Environmental Sciences

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Dr. Qilin Li

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Rice University
United States of America


Dr. Qilin Li teaches courses and conducts research on physical and chemical processes that impact water quality in natural aqueous environment as well as water/wastewater treatment systems. Dr. Li’s current research focuses on the behaviors of environmental colloids and macromolecules at aqueous-solid interfaces and the subsequent impact on their fate and transport in natural and engineered systems. Ongoing research projects investigate fouling of membrane materials during surface water filtration, seawater desalination and wastewater reuse, nanotechnology enabled drinking water disinfection and surface microbial control, the environmental fate, transport and ecotoxicity of engineered nanomaterials, and sustainable water infrastructure. Dr. Li’s research group is devoted to finding a solution to sustainable water supply.

Research Interest

Advanced technologies for water and wastewater treatment, membrane processes, colloidal processes and interface phenomena in aqueous environments, environmental applications and implications of nanotechnology. 


  • Brame J, Long M, Li Q, Alvaerz PJJ (2015) Inhibitory effect of natural organic matter or other background constituents on photocatalytic oxidation processes: mechanistic model development and validation. Water Res 84: 362-371.

  • Jung SK, Qu X, Aleman-Meza B, Wang T, Riepe C, et al. (2015) Multi-endpoint, high-throughput study of nanomaterial toxicity in Caenorhabditis elegans. Environl Sci Technol 49: 2477-2485.

  • Wu J, Yu C, Li Q (2015) Regenerable antimicrobial activity in polyamide thin film nano-composite membranes. J Memb Sci 476: 119-127

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