolar tissue welding," Journal of Manufacturing Science and Engineering, 139(5), 054501 (5 pages).
  10. Chen, D., Ma, Z., Li, B.C., Yan, Z., and Li, W., 2017, "Drowsiness detection with electrooculography signal using a system dynamics approach," Journal of Dynamic Systems, Measurement, and Control, 139(8), 081003 (7 pages).
  11. Xin, H., Borduin, R., Jiang, W., Liechti, K.M., and Li, W., 2017, "Adhesion energy of as-grown graphene on copper foil with a blister test," Carbon, 123, pp. 243-249.
  12. Sundarram, S.S., and Li, W., 2014, "The effect of pore size and porosity on thermal management performance of phase change material infiltrated microcellular metal foams," Applied Thermal Engineering, 64(1-2), pp. 147-154.
  13. Ma, L., Barker, J., Zhou, C., Li, W., Zhang, J., Lin, B., Foltz, G., Kublbeck, J., and Honkakoski, 2012, "Towards Personalized Medicine with a Three-dimensional Micro-scale Perfusion-based Two-Chamber Tissue Model System", Biomaterials, 33(17), pp. 4353-4361.
  14. Wang, H., and Li, W., 2008, "Selective ultrasonic foaming of polymer for biomedical applications," ASME Journal of manufacturing science and engineering, 130(2), 021004 (9 pages).
  15. Wang, X., Li, W., and Kumar, V., 2006, "A method for solvent-free fabrication of porous polymer using solid-state foaming and ultrasound for tissue engineering applications," Biomaterials, 27(9), pp. 1924-1929.