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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

​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.

We have openings for highly motivated graduate students, postdocs and undergraduate students. Please directly send your CV to Dr. Li if you share our passion towards energy and sustainability!

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Moore Inventor Fellow Finalist

PI: Tian Li

Time: May 2023. 

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Finalist in Malott competition

Senior Design: TechStyles team 

Time: April.2023. 


Xiwei defended his Master Thesis! Congrats to Xiwei! 

Time: April.2023. 

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Lillian Gilbreth Postdoctoral Fellowships

Postdoc: Xiaojie Liu

Time: Mar.2023. 

Bottomley Research Scholarship

Undergraduate: Tanya Sophia Masnyk

Time: Feb.2023. 


Guest Editor for Communications Engineering

PI: Tian Li

Time: Feb.2023. 

Visit from ARPA E Program Manager

Time: Jan.2023. 


Violet B. Haas Fellowship

PI: Tian Li

Time: Jan.2023. 

Zijian defended his Master Thesis! Congrats to Zijian! 

Time: Dec.2022. 


Packard Fellows for Science and Engineering

PI: Tian Li

Time: Oct.2022. 


​ARPA-E grant under HESTIA program

Strong and CO2 Consuming Living Wood

PI: Tian Li

Team: Purdue & MSU 

Time: Oct.2022. 


Sony Innovation Research Award

Tian Li and Jun Liu

Time: Oct.2022

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Wenkai Zhu passed the PhD prelim! Congrats to Wenkai! 

Time: Aug.2021. 


Bottomley Research Scholarship

Undergraduate: Gabriella Schalm

Time: 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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