Hui Li, Ph.D.

Hui Li

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Professor of Environmental and Soil Chemistry
Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences



B.S. Environmental Chemistry, Nanjing University, China.
M.S. Environmental Chemistry, Nanjing University, China.
Ph.D. Environmental Soil Chemistry, Purdue University

Dr. Hui Li is a Professor of Environmental Soil Chemistry at Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences, Michigan State University. His research program focuses on analysis, sorption, transformation, bioavailability, and plant uptake of pharmaceuticals and personal care products, per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, and legacy organic contaminants in the environment, understanding of fundamental environmental processes in water and soil at molecular scale, plant uptake of organic contaminants from soil and water, and development of environmental remediation technology and mitigation management strategies. His research program has been funded by EPA, USDA, NIEHS, and NSF. He has published over 170 peer-reviewed articles in major environmental science and engineering, and soil sciences journals. Dr. Li teaches or co-teaches CSS 330 Soil Chemistry, CSS 455 Pollutants in Soil and Water, CSS 865 Environmental Organic Chemistry, and ESP 801 Physical, Chemical and Biological Processes of the Environment. He received Jackson Soil Chemistry and Mineralogy Award from Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) in 2017, and Environmental Quality Research Award from American Society of Agronomy (ASA) in 2023. Dr. Li was elected as a Fellow of SSSA in 2018, and a Fellow of ASA in 2021. He also received the inaugural Research Fellow (Career) Award from College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Michigan State University in 2023.

Research Interests

  • Environmental occurrence and fate of emerging contaminants
  • Interaction of pharmaceuticals/organic contaminants/pesticides with soils and soil components
  • Plant uptake of organic contaminants
  • Environmental remediation technology
  • Soil fertility and nutrient cycling

Courses Taught

  • CSS 330 Soil Chemistry, 2 credits (co-teach with Brian Teppen)
  • CSS 430 Soil Chemistry and Fertility, 3 credits (Spring 2006 only)
  • CSS 455 Pollutants in the Environment, 3 credits (co-teach with Stephen A. Boyd, and James Tiedje).
  • CSS 865 Environmental Fate of Contaminants, 3 credits, (co-teach with Stephen A. Boyd)