Li Yuan


Contact Information

Phone: 2155946739
Mail Address: 112 Towne Building (main lab); M36 Towne Building (CVD lab)


PhD candidate, Department of Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics, University of Pennsylvania, 2020-present

MS, Solid Mechanics, Tsinghua University, 2017-2020

BS, Department of Engineering Mechanics, Tsinghua University, 2013-2017

Research interest

  • Self assembly of 2D materials: graphene auto-kirigami
  • Frictional behavior of 2D materials at the nanoscale
  • Mechanical and electrical properties of graphene rubber composites


  • Zholdassov S., Yuan, L., et al., 2023. Acceleration of Diels-Alder reactions by mechanical distortion. Science, 380, pp.1053-1058. DOI:10.1126/science.adf5273
  • Yuan, L., Bao, H., et al., 2021. Distribution of conformal contact pressure in spherical plain bearings considering friction and free-edge effects. Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part J: Journal of Engineering Tribology, 235(9), pp.1851-1867
  • Yuan, L., Yao, X., et al., 2019. Multiscale modelling of strain-resistance behaviour for graphene rubber composites under large deformation. Nanoscale, 11(44), pp.21554-21568.