Dr. Mi Li is an Assistant Professor in Biorefinery and Biopolymer Chemistry at the Center of Renewable Carbon, Department of Forestry, Wildlife, and Fisheries, University of Tennessee Knoxville. Dr. Li earned his doctorate in Wood Science from Auburn University in 2014, and his B.S. and M.S. in Chemical Engineering of Forestry Bioproducts and Biomaterials from Northeast Forestry University in China. After graduation with his PhD, Dr. Li joined the US DOE-funded BioEnergy Science Center at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and The University of Tennessee Knoxville as a post-doctoral research fellow. He primarily worked on lignocellulose (cellulose, hemicellulose, and lignin) recalcitrance and fractionation, chemistry, and characterization for the production of bioenergy, biofuels, and bioproducts. Dr. Li has contributed to about 60 peer reviewed journal publications. He is the recipient of Distinguished Achievement Award 2017 at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and his research has been highlighted at the US DOE Office of Sciences webpage. He is currently interested in novel lignocellulose fractionation, synthesis of bio-derived plastics, and 3D printing of bio-derived smart materials for green chemistry, a clean environment, and circular carbon.
University of Tennessee