Ying Li - Assistant Professor

Contact Information

Office Address:
EMS 907
3200 North Cramer Street
Milwaukee, WI 53211
Phone: 414-229-3716
Fax: 414-229-6958
Email: liying@uwm.edu
Personal Home Page: https://pantherfile.uwm.edu/liying/web
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 784
Department of Mechanical Engineering
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Milwaukee, WI 53201

Ying Li

Ph.D., Environmental Engineering Sciences, University of Florida, 2007
M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Lehigh University, 2004
M.S., Thermal Engineering, Zhejiang University, China, 2002
B.S., Thermal Engineering, Zhejiang University, China, 1999

Selected Honors and Awards

  • National Science Foundation CAREER Award, 2013.
  • UWM Research Foundation Research Fellows Award, 2010.
  • Milton Feldstein Memorial Scholarship (1st Place) awarded by the Air & Waste Management Association (A&WMA) in recognition of excellence in air quality research and study, 2006.
  • 1st Place in the Student Paper Poster Competition (doctoral level) in the 99th A&WMA Annual Conference & Exhibition, New Orleans, June 2006. 
Research Interests
  • Fuels from sunlight (photoreduction of CO2 to fuels; solar hydrogen; concentrated solar reactor)
  • CO2 capture and utilization (functionalized CO2 sorbents; CO2 fixation by microalgae)
  • Nanomaterial synthesis and characterization
  • Energy storage devices
  • Pollution control (emissions control from combustion sources; atmospheric pollutants; wastewater treatment)
  • Aerosol science and technology

Selected Publications

  1. Zhao, H.L, Liu, L.J., Andino, J., Li, Y.* Bicrystalline TiO2 with Controllable Anatase/Brookite Phase Content for Enhanced CO2 Photoreduction to Fuels. Journal of Materials Chemistry A, 2013, 1, 8209-8216.
  2. Liu, L.J., Zhao, C.Y, Zhao, H.L, Pitts, D., Li, Y.*  Porous Microspheres of MgO-Patched TiO2 for CO2 Photoreduction with H2O Vapor: Temperature-Dependent Activity and Stability. Chemical Communications. 2013, 49, 3664-3666.
  3. Liu, L.J., Gao, F., Zhao, H.L, Li, Y.*  Tailoring Cu Valence and Oxygen Vacancy in Cu/TiO2 Catalysts for Enhanced CO2 Photoreduction Efficiency. Applied Catalysis B: Environmental. 2013, 134-135, 349-358.
  4. Zhao, C.Y., Liu, L.J., Zhang, Q.Y., Wang, J., Li, Y.* Photocatalytic Conversion of CO2 and H2O to Fuels by Nanostructured Ce-TiO2/SBA-15 Composites. Catalysis Science & Technology, 2012, 2, 2558-2568.
  5. Liu, L.J, Zhao, H.L., Andino, J. M., Li, Y.* Photocatalytic CO2 reduction with H2O on TiO2 nanocrystals: Comparison with anatase, rutile, brookite polymorphs and exploration of surface chemistry. ACS Catalysis, 2012, 2, 1817-1828.
  6. Zhang, Q.Y., Gao, T., Andino, J. M., Li, Y.* Copper and Iodine Co-modified TiO2 Nanoparticles for Improved Activity of CO2 Photoreduction with Water Vapor. Applied Catalysis B: Environmental. 2012, 123-124, 257-264.
  7. Zhao, C.Y., Krall, A.J., Zhao, H.L., Zhang, Q.Y., Li, Y.* Ultrasonic spray pyrolysis synthesis of Ag/TiO2 nanocomposite photocatalysts for simultaneous H2 production and CO2 reduction. International Journal of Hydrogen Energy. 2012, 37(13), 9967-9976.
  8. Liu, L.J, Zhao, C.Y., Li, Y.* Spontaneous dissociation of CO2 to CO on defective surface of Cu(I)/TiO2-x nanoparticles at room temperature. Journal of Physical Chemistry C. 2012, 116, 7904-7912.
  9. Zhang, Q.Y., Li, Y.*, Ackerman, E., Gajdardziska-Josifovska, M.  Photocatalytic Conversion of CO2 to Fuels by Iodine-Doped TiO2 Nanocomposites. Applied Catalysis, A: General. 2011, 400, 195-202.
  10. Li, Y.*, Wang, W.N., Zhan, Z., Woo, M.H., Wu, C.Y., Biswas, P. Photocatalytic Reduction of CO2 with H2O on Mesoporous Silica Supported Cu/TiO2 Catalysts. Applied Catalysis, B: Environmental, 2010, 100, 386-392.
  11. Li, Y., Murphy, P. D., Wu, C. Y., Powers, K. W., Bonzongo, J.-C. Development of silica/vanadia/titania catalysts for removal of elemental mercury from coal combustion flue gas. Environmental Science & Technology, 2008, 42, 5304-5309.
  12. Li, Y., Murphy, P. D., Wu, C. Y. Removal of elemental mercury from simulated coal-combustion flue gas using a SiO2-TiO2 nanocomposite. Fuel Processing Technology, 2008, 89, 567-573.
  13. Li, Y., Wu, C. Y. Kinetic study for photocatalytic oxidation of elemental mercury on a SiO2-TiO2 nanocomposite. Environmental Engineering Science, 2007, 24 (1), 3-12.
  14. Li, Y., Wu, C. Y. Role of moisture in adsorption, photocatalytic oxidation, and reemission of elemental mercury on a SiO2-TiO2 nanocomposite. Environmental Science & Technology. 2006, 40, 6444-6448.