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Dr. Suyi Li

Assistant Professor

Office: 248 Fluor Daniel Building
Phone: (864) 656-0139
Fax: (864) 656-4435

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Suyi Li joined the department in 2016 following appointments as postdoctoral research fellow at University of Michigan. His research is directed towards developing multi-functional structures that can autonomously alter their configurations and mechanical properties in response to external stimuli or control commands. To achieve this goal, he take inspirations from various examples in nature and art, such as plant species that are capable of rapid movements, and the rich topologies in origami paper folding. Lessons from these examples guide him to exploit the intricate relationships between the geometric forms and functionalities, and synthesize smart structures with programmable and adaptive properties for automotive, aerospace, architecture and many other applications.


PhD, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 2014
MS, Pennsylvania State University, State College, 2008
BS, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 2006

Research Interests

Smart structures and materials, Bio-Inspired design, Origami, Meta-structure, Experimental mechanics and dynamics.

Selected Publications

Li S. and Wang K.W. (2016) ”Plant inspired adaptive structures and materials for morphing and actuation - A review”, Bioinspiration and Biomimetics, 12(1):011001.

Li S., Fang H. and Wang K.W. (2016) ”Recoverable and programmable collapse from folding pressurized origami cellular solids”, Physical Review Letters 117:114301

S. Li and K.W. Wang (2015) “Fluidic origami with embedded pressure dependent multi-stability: a plant inspired innovation,” Journal of Royal Society Interface 111(12): 20150639.

S. Li and K.W. Wang (2015) “Fluidic origami: a plant-inspired adaptive structure with shape morphing and stiffness tuning,” Smart Materials and Structures 24(10): 105031. Highlight of 2015 by the Journal and ASME Best Paper Award.

H. Fang, S. Li, K.W. Wang and J. Xu (2015) “Phase coordination and phase–velocity relationship in metameric robot locomotion,” Bioinspiration & Biomimetics 10(6): 066006.

B.R. Bruhn, T.B.H. Schroeder, S. Li, Y.N. Billeh, K.W. Wang and M. Mayer (2014) “Osmosis-based pressure generation: dynamics and application,” PLOS One 9(3): e91350.

S. Li and K.W. Wang (2014) “Architectural synthesis and analysis of dual-cellular fluidic flexible matrix composites for multifunctional metastructures,” Journal of Mechanical Design 137(4): 041402.

S. Li and K.W. Wang (2013) “On the synthesis of a bio-inspired dual-cellular fluidic flexible matrix composite adaptive structure based on a non-dimensional dynamics model,” Smart Materials and Structures 22(1): 014001. Featured by the Journal.

S. Li and K.W. Wang (2012) “Learning from plants – Recent advances in fluidic flexible matrix composite based multi-cellular and multi-functional adaptive structures”, an invited book chapter in Plants and Mechanical Motion – A Synthetic Approach to Nastic Structures and Materials, edited by Norman Wereley and Janet Sater, 115-140 ISBN-10: 1605950432.

S. Li and K.W. Wang (2012) “On the dynamic characteristics of biological inspired multicellular fluidic flexible matrix composite structures,” Journal of Intelligent Material Systems and Structures 23(3): 291-300

Dr. Suyi Li