Qilin Li

Associate Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Rice University

Dr. Qilin Li is an Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, and Materials Science and Nanoengineering at Rice University.  Dr. Li received her B.E. degree in Environmental Engineering from Tsinghua University in Beijing, China, her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Environmental Engineering from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and her post-doctoral training at Yale University.  Dr. Li’s research focuses on advanced technologies for water and wastewater treatment and reuse including adsorption, membrane separation, advanced oxidation and environmental nanotechnology, novel desalination methods, environmental fate and transport of contaminants, and environmental impact of nanotechnology. She has published more than 80 articles in leading environmental engineering journals and several book chapters and technical reports. She has led many research projects funded by National Science Foundation, US Environmental Protection Agency, WateReuse Foundation, United Nation, and industry. Dr. Li currently serves as the chair for the IWA Nano&Water Specialist Group Managing Committee, the Associate Director for Research for the NSF Nanosystems Engineering Research Center for Nanotechnology Enabled Water Treatment (NEWT), and a member of the US EPA Science Advisory Board’s Environmental Engineering Committee. She was the recipient of the Shenzhen Pengcheng Distinguished Scholarship, NRC Summer Faculty Fellowship, Roy E. Campbell Faculty Development Award, ES&T Super Reviewer and Excellence in Review awards, American Water Works Association (AWWA) Water Quality and Technology Conference Best Paper Award, Parsons Engineering Science/AEESP Best Doctoral Thesis Award, and AWWA Larson Aquatic Research Award.