wei Li
Wei Li
Post doctoral Researcher
Education
  • B.Sc.  Environmental Chemistry, Wuhan University, Wuhan, China (July 2003)  
    Thesis: Effect of low-molecular-weight-organic-acids on the release of arsenic from a contaminated soil

  • M.Sc. Environmental Chemistry, Research Center for Eco-Environmental Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China (July 2006)
    Theiss: Adsorption behaviors of Cu and Cd on phosphate modified hematite and goethite

  • Ph.D. Molecular Environmental Geochemistry, Stony Brook University, New York, USA (Oct 2010)              
    Dissertation: Multiple nuclear solid state NMR investigation of phosphate uptake by aluminum (hydr)oxides

Research Interests
  • I have broad research interests in chemical reactions at solid-water interface, with an emphasis on understanding the mechanism of adsorption behavior of environmental concentration chemicals (P, As, Ni, Zn) on soil minerals and the nature of surface reactivity of Fe(Al) hydroxides by spectroscopic techniques (solid state NMR, XAS, FTIR).
       In the past four years at Stony Brook, I have worked on the bonding structure and molecular dynamics of phosphate adsorbed on aluminum hydroxides using mainly novel solid state NMR techniques.  At Delaware, I will focus on another important interfacial phenomenon, surface precipitation. While most prior studies on surface sorption reactions have focused on surface complexation, surface precipitation and co-precipitation as critical mechanisms for heavy metals sequestration remain largely unexplored.  In fact, first row transition metals (Ni, Co, Zn) would react with Al-rich soil minerals and form surface precipitates which have a metal-Al layer double layer structure or the ‘so called’ hydrotalcite-like structure. However, the mechanism of this surface precipitation phenomenon remains still unclear. My research at UD would like to use quick-scanning XAS technique to study the initial reaction kinetics of this surface precipitation process, with the purpose to find out the controlling factors and understand the structural evolution during the metal uptake. This research will improve the current understanding of metal speciation in contaminated soils and the bioavailability of heavy metals.

Published Peer-reviewed Journal Articles
  1. Wei Li*, Xionghan Feng, Yupeng Yan, Donald L. Sparks and Brian L. Phillips, 2013. Solid state NMR spectroscopic study of phosphate sorption mechanisms on aluminum (hydr)oxides.  Environmental Science & Technology 47, 8308-8315.
  2. Xiaoming Wang, Wei Li*, Richard Harington, Fan Liu, John Parise, Xionghan Feng*, Donald L. Sparks, 2013. Effect of ferrihydrite crystallite size on phosphate adsorption reactivity. Environmental Science & Technology, 47, 10322-10311.
  3. Wei Li*, Yujun Wang, Dongmei Zhou, Mengqiang Zhu, Tingting Fan, Brian L. Phillips, Donald L. Sparks, 2013. Inhibition mechanism of Zn adsorption/precipitation on aluminum oxide by glyphosate: A 31P NMR and Zn EXAFS study. Environmental Science & Technology 47, 4211-4219.
  4. Wei Li*, Andro-Marc Pierre-Louis, Kideok D. Kwon, James D. Kubicki, Daniel R. Strongin, and Brian L. Phillips, 2013. Molecular level investigations of phosphate sorption on the corundum (α-Al2O3) surface by 31P solid state NMR, ATR-FTIR and quantum chemical calculations. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 107, 252-266.
  5. Andro-Marc Pierre-Louis*, Douglas B. Hausner, Narayan Bhandari, Wei Li, Jongsik Kim, James D. Kubicki, and Daniel R. Strongin, 2013. Adsorption of carbon dioxide on Al/Fe oxyhydroxide. Journal Colloid Interface Science 400, 1-10.
  6. Xiaoming Wang, Fan Liu, Wenfeng Tan, Wei Li, Xionghan Feng*, Donald L. Sparks. 2013. Characteristics of phosphate sorption-desorption onto ferrihydrite: Comparison with crystalline Fe (hydro)oxides. Soil Science178, 1–11.
  7. Yuqiang Tao*, Wei Li, Bin Xue, Jicheng Zhong, Shuchun Yao, Qinglong Wu, 2013. Different effects of copper (II), cadmium (II) and phosphate on the sorption of phenanthrene on the biomass of cyanobacteria. Journal of Hazardous Material 261, 21-28.
  8. Yupeng Yan, Fei Liu, Wei Li, Fan Liu, Xionghan Feng*, Donald L. Sparks, 2013. Sorption and desorption characteristics of organic phosphates of different structures on aluminum (oxyhydr)oxides. European Journal of Soil Science (In press, DOI: 10.1111/ejss.12119)
  9. Wei Li*, Kenneth J. T. Livi, Wenqian Xu, Matthew G. Siebecker, Yujun Wang, Brian L. Phillips and Donald L. Sparks, 2012. Formation of crystalline Zn-Al LDH precipitates on γ-alumina: The role of mineral dissolution. Environmental Science & Technology 46, 11670-11677.
  10. Wei Li, Wenqian Xu, John B. Parise, and Brian L. Phillips*, 2012. Formation of hydroxylapatite from co-sorption of phosphate and calcium by boehmite. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 85, 289-301.
  11. Wei Li*, Richard Harrington, Yuanzhi Tang, James D. Kubicki, Masoud Aryanpour, Richard J. Reeder, John B. Parise, and Brian L. Phillips, 2011. Differential pair distribution function investigation on structure of arsenate adsorbed on nanocrystalline γ-alumina. Environmental Science & Technology 45, 9687–9692.
  12. Wei Li, Lei Luo, and Shuzhen Zhang*, 2011. Towards a molecular scale understanding of the chemistry of inorganic ions at environmental interfaces: Application of spectroscopic techniques. Progress in Chemistry 23, 2576-2587. (Review article in Chinese)
  13. Jongsik Kim, Wei Li, Yunxu Ben Zhu, Brian L. Phillips, and Clare P. Grey*, 2011. Phosphate adsorption on the iron oxyhydroxides goethite (α-FeOOH), akaganeite (β-FeOOH), and lepidocrocite (γ-FeOOH): a 31P NMR study. Energy & Environmental Science 4, 4298-5035.
  14. Sue-A Kang, Wei Li, Hyo Eun Lee, Brian L. Phillips, and Young J. Lee*. 2011. Phosphate uptake by TiO2: Batch studies and NMR spectroscopic evidence for multisite adsorption. Journal Colloid Interface Science 364, 455-461.
  15. Wei Li, Jian Feng, Kideok Kwon, James D. Kubicki, and Brian L. Phillips*, 2010. Surface speciation of phosphate on boehmite (γ-AlOOH) determined from NMR spectroscopy. Langmuir 26, 4753–4761.
  16. Debasis Banerjee, Sun Jin Kim, Wei Li, Haohan Wu, Jing Li, Lauren A. Borkowski, Brian L Phillips and John B. Parise*, 2010. Synthesis and structural characterization of a 3-D lithium based metal-organic framework showing dynamic structural behavior. Crystal Growth Design 10, 2801–2805
  17. Young J. Lee, Peter W. Stephens, Yuanzhi Tang, Wei Li, Brian L. Phillips, John B. Parise, Richard J. Reeder*, 2009. Arsenate substitution in hydroxylapatite: Structural characterization of the Ca(PxAsO4)3OH solid solution. American Mineralogist 94, 666-675.
  18. Wei Li, Shuzhen Zhang*, and Xiaoquan Shan, 2007. Surface modification of goethite by phosphate for enhancement of Cu and Cd adsorption. Colloids Surfaces A: Physicochem. Eng. Aspects 293, 13-19.
  19. Wei Li, Shuzhen Zhang*, Wei Jiang, and Xiaoquan Shan, 2006. Effect of phosphate on adsorption of Cu and Cd on natural hematite. Chemosphere 63, 1235-1241.
  20. Shuzhen Zhang*, Wei Li, Xiaoquan Shan, Anxiang Lu and Peijiang Zhou, 2005. Effects of low molecular weight organic anions on release of arsenite and arsenate from a contaminated soil. Water Air Soil Pollution 167, 111-119.

Manuscripts Submitted

  1. Wei Li, Sunendra Joisi, Guangjin Hou, Deb Jaisi, Donald L. Sparks, 2013. Characterization of phosphorus speciation of Chesapeake Bay sediments using 31P NMR and P K-edge XANES. Environmental Science & Technology (In review)
  2. Cheng Wang, Wei Li, Wenjing Shao, Yang Chen, Wenqing Li, Zhongfang Yang, Junfeng Ji, Donald Sparks, 2013. An invisible soil acidification: Loss of soil carbonate in China's Yangtze River delta area and its impact on metal bioavailability. Proceedings of the  National Academy of Sciences (In review)
  3. Matthew Siebecker, Wei Li, Khalid Syed, and Donald L. Sparks, 2014. Real-time sorption and precipitation of nickel on clay minerals: An in situ Quick-EXAFS investigation. (Submitted to Proceedings of the  National Academy of Sciences)
  4. Yupeng Yan, Wei Li, Jun Yang, Anmin Zheng, Fan Liu, Xionghan Feng, Donald L. Sparks, 2014. Sorption mechanism of myo-inositol hexakisphosphate on amorphous aluminum hydroxide: Spectroscopic evidence of surface precipitates.  Environmental Science & Technology (In review)

Peer-reviewed Conference Abstracts

  1. Autumn N. Starcher, Wei Li, and Donald L. Sparks 2014. Spectroscopic Evidence of Mixed Divalent Metal Layered Double Hydroxide Phase Formation from the Co­sorption of Fe(II) and Zn with Al­bearing Mineral Substrates. 247th American Chemical Society National Meeting & Exposition, Dallas, Texas.
  2. Autumn N. Starcher, Wei Li, and Donald L. Sparks. 2014. Green Rust Formation from Fe(II) Sorption to Al-bearing Phyllosilicates with Structural Fe Impurities. 247th American Chemical Society National Meeting & Exposition, Dallas, Texas,
  3. Xionghan Feng, Hao Zhao, Fan Liu, Wenfeng Tan, Guohong Qiu, Hui Yin, Wei Li, Mike Zhu, and Donald L. Sparks. 2014. Transformation of hexagonal birnessite into triclinicbinessite by aqueous Mn(II) and the formation of todorokite. 247th American Chemical Society National Meeting & Exposition, Dallas, Texas.
  4. Wei Li, Matthew Siebecker, Khalid Syed, and Donald L. Sparks, 2013. Kinetics of Ni-Al layer double hydroxide precipitate formation on aluminum oxide: A time-resolved XRD and quick-Scanning EXAFS Study. Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) International Annual Meeting, Tampa, FL.
  5. Wei Li, Sunendra R. Joisi, Guangjin Hou, Donald L. Sparks, and Deb P. Jaisi, 2013. Phosphorus speciation in Chesapeake Bay sediments. Delaware EPSCoR Annual Meeting, Newark, DE.
  6. Wei Li, Xionghan Feng, Paul Northrup, James D. Kubicki, and Donald L. Sparks, 2013. Surface complexation of glyphosate on boehmite surface using 31P NMR and EXAFS. 245th American Chemical Society National Meeting & Exposition, New Orleans, LA.
  7. Matthew Siebecker, Wei Li, Khalid Syed, and Donald L. Sparks, 2013. Real-time sorption and precipitation of nickel on clay minerals: An in situ Quick-EXAFS investigation. 245th American Chemical Society National Meeting & Exposition, New Orleans, LA.
  8. Xionghan Feng, Wei Li, Mengqiang Zhu, Paul Northrup, and Donald L. Sparks, 2013. Sorption mechanism of myoinositol hexaphosphate on boehmite: A 31P NMR and P EXAFS study. 245th American Chemical Society National Meeting & Exposition, New Orleans, LA.
  9. Wei Li and Yujun Wang, and Donald L. Sparks, 2012. Effect of glyphosate on Zn adsorption/precipitation on aluminum oxide: A molecular scale study using Zn EXAFS, 31P NMR and FTIR. Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) International Annual Meeting, Cincinnati, OH.
  10. Yujun Wang, Wei Li, Ruijuan Sun, Dongmei Zhou, and Donald L. Sparks, 2012. Mechanisms of the combined pollution of Zn and glyphosate in soils. 12th Annual Meeting of Soil Society of China, Chengdu, China.
  11. Andro-Marc Pierre-Louis, Douglas B. Hausner, Narayan Bhandari, Wei Li, Richard Harington, Jongsik Kim, Brian L. Phillips, Clare P Grey, James D. Kubicki, and Daniel R. Strongin, 2012. Adsorption of carbon dioxide on aluminum-doped ferrihydrite. 244th American Chemical Society National Meeting & Exposition, Philadelphia, PA.
  12. Wei Li and Donald L. Sparks, 2011. An investigation of the formation mechanism of Zn-Al layered double hydroxide on aluminum oxides. Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) International Annual Meeting, San Antonio, TX.
  13. Matthew Siebecker, Wei Li, and Donald L. Sparks, 2011. An in situ real-time quick X-ray absorption spectroscopic (Q-XAS) investigation of Ni precipitation on Al-rich soil minerals. Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) International Annual Meeting, San Antonio, TX.
  14. Wei Li, Yujun Wang, and Donald L. Sparks, 2011. Zn precipitation on nano-crystalline aluminum oxide. Delaware EPSCoR Annual Meeting, Dover, DE.
  15. Wei Li, Richard Harrington, Yuanzhi Tang, and Brian L. Phillips. 2010 Structures of arsenic adsorbed on nano-crystaline aluminum oxide as studied by extended X-ray absorption spectroscopy (EXAFS) and differential Pair Distribution Function investigation (d-PDF). The 6th International Conference on Interfaces Against Pollution (IAP2010), Beijing, China.
  16. Wei Li, Wenqian Xu, and Brian L. Phillips, 2010. Spectroscopic studies of the effect of calcium on phosphate uptake by boehmite. 239th American Chemical Society National Meeting & Exposition, San Francisco, CA.
  17. Sue-A Kang, Wei Li, Hyo Eun Lee, Brian L. Phillips, and Young J. Lee. 2010. Phosphate sorption on TiO2. The 20th V.M. Goldschmidt Conference of Geochemistry, Knoxville, TN.
  18. Wei Li, Yuanzhi Tang, Richard J. Reeder, and Brian L. Phillips, 2009. X-ray absorption spectroscopic and nuclear magnetic resonance studies of phosphate and arsenate sorption on γ-Al2O3 surface. International Conference on the Environmental Implications and Applications of Nanotechnology, Amherst,  MA.
  19. Wei Li, Jian Feng, and Brian L. Phillips, 2008. Using a double resonance NMR technique to study phosphate adsorption on boehmite (γ-AlOOH). 235th American Chemical Society National Meeting & Exposition, New Orleans, LA.
  20. Shuzhen Zhang, Wei Li, and Xiaoquan Shan, 2003. Arsenic solubility in a contaminated soil as affected by low-molecular-weight-organic-acids. Society of Environmental Toxicology & Analytical Chemistry (SETAC) North America 24th annual meeting. Austin, TX.
  21. Shuzhen Zhang, Wei Li, and Xiaoquan Shan, 2003, Arsenic solubility and speciation in a contaminated soil as affected by low molecular weight organic acids. 8th Chinese Chemical Society Annual Meeting in Analytical Chemistry, Guilin, China.
  22. Hong Shen, Wei Li, Jun Lin, and Peijiang Zhou, 2002. Kinetics studies on the effects of organophorus pesticides on the growth of Microcytis and their uptake on phosphorus speciation, Proceedings of the 8th Mainland-Taiwan Environmental Protection Conference, Xinzu, Taiwan.
  23. Xue Zhou, Yujuan Gao, Wei Li, Shiyang Shao, Qi Qi, Hong Shen, and Peijiang Zhou, 2002. Studies on the toxic effect of methyl-benzedrine on the growth of Microcytis. Proceedings of the 8th Mainland-Taiwan Environmental Protection Conference, Xinzu, Taiwan.

Invited Presentations

Huazhong Agricultural University, Wuhan, China, 2013
Application of XAFS in environmental soil science

Nanjing University, Nanjing, China, 2013
Application of NMR and XAFS in environmental science

Nanjing University, Nanjing, China, 2012
Environmental molecular science at mineral/water interfaces

Nanjing Institute of Soil Science, Nanjing, China, 2012
Molecular scale process of soil P chemistry

University of Delaware, Newark, DE, USA , 2010
Determining the structure of anions adsorbed on Al (hydr)oxides by spectroscopic methods

Huazhong Agricultural University, Wuhan, China, 2010
Surface complexation of phosphate on boehmite (γ-AlOOH) as studied by novel solid state NMR

Peking University, Beijing, China, 2010
Determining the short-range-order (SRO) structures in minerals by solid state NMR and pair distribution function (PDF) analysis of total X-ray scattering

Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China, 2008
Basics of solid state NMR technique and its application in environmental science

Honors And Awards

Yonglin Liu Award, Chinese Academy of Science,  2006

Research Excellence Scholarship, RCEES, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 2006         

Renmin Scholarship, Wuhan University, 2002         

Renmin Scholarship, Wuhan University , 2001      

 

Contact Information:

Plant and Soil Sciences
University of Delaware
221 Academy St. Rm 476
Newark, DE 19711
e-mail: weili@udel.edu