Welcome to the Materials & Mechanics & Manufacturing (MMM) Lab

The MMM lab is part of the School of Mechanical Engineering at Purdue University. Research in the MMM lab focus on the nanostructured materials and multiscale mechanics with scalable manufacturing.

Principal Investigator:

Tian Li

Assistant Professor

Mechanical Engineering, Purdue University

Email:

tianli@purdue.edu

mytian1211@gmail.com

Address:

1034 Ray W. Herrick Laboratories,

177 S Russell St, West Lafayette, IN 47907

​Selected Awards

  • ​R&D 100 Finalist 2020

  • MRS Postdoctoral Award 2020

  • Forbes 30 under 30 (US) in energy category 2018

  • Finalist in "Energy Ideas to Change the World" Pitching Competition in ARPA-E 2016

  • ECE (Electrical and Computer Engineering) Distinguished Dissertation Fellowship 2015

  • Outstanding Graduate Assistant Award in University of Maryland 2015

  • Dean’s Doctoral Research Award Finalist 2015

  • Distinguished Summer Research Scholarship 2013

NEWS

 Publication

10/06, 2020

Our perspective paper titled as "Fibrillated Cellulose: Towards a Sustainable Technological Material " is accepted by Nature

R&D 100 Finalist

09/21, 2020

Our Radiative Cooling Wood was selected as R&D 100 finalist 2020!

Welcome new student

08/11, 2020

The group welcomes Wenhui as Ph.D. student. Wenhui obtained his master's degree in Materials Science and Engineering from Stanford University. 

Guest editing 

07/28, 2020

We are hosting a special issue with Dr. Wei Yan (MIT) and Prof. Jun Chen (UCLA) in Advanced Fiber Materials on Smart Fibers and Textile Materials. Welcome submissions to this special issue!

Welcome new student

07/28, 2020

The group welcomes Kevin Zhu as Ph.D. student. Kevin obtained his master's degree in Mechanical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. 

Welcome new student

07/28, 2020

The group welcomes Rohan to join the group. Rohan obtained his bachelor's degree from Vishwakarma Institute of Technology.

Welcome new student

07/28, 2020

The group welcomes Xuan Li as Ph.D. student. Xuan obtained his master's and bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University. 

Welcome new student

07/28, 2020

The group welcomes Pengfei Deng as Ph.D. student. Pengfei obtained his bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from Huazhong University of Science and Technology.

Welcome new student

07/28, 2020

The group welcomes Xiwei Shan to join the group. Xiwei obtained his bachelor's degree in Materials Science Engineering from UIUC.

Welcome new student

07/28, 2020

The group welcomes Dr. Cheng Cai to join the group. Cheng is graduating with Ph.D. degree in Chemical Engineering from South China University of Technology & USDA.

Welcome new student

07/28, 2020

The group welcomes Dr. Yun Zhang to join the group. Yun obtained her Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. 

Tian Li Group opens ​

07/28, 2020

Tian Li starts in Mechanical Engineering at Purdue University. Students and scholars who are interested in joining, please find more information here.

MRS Postdoc Award

 March, 2020

Tian was selected for Materials Research Society MRS Postdoc Award. 

Tian's talk

@Berkeley MSE​

03/09, 2020

Tian gave an invited talk at UC Berkeley, Department of Materials Science and Engineering. Thank everyone for meeting with me. 

Tian's talk

@CMU​ CEE

03/02, 2020

Tian gave an invited talk at Carnegie Mellon University, Department of Civil and Environment Engineering. Thank everyone for meeting with me. 

Tian's talk

@Yale​ CEE

02/05, 2020

Tian gave an invited talk at Yale University, Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering (CEE). Thank everyone for meeting with me. 

Tian's talk

@Purdue ME

01/16, 2020

Tian gave an invited talk at Purdue University, Department of Mechanical Engineering. Thank everyone for meeting with me. 

Tian's Interview on Nature index

12/11, 2019

Tian was interviewed by Nature index "Energy harvesters pick up power".
Tian's paper "Cellulose ionic conductors with high differential thermal voltage for low-grade heat harvesting" on Nature Materials was highlighted. 

Tian's Interview on Science Podcasts 

05/23, 2019

Tian was interviewed by Science Podcast.
Tian's paper "A radiative cooling structural material" on Science was highlighted. 

Tian's talk

@UMich MSE

05/02, 2019

Tian gave an invited talk at University of Michigan, Department of Materials Science and Engineering. Thank everyone for meeting with me. 

Tian's talk

@Princeton ME

03/04, 2019

Tian gave an invited talk at Princeton University, Department of Mechanical Engineering. Thank everyone for meeting with me. 

Tian's talk

@Stanford 

ME

01/17, 2019

Tian gave an invited talk at Stanford University, Department of Mechanical Engineering. Thank everyone for meeting with me. 

Tian's talk

@TEDx

01/09, 2019

Tian gave a talk at TEDx.

Forbes 30 under 30

Oct, 2018

Tian was selected as Forbes 30 under 30 in energy category

CONTACT US

1034 Ray W. Herrick Laboratories

177 S Russell St West Lafayette IN 47907

tianli@purdue.edu