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


  • Coy P. McNew, Negin Kananizadeh, Yusong Li, Eugene J. LeBoeuf (2017). The attachment of colloidal particles to environmentally relevant surfaces and the effect of particle shape. Chemosphere, February 2017.
  • A. Gogoi, G. Chaminda, A. An, D. Snow, Yusong Li, Manish Kumar (2016). Influence of ligands on metal speciation, transport and toxicity in a tropical river during wet (monsoon) period. Chemosphere, 163: 322-333.
  • D. Peev, T. Hofmann, N. Kanaizadeh, S. Wimer, K. Rodenhausen, C. Herzinger, T. Kasputis, E. Pfaunmiller, A. Nguyen, R. Korlacki, A. Pannier, Yusong Li, E. Schubert, D. Hage, M. Schubert (2016). Anisotropic Contrast Optical Microscope. Review of Scientific Instruments, October 2016.
  • S. Akbariyeh, B. M. Patterson, Manish Kumar, Yusong Li (2016). Quantification of vapor intrusion pathways: An integration of modeling and site characterization. Vadose Zone Journal, October 2016.
  • Lee, J.; Bartelt-Hunt, S.; Li, Y.; Gilrein, E. (2016). The influence of ionic strength and organic compounds on nanoparticle TiO2 (n-TiO2) aggregation. Chemosphere, July 2016.
  • Li, Y. and Daher, T. (2016). Integrating Innovative Classroom Activities with Flipped Teaching in a Water Resources Engineering Class. Journal of Professional Issues in Engineering Education and Practice – ASCE, July 2016.
  • Kananizadeh, N.; Rice, C.; Lee, J.; Rodenhausen, K. B.; Sekora, D.; Schubert, M.; Schubert, E.; Bartelt-Hunt, S.; Li, Y. (2016). Combined Quartz Crystal Microbalance with Dissipation (QCM-D) and Generalized Ellipsometry (GE) to Characterize the Deposition of Titanium Dioxide Nanoparticles on Model Rough Surfaces. Journal of Hazardous Materials, 2016 March 19, pii: S0304-3894(16)30270-9. doi: 10.1016/j.jhazmat.2016.03.
  • Zhang, L.; Truex, M. J.; Kananizadeh, N.; Li, Y.; Lea, A. S.; Yan, X. (2015). Journal of Contaminant Hydrology, 175-176:17-25, doi: 10.1016/j.jconhyd.
  • Lee, J.; Bartelt-Hunt, S.; Li, Y. (2015). Effect of 17β-estradiol on Stability and Mobility of TiO2 Rutile Nanoparticles. Science of the Total Environment, 511: 195-202.
  • Kananizadeh, N.; Chokejaroenrat, C.; Li, Y.; Comfort, S. (2015). Modeling improved ISCO treatment of low permeable zones via viscosity modification: Assessment of system variables. Journal of Contaminant Hydrology, 173: 25-37.
  • Son, J.; Vavra, J.; Li, Y.; Seymour, M.; Forbes, V. (2014). Interactions between suspension characteristics and physicochemical properties of silver and copper oxide nanoparticles: a case study for optimizing nanoparticle stock suspensions using a central composite design. Chemosphere, 124:136-142.
  • Bai, C. and Li, Y. (2014). Time series analysis of contaminant transport in the subsurface: application to conservative tracer and engineered nanomaterials. Journal of Contaminant Hydrology, 164: 153-162.
  • 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. (2008). Influence of Electrolyte Species and Concentration on the Aggregation and Transport of Fullerene Nanoparticles in Quartz Sands. 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.