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•    Bioprocess engineering and resource recovery via thermochemical and catalytic technologies.
•    Sustainable design and systems analysis for bioenergy, bioproducts, and sanitation.
•    Navigating economic, environmental, and social tradeoffs in technology development and decision-making through techno-economic analysis (TEA), life cycle assessment (LCA), and multi-criteria decision analysis (MCDA).
•    Integrated and open-source platforms for research and education.



Dr. Yalin Li is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Rutgers University. The Li Group focuses on advancing the sustainability of water and energy infrastructure through integrated experimentation and modeling. Specifically, the group is interested in (i) experimental development of thermochemical and catalytic technologies for bioprocess engineering and resource recovery; and (ii) sustainable design and decision-making to prioritize the research, development, and deployment (RD&D) of technologies.

Dr. Li received her doctoral degree from Colorado School of Mines, M.S. from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), and B. Eng. from Tongji University. Prior to joining Rutgers, Yalin was a research scientist at the Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment and the Center for Advanced Bioenergy and Bioproducts Innovation at UIUC.


•    Bhakta and Sushama Rath Research Award
•    C. Ellen Gonter Environmental Chemistry Award
•    Colorado Environmental Management Society Academic Scholarship
•    Rosenthal Memorial Award


Professional Affiliations

•    American Chemical Society
•    Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors
•    International Water Association



•    Ph.D., Environmental Engineering, Colorado School of Mines, 2019
•    M.S., Environmental Engineering. University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, 2015
•    B.Eng., Environmental Engineering, Tongji University, 2014