I am an associate professor in the Department of Energy and Mineral Engineering at the Pennsylvania State University. My group works at the interface of water resources, multiphase flow, biogeochemistry, and environmental engineering. In particular, we are interested in understanding the coupling of flow, transport, and multi-component biogeochemical reactions in heterogeneous natural systems at multiple spatial and temporal scales. We use both experimental and modeling tools.

In particular, we aim to answer several intimately related questions:

  • What are the general principles that govern complex process coupling (phyiscal, chemical, and biological) in natural systems?
  • How do we model complex process coupling across scales?
  • How do earth systems evolve and respond to natural and anthropogenic perturbations?
  • The first question aims to understand fundamental principles of process coupling across scales. Answers to this question will lay the scientific foundation for answering the second question - developing mathematical, theoretical, and numerical framework to forecast processes. Model development from the second question will enable the advance of our stratigies, solutions, and adaptation to new conditions, including climate change, which is the core of the third question. From application point of view, 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 elemental cycling at the watershed scale.



    Dr. Li Li
    John and Willie Leone Family Dept. of
    Energy and Mineral Engineering
    154 Hosler Building
    Pennsylvania State University
    University Park, PA 16802
    Phone: 814.867.3547
    Fax: 814.865.3248
    Email: lili at eme.psu.edu

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