Dr. Yi Li is a full professor and chair in Textile Science and Engineering in the School of Materials, the University of Manchester. He is a Life Fellow of Royal Society of Art, Commerce and Manufacturing and International Biographical Association and Fellow of the Textile Institute, and adjunct professors of a number of universities in China and a member of several professional bodies. He is the Chairman of Textile Bioengineering and Informatics Society and the Editor-in-Chief of “Journal of Fiber Bioengineering and Informatics”. By securing substantial research funding and obtaining support from government funding bodies and industry, he established the Textile Bioengineering Framework to conduct systematic research in textile thermal bioengineering, biomechanical engineering, sensory bioengineering and biomedical engineering, with significant research outputs in biomaterials, nano scale drug delivery systems, nano fiber based scaffolds and textile devices for tissue engineering and stents, smart materials and intelligent e-textile wearables, textile material functional testing and characterization, digital apparel and clothing functional design, textile ecological and carbon footprint and industry sustainability and strategic technology roadmap development, which has become an international platform of design and engineering textiles to promote industry-university cooperation and accelerate technology transfer.
He has supervised over 50 PhD students and more than 130 research personnel. He has over 500 scientific publications, including 433 SCI/CPCI papers and peer reviewed conference papers with 9639 citations and h-index of 52 and i10-index 191 as being recognized as an international leading expert in smart functional textiles. He is selected on the list of “Highly Cited Researcher” in 2013 by THOMSON REUTERS.
He owns more than 80 patents, including 46 patents granted in China, USA and Australia and 27 IP properties transferred to industry. With 108 invited keynote/plenary lectures in conferences, he has more than 54 awards on outstanding research papers, patent inventions and technology transfer. The inventions from his team have been successfully commercialized. For example, the “Moisture Management Tester” won outstanding innovation and technology transfer awards (2010, Hong Kong), and has been sold to more than 30 countries and developed as the national testing standards in USA and China. The “Nano Facemasks” won Gold award (2005, Brussels) and has become the authorized product by Hong Kong Hospital Authority. The Fabric Touch Tester (FTT) won gold award (2013, Geneva) and has been sold to many countries. The high performance sportswear designed and developed by his team has been successfully transferred to industry and utilized to support elite athletes in major sports competitions in the world, including 2008 Beijing Olympic Game and 2012 London Olympic Game. A number of patents in smart e-textiles have been successfully transferred to industry. The Anti-Heat Stress Clothing for Construction Workers won grand prize and gold medal (2016, Geneva), Hong Kong Contraction Industry Council Grand prize (2015), Charted Institute of Building (CIOB) International Innovation & Research Awards (UK, 2015), and has been transferred to Hong Kong Construction Industry and become a standard recommendation.
Prof. and Dr. Henry, Yi LI
Professor and Chair of Textile Science and Engineering
Chairman, Textile Bioengineering and Informatics Society
Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Fiber Bioengineering and Informatics
School of Materials, The University of Manchester
Manchester M13 9PL, UK
Tel: +44 (0) 161 306 2676