Dongyang Li

Professor, Faculty of Engineering - Chemical and Materials Engineering Dept


Professor, Faculty of Engineering - Chemical and Materials Engineering Dept
(780) 492-6750
12-356 Donadeo Innovation Centre For Engineering
9211-116 St
T6G 2H5


Area of Study / Keywords

Corrosion and Wear Nanomaterials and Nanofabrication Surface Science and Engineering


Dr. D.Y. Li is a Professor at Dept. of Chemical & Materials Eng., University of Alberta. His interests of research include surfaces and interfaces, wear and corrosion-wear synergy, electron work function - based methodologies for materials design and analysis, and computational materials science. Dr. Li obtained a B.Sc. in Solid Mechanics from University of Science and Technology China, a M.Sc. in Solid-State Physics from Sun Yat-sen University, a PhD in Materials Physics from University of Science and Technology Beijing, and a PhD in Metallurgical Engineering from McGill University. Before joining U. of Alberta in 1998, he worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the Pennsylvania State University (1995–97). He is an Adjunct Professor of Biomedical Eng. at U. of Alberta, a visiting professor and scientist in a number of foreign institutes during his sabbatical years, and the recipient of MetSoc 2020 Distinguished Materials Scientist Award and other honors & awards. Dr. Li is on the editorial board for eighteen technical journals. Dr. Li has in excess of 390 publications, including 360 refereed journal publications. He is an invited contributor for authoritative handbooks (Elsevier, Springer, and ASM International) in wear and tribology.


The research areas of Dr. Li cover a wide range of topics, including material design, surfaces & interfaces, wear and corrosion, and computational materials science. His research team is devoted to investigation of the electronic origin of material properties and development of novel methodologies for material design and modification, using both experimental and computational/theoretical approaches. The alternative models and principles are applied to high-performance industrial materials for various applications, e.g., materials having high resistances to wear, corrosion, and corrosive wear, and functional materials as well.   

Keywords: Materials Physics; Surfaces & interfaces, Wear, Corrosion, Tribo-materials, Nanostructured materials, Computational materials science, Functional and Bio-materials