Calvin Li
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Mechanical Engineering

Energy-Related Research: Dr. Li Research Group currently has a joint NIH grant with a research group at the Medical School of University of Toledo on a dual functional treatment of prostate cancer therapy. Dr. Li currently has one project on two-phase change heat transfer enhancement through a novel 3D nano-to-cm hierarchical porous structure, and the other project on ferromagnetic nanoparticles as multifunctional drug delivery carrier.

Research Interests

  • Lab Webpage NovaNano Lab
  • Multiscale Mass and Energy Transport Phenomena
  • Two Phase Change and Multiphase Flow and Heat Transfer
  • Renewable Energy Conversion and Storage (PEM Fuel Cell and Concentrating Solar Power)
  • NanoAdditives for Biofuel Combustion
  • Nanoparticle Engineered Drug Delivery and Thermotherapy

Research Overview: Dr. Li's primary interest is energy and mass transport phenomena in multiscale. Understanding energy/mass transport in nanostructured material systems is critical to a wide range of industrial applications from thermal management to sustainable energy conversion. In this context, we are carrying out experimental investigation of how and why the thermal/mass transport in nanoscale will alter the bulk performance of nanostructured materials such as superhydrophilic and superhydrophobic properties of structured surfaces. The other focus of Dr. Li’s group is the thermomagnetic energy conversion in nanoscale structures.

Ph.D. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
M.S. Tsinghua University
B.S. Xian Jiaotong University

Honors and Awards: Summer Research Fellowship, Villanova Univeristy, 2012; Invited Speaker  NSF/Army/NASA Carbon Nano Material and Applications Workshop, Oct. 2011; Faculty Fellow, Air Force WPAFB, 2011; DOE the Science and Energy Research Challenge (SERCh) Award (Advisor) Nov. 2010; DOE Summer Faculty Fellowship, National Renewable Energy Laboratory,   May 2010; Excellent Undergraduate Mentor of College of Engineering, University of Toledo, 2009, Excellent Senior Design Project 2008 (Mentor), College of Engineering, University of Toledo, 2008; Strategic Enhancement Award, University of Toledo, 2008; deArce Memorial Endowment Fund Award (in Support of Medical Research and Development), University of Toledo, 2008; Foy & Phyllis Penn Kohler Award; University of Toledo, 2007