Dr. Delin Li

Research scientist

Research in metal casting and battery materials

Current research and/or projects


I graduated from Tsinghua University, and was NRC Associate of USA NASA and Alexander-von-Humboldt Fellow of Germany in the 1990’s. After a 12-year career in industries, I moved to CMAT in 2012. I serve on the iron and steel committees of AFS and ASTM. My current projects include metalcasting and lithium battery materials. I have developed a new cast iron to improve upon spheroidal and compacted graphite irons.


Research and/or project statements

Current Research Projects:

  • Develop and optimize iron and steel castings and process for automotive, windmills, power generation and mining applications.
  • Novel melting-casting process for manufacturing of lithium-ion battery materials for automotive applications.
  • A new method of measuring the yield of recycling iron and steel slag.
  • Produce metallic glass from industrial alloys.
  • Develop weathering steels for highway bridge applications.


Professional activities / interests


Education and awards

Bachelor’s degree, Mechanical Engineering, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China.

Master & doctoral degrees, Materials Science and Engineering, Northwestern Polytechnical University, Xian, China.

Best paper award, American Foundry Society (AFS), 2014.



Key publications

  1. 72nd World Foundry Congress in Japan, papers #: O-23 and P-8, 2016.
  2. Li, D., Sloss, C. 2015. Heat Treatment of Heat-Resistant Ferrous Cast Alloys. Internal Journal of Metalcasting 9(2): 7-20.
  3. Li, D., Sloss, C. 2015. Comment on “High-temperature mechanical and fatigue properties of cast alloys intended for use in exhaust manifolds” by Ekström et Al. (Mater. Sci. Eng. A 616 (2014) 78). Materials Science & Engineering A A624: 90-91.
  4. Li, D., Sloss, C. (2015, April 22). Brittleness at Medium Temperatures of Spheroidal Graphite, Mixed Graphite, and Compacted Graphite High-Silicon Molybdenum Cast Irons. Paper presented at the 119th Metalcasting Congress Proceedings, AFS, Greater Columbus Convention Center, Columbus.
  5. Li, D., Sloss, C. (2013, April 8). Cast Ferritic Stainless Steels for Automotive Exhaust Components. Paper presented at the 117th Metalcasting Congress Proceedings, AFS, Amerca's Centere, St-Louis.