Weiyi Lu

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Weiyi Lu

Associate Professor; Adjunt Faculty of ChEMS


Dr. Weiyi Lu received his Ph.D. in Structural Engineering at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) in 2011 and performed postdoctoral studies in the Department of Structural Engineering at UCSD from 2011 to 2014.

Dr. Lu’s research is focused on the fundamental science and novel applications of advanced fluid-based composite materials and structures. Dr. Lu developed liquid nanofoam (LN) and LN-functionalized materials, and aims to understand the underlying mechanisms for their unique properties, including the nanoscale liquid flow and the strong solid-liquid interaction in LN-functionalized materials at multiple length scales.

Recent Research:

  • 3D-printing of Hierarchical Cellular Structures, Ford Motor Company
  • Nanofluidics enabled attenuation of dynamic impacts, National Science Foundation
  • Liquid Nanofoam-based passive safety systems, Ford Motor Company
  • Multifunctional Battery Systems for Electric Vehicles - Robust Affordable Next Generation Electric-Vehicle Storage (RANGE), ARPA-e

Research Interests:

Dr. Lu's research interests include synthesis, characterization, and novel application of advanced nanomaterials and composites in engineering structures; advanced protection/damping materials, structures, and mechanisms; experimental investigation on high-strain-rate behavior of soft materials/composites; Solid-nanofluid interactions; multifunctional materials such as next generation battery systems for electric vehicles (EV); and advanced biomaterials.

Research Area
Travel Award to NFL Helmet Challenge Symposium, Football Research Inc. (11/2019)
Fellow of Academy for Global Engagement, College of Engineering, MSU (01/2018-12/2018)
Englekirk Fellowship of Jacobs School of Engineering, UCSD, 2007-2009
University of California, San Diego: Ph.D., Structural Engineering
1. Y Gao, M Li, Y Zhang, W Lu*, B Xu*. Spontaneous Outflow Efficiency of Confined Liquid in Hydrophobic Nanopores. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. 117, 25246-25253 (2020)
2. C Zhan, M Li, W Lu*. Functionalized Water Molecules Confined in Hydrogels for Energy C Zhan, M Li, W Lu*. Functionalized Water Molecules Confined in Hydrogels for Energy Mitigation by Assembling Liquid Nanofoams in Micro Polymeric Pockets. Compos. Commum. 20, 100357 (2020)
3. M Li, L Xu, W Lu*. Effect of Extra Gas Amount on Liquid Outflow from Hydrophobic Nanochannels: Enhanced Liquid-gas Interaction and Bubble Nucleation. Langmuir. 36, 4682-4688 (2020)
4. M Li, S Barbat, R Baccouche, J Belwafa, W Lu*. Enhanced energy mitigation of thin-walled tube filled with liquid nanofoam under dynamic impact. Compos. B Eng. 193, 108047 (2020)
5. F Yang, M Li, W Lu*. Dent-inert Post-buckling Behavior of Liquid Nanofoam-filled Tube. Thin-Walled Struct. 151, 106716 (2020)
6. L Xu, M Li, W Lu*. Effect of Electrolytes on Gas Oversolubility and Liquid Outflow from Hydrophobic Nanochannels. Langmuir. 35, 14505-14510 (2019) (Selected as cover)
7. M Li, L Xu, W Lu*. Nanopore Size Effect on Critical Infiltration Depth of Liquid Nanofoam as A Reusable Energy Absorber. J. Appl. Phys. 125, 044303 (2019)
8. Y Zhang, M Li, Y Gao, B Xu*, W Lu*. Compressing Liquid Nanofoam System: Liquid Infiltration or Nanopore Deformation? Nanoscale. 10, 18444-18450 (2018) (Selected as cover)
9. M Li, J Li, S Barbat, R Baccouche, W Lu*. Enhanced Filler-tube Wall Interaction in Liquid Nanofoam-filled Thin-walled Tubes. Compos. Struct. 200, 120-126 (2018)
10. M Li, W Lu*. Adaptive Liquid Flow Behavior in 3D Nanopores. Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 19, 17167-17172 (2017)
11. M Li, W Lu*. Liquid marble: A Novel Liquid Nanofoam Structure for Energy Absorption. AIP Adv. 7, 055312 (2017).