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Principal Investigator:

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Tian Li

Assistant Professor

Mechanical Engineering, Purdue University

1034 Ray W. Herrick Laboratories,

177 S Russell St, West Lafayette, IN 47907


Dr. Tian Li is recognized as a Packard Fellow for Science and Engineering and Kavli Fellow by National Academy of Sciences. She is the recipient many awards including Violet B. Haas Fellowship, Moore Inventor Fellowship finalist, Forbes 30 under 30, ASME Haythornthwaite Foundation Research Award, R&D 100 Finalist, Sony Research Innovation Award, MRS postdoc award, among others. As the leading author or corresponding author, she has published on Nature, Science, Nature Materials, Nature Energy, Science Advances, among others. Her research work has been covered in many medias including Science podcast, Nature index, New York Times and others. 

​Innovative solutions towards grand challenges require a multidisciplinary approach. By Redesigning Natural materials for Energy, Water, Environment and Devices (ReNEWED), the Li group aims to apply the fundamental science to establish a natural “toolbox” for sustainable solutions towards the carbon drawdown.

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Dr. Li is invited to the National Academy of Sciences' Kavli Frontiers of Science symposium

Jan 2024

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Our work on ambient water harvesting is highlighted on Nature Outlook Water

Jan 2024

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Dr. Li serves as guest editor for npj flexible electronics 

Sustainable Flexible Electronics

Nov 2023


Awarded the Ag-Eng Fund 

(Collaboration with Petrus Langenhoven and Lisa Mauer from Colleges of Agriculture)

PI: Tian Li

Nov 2023

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Awarded NSF EFRI Engineered Living Systems

co-PI: Tian Li

Sept 2023


Dr. Li gives a keynote talk on Nature conference - flexible electronics.

Nov 2023

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Dr. Li is selected as one of the ten Moore Inventor Fellow Finalist

May 2023

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Finalist in Malott competition

Senior Design: TechStyles team 

April 2023


Xiwei defended his Master Thesis! Congrats to Xiwei! 

April 2023

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Bottomley Research Scholarship

Undergraduate: Tanya Sophia Masnyk

Feb 2023


Visit from ARPA E Program Manager

Jan 2023 


Dr. Li receives the Violet B. Haas Fellowship

Jan 2023 

Zijian defended his Master Thesis! Congrats to Zijian! 

Dec 2022


​ARPA-E grant under HESTIA program

Strong and CO2 Consuming Living Wood

PI: Tian Li

Oct 2022 


Sony Innovation Research Award

Jun Liu & Tian Li

Oct 2022 

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Wenkai Zhu passed the PhD prelim! Congrats to Wenkai! 

Aug 2021 


Bottomley Research Scholarship

Undergraduate: Gabriella Schalm

Feb 2022 

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Sai Swapneel Aranke defended her Master Thesis! Congrats to Sai! 

Time: Aug.2021. 

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Haythornthwaite Foundation Research Award

PI: Tian Li

Time: Dec.2020. 


Forbes 30 under 30 Energy

PI: Tian Li

Time: Dec.2018. 

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