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Ying Li

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Assistant Professor

Department of Mechanical Engineering
191 Auditorium Road
Storrs, CT 06269-3136
Office: United Technologies Engineering Building Rm. 454
Phone: (860) 486-7110




  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Northwestern University, 2015
  • M.S., Engineering Mechanics, Tsinghua University, 2008


Research Focus

  • Multiscale modeling
  • Computational material design
  • Mechanics and physics of soft matter
  • Design of mechanical metamaterials
  • Targeted drug delivery



  • Best Paper award from ASME Global Congress on NanoEngineering for Medicine and Biology, 2015
  • International Institute for Nanotechnology Outstanding Researcher Award,2014
  • Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Students Abroad, 2012
  • Ryan Fellowship,2011


Current Publications

Li, M. Kroger, and W.K. Liu (2015). Shape effect in cellular uptake of PEGylated nanoparticles: Comparison between sphere, rod, cube and disk. Nanoscale, DOI: 10.1039/C5NR02970H

Tang, Y. Li, W.K. Liu, and X. Huang (2014). Surface ripples of polymeric nanofibers under tension: the crucial role of Poisson’s ratio. Macromolecules, 47(18), 6503-6514.

Li , M. Kroger, and W.K. Liu (2014). Endocytosis of PEGylated nanoparticles accompanied by structural and free energy changes of the grafted polyethylene glycol. Biomaterials, 35, 8467–8478.

Li, W. Stroberg, T.-R. Lee, H. Kim, H. Man, D. Ho, P. Decuzzi, and W.K. Liu (2014). Multiscale modeling and Uncertainty Quantification in nanoparticle based drug/gene delivery. Computational Mechanics, 53, 511-537.

Li, M. Kroger, and W.K. Liu (2014). Dynamic structure of unentangled polymer chains in the vicinity of non-attractive nanoparticles. Soft Matter, 10, 1723–1737.

Li, B. C. Abberton, M. Kroger, and W.K. Liu (2013). Challenges in Multiscale Modeling of Polymer Dynamics. Polymers, 5(2), 751-832.

Li, S. Tang, B. Abberton, M. Kroger, C. Burkhart, B. Jiang, G. Papakonstantopoulos, M. Poldneff, and W.K. Liu (2012). A Predictive Multiscale Computational Framework for Viscoelastic Properties of Linear Polymers. Polymer, 53(25), 5935-5952.

Li, M. Kroger, and W.K. Liu (2012). Nanoparticle Effect on the Dynamics of Polymer Chains and Their Entanglement Network. Physical Review Letters, 109(11), 118001.

Li, M. Kroger, and W.K. Liu (2012). Nanoparticle Geometrical Effect on Structure, Dynamics and Anisotropic Viscosity of Polyethylene Nanocomposites. Macromolecules, 45(4), 2099-2112.

Li and M. Kroger (2012). A theoretical evaluation of the effects of carbon nanotube entanglement and bundling on the structural and mechanical properties of buckypaper. Carbon, 50(5),1793-1806.