a. Education:


Zhejiang University, China

B.S. in Environmental Engineering

1990 – 1994

Zhejiang University, China

M.S. in Chemical Engineering

1994 – 1997

University of Cincinnati

Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering

1997 – 2001

b. Appointments:


Sep. 08 – June 09

Visiting Associate Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, University of Hong Kong.

Aug. 07 – present

Associate Professor, Department of Civil Engineering and Mechanics, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.

Aug. 01 – July 07

Assistant Professor, Department of Civil Engineering and Mechanics, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.

July. 97 – July 01

Research Assistant, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering,
University of Cincinnati.

Jan. 97 – June 97

Research Assistant, Department of Civil and Structural Engineering,
Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

c. Courses Taught
Environmental Engineering, Water Quality Analysis, Hazardous Waste Management, Biological Processes in Water and Wastewater Treatment, Computer Based Engineering Analysis, Biomolecular Techniques for Engineers, Fate and Transport of Microbial Pollutants in the Environment, Advance Water and Wastewater Treatment.

d. Refereed Journal Publications:

  1. Soonthornnonda, P., Christensen, E. R., Liu, Y., and Li. J. 2008, “A washoff model for stormwater pollutants”, Science of the Total Environment, 402(2-3), 248-256.
  2. Liu, Y., Li, J. 2008, “Role of Pseudomonas aeruginosa biofilm in the initial adhesion, growth and detachment of Escherichia coli in porous media”, Environmental Science and Technology,42(2), 443–449.
  3. Liu, Y., Yang, C.-H., Li, J. 2008, “Adhesion and retention of a bacterial phytopathogen Erwinia chrysanthemi in biofilm-coated porous media”, Environmental Science and Technology, 42(1), 159–165.
  4. Liu, Y., Li, J., Qiu, X. and Burda, C. 2007, “Bactericidal activity of nitrogen-doped metal oxides nanocatalysts and the influence of bacterial extracellular polymeric substances (EPS)”, Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology A: Chemistry, 190: 94-100.
  5. Liu, Y., Yang, C.-H., Li, J. 2007, “Influence of extracellular polymeric substances (EPS) on Pseudomonas aeruginosa transport and deposition in porous media”, Environmental Science and Technology, 41: 198-205.
  6. Liu, Y., Li, J., Qiu, X. and Burda, C. 2006, Novel TiO2 nanocatalysts for wastewater purification-tapping energy from the sun”, Water Science and Technology, 54(8): 47-54.
  7. Li, J., McLellan, S. L. and Ogawa, S. 2006, “Accumulation and fate of green fluorescent labeled Escherichia coli in biofilms in laboratory-scale drinking water biofilters,” Water Research, 40: 3023-3028.
  8. Liu, Y., Chen, X. Li, J., and Burda, C. 2005, “Photocatalytic degradation of azo dyes by nitrogen doped TiO2 nanocatalysts,” Chemosphere, 61(1): 11-18.
  9. Li, J., Gao, X., Goeckner, B., Kollakowsky, D. and Ramme, B. 2005, “A pilot study of mercury liberation and capture from coal-fired power plant fly ash”, Journal of the Air and Waste Management Association. 55: 258-264.
  10. Li, J. and Bishop, P. L. 2004, “Time course observations of nitrifying/denitrifying biofilm development using microelectrodes,” Journal of Environmental Engineering and Science, 3(6):523-528.
  11. Li, J. and Bishop, P. L. 2004, “Adsorption and biodegradation of azo dye in biofilm processes,” Water Science and Technology, 49(11-12), 237-245.
  12. Li, J. and Bishop, P. L. 2003, “Monitoring the influence of toxic compound on microbial denitrifying biofilms process,” Water Science and Technology, 47(5): 211-216.
  13. Li, J. and Bishop, P. L. 2002,“In situ identification of azo dye inhibition effects on nitrifying biofilms using microelectrodes,” Water Science and Technology., 46(1-2): 207-214.
  14. Liu, Y., Soonthornnonda, P., Li, J. and Christensen, E. R. 2008. GIS in urban stormwater modeling: Determination of drainage areas and runoff coefficients. ASCE Journal of Hydrologic Engineering (in revision).
  15. Okwadha, G., Li, J., Ramme, B., Kollakowsky, D. and Michaud, D. “Thermal removal of mercury captured with powdered activated carbon (PAC) from air quality controls on coal-fired boilers”, ASCE Journal of Environmental Engineering (in revision).

 

e. Book Chapters

  1. Silva, M. McLellan S. L., and Li, J., 2006, “The removal of green fluorescent labeled Escherichia Coli by pilot scale drinking water biofilters”, Recent Progress in  Slow Sand and Alternative Biofiltration Processes. Edited by Rolf Gimbel et al., IWA Publishing. ISBN: 9781843391203.

 

f. Conference Papers

        1. Li, J. “Photocatalytic inactivation of E. coli and biofilm bacteria using nitrogen doped metal oxide nanoparticles”, International Water Association Leading Edge Technology Conference, Singapore, June 23-25, 2009.
        2. Li, J. “Photocatalytic degradation of azo dyes by nitrogen doped TiO2 nanocatalysts”, 5th International Symposium on Persistent Toxic Substances, Beijing, China, Sep 21-24, 2008. (invited keynote speech)
        3. Liu, Y. and Li, J, "Influence of biofilm on bacterial deposition and survival in porous media", 82nd American Chemical Society Colloid & Surface Science Symposium, Raleigh, NC, June 15-19, 2008.
        4. Burda, C. and Li, J. “Visible-light activated ceramic powders for chemical and biological decontamination”, 234th American Chemical Society National Meeting, Boston, MA, Aug 19-23, 2007.
        5. Liu, Y. and Li, J, "Impact of bacterial surface exopolysaccharide (EPS) composition on cell deposition in porous media", 81st American Chemical Society Colloid & Surface Science Symposium, Newark, DE. June 24-27, 2007.
        6. Liu, Y. and Li, J., “Role of extracellular polymeric substances (EPS) in Pseudomonas aeruginosa initial attachment”, 4th American Society of Microbiology Conference on Biofilms, Quebec City, Canada, March 25-29, 2007.
        7. Silva, M. Li. J. and McLellan S. L.  “The removal of green fluorescent labeled E. coli by bench scale drinking water biofilters”, Wisconsin Water Association 85th Annual Meeting and Water Utility Expo, Dells, WI, Sep 20 – 22, 2006.
        8. Liu, Y., Li, J., Qiu, X., and Burda, C., “Novel TiO2 nanocatalysts for wastewater purification-tapping energy from the sun”, 5th International Water Association World Water Congress and Exhibition, Beijing, China, Sep 10-14, 2006.
        9. Oerther, D., Li, B., Li J., Pruden, A. and Stroot, P., “Disseminating molecular biology for environmental engineers with NSF CCLI Support”, American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition, Chicago, IL, June 18-21, 2006.
        10. Soonthornnonda, P., Seth, I., Liu, Y., Shedivy, P., Christensen, E.R., and Li, J., “Runoff coefficients related to characteristics of monitored catchments in the Milwaukee area, USA.”, 49th International Association for Great Lakes Research Annual Conference, Windsor, Ont. Canada, May 22 – 26, 2006.
        11. Silva, M., McLellan S. L., and Li, J., “The removal of green fluorescent labeled Escherichia Coli by pilot scale drinking water biofilters”, 4th International Slow Sand and Alternative Biological Filtration Conference, 3-5 May 2006, Muelheim an der Ruhr, Germany.
        12. Li, J., “Bacterial adhesion and transport in drinking water biofiltration systems”, NSF workshop for the advancement & retention of underrepresented & minority engineering educators, Washington DC, Mar. 5 – 8, 2006.
        13. Liu, Y., Chen, X. Li, J., and Burda, C, “Photocatalytic degradation of azo dyes by nitrogen-doped TiO2 nanocatalysts,” 28th Midwest Environmental Chemistry Workshop, Chicago, IL, Oct 14-15, 2005.
        14. Li, J., McLellan S. L. and Ogawa S., “The removal of green fluorescent labeled Escherichia Coli by pilot scale drinking water biofilters”, Invited seminar, University of Colorado, Fort Collins, Oct 10, 2005.
        15. Ogawa, S., Li, J. and McLellan S., “The performance of biofiltration on E. coli removal from drinking water,” Biofilms 2004: Structure and Activity of Biofilms, Las Vegas, NV, Oct 24-26, 2004.
        16. Liu, Y., Chen, X. Li, J., and Burda, C, “Photocatalytic degradation of azo dyes by nitrogen doped TiO2 nanocatalysts,” 228th ACS National Meeting, Philadelphia, PA, August 22-26, 2004.
        17. Li, J. and Bishop, P. L., “Adsorption and biodegradation of azo dye in biofilm processes,”International Water Association Biofilm Congress, Cape Town, South Africa, September 14-19, 2003.
        18. Gao X. and Li, J., “Mercury capture and liberation pilot study”, 96th Air and Waste Management Association Annual Conference and Exhibition, San Diego, June 22-26, 2003.
        19. Li, J., “Microelectrodes in biofilm study”, 25th Midwest Environmental Chemistry Workshop, Chicago, IL, Oct 5-6, 2002.      
        20. Li, J. and Bishop, P. L., “Microelectrode detection of nitrification inhibition”, 75th Water Environmental Federation Annual Conference and Exhibition, Chicago, IL, September 2002.
        21. Li, J. and Bishop, P. L., “Monitoring the influence of toxic compound on microbial denitrifying biofilms process,” International Water Association Conference on Biofilm Monitoring, Porto, Portugal, March 18-20, 2002.
        22. Li, J., “Microelectrode analysis of nitrification and denitrification biofilms”, invited seminar, University of Wisconsin, Madison. Nov. 27, 2001.
        23. Li, J. and Bishop, P. L., “In situ identification of azo dye inhibition effects on nitrifying biofilms using microelectrodes,” IWA Conference on Microorganisms in Activated Sludge and Biofilm Processes, Rome, Italy, June 13-15, 2001.
        24. Bishop, P. L. and Li, J., “Spatial distribution of microbial activities in biofilms determined by microelectrodes,” NIEHS Conference on Oxidative Processes: Stress to Remediation, Chapel Hill, NC, December 12-14, 2000.
        25. Bishop, P. L., Yu, T. and Li, J., “Measurement of constituent profiles in environmental biofilms using microelectrodes,“ Invited Keynote Address, Third International Symposium on Advanced Environmental Monitoring, Cheju Island, Korea, October 31-November 2, 2000.
        26. Li, J. and Bishop, P. L., “Spatial distribution of microbial activities in biofilms determined by microelectrodes,” 93th Water Environmental Federation Annual Conference and Exposition, Anaheim, CA, October 14-18, 2000.
        27. Li, J. and Bishop, P. L., “Microelectrode study of biofilms at different stages of biofilm formation,” 220th National Meeting and Exposition of the American Chemical Society, Symposium on Microbial Biofilm Formation, Washington DC, August 20-24, 2000.
        28. Li, J. and Bishop, P. L., “Microelectrode analysis of simultaneous nitrification/denitrification in biofilms,” American Society for Microbiology Conference on Biofilm, Big Sky, MT, July 16-20, 2000.
        29. Li, J. and Bishop, P. L., “Fabrication and evaluation of ion selective microelectrodes for the study of nitrifying biofilm,”  Association of Environmental Engineers and Science Professors Research Frontiers, University Park, PA, July 31- August 3, 1999.
        30. Li, J. and Bishop, P. L., “Application of Microsensors in Environmental Biofilm Systems,” Symposium on Nano-, Micro-, and Mesoscale Technologies in Science and Engineering, Cincinnati, OH, May 13, 1999.

 

g. Grants

  1. Adhesion of survival strategies of E. coli O157:H7 in the phylloshpere, funded by the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee Research Growth Initiative (2008-2009).
  2. Transport and survival of pathogenic bacteria associated with dairy manure in soil and groundwater, funded by Wisconsin Groundwater Coordinating Council (2007-2009).
  3. Impact of surface properties on the transport of microbial pollutants in porous media, funded by University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee Graduate School Research Award (2007-2008).
  4. Impact of nanomaterials on microbial community in phyllosphere–a genome study, funded by UWM Research Growth Initiative (2006 – 2007).
  5. Expanded stormwater monitoring program data analysis 2000-2006, funded by Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewage District (2005-2007).
  6. Collaborative research: Molecular biology for environmental engineers, funded by National Science Foundation (2005-2007).
  7. Mercury removal from coal combustion byproducts and sorbents, funded by University of Wisconsin System Solid Waste Research Program and We-Energies (2005-2006).
  8. Molecular ecology study of E. coli O157:H7 in water distribution, funded by Center for Water Security (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) (2004-2005).
  9. The response of biological components of the drinking water infrastructure to biological warfare agents, funded by Center for Water Security (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency), (2003-2004).
  10. Developing an on-chip magnetic bead biosensor for real-time and remote detection of biological threat agents in drinking water, funded by University of Wisconsin Applied Research Program (2003-2004).
  11. Effect of biological filters on the removal of biological warfare agents, funded by University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee Graduate School Research Award (2003-2004).
  12. Liberation and capture of mercury from activated carbon, funded by University of Wisconsin System Solid Waste Research Program (2002-2003).
  13. Mercury liberation and capture pilot study, funded by We-Energies (2002-2004).
  14. Vulnerability and effectiveness of biological filters in the event of biological warfare, funded by Center for Water Security (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) (2002-2003).
  15. Phase I wet weather capacity improvements project, funded by Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewage District (2001-2002).

 

h. Honors and Awards
-University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Graduate School Research Award (2003, 2007)
-Listed in Who is Who in America
-National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences Superfund Research Traineeship (1999-2001).
-Graduate Research Assistantship, University of Cincinnati (1997-2001), University of Cincinnati Graduate Scholarship (1997-2001).
-American Society for Microbiology Graduate Travel Grant (2000).
-Guanghua National Award for Outstanding Graduate Student, Zhejiang University (1996).

i. Synergistic Activities:
-Program Committee Member for Water Environment Federation
-Research Committee Member for Wisconsin Water Association
-Water for People Committee Member for Wisconsin Water Association
-Reviewer for Environmental Science and Technology, Water Research, Applied and Environmental Microbiology, Journal of Environmental Engineering, Journal of Air and Waste Management Association, Water Environment Research, Chemosphere, Biodegradation, Material Science and Engineering, Journal of Environmental Engineering and Science, Journal of Environmental Management, Energy and Fuel, Biomacromolecules, Langmuir, Journal of Hydro-Environment Research, Journal of Membrane Science, Sensors & Actuator.
-Faculty advisor for UWM ASCE, EWB, WEF/AWWA student chapter

 

j. Collaborators & Other Affiliations:

Collaborators
E. R. Christensen, UW, Milwaukee
Q. Liao, UW, Milwaukee
C.-H. Yang, UW, Milwaukee
C. Burda, Case Western Reserve University
B. Li, University of Connecticut
D. Oerther, University of Cincinnati
A. Pruden, University of Colorado
P. Stroot, University of South Florida

k. Graduate Students
Ph.D. students: Y. Liu, G. Okwadha, Lixia Wang
M.S. students: X. Gao, Y. Liu, S. Ogawa, M. Silva, T. T. Ratarasarn, G. Okwadha, N. Antonneau, M. Radloff, M. Jablonski, J. Marlett.