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Li, Teng

Teng Li
Samuel P. Langley Associate Professor
Keystone Professor
Department of Mechanical Engineering
2141 Glenn L. Martin Hall, Building 088
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742

Research Interests 

  • Mechanics of the micro/nano structures in flexible macroelectronics and nanoelectronics
  • Mechanics of low-dimensional carbon materials (graphene, CNTs, CNSs)
  • Deformation instability of thin films and multilayers
  • Biomechanics of membrane and cytoskeleton in cells


  • Ph.D., Harvard University, 2006

Honors and Awards 

  • Society of Engineering Science (SES) Young Investigator Medal, 2016
  • Summer Research and Scholarship Award (UMD), 2014
  • E. Robert Kent Outstanding Teaching Award, 2012
  • Keystone Professor (UMD Clark School Academy of Distinguished Professors), 2012~
  • US National Committee on Theoretical and Applied Mechanics Fellowship, 2012
  • NSF International Travel Fellowship, 2010
  • NSF Summer Institute Fellowship, 2009, 2010
  • General Research Board Summer Research Award (UMD), 2009
  • The Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award, 2007
  • Best Poster Award, Gordon Research Conference (GRC) on Thin film & Small Scale Mechanical Behavior, 2006.
  • Poster Award, Gordon Research Conference (GRC) on Ceramics, Solid State Studies In, 2005.
  • Outstanding Poster Award, Materials Research Society (MRS), 16 out of 1700+ posters, 2004.
  • Best Poster Award (Runner-up),Gordon Research Conference (GRC) on Thin film & Small Scale Mechanical Behavior, 2004.

Professional Memberships and Service 

  • Founder and Editor of www.macroelectronics.org, an interactive information platform for the emerging field of flexible macroelectronics
  • One of the two architects of www.imechanica.org, an online international community of Mechanics and Mechanicians
  • Member, Technical Committee on Integrated Structures, American Society of Mechanical Engineers
  • Reviewer: Applied Physics Letters, Journal of Mechanics and Physics of Solids, Scripta Materialia, International Journal of Solids and Structures, Journal of Nanoparticle Research, AIAA Journal, International Journal of Fracture, MRS Proceedings

Selected Publications 







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Related News 

Super Wood Could Replace Steel
A new process could make wood as strong as titanium alloy but lighter and cheaper February 7, 2018

UMD Researchers Use a Simple Stretch to Create Powerful Pseudomagnetic Fields in Graphene
Researchers Make Breakthrough Discovery in Graphene Research December 8, 2015

Li Awarded Society of Engineering Science Young Investigator Medal
Mechanical Engineering Associate Professor Teng Li receives 2016 SES Young Investigator Medal. November 11, 2015

Small Can Be Strong and Tough
The smaller the cellulose fibers, the stronger and tougher the paper they make, to UMD researchers’ surprise July 8, 2015

Li Appointed Associate Editor of Extreme Mechanics Letters
Mechanical Engineering Associate Professor Teng Li Appointed Associate Editor of Extreme Mechanics Letters December 3, 2014

Li and Hu Awarded NSF Grant to Study Challenges in Creating Materials that are Both Stronger and Tougher
NSF funds new research to tackle tough challenge in material design. September 22, 2014

Tiny Origami Boxes Hold Big Promise for Hydrogen Energy Storage
Graphene folds itself into programmable "nanocage" for hydrogen storage, beating DOE 2020 goa March 11, 2014

UMD Energy Innovations Featured Prominently in the News
Clark School energy research, including solid oxide fuel cells and wood battery, featured in variety of mainstream media outlets. August 21, 2013

A Battery Made of Wood?
Wood fibers help nano-scale batteries keep their structure June 18, 2013

Clark School Celebrates Students, Honors Alumni and Faculty at Spring 2013 Commencement
More than 860 engineering students received diplomas at May 20 ceremony. May 23, 2013

Students Win Graduate School Dissertation Awards
Zheng Jia awarded Graduate Dean's Dissertation Fellowship, Jia and Jiajun Xu awarded Ann G. Wylie Dissertation Fellowship May 14, 2013

Nano ‘Beads on a String’ Could Advance Battery Technology
Pulsing with lithium, tiny silicon beads on a nanotube hold promise for better batteries February 26, 2013

Six Mechanical Engineering Students Selected for 2013 Future Faculty Program
Department has largest cohort in Clark School. February 22, 2013

Bringing Mechanicians Together Through iMechanica.org
Associate Professor Teng Li co-founded site that uses the internet to help share knowledge of mechanics. January 28, 2013

Associate Professor Teng Li Wins E. Robert Kent Outstanding Teaching Award
Li is the fourth Mechanical Engineering professor to receive the award for outstanding excellence in teaching. January 2, 2013

Li, Solares Achieve Tenure at Department of Mechanical Engineering
ME Professors Teng Li and Santiago Solares have both made contributions to research in the ME
community as well as mentoring award-winning students. July 10, 2012

Li, Solares Co-author Science Paper on Graphene Drumheads
Dr. Teng Li and Dr. Santiago Solares part of research team that examined the properties of deformed graphene membranes. June 28, 2012

Teng Li Awarded U.S. National Committee Travel Fellowship to Present Research at Conference
Li will present his research on carbon nanoscrolls at the 23rd International Congress on Theoretical and Applied Mechanics. June 5, 2012

Zhao Zhang Wins 2011 UMD Distinguished Dissertation Award
Mechanical engineering graduate wins for research on controlling graphene to create reliable electronics. April 10, 2012

DeWALT Donates Tools, Equipment to Mechanical Engineering Department
Longtime ME supporter provides the department with tools to build the future. August 2, 2011

Teng Li Appointed Lead Guest Editor
ME professor to contribute to the Journal of Nanomaterials. May 23, 2011

Dean's Doctoral Research Awards Announced
Research on microbatteries, graphene and flapping-wing flight recognized. May 5, 2011

ME Wins Big at 2011 UMD/GRID
Grad students take top honors at campus research conference. April 28, 2011

Teng Li Leads NSF Collaborative Research on Nano Ceramic Films in Flexible Electronics
ME professor receives NSF grant to study nano ceramic films October 13, 2009

Mechanical Engineering Recognizes Faculty Accomplishments
Edward B. Magrab honored at reception recognizing distinguished service to campus and department. May 16, 2007

Flexible Macroelectronics Film Earns Top Award in Sci/Terp Video Competition
Inaugural contest features science demonstration videos made by undergrad students. April 30, 2007

Teng Li wins Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award
Seed money to be used to explore flexible electronics research. April 30, 2007

New Beginnings
A Message From the Chair & Our 5-year Strategic Plan. December 10, 2006

ME Welcomes Jaydev Desai
Associate Professor to Join ME Faculty. September 15, 2006

ME Welcomes Jaydev Desai
Dr. Jaydev Desai will be joining the department in October 2006 as an Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering September 8, 2006

ME Welcomes New Faculty
Assistant Professors Teng Li and Santiago Solares to Join ME in Fall July 15, 2006