Welcome to Dr. Suyi Li’s research group at the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Clemson University.

Our research is directed towards multi-functional and architectured structures and materials that can autonomously alter their configurations and properties in response to external stimuli and control commands.  To achieve this goal, we 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 us to exploit the intricate relationships between the geometric forms and functionalities, and synthesize lightweight structures and materials with programmable and adaptive performance.