Qilin Li

Meet Qilin Li. She studied Environmental Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is motivated to find solutions for sustainable water supply and is currently a professor at Rice University.

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  • Earned a Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana‑Champaign
  • Currently, Professor at Rice University and Co-Director of the Nanosystems Engineering Research Center for Nanotechnology-Enabled Water Treatment (NEWT)
  • Serves on several environment science boards and committees, including at the National Science Foundation, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the International Water Association
  • Researches solar energy and nano technology with the aim of developing energy-efficient water filtration, wastewater reuse, and desalination technologies to find a solution for sustainable water supply




University of Illinois at Urbana‑Champaign