Jiangyu Li

Mechanical Engineering

Our group is devoted to investigating the mechanics and physics of multifunctional materials and systems using tightly combined theoretical, numerical, and experimental investigations. We are interested in understanding the formation and evolution of microstructure in materials, clarifying their structure-property relationship, and optimizing microstructures and processing conditions for superior functional properties. We have been working on ferroelectrics, ferromagnetic materials, multiferroics, thermoelectrics, and electro-active polymers and composites, and we are currently focusing on global energy need through multifunctional materials design and synthesis. We are also probing electromechanical coupling in biological systems using piezoresponse force microscopy, with which we recently discovered biological ferroelectricity in soft tissues.