Qing Li

Qing Li, -- PhD, DEng, CE, FIMechE


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Qingming Li received BSc and MSc in Mechanics from Peking University, and Ph.D in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Liverpool. He also received higher doctorate degree (DEng) from University of Liverpool in 2010 for his research achievement in the field of impact dynamics. He had been academic staff at Taiyuan University of Technology and Nanyang Technological University before he joined UMIST (now The University of Manchester). He is also an Adjunct Professor at Beijing Institute of Technology.

As the leader of the Impact & Explosion Research Group, Dr Li's expertise is in penetration mechanics, mechanics of cellular solids, dynamic behaviour of engineering materials at high strain-rates and structural response to impact, blast and shock loads. He has served on international conference committees and chairmanship, undertaken guest editorships, held guest professorships in several universities and provided consultancies to industries and government bodies. He is the author of 150 peer-reviewed journal publications in the field of applied mechanics.

Dr Li is a charted engineer and a Fellow of Institute of Mechanical Engineers. He is the Associate Editor of International Journal of Impact Engineering, and serves the editorial boards of several other journals including Journal of Defence Technology, International Journal of Protective Structures, Journal of Explosion & Shock Waves.

Research interests

  • Impact Engineering and Structural Crashworthiness
  • High Strain-Rate Behaviour of Engineering Materials (concrete, foams, metals, polymers)
  • Penetration Mechanics at low-/intermidiate-/high-/hyper-velocities
  • Mechanics of Cellular and Composite Materials
  • Protective Technology
  • Multi-Scale Mechanics and Modeling
  • Structural Responses under Shock Environment

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure

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  • Aerospace Research Institute
  • Advanced materials
  • Digital Futures


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