Wenbin LI, Ph.D.

School of Engineering

Materials Modeling and Design Lab

CONTACT

Email: liwenbin@westlake.edu.cn

Website:

Wenbin LI, Ph.D.

School of Engineering

Materials Modeling and Design Lab

CONTACT

Email: liwenbin@westlake.edu.cn

Website:

“Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.” — Albert Einstein

Biography

Wenbin Li received his bachelor’s degree from Zhejiang University (2008), master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania (2011), and Ph.D. degree from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT, 2015), all in Materials Science and Engineering. From 2015 to 2017, he was a postdoctoral associate at the Research Laboratory of Electronics of MIT. He then spent two years at the University of Oxford as a Marie Curie Fellow. In 2019, he joined the School of Engineering of Westlake University as an Assistant Professor, and is currently the head of Materials Modeling and Design Lab. He has received a number of awards, including the R&D 100 Award (team member, 2016), the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship (2017), and the Junior Research Fellowship of Wolfson College (2017).


Research

The research of our group is centered on first-principles understanding of the electron-phonon interactions, charge transport, and phase transitions in advanced functional materials, in particular chalcogenides. The group is also interested in molecular modeling and machine-learning assisted design of self-assembled soft materials. Employing first-principles calculations, materials theory, multiscale modeling, and artificial intelligence (AI), we aim to provide fundamental insights into the structure and properties of functional materials, as well as accelerating the discovery of new materials through computational and AI-assisted design.


Representative Publications

1. W. Li*, X. Qian, J. Li*, Phase Transitions in 2D Materials, Nature Reviews Materials (2021) https://doi.org/10.1038/s41578-021-00304-0

2. W. Li, F. Giustino, Many-Body Renormalization of the Electron Effective Mass of InSe, Physical Review B, 101, 035201 (2020)

3. S. Poncé*, W. Li*, S. Reichardt*, F. Giustino*, First-Principles Calculations of Charge Carrier Mobility and Conductivity in Bulk Semiconductors and Two-Dimensional Materials, Reports on Progress in Physics, 83, 036501 (2020)

4. W. Li, S. Poncé, F. Giustino, Dimensional Crossover in the Carrier Mobility of 2D Semiconductors: The Case of InSe, Nano Letters, 19, 1774-1781 (2019)

5. W. Li, L. Sun, J. Qi, P. Jarrilo-Herrero, M. Dincǎ and J. Li, High Temperature Ferromagnetism in π-Conjugated Two-Dimensional Metal-Organic Frameworks, Chemical Science, 8, 2859-2867 (2017)

6. W. Li and J. Li, Ferroelasticity and Domain Physics in Two-Dimensional Transition Metal Dichalcogenides, Nature Communications, 7, 10843 (2016)

7. W. Li and J. Li, Piezoelectricity in Two-Dimensional Group III Monochalcogenides, Nano Research, 8, 3796-3802 (2015)

8. W. Li, J. M. Rieser, A. J. Liu, D. J. Durian and J. Li, Deformation-Driven Diffusion and Plastic Flow in Amorphous Granular Pillars, Physical Review E, 91, 062212 (2015)

9. W. Li, H. Fan and J. Li, Deviatoric Stress-Driven Fusion of Nanoparticle Superlattices, Nano Letters, 14, 4591-4598 (2014)

10. X. Ye*, J. Chen*, M. Engel*, J. A. Millan*, W. Li, L. Qi, G. Xing, J. E. Collins, C. R. Kagan, J. Li, S. C. Glotzer, C. B. Murray, Competition of Shape and Interaction Patchiness for Self-Assembling Nanoplates, Nature Chemistry, 5, 466–473 (2013)