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Li, Li
Li Li is an Assistant Professor in the John and Willie Leone Family Department of Energy and Mineral Engineering. She holds a B.S. and M.S. in environmental chemistry from Nanjing University (P. R. China) and a Ph.D. in environmental engineering from Princeton University. Before coming to Penn State, she worked first as a postdoc and later as a research scientist in Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Dr. Li has an interdisciplinary background combining areas of multiphase flow and transport (relevant to petroleum engineering), environmental engineering, and geochemistry. Her current research focuses on understanding coupled multiphase flow and multicomponent reactive transport processes relevant to geological CO2 sequestration, microbially enhanced oil recovery (meor), and environmental remediation. She uses both numerical models and experiments to understand the coupling between multiple processes at various spatial scales and how the characteristics of natural systems affect thermodynamics and kinetics of reactions.


Effects of mineral spatial distribution on reaction rates in porous media  WATER RESOURCES RESEARCH 43 (1), W01419, 2007
Effects of physical and geochemical heterogeneities on mineral transformation and biomass accumulation during biostimulation experiments at Rifle, Colorado  Journal of contaminant hydrology 112 (1-4), 45-63, 2010
Mineral transformation and biomass accumulation associated with uranium bioremediation at Rifle, Colorado  Environmental science & technology 43 (14), 5429-5435, 2009
Scale dependence of mineral dissolution rates within single pores and fractures  Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 72 (2), 360-377, 2008
Upscaling geochemical reaction rates using pore-scale network modeling  Advances in Water Resources 29 (9), 1351-1370, 2006
Research Centers
Center for Geomechanics, Geofluids, and Geohazards
CO2 Capture,Use and Sequestration
Energy Storage
Market Centers
Electric Power and Grid
Oil and Gas
Water and Biogeochemical Cycles
Institute for Natural Gas Research