Xiong-200x300Liming Xiong 
Ph.D., Assistant Professor
Iowa State University
Department of Aerospace Engineering
537 Bissell RD, Ames, IA 50011

phone: +1 (515) 294-3033

Office: 2349 HOWE    



  • Society of Engineering Science (SES)
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
  • The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society (TMS)
  • Materials Research Society (MRS)
  • American Physical Society (APS)
  • American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE)



  • International Journal of Plasticity
  • Nano Letters
  • Computational Materials Science
  • Journal of Mechanics and Physics of Solids
  • Engineering Fracture Mechanics
  • ASME Journal of Manufacturing Science and Engineering
  • Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering
  • Journal of Rock Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering
  • Journal of Nanoengineering and Nanosystems
  • Journal of Materials Science and Technology
  • Journal of Materials: Design and Applications



Liming Xiong is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Aerospace Engineering at Iowa State University (ISU). He graduated with a degree of B.S. in Engineering Mechanics from Dalian University of Technology (China) in June 2001, and with a degree of M.S. in Solid Mechanics from Huazhong University of Science and Technology (China) in June 2004. Then he spent two years at the George Washington University as a research assistant and was awarded a degree of M.S. in Materials Science and Solid Mechanics. In 2011, he received his Ph.D. in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE) from University of Florida (UF). He worked as a postdoctoral scholar in the Department of MAE at UF for three years and then joined the faculty of ISU in September 2014. His research falls into the general area of theoretical, computational and applied mechanics of solids, and aims  to quantify the relationship between properties and microstructures in a variety of materials (metals, semiconductors, oxides, and composites). The primary focus of his research is to understand how the atomic-scale structure change (dislocation, phase transformation, diffusion, and soft vibrational modes) determines the material behavior (plasticity, fracture, thermal and mass transport) at the macroscopic level.  

Graduate Students

Rigelesaiyin Ji
Ph.D. Candidate

Research Topic: Quantifying the dynamics of moving dislocations in heterogeneous materials under an intermediate strain-rate loading   


Hao Chen
Ph.D. Candidate

Research Topic: Massively parallelized multiscale simulation of dislocation and phase transformation in semiconductors


Thanh Phan
Ph.D. Candidate

Research Topic: Modeling the interplay of dislocations and shear transformation zones in amorphous / crystalline metallic nanolaminates    

Undergraduate Students

Tyler Reiser

Research Topic: Molecular dynamics studies of the grain boundary resistance to thermal transport in nanocrystalline silicon   


Henry Chen

Research Topic:  Atomistic measurement of the interfacial barrier strength to dislocations in Si/SiGe superlattices  


Jefferson O'Brien

Research Topic:  Understanding the atomic-level mechanism of the fracture in two-dimensional crystalline materials   

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