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
Edmonton AB
T6G 2H5


Area of Study / Keywords

Material Design Wear and Corrosion Computational Materials Science 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, material design, and computational materials science. Dr. Li obtained a B.Sc. in Solid Mechanics from University of Science and Technology China, a M.Sc. in Condensed Matter 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 Engineering at U. of Alberta, and also holds adjunct professorship at several foreign universities. Dr. Li is the recipient of Metal Physics Award (MetSoc-CIM 2024), MetSoc 2020 Distinguished Materials Scientist Award, and other honors & awards. He is on the editorial board for eighteen technical journals. Dr. Li has in excess of 480 scientific publications, including 430+ refereed journal publications. He is an invited contributor for authoritative handbooks/encyclopaedias (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


MAT E 336 - Phase Transformations II

Thermodynamics of mass transfer and microstructure evolution in liquid-solid and vapour-solid transformations. Applications in solidification processes , casting, welding, vapour deposition and sputtering methods. Prerequisite: MAT E 335.

MAT E 495 - Nanomaterials and Biomedical Applications

Survey of nanostructured materials, including processing techniques, properties (mechanical, physical and chemical), characterization, and characterization tools. Introduction to biomedical applications of nanomaterials for diagnosis, therapy and medical implants. Credit may not be obtained in this course if previous credit has been obtained in MAT E 458. Prerequisite: CH E 243 or equivalent, or consent of instructor

MAT E 694 - Advanced Topics in Materials Engineering

An advanced treatment of materials engineering topics of current interest to staff and students.

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