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



Dr. D.Y. Li is a Professor at Dept. of Chemical & Materials Eng., University of Alberta. His interests of research include surfaces and interfaces, material design, tribo-materials, 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 seventeen technical journals. Dr. Li has in excess of 360 publications, including about 320 refereed journal publications. He is an invited contributor for authoritative handbooks (Elsevier, Springer, and ASM International). Dr. Li is a Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3) and a Fellow of the Institute of Physics (IOP).


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

Diffusional and diffusionless solid state transformations. Applications in: alloy heat treating, surface treatment, and ceramics. Prerequisite: MAT E 335.

Winter Term 2021
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

Winter Term 2021
MAT E 694 - Advanced Topics in Materials Engineering

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

Winter Term 2021

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