Faculty - Li, Yusong

Yusong Li, Associate Professor

Yusong Li

Yusong Li
Associate Professor

Civil Engineering
University of Nebraska–Lincoln
Lincoln, Nebraska 68588-6105
Office: 402-472-5972

Research Interests

My research interests include investigation of the complex physical, chemical and biological processes that govern flow and transport of contaminants in the environment systems across multiple scales. Particularly, I focused on investigating fate and transport of engineered nanomaterial, and modeling multiphase and compositional flow in porous media, at both pore- and continuum scales. Current research topics include:

  • Numerical simulation of fate and transportation of engineered nanomaterials in porous media
  • Numerical simulation to investigate the influence of nanoscale chemistry on abiotic attenuation of chlorinated in the vapor intrusion pathway
  • Microfluidic investigation of nanomaterial transport in porous media
  • Application of engineered nanomaterials for environmental remediation


  • May, R. and Li, Y. 2013. The effects of particle size on the deposition of fluorescent nanoparticles in porous media: Direct observation using laser scanning cytometry. Colloids and Surfaces A: Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects, 418, pg. 84-91
  • May, R., Akbariyeh, S., and Li, Y. 2012. Pore-Scale Investigation of Nanoparticle Transport in Saturated Porous Media Using Laser Scanning Cytometry. Environ. Sci. Technol., DOI:10.1021/es301749s.
  • Wang, Y., Li, Y., Costanza, J., Abriola, L., Pennell, K. 2012. Enhanced Mobility of Fullerene (C60) Nanoparticles in the Presence of Stabilizing Agents. Environ. Sci. Technol., DOI:10.1021/es302541g
  • Bai, C. and Y. Li, 2012. Modeling the transport and retention of nC60 nanoparticles in the subsurface under different release scenarios. Journal of Contaminant Hydrology, 136-137: p. 43-55.
  • Seymour, M. B.; Su, C.; Gao, Y.; Lu, Y.; Li, Y., 2012. Characterization of Carbon Nano-Onions for Heavy Metal Ion Remediation. Journal of Nanoparticle Research, DOI:10.1007/s11051-012-1087-y.
  • Wang, Y., Li, Y., Abriola, L.M., K.D. Pennell. (2010) Transport and Retention of Fullerene Nanoparticles (nC60) in Natural Soils. Journal of Environmental Quality, 39:1925–1933, doi:10.2134/jeq2009.0411.
  • Li, Y., and LeBoeuf, E.J. (2009) Investigation of Transport- and Sorption-Related Factors on the Removal of Hydrophobic Organic Compounds in Heterogeneous Soils Using a Hierarchical Modeling Approach. Transport in Porous Media. DOI 10.1007/s11242-009-9504-0.
  • Li, Y.; Wang, Y.; Pennell, K. D; Abriola, L. M. (2008) Investigation of the Transport and Deposition of Fullerene (C60) Nanoparticles in Quartz Sands under Varying Flow Conditions. Environmental Science & Technology 42(19), 7174-7180.
  • Wang, Y., Y. Li, and K.D. Pennell. Influence of Electrolyte Species and Concentration on the Aggregation and Transport of Fullerene Nanoparticles in Quartz Sands. (2008) Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, 27(9), 1860-1867.
  • Wang, Y., Y. Li, L.M. Abriola, and K.D. Pennell. (2008) Transport and Retention of C60 Fullerene in Water-Saturated Soils. Environmental Science & Technology, 42(10), 3588-3594.
  • Li, Y., Pennell, K.D., Phelan, T.J., Ramsburg, C.A., and Abriola, L.M. (2007) Validation of the Total Trapping Number Concept via Low Interfacial Tension DNAPL Mobilization, Environmental Science & Technology, 41(23), 8135-8141.