Publications – Yujiao Li


Y.J. Li, A. Savan, A Ludwig,Atomic scale understanding of phase stability and decomposition of a nanocrystalline CrMnFeCoNi Cantor alloy, Appl. Phys. Lett. (2021) 119 201910.

Y Li, D Zanders, M Meischein, A Devi, A Ludwig, Investigation of an atomic‐layer‐deposited Al2O3 diffusion barrier between Pt and Si for the use in atomic scale atom probe tomography studies on a combinatorial processing platform, Surf. Interface Anal. (2021) 53 727–733.

D. Mayweg, L. Morsdorf, Y. Li, M. Herbig, Correlation between grain size and carbon content in white etching areas in bearings, Acta Mater. (2021) 215 117048.

D. Zywitzki, R. Schaper, E. Ciftyürek, J. Wree, D. H. Taffa, D.M. Baier, D. Rogalla, Y. Li, M. Meischein, A. Ludwig, Z. Li, K. Schierbaum, M. Wark, and A. Devi, Chemical Vapor Deposition of Cobalt and Nickel Ferrite Thin Films: Investigation of Structure and Pseudocapacitive Properties, Adv. Mater. Interfaces (2021), 2100949.

S.Y. Duan, L.K. Huang, S.H. Yang, Z. Zhou, S.J. Song, X.B. Yang, Y.Z. Chen, Y.J. Li, G. Liu, F. Liu, Uncovering the origin of enhanced strengthening in Li-added Al–Cu–Mg alloys, Mater. Sci. Eng. A (2021) 827 142079.

H. Wang, L. Cao, Y. Li, M. Schneider, E. Detemple, G. Eggeler, Effect of cooling rate on the microstructure and mechanical properties of a low-carbon low-alloyed steel, J Mater Sci (2021) 56 11098-11113.

T. A. A. Batchelor, T. Löffler, B. Xiao, O. A. Krysiak, V. Strotkötter, J. K. Pedersen, C. M. Clausen, A. Savan, Y. Li, W. Schuhmann, J. Rossmeisl, A. Ludwig, Complex solid solution electrocatalyst discovery by prediction and high-throughput experimentation, Angew. Chem. Int. Edit., (2021) 60(13), 6932-6937.


L. Huang, W. Lin, Y. Zhang, D. Feng, Y. Li, X. Chen, K. Niu, F. Liu, Generalized stability criterion for exploiting optimized mechanical properties by a general correlation between phase transformations and plastic deformations, Acta Mater. (2021) 207 167-181.

H. Wang, Y. J. Li, E Detemple, G Eggeler, Revealing the two-step nucleation and growth mechanism of vanadium carbonitrides in microalloyed steels, Scr. Mater. 187 (2020) 350-354.

Y. J. Li, A. Kostka, A. Savan, A. Ludwig, Phase decomposition in a nanocrystalline CrCoNi alloy, Scr. Mater. 188 (2020) 259-263.<>

Y. J. Li, A. Kostka, A. Savan, A. Ludwig, Correlative chemical and structural investigations of accelerated phase evolution in a nanocrystalline high entropy alloy, Scr. Mater. 183 (2020) 122-126.

X. Zhang, H. Wang, T. Hickel, J. Rogal, Y. Li, J. Neugebauer, Mechanism of collective interstitial ordering in Fe–C alloys. Nat. Mater. (2020) DOI:

G.B. Shan, Y.Z. Chen, Y. J. Li, C.Y. Zhang, H. Dong, Y.B. Cong, W.X. Zhang, L.K. Huang, T. Suo, F. Liu, High temperature creep resistance of a thermally stable nanocrystalline Fe-5 at.% Zr steel,  Scr. Mater. 179 (2020) 1-5.

A. J. Breen, L. T. Stephenson, B. Sun, Y. J. Li, O. Kasian, D. Raabe, M. Herbig, B. Gault, Solute hydrogen and deuterium observed at the near atomic scale in high-strength steel, Acta Mater. 188 (2020) 108-120.

L. Morsdorf, D. Mayweg, Y. J. Li, A. Diederichs,  D. Raabe, M. Herbig, Moving cracks form white etching areas during rolling contact fatigue in bearings, Mater. Sci. Eng. (A) 771 (2020) 138569.


H.C. Wang, C. Somsen, Y.J. Li, S.G. Fries, E. Detemple, G. Eggeler, Effect of Nb on improving the impact toughness of Mo-containing low-alloyed steels, J. Mater. Sci. 54 (2019) 7307-7321.

H. S. Stein, S. Zhang, Y. Li, C. Scheu. A. Ludwig, Photocurrent Recombination Through Surface Segregation in Al–Cr–Fe–OPhoto cathodes, Z. Phys. Chem. (2019) DOI:


Y. J. Li, A. Kostka, A. Savan, A. Ludwig: Atomic-scale investigation of fast oxidation kinetics of nanocrystalline CrMnFeCoNi thin films, J. Alloy Compd. 766 (2018) 1080-1085.

M. Lai, Y. Li, L. Lillpopp, D. Ponge, S. Will, D. Raabe: On the origin of the improvement of shape memory effect by precipitating VC in Fe–Mn–Si-based shape memory alloys, Acta Mater. 155 (2018) 222-235.

L. Huang, W. Lin, K. Wang, S. Song, C. Guo, Y. Chen, Y.Li, F. Liu: Grain boundary-constrained reverse austenite transformation in nanostructured Fe alloy: Model and application, Acta Mater. 154 (2018) 56-70.

Z. Peng, F. Vurpillot, P. Choi, Y. Li, D. Raabe, B. Gault: On the detection of multiple events in atom probe tomography, Ultramicroscopy, 189 (2018) 54-60.

S. Medghalchi, V. Jamebozorgi, A. B. Krishnan, S. Vincent, S. Salomon, A. Parsa, J. Pfetzing, A. Kostka, Y. Li, G. Eggeler, T. Li, Multiscale characterization of microstructure in the near-surface regions of a 16MnCr5 gear wheel after cyclic loading, invited paper in JOM, (2018)

Y. J. Li, A. Savan, A. Kostka, H. S. Stein, A. Ludwig: Accelerated atomic-scale exploration of phase evolution in compositionally complex materials, Mater. Horiz. 5 (2018) 86-92.


Y.J. Li, M. Herbig, S. Goto, D. Raabe: Atomic scale characterization of white etching area and its adjacent matrix in a martensitic 100Cr6 bearing steel, Mater. Charact. 123 (2017) 349–353.

H.K. Danielsen, F. Gutiérrez Guzmán, K.V. Dahl, Y.J. Li, J. Wu, G. Jacobs, G. Burghardt, S. Fæster, H. Alimadadi, S. Goto, D. Raabe, R. Petrov: Multiscale characterization of White Etching Cracks (WEC) in a 100Cr6 bearing from a thrust bearing test rig, Wear 370–371 (2017) 73–82.


A. Hohenwarter, B. Völker, M. W. Kapp, Y. Li, S. Goto, D. Raabe, R. Pippan: Ultra-strong and damage tolerant metallic bulk materials: A lesson from nanostructured pearlitic steel wires, Sci Rep. 6 (2016) 33228.

S. Djaziri, Y. Li, G. Nematollahi, B. Grabowski, S. Goto, C. Kirchlechner, A. Kostka, S. Doyle, J. Neugebauer, D. Raabe, G. Dehm: Deformation‐Induced Martensite: A New Paradigm for Exceptional Steels, Adv. Mater. 28 (2016) 7753-7757.

Y.J. Li, M. Herbig, S. Goto, D. Raabe: Formation of nanosized grain structure in martensitic 100Cr6 bearing steels upon rolling contact loading studied by atom probe tomography, Mater. Sci. Technol., 32 (2016) 1100-1105.

Y.Z. Chen, G. Csisz´ar, J. Cizek, X.H. Shi, C. Borchers, Y.J. Li, F. Liu, R. Kirchheim: Defect recovery in severely deformed ferrite lamellae during annealing and its impact on the softening of cold-drawn pearlitic steel wires, Metall. Mater. Trans. A (2016) 47 726-738.


Y.J. Li, D. Ponge, P. Choi, D. Raabe: Atomic scale investigation of nonequilibriumsegregation of boron in a quenched Mo-free martensitic steel, Ultramicroscopy 159 (2015) 240-247.

Y.J. Li, D. Ponge, P. Choi, D. Raabe: Segregation of boron at prior austenite grain boundaries in a quenched martensitic steel studied by atom probe tomography, Scr. Mater. 96 (2015) 13-16.

Y.J. Li, A. Kostka, P. Choi, S. Goto, D. Ponge, R. Kirchheim, D. Raabe: Mechanisms of subgrain coarsening and its effect on the mechanical properties of carbon-supersaturated nanocrystalline hypereutectoid steel, Acta Mater. 84 (2015) 110-123.


Y. Li, D. Raabe, M. Herbig, P.P. Choi, S. Goto, A. Kostka, H. Yarita, C. Borchers, R. Kirchheim: Segregation stabilizes nanocrystalline bulk steel with near theoretical strength, Phys. Rev. Lett. (2014) 113:106104.

D. Raabe, M. Herbig, S. Sandlöbes, Y. Li, D. Tytko, M. Kuzmina, D. Ponge, P. Choi: Grain boundary segregation engineering in metallic alloys: A pathway to the design of interfaces, Curr. Opin. Solid State Mater. Sci. 18 (2014) 253-261.

M. Herbig, D. Raabe, Y.J. Li, P. Choi, S. Zaefferer, S. Goto: Atomic-scale quantification of grain boundary segregation in nanocrystalline material, Phys. Rev. Lett. 112 (2014) 126103.


Y.J. Li, P. Choi, S. Goto, C. Borchers, D. Raabe, R. Kirchheim: Atomic scale investigation of redistribution of alloying elements in pearlitic steel wires upon colddrawing and annealing, Ultramicroscopy 132 (2013) 233-238.

T. Kresse, Y.J. Li, T. Boll, C. Borchers, P. Choi, T. Al-Kassab, D. Raabe, R. Kirchheim: Influence of supersaturated carbon on the diffusion of Ni in ferrite determined by atom probe tomography, Scr. Mater. 69 (2013) 424-427.

Y.Z. Chen, A. Herz, Y.J. Li, C. Borchers, P. Choi, D. Raabe, R. Kirchheim: Nanocrystalline Fe-C alloys produced by ball milling of iron and graphite, Acta Mater. 61 (2013) 3172-3185.


Y.J. Li, P. Choi, S. Goto, C. Borchers, D. Raabe R. Kirchheim: Evolution of strength and microstructure during annealing of heavily cold-drawn 6.3 GPa hypereutectoid pearlitic steel wire, Acta Mater. 60 (2012) 4005-4016.


Y.J. Li, P. Choi, C. Borchers, S. Westerkamp, S. Goto, D. Raabe, R. Kirchheim: Atomic-scale mechanisms of deformation-induced cementite decomposition of heavily cold drawn pearlite, Acta Mater. 59 (2011) 3965-3977.

Y.J. Li, P. Choi, C. Borchers, Y.Z. Chen, S. Goto, D. Raabe, R. Kirchheim: Atom probe tomography characterization of heavily cold drawn pearlitic steel wire, Ultramicroscopy 111 (2011) 628-632.


D. Raabe, P. Choi, Y.J. Li, A. Kostka, X, Sauvage, F. Lecouturier, K. Hono, R. Kirchheim, R. Pippan, D. Embury: Metallic composites processed via extreme deformation: Toward the limits of strength in bulk materials, MRS Bull. 35 (2010) 982-991.

N. Peranio, Y.J. Li, F. Roters, D. Raabe: Microstructure and texture evolution in dual-phase steels: Competition between recovery, recrystallization, and phase transformation, Mater. Sci. Eng. 527 (2010) 4161-4168.

W. Blum, Y.J. Li, Y. Zhang, J.T. Wang: Deformation resistance in the transition from coarse-grained to ultrafine-grained Cu by severe plastic deformation up to 24 passes of ECAP, Mater. Sci. and Eng.  A 528 (2010)  8621-8627.


W.Blum, Y.J. Li, K. Durst: Stability of ultrafine-grained Cu to subgrain coarsening and recrystallization in annealing and deformation at elevated temperatures, Acta Mater., 57:5207-5217, 2009.


Y.J. Li, R. Kapoor, J.T. Wang, W. Blum: Structural stability of ultrafinegrained copper, Scr. Mater. 58 (2008) 53-56.

Y.J. Li, X.H. Zeng, W. Blum: On the elevated-temperature deformation behavior of polycrystalline Cu subjected to predeformation by multiple compression, Mater. Sci. Eng. A 483-484 (2008) 547-550.


W.Blum, Y.J. Li: Flow stress and creep rate of nanocrystalline Ni, Scr. Mater. 57 (2007) 429-431.

W.Blum, Y.J. Li, F. Breutinger: Deformation kinetics of coarse-grained and ultrafine-grained commercially pure Ti, Mater. Sci. Eng. A 462 (2007) 275-278.

Y.J. Li, J. Müller, H.-W. Höppel, M. Göken, W. Blum: Deformation kinetics of nanocrystalline nickel produced by pulsed electrodeposition, Acta Mater. 55 (2007) 5708-5717.


R. Kapoor, Y.J. Li, J.T.Wang, W. Blum: Creep transients during stress changes in ultrafine-grained copper, Scr. Mater. 54 (2006) 1803-1807.

W. Blum, Y.J. Li, J. Chen, X.H. Zeng, K. Lu: On the Hall-Petch relation between flow stress and grain size, Int. J. Mater. Res. 97 (2006) 1661-1666.


Y.J. Li, R. Valiev, W. Blum: Deformation kinetics of ultrafine-grained Cu and Ti, Mater. Sci. Eng. A 410-411 (2005) 451-456

W. Blum, Y.J. Li, X.H. Zeng, P. Zhang, B. von Großmann, C. Haberling: Creep deformation mechanisms in high pressure die cast magnesium alloys, Metall. Trans. 36A (2005) 1721-1728.

Y.J. Li, W. Blum: Strain rate sensitivity of Cu after severe plastic deformation by multiple compression, Phys, Status Solidi A 202(11) (2005) 119-121.


W. Blum, Y.J. Li: Influence of grain boundaries on steady-state deformation resistance of ultrafine-grained Cu, Phys. Status Solidi A 201(13) (2004) 2915-2921.

X.H. Zeng, Y.J. Li, W. Blum: On Coble creep in ultrafine-grained Cu, Phys. Status Solidi A 201 (2004) 114-117.

Y.J. Li, X.H. Zeng, W. Blum: Transition from strengthening to softening by grain boundaries in ultrafine-grained Cu, Acta Mater. 52 (2005) 5009-5018.

Y.J. Li, W. Blum, F. Breutinger: Does nanocrystalline Cu deform by Coble creep?, Mater. Sci. Eng. A 387-389 (2005) 585-589.


F. Breutinger, Y. Li, J. Zeschky, S.H. Lo, W. Blum: Stress Relaxation in Mg-Al-Alloys AZ31 Reinforced by Ceramic Foam, Materials Science Forum 419-422 (2005) 811-816.


D. Raabe, D. Ponge, R. Kirchheim, H. Assadi, Y. Li, S. Goto, A. Kostka, M. Herbig, S. Sandlöbes, M. Kuzmina, Interface Segregation in Advanced Steels Studied at the Atomic Scale, in: Dmitri A. Molodov (editor): Microstructural Design of Advanced Engineering Materials, Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA (2013) 267-298.