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Chenlin Li, Ph.D.

Staff Scientist

Research Areas:
Conversion Interface; Biomass Activities

Biography:
Dr. Chenlin Li joined the Idaho National Laboratory in January 2015 as a staff scientist in the Biofuels and Renewable Energy Technologies Department. Her research at INL includes the pre-processing of lignocellulose and municipal solid waste streams for thermochemical and biochemical conversion, wet storage of lignocellulose and algae, carbon feedstock dissolution and extractions using novel solvents systems. Before joining INL, Chenlin worked at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory from 2011 to 2015 as a research scientist and deconstruction lead at the Advanced Biofuels/Bioproducts Process Demonstration Unit. She completed her postdoctoral research at Sandia National Laboratories/Joint BioEnergy Institute (2008-2011) and Washington State University (2007-2008) on lignocellulosic biomass characterization, using advanced spectroscopy and microscopy techniques, development of ionic liquid biomass deconstruction, and biological conversion through fermentation and anaerobic digestion.   Chenlin graduated from the University of Hong Kong in 2006 with a Ph.D. in environmental engineering. Her research focused on anaerobic fermentation of wastewater and solid wastes for bio-hydrogen and ethanol production. She received her master’s (2002) and bachelor’s (1999) degrees in chemical engineering from Zhengzhou University, China. In her spare time, Chenlin enjoys outdoor activities like skiing and hiking, as well as reading and cooking Chinese food.

Digital Profiles:
Education:
Ph.D., Civil and Environmental Engineering - University of Hong Kong
M.S., Chemical and Environmental Engineering - Zhengzhou University
B.S., Chemical Engineering - Zhengzhou University
Publications:
Li C., Tanjore D., He W., Wong J., Gardner J., Sale K., Simmons BA., Singh S. 2013. Scale-up and Evaluation of High Solid Ionic Liquid Pretreatment and Enzymatic Hydrolysis of Switchgrass. Biotechnology for Biofuels. 6(1):154.

 
Sun L.*, Li C.*, Xue Z., Simmons B.A., Sing S. 2013. Unveiling High-Resolution, Tissue Specific Dynamic Changes in Corn Stover during Ionic Liquid Pretreatment. RSC Advances. 3: 2017-2027. *Equal Contributor. 

 
Li, C., Sun L., Simmons B.A., Singh S. 2012. Comparing the Recalcitrance of Eucalyptus, Pine and Switchgrass Using Ionic Liquid and Dilute Acid Pretreatments. BioEnergy Research. 6(1):14-23.

 
Li, C., Cheng G., Balan V., Kent M.S., Ong M., Chundawat S., daCosta Sousa L., Melnichenko Y.B., Dale B.E., Simmons B.A., Singh S. 2011. Influence of Physico-Chemical Changes on Enzymatic Digestibility of Ionic Liquid and AFEX pretreated Corn Stover. Bioresource Technology. 102(13):6928-6936.

 
Cheng G., Varanasi P., Li C., Liu H., Melnichenko Y., Simmons B., Kent M., Singh S. 2011. Transition of Cellulose Crystalline Structure and Surface Morphology of Biomass as a Function of Ionic Liquid Pretreatment and its Relation to Enzymatic Hydrolysis, Biomacromolecules. 12(4):933-941.

 
Dibble D., Li C., Sun L., George A., Cheng A., Çetinkol O.P., Benke P., Holmes B.M., Singh S., Simmons B., 2011. A facile method for the recovery of ionic liquid and lignin from biomass pretreatment. Green Chemistry.13, 3255-3254.

 
Chuck G., Tobias C., Sun L., Kraemer F., Li C., Arora R., Dibble D., Bragg J.N., Vogel J.P., Singh S., Simmons B., Pauly M., and Hake S. 2011. Overexpression of the maize Corngrass1 microRNA gene prevents flowering, improves digestibility and increases starch content of biofuel crop plants. PNAS. 108(42):17550-17555.

 
Ouellet M., Datta S., Dibble D., Tamrakar P.R., Benke P.I., Li C., Singh S., Sale K.L., Adams P.D., Keasling J.D., Simmons B.A., Holmes B.M., and Mukhopadhyay A. 2011. Impact of ionic liquid pretreated plant biomass on Saccharomyces cerevisiae growth and biofuel production. Green Chemistry. 13, 2743-2749.

 
Li C., Knierim B., Manisseri C., Arora R., Scheller H.V., Auer M., Vogel K.,  Simmons B., and Singh S. 2010. Comparison of Dilute Acid and Ionic Liquid Pretreatment of Switchgrass: Biomass Recalcitrance, Delignification and Enzymatic Saccharification. Bioresource Technology. 101(13): 4900-4906. 

 
Arora R., Manisseri C., Li C., Ong M., Scheller H.V., Vogel K.,  Simmons B.A., and Singh S. 2010. Monitoring and Analyzing Process Streams towards Understanding Ionic Liquid Pretreatment of Switchgrass (Panicum virgatum). BioEnergy Research. 3(2):134-145.

 
Frear C., Wang Z.W., Li C., and Chen S. 2010. Biogas Potential and Microbial Population Distributions in Flushed Fairy Manure and Implications on Anaerobic Digestion Technology. Journal of Chemical Technology & Biotechnology. 86(1):145-152.

 
Li C., and Fang H.H.P. 2007. Fermentative Hydrogen Production from Wastewater and Solid Wastes by Mixed Cultures. Critical Review in Environmental Science and Technology. 37:1-39. 

 
Li C., Zhang T. and Fang H.H.P. 2007. Use of TaqMan Gene Probe for Real-time Monitoring of Acidophilic Hydrogen-producing Bacteria. Biotechnology Letters. 29: 1753-1757. 
 
Li C., and Fang H.H.P. 2007. Inhibition of Heavy Metals on Fermentative Hydrogen Production by Granular Sludge. Chemosphere. 67:668-673. 

 
Li C., Zhang T. and Fang H.H.P. 2006. Fermentative Hydrogen Production in Packed-bed and Packing-free Upflow Reactors. Water Science and Technology. 54:95-103. 

 
Fang H.H.P., Li C., and Zhang T. 2006. Acidophilic Biohydrogen Production from Rice Slurry. International Journal of Hydrogen Energy. 31:683-692. 

 
Fang H.H.P., Zhang T. and Li C. 2006. Characterization of Fe-hydrogenase Genes Diversity and Hydrogen-Producing Population in an Acidophilic Sludge. Journal of Biotechnology. 126:357-364. 
Fan Y.T., Li C., Lay J.J., Hou H.W. and Zhang G.S. 2004. Optimization of Initial Substrate and pH Levels for Germination of Sporing Hydrogen-Producing Anaerobes in Cow Dung Compost. Bioresource Technology. 91:189-193. 

 
Fan Y. T., Li C., Hou H. W., Lu H. J. and Lay J. J. 2002. Studies on Biohydrogen Production by Fermentation of Natural Anaerobic Microorganism. China Environmental Science. 22(4):370-374.
Patents:

​Singh S., Arora  R., Li C., Mathews I.P., Simmons B.A., 2013, "Mixed Feedstocks Processing Using an Ionic Liquid", Patent US2013/0183739, July 18, 2013.

Presentations:
Li C., et al. Scale-Up Evaluation of Ionic Liquid Based Sugar Production at High Solid Loading. Oral Presentation. AICHE 2013 Annual Meeting.

 
Tanjore D., Wong J., Li C., et al. Inline Rheometry to Identify Mass Transfer Issues in Enzymatic Hydrolysis of Biomass At High Solids Concentration. AICHE 2013 Annual Meeting.

 
Tanjore D., Li C., et al., Resolving Process Scale-Up Issues of Ionic Liquid Pretreatment and Saccharification of Biomass to Monomeric Sugars. Poster Presentation for Symposium on Biotechnology for Biofuels and Chemicals, Apr 2013, Portland, OR

 
Li C. Scaling and Validating Energy Innovation - the Advanced Biofuels Process Demonstration Unit. Invited Talk at Joint BioEnergy Institute Retreat, Aug 20-22, 2012. Monterey, CA.

 
Li C., et al., Scale-up of ionic liquid pretreatment and enzymatic hydrolysis of lignocellulosic biomass for biofuel production. Great Lake BioEnergy Research Center Retreat, May 21-23, 2012.  Naperville, IL. 

 
Li C., Sun L., Simmons B., and Singh S. Overcoming the recalcitrance of softwood, hardwood and grass by ionic liquid and dilute acid pretreatment. SIM 33rd Symposium on Biotechnology for Fuels and Chemical: Poster Session, Biomass Pretreatment and Fractionation, May 2-5, 2011. Seattle, WA. 

 
Li C., Sun L., Cheng G., Kent M.S., Balan V., Dale B., Simmons B., and Singh S. Comparison of the Cell-wall structure, recalcitrance and saccharification of corn stover pretreated by ammonia fiber expansion and ionic liquid. SIM 32nd Symposium on Biotechnology for Fuels and Chemicals: Oral Presentation, Biomass Pretreatment and Fractionation, April 19-22, 2010. Clearwater Beach, FL. 

 
Li C., Hu H.Q., Liu H., Vogel K., Simmons B., and Singh S. Ionic liquid pretreatment of switchgrass for enhanced sustainable biogas and electricity generation. SIM 32nd Symposium on Biotechnology for Fuels and Chemicals: Poster Session, Biomass Pretreatment and Fractionation, April 19-22, 2010. Clearwater Beach, FL.

 
Li C., Hu H.Q., Liu H., Vogel K., Simmons B., and Singh S. Ionic Liquid Pretreatment of Lignocellulosic Biomass for Enhanced Sustainable Biogas and Power Generation. 239th ACS National Meeting. Mar 21-25, 2010. San Francisco, CA. 

 
Dibble D., Li C., et al. An Ionic Liquid Pretreatment Process That Includes IL Recycling and a Characterization of Pretreatment Fractions From Corn Stover.
AICHE 2010 Annual Meeting.

 
Li C., Sun L., Cheng G., Kent M.S., Balan V., Dale B., Simmons B., and Singh S. Comparison of Ammonia Fiber Expansion and Ionic Liquid Pretreatment on Corn Stover: Cell-wall Matrix, Recalcitrance and Digestibility. 239th ACS National Meeting. Mar 21-25, 2010. San Francisco, CA. 

 
Li C., Hu H.Q., Liu H., Vogel K., Simmons B., and Singh S. Ionic Liquid Pretreatment of Lignocellulosic Biomass for Enhanced Biogas and Power Generation. The 6th International Symposium on Environmental Anaerobic Technologies. Nov 11, 2009. Hong Kong.

 
Sun L., Li C., Simmons B. and Singh S. Understanding Ionic Liquid Pretreatment of Lignocellulosic Biomass by Hyperspectral Raman Imaging. 2009. AIChE Annual meeting. Nov 8, 2009. Nashville, TN.

 
Li C., Arora R., Manisseri C., Knierim B., Smith A.M., Scheller H.V., Vogel K., Simmons B., and Singh S. Comparison of Dilute Acid and Ionic Liquid Pretreatment of Switchgrass. SIM 31st Symposium on Biotechnology for Fuels and Chemicals: Poster Session, Biomass Recalcitrance, May 4 2009. San Francisco, CA. 

 
Arora, R., Li, C., Manisseri, C., Ong, M., Scheller, H.V., Vogel K., Simmons, B., and Singh, S. Monitoring Process Streams Towards Understanding of Ionic Liquid Pretreatment of Lignocellulosic Biomasses. SIM 31st Symposium on Biotechnology for Fuels and Chemicals: Poster Session, Biomass Pretreatment and Fractionation, May 4 2009. San Francisco, CA.

 
Manisseri C., Li C., Smith A.M., Arora, R., Ong, M., Benke, P., Scheller, H.V., Vogel K., Simmons B., and Singh S. Compositional Analysis of Lignin in Bioenergy Crops and De-Polymerization via Pretreatment. SIM 31st Symposium on Biotechnology for Fuels and Chemicals: Poster Session, Biomass Pretreatment and Fractionation, May 4 2009. San Francisco, CA.

 
Li C., Arora R., Manisseri C., Vogel K., Simmons B., and Singh S. 2009. A Comparative Study of Dilute acid and Ionic Liquid Pretreatment of Biomass and Model Lignocellulosics. GTL-Contractor-Grantee Workshop VII, USDA-DOE Plant Feedstock Genomics for Bioenergy Awardee Workshop 2009, Bethesda, Feb 8-11, 2009. 

 
Singh S., Arora R., Manisseri C., Li C., Scheller H.V., Vogel K., and Simmons B. 2009. Understanding Ionic Liquid Pretreatment of Lignocellulosic Biomasses. GTL-Contractor-Grantee Workshop VII, USDA-DOE Plant Feedstock Genomics for Bioenergy Awardee Workshop 2009, Bethesda, Feb 8-11, 2009.  

 
Li, C., Singh, D, Li, Z.M. and Chen S. 2008. Utilization of dairy manure for ligninolytic enzymes production by the white-rot fungus Phanerochaete chrysosporium. 30th Symposium on Biotechnology for Fuels and Chemicals. New Orleans, USA, May 4-7, 2008. 

 
Fang, H.H.P., Li, C., and Zhang, T. 2006. Characterization of Fe-hydrogenase genes diversity and hydrogen-producing population in an acidophilic sludge. International Symposium on Biocatalysis and Bioenergy, Taichung, Taiwan, December 6-8, 2006. 

 
Li C., Zhang T. and Fang H.H.P. 2006. Fermentative Hydrogen Production in Packed-bed and Packing-free Upflow Reactors. Proceedings of the IWA World Water Congress Beijing 2006, Beijing, China, Sept 10-14, 2006.  

 
Li C., Fang H.H.P. 2006. Fermentative Hydrogen Production in an Upflow Packed-Bed Reactor. 2nd International Conference on Environmental Science and Technology. Houston, USA, August 19-22, 2006. 
 
Li C., Fang H.H.P. 2006. Dark Fermentative Hydrogen Production in Packed-Bed and Packing-Free Upflow Reactors. The 17th Global Warming International Conference and Expo (GW17). Miami, USA , April 20-21, 2006.

 
Li C. and Fang H.H.P. 2005. Fermentative Hydrogen Production in Two Upflow Reactors. Proceedings of the 10th Mainland Taiwan Environmental Protection Conference, 359-362, Taichung, Taiwan, Oct 23-29, 2005.

 
Li C., Zhang T. and Fang H.H.P. 2005. Biohydrogen Production from Carbohydrate-rich Food Waste under Acidophilic Condition. Proceedings of International Conference on Environmental, Industrial and Applied Microbiology (BioMicroWorld-2005), 263-264, Badajoz, Spain, Mar 15-18, 2005.​
Awards:
​Award of Excellence, Physical Bioscience Division, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, 2012​
Research Interests:
Pre-procession of lignocellulose and municipal solid waste streams for thermochemical and biochemical conversion, wet storage of lignocellulose and algae, carbon feedstock dissolution and extractions using novel solvents systems
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