Chenlin Li, Ph.D.
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.
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.