Dr. Tinggang Li is a Professor in the Institute of Process Engineering, Chinese Academy of Sciences. He received his Ph.D. degree from Research Center for Eco-Environmental Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2008. He carried out joint Ph.D. study in Nanyang Technological University, Singapore from 2006 to 2008. He joined the Research Center for Eco-Environmental Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences as an assistant professor in 2008. He was a research fellow at the National University of Singapore for nine years from 2010 to 2019 before joining the Institute of Process Engineering, Chinese Academy of Sciences as a Professor in 2019. Dr. Li’s research focuses on environmental biotechnology, discovering novel microorganisms to directly transform and detoxify environmental contaminants, converting sustainable biomass to biofuels and value-added biochemicals, biofilm technology and environmental application of genomics.

Research Areas

Ÿ  Energy, resource and environmental biotransformation

Ÿ  Bioremediation of soil, sediments, and groundwater



Work Experience

Ÿ  Professor, Institute of Process Engineering, Chinese Academy of Sciences (2019-present).

Ÿ  Research fellow, National University of Singapore (2010-2019).

Ÿ  Assistant Professor, Research Center for Eco-Environmental Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences (2008-2010).



 1.  Zhao M., Teng Z, Ma X., Jiang X., Zhang H., Yang Y., Li T. G*. Insight into leaching rare earth from ion-adsorption type rare earth ores with citric acid: Performance, kinetic analysis and differentiation leaching. Journal of Rare Earths, 2024, in press.

 2.  Wang L., Jia B., Teng Z*., Hao Cao H., Miao Y., Guo H., Li T. G.*  Iron-based materials functionalized with carbon and phosphorus recovered from sludge enhanced the formation of stable minerals to passivate lead and chromium in wastewater and soil. Chemosphere 2024, 359: 142340.

 3.  Guo H. Y., Ji M. N., Du T. X., Xu W. C., Liu J. W., Bai R., Teng Z*., Li T. G*. Salt stress altered anaerobic microbial community and carbon metabolism characteristics: The trade-off between methanogenesis and chain elongation. Journal of Environmental Management 2023, 341: 118111.

   4.   Teng Z. D., Zhao X., Yuan J., Li T. G, Li M*. Bioremediation system consisted with Leclercia adecarboxylata and nZVI@Carbon/Phosphate for lead immobilization: The passivation mechanisms of chemical reaction and biological metabolism in soil. Journal of Environmental Management 2023, 340: 117888.

   5.   Liu J*., Zang N., Gao L., Liu X., Tian H., Yue P., Li T. G*. A modified packed anaerobic baffled reactor based on phase separation treating decentralized wastewater: Performance and microbial community. Biochemical Engineering Journal 2022, 183: 108455.

   6.   Shi S., Teng Z., Liu J*., Li T. G*. Conversion of waste cooking oil to rhamnolipid by a newly oleophylic Pseudomonas aeruginosa WO2. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2022, 19: 1700.

   7.   Teng Z. D#., Wang L. Y#., Huang B. Q., Yu Y.; Liu J. W., Li T. G*. Synthesis of green deep eutectic solvents for pretreatment wheat straw: Enhance the solubility of typical lignocellulose. Sustainability 2022, 14: 657.

   8.   Teng Z. D#., Zhao X#., Yuan J., Li M*., Li T. G*. Phosphate functionalized iron based nanomaterials coupled with phosphate solubilizing bacteria as an efficient remediation system to enhance lead passivation in soil. Journal of Hazardous Materials 2021, 419: 126433

   9.   Liu J. W., Zhao M. F., Duan C., Yue P., Li T. G. Removal characteristics of dissolved organic matter and membrane fouling in ultrafiltration and reverse osmosis membrane combined processes treating the secondary effluent of wastewater treatment plant. Water Science and Technology 2021, 83: 689–700.

10.   Zhang C., Li T. G., Su G. D., He J. Enhanced direct fermentation from food waste to butanol and hydrogen by an amylolytic Clostridium. Renewable Energy 2020, 153: 522–529.

11.   Xu W. C., Zhao H., Cao H. B., Zhang Y. X., Sheng Y. X., Li T. G., Zhou S. Y., Li H. B. New insights of enhanced anaerobic degradation of refractory pollutants in coking wastewater: Role of zero-valent iron in metagenomic functions. Bioresource Technology 2020, 300: 122667.

12.   Li T. G*., Liu J. X*. Factors affecting performance and functional stratification of membrane-aerated biofilms with a counter-diffusion configuration. RSC Advances 2019, 9: 29337–29346.

13.   Li T. G., Zhang C., Yang K.-L., He J. Unique genetic cassettes in a Thermoanaerobacterium contribute to simultaneous conversion of cellulose and monosugars into butanol. Science Advances 2018, 4: e1701475.

14.   Zhang C., Li T. G., He J. Characterization and genome analysis of a butanol-isopropanol-producing Clostridium beijerinckii strain BGS1. Biotechnology for Biofuels 2018, 11: 280.

15.   Li T. G., Wu, Y., He J. Heterologous expression, characterization and application of a new beta-xylosidase identified in solventogenic Clostridium sp strain BOH3. Process Biochemistry 2018, 67: 99–104.

16.   Li T. G*., Liu J. X*. Rapid formation of biofilm grown on gas-permeable membrane induced by famine incubation. Biochemical Engineering Journal 2017, 121: 156–162. 

17.   Li T. G., He J. Simultaneous saccharification and fermentation of hemicellulose to butanol by a non-sporulating Clostridium species. Bioresource Technology 2016, 219: 430–438.

18.   Yan Y., Basu A., Li T. G., He J. Direct conversion of xylan to butanol by a wild-type Clostridium species strain G117. Biotechnology and Bioengineering 2016, 113: 1702–1710.

19.   Li T. G#., Yan Y#., He J. Enhanced direct fermentation of cassava to butanol by Clostridium species strain BOH3 in cofactor-mediated medium. Biotechnology for Biofuels 2015, 8: 166.

20.  Li T. G., Yan Y., He J. Reducing cofactors contribute to the increase of butanol production by a wild-type Clostridium sp. strain BOH3. Bioresource Technology 2014, 155: 220–228.

21.   Dong H. Y., Qiang Z. M., Li T. G., Jin H., Chen W. D. Effect of artificial aeration on the performance of vertical-flow constructed wetland treating heavily polluted river water. Journal of Environmental Science 2212, 24: 596–601.

22.   Li M. K., Qiang Z. M., Li T. G., Bolton J. R., Liu C. L. In situ measurement of UV fluence rate distribution by use of a micro fluorescent silica detector. Environmental Science & Technology 2011, 45: 3034–3039.

23.   Li T. G., Bai R. B., Ohandja D. G., Liu J. X. Biodegradation of acetonitrile by adapted biofilm in a membrane-aerated biofilm reactor. Biodegradation 2009, 20: 569–580.

24.   Li T. G., Liu J. X., Bai R. B., Wong F.S. Membrane-aerated biofilm reactor for the treatment of acetonitrile wastewater. Environmental Science & Technology 2008, 42: 2099–2104.

25.   Li T. G., Bai R. B., Liu J. X. Distribution and composition of extracellular polymeric substances in membrane-aerated biofilm. Journal of Biotechnology 2008, 135: 52–57.

26.   Li T. G., Liu J. X., Bai R. B. Membrane aerated biofilm reactors: a brief current review. Recent Patents on Biotechnology 2008, 2: 88–93.

27.   Li T. G., Liu J. X., Bai R. B., Ohandja D. G., Wong F.S. Biodegradation of organonitriles by adapted activated sludge consortium with acetonitrile-degrading microorganisms. Water Research 2007, 41: 3465–3473.

28.   Li T. G., Li X. F., Chen J., Zhang G. P., Wang H. C. Treatment of landfill leachate by electrochemical oxidation and anaerobic process. Water Environment Research 2007, 79: 514–520. 

Research Interests

Ÿ  Energy, resource and environmental direct biotechnology

Ÿ  Direct biotransformation of hazardous pollutants

Ÿ  Bioremediation of soil, sediments, and groundwater

Ÿ  Biomass to bioenergy and value-added biochemicals

Ÿ  Green synthesis of catalytic functional materials



郭慧媛  博士研究生  083002-环境工程  

杜甜笑  硕士研究生  083000-环境科学与工程  

秦满  博士研究生  083002-环境工程