Li Li


Li Li is an Associate Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Penn State University. She received her B.S and M.S. in Environmental Chemistry from Nanjing University and her Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering & Water Resources from Princeton University in 2005. She has been at Penn State since 2009. Her research group works at the interface of water resources, multiphase flow, biogeochemistry, and environmental engineering. In particular, we are interested in understanding complex interactions between flow, transport, and multi-component biogeochemical reactions in natural systems. We are particularly interested in 1) understanding general principles that govern complex process coupling from scales as small as the pore scale to as large as the watershed scale; 2) developing process-based modeling tools for predictions and for solutions to water and energy related problems in changing climate. We have worked on multiple topics at the nexus of water, energy, and environment, including, for example, enhanced hydrocarbon and geothermal energy recovery, contaminant reactive transport and bioremediation, geological carbon sequestration, and water and biogeochemical cycles at the watershed scale.

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