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Yun Li
Research Assistant Professor

Personal Profile

Yun Li. Male. Research Assistant Professor. Master's Supervisor. He serves as a youth council member of the mineral materials division of the Chinese Ceramic Society. His research mainly focuses on mineral surface-interface interactions and gas hydrates. As the first/corresponding author, he has published 10 SCI papers in academic journals such as ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering, Applied Surface Science, Applied Clay Science, and Langmuir, with a total of over 600 citations and an h-index of 14. He has been granted and applied for 5 patents. He has participated in the construction of the material genomics experimental facility in Shenzhen and the construction of the high-pressure neutron diffraction/imaging spectrometer (BL-15) at Chinese Spallation Neutron Source. He is the principal investigator of Shenzhen Science and Technology Program, China Postdoctoral Science Foundation, and Guangdong Basic and Applied Basic Research Foundation.


B.S. 09/2010 – 06/2014, Yan'an University, Major in Petroleum Engineering. 

M.S. 09/2014 – 06/2017, Southwest Petroleum University, Major in Oil and Gas Field Development Engineering.

Ph.D. 09/2017 – 06/2020, Guangzhou Institute of Geochemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Major in Mineralogy, Petrology, Mineral Deposit Geology.

Professional Experiences

Postdoctoral Research Associate, 07/2020-07/2022, SUSTech.

Research Assistant Professor, 08/2022 – current, SUSTech.

Professional Areas

1. Studying the kinetics/thermodynamic properties of gas hydrates using a combination of surface-interface analysis techniques and molecular simulation methods.

2. Application of in-situ visualization experimental techniques (X-ray and neutron) in the field of unconventional oil and gas development, including natural gas hydrates, shale oil and gas, and tight oil and gas.

3. Studying the mineralogical mechanisms of carbon dioxide capture and storage and its applications in oil and natural gas resource development.

Research Projects

China Postdoctoral Science Foundation. (Grant No. 2020M682771).

Guangdong Basic and Applied Basic Research Foundation (Grant Nos. 2020A1515111124 and 2022A1515010093).

Shenzhen Science and Technology Program (Grant No. RCBS20221008093233048).

Representative Publications

Li, Y., Xiao, S., Yuan, B., Wang, P., Zhang, B., Su, Q., Wang, X., Han, S.*, Zhu, J.*, Zhao, Y. Ability of Ionic Liquids to Inhibit the Formation of Methane Hydrate: Insights from Molecular Dynamics Simulations. Gas Science and Engineering, 2023, 110, 204878.

Li, Y., Zhu, J.*, Han, S.*, Zhang, B., Tang, H., Yuan, B., Wang, P., Bao, W., Wang, X., Zhao, Y. Molecular Dynamics Simulations of CH4/CO2 Hydrates Nucleation in Kaolinite Particles. Applied Surface Science, 2023, 607, 154911.

Li, Y., Zhang, B., Song, H., Yuan, B., Wang, P., Han, S.*, Zhu, J.*, Zhao, Y. Effects of the Na+/Ca2+ Ratio and Cation Type in the Montmorillonite Interlayer on the Intercalated Methane Hydrate Formation: Insights from Molecular Dynamics Simulations. ACS Earth and Space Chemistry, 2022, 6(11), 2745-2754.

Li, Y., Chen, M., Tang, H., Han, S.*, Song, H., Wang, P., Zhao, Y.*, Zhu, J.*. Insights into Carbon Dioxide Hydrate Nucleation on the External Basal Surface of Clay Minerals from Molecular Dynamics Simulations. ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering, 2022, 10, 6358-6369.

Li, Y., Han, S.*, Zhang, B., Tang, H., Han, J., Kang, H., Zhao, Y.*, Zhu, J.*. Nucleation and Dissociation of Carbon Dioxide Hydrate in the Inter- and Intra-particle Pores of Dioctahedral Smectite: Mechanistic Insights from Molecular Dynamics Simulations. Applied Clay Science, 2022, 216, 106344.

Li, Y., Chen, M., Song, H., Yuan, P.*, Zhang, B., Liu, D., Zhou, H., Bu, H. Effect of Cations (Na+, K+, and Ca2+) on Methane Hydrate Formation on the External Surface of Montmorillonite: Insights from Molecular Dynamics Simulation. ACS Earth and Space Chemistry, 2020, 4(4), 572-582.

Li, Y., Chen, M., Liu, C., Song, H., Yuan, P.*, Zhang, B., Liu, D., Du, P. Effects of Layer-charge Distribution of 2:1 Clay Minerals on Methane Hydrate Formation: A Molecular Dynamics Simulation Study. Langmuir, 2020, 36: 3323-3335.

Li, Y., Chen, M., Song, H., Yuan, P.*, Liu, D., Zhang, B., Bu, H. Methane Hydrate Formation in the Stacking of Kaolinite Particles with Different Surface Contacts as Nanoreactors: A Molecular Dynamics Simulation Study. Applied Clay Science, 2020, 186:105439.

Representative Patents

Liu, B., Zhu, Y., Zhu, J., Li, Y., Vladimir, B., and Andrey, D., Method for Intermittently Microwave-assisted Extraction of Natural Gas Hydrates. No. ZL202210700877.6.

Zhu, Y., Zhu, J., Li, Y., Liu, B., and Han, S. System for Microwave Decomposition of Natural Gas Hydrates. No. ZL202222184589.8.

Li, Y., Zhu, J., Han, S., Zhao, Y., Wang, P. An Experimental Apparatus. No. ZL202221385418.5.

Zhu, J., Li, Y., Han, S., Wang, P., Zhao, Y. Imaging Apparatus and Imaging Method. No. CN115015216A.

Li, Y., Zhu, J., Han, S., Yuan, B., Chen, L., Wang, P., Wang, X., Su, Q., Zhao, Y. Apparatus and Method for Testing Gas Adsorption Performance in Clay Mineral Systems. No. CN116124671 A.