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Li Shi


Temple Foundation Endowed Professorship No. 4

Phone: (512) 471-3109
Office: ETC 7.140

Laboratory of Quantum Materials for Sustainable Technologies

Li Shi received his doctoral, master, and bachelor degrees from University of California at Berkeley, Arizona State University, and Tsinghua University, respectively. He was an IBM Research Staff Member for a year before joining the University of Texas (UT) at Austin as an assistant professor in 2002, followed by appointments to the BF Goodrich Endowed Professorship in Materials Engineering and the Temple Foundation Endowed Professorship.

At UT Austin, Dr. Shi has been a primary instructor for two undergraduate core courses, Heat Transfer and Experimental Heat Transfer, and two graduate courses, Radiation Heat Transfer and Nanoscale Energy Transport and Conversion. His teaching has made positive impact to a large number of students.

The research group led by Dr. Shi has demonstrated a set of unique methods based on nanofabricated measurement devices, scanning probe microscopy, and optical spectroscopy to characterize the transport and conversion of quantized energy carriers in nanostructures and complex superstructures. The highly-cited publications from these works have led to a better understanding of the extraordinary quantum transport phenomena in emerging materials for thermal management, thermal energy storage, solid-state thermoelectric energy conversion, spin caloritronics, and spintronics. In particular, their work has advanced the frontier of ultrahigh thermal conductivity materials, including carbon nanotubes, graphene, hexagonal and cubic boron nitride, and cubic boron arsenide. Meanwhile, their research has made important impact on the studies of thermoelectric, topological, and spintronic materials such as semiconducting chalcogenides, incommensurate chimney ladder and spin chain compounds, and ferromagnetic garnets. Their adventure into nanotechnologies for drug delivery and biomedical imaging has also produced noteworthy results, for example, shape-specific polymeric drug carriers manufactured by nano-imprint lithography. Their current research efforts are focused on electronic and quantum materials for future-generation energy-efficient devices and quantum information technologies. 

Among Dr. Shi’s synergetic activities, he has co-organized a National Science Foundation (NSF) sponsored workshop on Nanotechnologies for Solar and Thermal Energy Conversion and Storage, the Seventh US-Japan Joint Seminar on Nanoscale Transport Phenomena, and the Third Energy Nanotechnology International Conference of American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). He has also chaired a number of symposiums and sessions for Materials Research Society (MRS), American Physical Society (APS), and ASME conferences. He has served as the Editor-in-Chief of Nanoscale and Microscale Thermophysical Engineering since 2013.

Dr. Shi’s research achievements and professional services have been recognized by the Heat Transfer Memorial Award in Science from ASME, the Invitation Fellowship for Research in Japan from Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS), the O’Donnell Award in Engineering from the Academy of Medicine, Engineering, and Science of Texas, the ASME Transaction Journal of Heat Transfer Outstanding Reviewer Award, the Young Investigator Award from the Office of Naval Research, and the Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award from the National Science Foundation. He is an elected fellow of ASME and APS as well as an active member of the UT Austin Badminton Club.

Selected Publications (Full Publication List on Google Scholar & Publons)

  1. H.-K. Lyeo, A. A. Khajetoorians, L. Shi, K. P. Pipe, R. J. Ram, A. Shakouri, C. K. Shih, "Profiling the Thermoelectric Power of Semiconductor Junctions with Nanometer Resolution," Science 303, 816-818 (2004)
  2. M.T. Pettes and L. Shi, “Thermal and Structural Characterizations of Individual Single-, Double-, and Multi- Walled Carbon Nanotubes,” Advanced Functional Materials 19, 3918–3925 (2009)
  3. J.H. Seol, I. Jo, A. L. Moore, L. Lindsay, Z. H. Aitken, M. T. Pettes, X. Li, Z. Yao, R. Huang, D. Broido, N. Mingo, R. S. Ruoff, L. Shi, “Two-Dimensional Phonon Transport in Supported Graphene,” Science 328, 213-216 (2010)
  4. W.W. Cai, A. L. Moore, Y. Zhu, X. Li, S. Chen, L. Shi, R. S. Ruoff, “Thermal Transport in Suspended and Supported Monolayer Graphene Grown by Chemical Vapor Deposition,” Nano Letters 10, 1645–1651 (2010)
  5. M.T. Pettes, H. X. Ji, R. S. Ruoff, L. Shi, “Thermal Transport in Three-Dimensional Foam Architectures of Few-Layer Graphene and Ultrathin Graphite,” Nano Letters 12, 2959–2964 (2012)
  6. M.M. Sadeghi, I. Jo, L. Shi, “Phonon-Interface Scattering in Multi-layered Graphene on an Amorphous Support,” Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences 110, 16321–16326 (2013)
  7. I. Jo, M. T. Pettes, J. H. Kim, K. Watanabe, T. Taniguchi, Z. Yao, L. Shi, “Thermal Conductivity and Phonon Transport in Suspended Few-Layer Hexagonal Boron Nitride,” Nano Letters 13, 550-554 (2013)
  8. A. Weathers, Z. U. Khan, R. Brooke, D. Evans, M. T. Pettes, J. W. Andreasen, X. Crispin, L. Shi, “Significant Electronic Thermal Transport in the Conducting Polymer Poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) (PEDOT),” Advanced Materials 27, 2101–2106 (2015)
  9. X. Chen, A. Weathers, J. Carrete, S. Mukhopadhyay, O. Delaire, D. A. Stewart, N. Mingo, S. N. Girard, J. Ma, D. L. Abernathy, J. Yan, R. Sheshka, D. P. Sellan, F. Meng, S. Jin, J. Zhou, L. Shi, “Twisting Phonons in Complex Crystals with Quasi-One-Dimensional Substructures,” Nature Communications 6, 6723 (2015)
  10. I. Kholmanov, J. H. Kim, E. Ou, R. S. Ruoff, L. Shi, “Continuous Carbon Nanotube–Ultrathin Graphite Hybrid Foams for Increased Thermal Conductivity and Suppressed Subcooling in Composite Phase Change Materials,” ACS Nano 9, 11699-11707 (2015)
  11. K. An, K. S. Olsson, A, Weathers, S. Sullivan, X. Chen, X. Li, L. G. Marshall, X. Ma, N. Klimovich, J. S. Zhou, L. Shi, X. Q. Li, “Magnons and Phonons Optically Driven out of Local Equilibrium in a Magnetic Insulator,” Physical Review Letters 117, 107202 (2016)
  12. S. Sullivan, A. K. Vallabhaneni, I. Kholmanov, X. Ruan, J. Murthy, L. Shi, “Optical Generation and Detection of Local Non-equilibrium Phonons in Suspended Graphene,” Nano Letters 17, 2049–2056 (2017)
  13. B. Smith, B. Vermeersch, J. Carrete, E. Ou, J. H. Kim, N. Mingo, D. Akinwande, L. Shi, “Temperature and Thickness Dependences of the Anisotropic In-Plane Thermal Conductivity of Black Phosphorus,” Advanced Materials 29, 1603756 (2017)
  14. F. Tian, B. Song, X. Chen, N. K. Ravichandran, Y. Lv, K. Chen, S. Sullivan, J. Kim, Y. Zhou, T. - H. Liu, M. Goni, Z. Ding, J. Sun, G. A. G. U. Gamage, H. Sun, H. Ziyaee, S. Huyan, L. Deng, J. Zhou, A. J. Schmidt, S. Chen, C. - W. Chu, P. Y. Huang, D. Broido, L. Shi, G. Chen, Z. Ren, “Unusual High Thermal Conductivity in Boron Arsenide Bulk Crystals,” Science 361, 582 (2018)
  15. X. Chen, J. Carrete, S. Sullivan, A. Roekeghem, Z. Li, X. Li, J. Zhou, N. Mingo, L. Shi, “Coupling of Spinons with Defects and Phonons in the Spin Chain Compound Ca2CuO3,” Physical Review Letters 122, 185901 (2019)
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