Mi Li

Post-doctoral Research Associate

Dr. Mi Li earned his doctorate in Wood Sciences from Auburn University in 2014 and his B.S. and M.S. in Chemical Engineering (biomaterials science and engineering) from Northeast Forestry University in China in 2004 and 2009, respectively. After graduation with his PhD, Dr. Li joined in the Biosciences Division at Oak Ridge National Laboratory as a post-doctoral research associate. He is currently and primarily working on lignocellulose (cellulose, hemicellulose, and lignin) chemistry and characterization for BioEnergy Science Center (BESC) projects funded by U.S. DOE. His research interests are lignocelulose fractionation, chemical modification of biopolymers, and bioproducts/biomaterials development.


Post-Doc Research Distinguished Achievment Award, ORNL, 2017
Research highlighted by the Office of Science, U.S. DOE, 2017
Outstanding International Graduate Student Awards, Auburn University, 2014
Merriweather and Drummond awards, Forestry School, Auburn University, 2014
Research featured in the cover page of Auburn University Graduate School Magazine, 2014
Outstanding Three Minutes Thesis Presentation, Graduate School, Auburn University, 2013
Distinguished Paper Award, China Forestry Youth Academic Conference, 2008
Outstanding Undergraduate Award (state-level), Northeast Forestry University, China, 2004