Zekun Li


Contact Information

Email: zkli@seas.upenn.edu


M.S.E., Materials Science and Engineering (2021-2022), University of Pennsylvania (UPenn)

Project: AFM-based Nanoindentation Analysis of Polymer–filled Nanoparticle Films

Advisor: Prof. Robert W. Carpick (UPenn)

B.E., Materials Science and Engineering (2016-2020), University of Science and Technology Beijing (USTB)

Project: Fabrication of Graphene-Reinforced Stretchable Conductors

Advisors: Prof. Kangmin Niu (USTB), Prof. Zhengtang Luo (Hong Kong UST), Prof. Rufan Zhang (Tsinghua University), Prof. Yue Zhang (USTB)


1) AFM Nanoindentation on LeCARI Glass Samples to Understand Indentation Recovery

2) Built-up and Development of Modulus to Conduct Automatic Image Analysis

3) Humidity-Dependent Mechanical Properties of LeCARI films to Understand Capillary Force


  • Wang, L., Wu, Y., Li, Z., Jiang, N. and Niu, K., 2021. Wavy Graphene Foam Reinforced Elastomeric Composites for Large-Strain Stretchable Conductors. Composites Part B: Engineering, 224, p.109179.
  • Zhang, W., He, Z., Han, Y., Jiang, Q., Zhan, C., Zhang, K., Li, Z. and Zhang, R., 2020. Structural Design and Environmental Applications of Electrospun Nanofibers. Composites Part A: Applied Science and Manufacturing, 137, p.106009.

Fellowships, Honors, & Certificates

  • Master Scholar Award (2021)
  • Weizhe Scholarship (2021)
  • Dean’s List (2020)
  • Outstanding Graduate Award (2020)
  • National Scholarship (2019)
  • Merit Student Award (2019)
  • Zenith Steel Outstanding Scholarship (2018)
  • The People’s Presidential Scholarship (2017)
  • 1st Prize in China Aeromodelling Design Challenge (2017)
  • 2nd Prize in China Undergraduate Mathematical Contest in Modeling (2018)
  • 3rd Prize in China National University Physics Competition (2017)
  • Certificate of CAD training