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Professional Experience


April 2019 –  present,  President's Chair Professor in Materials Science and Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Jan 2019 – present, Director, Max Planck - NTU Joint Lab for Artificial Senses, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Jan 2017 – present, Director, Innovative Centre for Flexible Devices (iFLEX), Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Sept 2016 – Dec 2018, Associate Chair (Faculty), School of Materials Science and Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Sept 2016 –  present,  Professor, School of Materials Science and Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Sept 2013 –  Aug 2016, Associate Professor, School of Materials Science and Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

July 2009 –  June 2014, Singapore NRF Fellow, School of Materials Science and Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

May 2009 – Aug 2013, Nanyang Assistant Professor, School of Materials Science and Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Feb 2009 – May 2009, Visiting scientist, Department of Chemistry, Northwestern University, USA.

Jan 2009 – April 2009, Assistant Professor, School of Materials Science and Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Nov 2006 – Dec 2008, Postdoctoral fellow, Department of Chemistry, Northwestern University, USA.


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Dr. Li’s expertise and interests include (but not limited to) additive manufacturing, smart manufacturing, nanomaterial-enabled energy systems, biological and bio-inspired materials and devices, biomechanics, micro/nanomechanics, surface engineering, and tribology. His stature in the field of his expertise includes over 230 peer-reviewed journal articles in prestigious journals such as Science, Nature Communications, Advanced Materials, Advanced Energy Materials, Advanced Functional Materials, Nano Letters, Physical Review Letters, Acta Materialia, Physical Review B, Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids, and Philosophical Magazine; over 10,780 citations with H-index of 51; TMS MPMD Distinguished Scientist/Engineer Award (2015), Professional Engineering Publisher's PE Prize (2008), University of South Carolina CEC Research Progress Award (2008) and CEC Research Achievement Award (2011); over 70 invited plenary lectures/keynotes/talks at international conferences/workshops; Campus Director of the South Carolina Space Grant Consortium (2007- 2012); Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME); Fellow of the Society of Experimental Mechanics (SEM); University of South Carolina CEC Distinguished Professor in Mechanical Engineering (10/2009-9/2012); and Rolls-Royce Commonwealth Professor at the University of Virginia (8/2013-present). His breakthrough work has been featured by over 1,000 media outlets worldwide including BBC, Discovery News, Science Daily, and MSNBC. His innovation on cotton textile based composites was recently selected by New York Times – Year in Ideas for Year 2010. He currently serves as an Associate Editor for Transactions of the ASME - Applied Mechanics Reviews, and is on the editorial board for ten journals. He reviews papers for over 150 journals including Science and Nature series, and he was the elected chair for the TMS nanomechanical materials behavior committee.

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Michael R. King is the J. Lawrence Wilson Professor and Department Chair of Biomedical Engineering at Vanderbilt University. Previously he was the Daljit S. and Elaine Sarkaria Professor at Cornell University. He completed a PhD in chemical engineering at the University of Notre Dame and postdoctoral training in bioengineering at the University of Pennsylvania. He has written textbooks on the subjects of statistical methods and microchannel flows, and has received several awards including the NSF CAREER Award, Outstanding Research Awards from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the American Society of Clinical Chemistry, and was a James D. Watson Investigator of New York State. King is a Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, the Biomedical Engineering Society, and the International Academy of Medical and Biological Engineering, and serves as Vice President of the International Society of Bionic Engineering. He is the Editor-in-Chief of Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering, an official journal of the Biomedical Engineering Society, and serves as the Chair-Elect of the Biomedical Engineering Council of Chairs.

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Amir Zadpoor studied Biomed Eng for his MSc and obtained his PhD (cum laude) from Delft Univ. Tech. He joined the Dept. Biomech. Eng. to work in the area of tissue biomechanics and implants in 2010 and started a research lab focusing on biomaterials, orthopedics, and biomechanics of tissues and implants. Amir is on the review and editorial board of several journals and has published many peer-reviewed article. He recently received the prestigious ERC and Veni personal grants.

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Yuying Yan who obtained his PhD in Mechanical Engineering at City University of London is Professor of Thermofluids Engineering, Li Dak Sum Chair Professor in Thermofluids Engineering at University of Nottingham. With more than 30 years experience in fluid flow and heat transfer, he is a member of EPSRC Peer Review College; Associate Editor of Elsevier Journal - Case Studies of Thermal Engineering, Editorial Board member for International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, Nature Publishing Group's multidisciplinary Journal: Scientific Reports, Journal of Bionic Engineering, Automotive Innovation, and Elsevier Journal of Thermal Science and Engineering Progress. He is fellow of International Society of Bionic Engineering. He has supervised more than 30 PhD students and authored or co-authored more than 200 academic papers in refereed journals.

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B.S. in mechanical engineering in 1997 from Yonsei University in Korea; M.S. in mechanical engineering from Texas A&M University in 2001; Ph.D. from Brown University in 2005.

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College of Bio-inspired Structure and Surface Engineering, NUAA

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Educational Background


Ph.D.    Physical chemistry, Jilin University of China & Tokyo University of Japan, 1994


M.S.    Physical chemistry, Jilin University of China, 1990


B.S.    Solid state physics, Jilin University of China, 1987


Professional Experience


1999-Present    Professor, Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Science


2004-2006    Chief Scientist of The National Center for Nanoscience and Technology of China


1996-1999    Researcher, Kanagawa Academy of Sciences and Technology, Hashimoto's Project


1994-1996    Postdoctoral fellow, Akira Fujishima's Group in Tokyo University


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Lei Ren received his B.Eng., M.Eng. in Mechanical Engineering and Ph.D. in Vehicle Engineering from National Laboratory of Automotive Dynamic Simulation, Jilin University, China. He then came to Centre for Rehabilitation and Human Performance Research, University of Salford, and worked on a UK Ministry of Defense project on human locomotor biomechanics, and received a Ph.D. in Biomechanics. Thereafter, he worked at Structure and Motion Laboratory, Royal Veterinary College, University of London, as a BBSRC research fellow on comparative musculoskeletal biomechanics. From 2007 to 2010, he was with Centre for Robotics Research, Division of Engineering, King's College London as a lecturer. Dr. Ren joined the School of MACE, University of Manchester in 2010, and also works as a research scientist at Structure and Motion Laboratory, University of London. He is the founding member of the International Society of Bionic Engineering, and also a member of the International Society of Biomechanics, European Society of Biomechanics, the Society of Experimental Biology and European Society for Movement Analysis in Adults and Children.

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Education

Postdoc in Biomedical Engineering—Columbia University, US, 2009

Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering -- Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, US, 2008

M.S. in Microelectronics -- Shanghai Institute of Microsystem and Information Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China, 2003

B.S. in Mechanical Engineering -- Jilin University, China, 2000

Professional Employment

Full Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, City University of Hong Kong, 07/ 2018 ~ present.

Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering, City University of Hong Kong, 07/ 2014 ~ 06/2018.

Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering, City University of Hong Kong, 07/2011 ~ 06/2014.

Assistant Professor, Department of Manufacturing Engineering and Engineering Management, City University of Hong Kong, 09/2009 ~ 06/2011.