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Li Li

Associate Professor


  • Civil and Environmental Engineering

221A Sackett Building


Personal or Departmental Website

Research Areas:

Environmental Engineering

Interest Areas:

Reactive transport, biogeochemistry, water resources, environmental engineering




  • Ph D, Environmental Engineering & Water Resources, Princeton University, 2005


Journal Articles

  • Yiwei Cheng, Christopher G. Hubbard, Liange Zheng, Bhavna Arora, Li Li, Ulas Karaoz, Jonathan Ajo-Franklin and Nicholas J. Bouskill, 2018, "Next generation modeling of microbial souring – Parameterization through genomic information", International Biodeterioration & Biodegradation, 126, pp. 189-203
  • Peyman Heidari, Li Li, Lixin Jin, Jennifer Z Williams and Susan L Brantley, 2017, "A reactive transport model for Marcellus shale weathering", Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 217, (Supplement C), pp. 421-440
  • Hang Wen and Li Li, 2017, "An upscaled rate law for magnesite dissolution in heterogeneous porous media", Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 210, pp. 289-305
  • Li Li, Kate Maher, Alexis Navarre-Sitchler, Jenny Druhan, Christof Meile, Corey Lawrence, Joel Moore, Julia Perdrial, Pamela Sullivan, Aaron Thompson, Lixin Jin, Edward W. Bolton, Susan L Brantley, William E. Dietrich, K. Ulrich Mayer, Carl I. Steefel, Albert Valocchi, John Zachara, Benjamin Kocar, Jennifer McIntosh, Benjamin M. Tutolo, Mukesh Kumar, Eric Sonnenthal, Chen Bao and Joe Beisman, 2017, "Expanding the role of reactive transport models in critical zone processes", Earth-Science Reviews, 165, pp. 280-301
  • Chen Bao, Li Li, Yuning Shi and Christopher J Duffy, 2017, "Understanding watershed hydrogeochemistry: 1. Development of RT-Flux-PIHM", Water Resources Research, 53, (3), pp. 2328-2345
  • Li Li, Chen Bao, Pamela L. Sullivan, Susan L Brantley, Yuning Shi and Christopher J Duffy, 2017, "Understanding watershed hydrogeochemistry: 2. Synchronized hydrological and geochemical processes drive stream chemostatic behavior", Water Resources Research, 53, (3), pp. 2346-2367
  • Jean-Patrick Leopold Brunet, Li Li, Zuleima Karpyn and Nicolas J. Huerta, 2016, "Fracture opening or self-sealing: Critical residence time as a unifying parameter for cement–CO2–brine interactions", International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control, 47, pp. 25-37
  • Zhang Cai and Li Li, 2016, "How long do natural waters “remember” release incidents of Marcellus Shale waters: a first order approximation using reactive transport modeling", Geochemical Transactions, 17, (1), pp. 6
  • Changhe Qiao, Russell Taylor Johns and Li Li, 2016, "Modeling Low-Salinity Waterflooding in Chalk and Limestone Reservoirs", Energy & Fuels!!!, 30, (2), pp. 884-895
  • Yiwei Cheng, Christopher G. Hubbard, Li Li, Nicholas Bouskill, Sergi Molins, Liange Zheng, Eric Sonnenthal, Mark E. Conrad, Anna Engelbrektson, John D. Coates and Jonathan B. Ajo-Franklin, 2016, "Reactive Transport Model of Sulfur Cycling as Impacted by Perchlorate and Nitrate Treatments", Environmental Science & Technology!!!, 50, (13), pp. 7010–7018
  • Susan Carroll, J. William Carey, David Dzombak, Nicolas J. Huerta, Li Li, Tom Richard, Wooyong Um, Stuart D. C. Walsh and Liwei Zhang, 2016, "Review: Role of chemistry, mechanics, and transport on well integrity in CO2 storage environments", International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control, 49, pp. 149-160
  • Peilin Cao, Zuleima Karpyn and Li Li, 2016, "The role of host rock properties in determining potential CO2 migration pathways", International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control, 45, pp. 18-26
  • Hang Wen, Li Li, Dustin Crandall and Alexandra Hakala, 2016, "Where Lower Calcite Abundance Creates More Alteration: Enhanced Rock Matrix Diffusivity Induced by Preferential Dissolution", Energy & Fuels!!!, 30, (5), pp. 4197-4208

Research Projects

  • January 2018 - December 2020, "Collaborative Research: Combining complex systems tools, process-based modelling and experiments to bridge scales in low temperature geochemistry," (Sponsor: NSf).
  • July 2015 - June 2018, "Redefining Reactive Surface Area: Understanding Reactive Interfaces in Heterogeneous Porous Media," (Sponsor: NSF low temperature geochemistry and geobiology).
  • October 2013 - September 2018, "Using the Susquehanna - Shale Hills CZO to Project from the Geological Past to the Anthropocene Future," (Sponsor: NSf).
  • October 2015 - February 2017, "Understanding characteristics of hyper saline waters from deep aquifers for geological carbon sequestration," (Sponsor: GE).
  • September 2016 - August 2017, "Understanding Ecohydrological Controls of Biogeochemical Reactions and Fluxes at the Watershed Scale," (Sponsor: DOE subsurface biogeochemistry Research).

Honors and Awards


Service to Penn State:

Service to External Organizations:

  • Organizing Conferences and Service on Conference Committees, Organizer, Organizing a conference session, AGU fall meeting, April 2017 - December 2017
  • Organizing Conferences and Service on Conference Committees, Organizer, Organizing a conference session, AGU fall meeting, April 2016 - December 2016



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