Li Li, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Li Li


Li Li is an environmental modeler in the inter-discipline of environmental chemistry, industrial ecology, and exposure and health sciences. His research seeks to understand the accumulation, transport, transformation of synthetic chemicals (e.g., flame retardants, plasticizers, pesticides, and surfactants) and materials (e.g., nanomaterials and microplastics) in a nexus comprising the human socioeconomic system, environment and food webs, as well as the resulting adverse environmental and health effects. He strives to establish, foster, maintain and promote a variety of mechanistically sound and computationally effective models, to advance our thinking and understanding of the behavior and processes of synthetic chemicals and materials and meanwhile to inform decision making.

In 2017, Li obtained his Ph.D. degree from Peking University (China), with his doctoral research honored with the "Springer Theses" Outstanding Ph.D. Research Award. He worked as a Mitacs postdoctoral fellow at the University of Toronto Scarborough (Canada) between 2017 and 2019, before joining the University of Nevada, Reno as an assistant professor.


  • Li, L., Hoang, C., Arnot, J.A., Wania, F. Clarifying temporal trend variability in human biomonitoring of polybrominated diphenyl ethers through mechanistic modeling. Environ. Sci. Technol. 2020, 54: 166-175.
  • Li, L. Modeling the Fate of Chemicals in Products. Singapore, Springer, 2020
  • Li, L., Arnot, J.A., Wania, F. How are humans exposed to organic chemicals released to indoor air? Environ. Sci. Technol. 2019, 53: 11276-11284.
  • Li, L., Wania, F., Occurrence of single- and double-peaked emission profiles of synthetic chemicals, Environ. Sci. Technol., 2018, 52: 4684-4693.
  • Li, L., Wania, F., Elucidating the variability in the hexabromocyclododecane diastereomer profile in the global environment, Environ. Sci. Technol., 2018, 52: 10532-10542
  • Li, L., Westgate, J. N., Hughes, L., Zhang, X., Givehchi, B., Toose, L., Armitage, J.M., Wania, F., Egeghy, P., Arnot, J.A., A model for risk-based screening and prioritization of human exposure to chemicals from near-field sources, Environ. Sci. Technol., 2018, 52: 14235-14244
  • Li, L., Arnot, J. A., Wania, F., Revisiting the contributions of far- and near-field routes to aggregate human exposure to polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), Environ. Sci. Technol., 2018, 52, 6974-6984
  • Li, L., Liu, J., Hu, J., Wania, F., Degradation of fluorotelomer-based polymers contributes to the global occurrence of fluorotelomer alcohol and perfluoroalkyl carboxylates: A combined dynamic substance flow and environmental fate modeling analysis, Environ. Sci. Technol., 2017, 51: 4461-4470
  • Li, L., Wania, F., Mechanistic pharmacokinetic modelling of the bioamplification of persistent lipophilic organic pollutants in humans during weight loss, Environ. Sci. Technol., 2017, 51: 5563-5571
  • Li, L., Wania, F., Tracking chemicals in products around the world: introduction of a dynamic substance flow analysis model and application to PCBs, Environ. Int., 2016, 94: 674-686


  • Ph.D., Environmental Sciences, Peking University
  • B.Sc., Environmental Sciences, Nankai University