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Liuchi Li (he/him)

I am currently a postdoctoral research fellow at the Hopkins Extreme Materials Institute (HEMI), Johns Hopkins University (JHU). From June 2020 to July 2021 I was a postdoctoral research fellow at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL). In June 2020, I received my Ph.D. in Applied Mechanics with a minor in Applied and Computational Mathematics from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech).

My current research aims to develop a mechanistic understanding of the multi-scale behaviors of granular materials, especially those under aggressive environments of primary concern to infrastructure resiliency and energy sustainability. I have a keen interest in understanding how contact-scale (e.g., frictional slip) and particle-scale (e.g., fracture) physics collectively give rise to interesting properties at the continuum scale (e.g., strain stiffening, deformation localization, etc.). I combine solid mechanics, scientific computing, high-speed optical sensing, and advanced X-ray characterization in pursuit of such understanding.

In my spare time, I enjoy rock climbing, skiing (when the weather is right), playing badminton and pickleball.

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