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About Jiaqi (Jacky) Li

A research scientist at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. 

A climate/material scientist with multidisciplinary background in geochemistry, electrochemistry, & biochemistry and extensive experience of advanced synchrotron multiscale material characterization and life cycle assessment for the sustainable design of resilient infrastructure materials in adaption to climate change. He earned his Ph.D. and M.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley. He received his B.E. from Beijing University of Technology. He was a postdoc at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, then the Ernest O. Lawrence Fellow at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.


He expanded his research interests from civil infrastructure materials to the strategies of mitigation and adaptation of climate change (e.g., sustainable & resilient infrastructure for natural/built environment, carbon capture, utilization & storage, renewable energy, waste upcycling, energy-relevant critical resources recovery, industry decarbonization, and engineered biomaterials).


Update on 08/01/2023


2015 to 2019

2014 to 2015

Ph.D. ​in Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of California, Berkeley

M.S.  ​in Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of California, Berkeley

2010 to 2014

B.E. in Civil Engineering, Beijing University of Technology 



Ernest O. Lawrence Fellowship, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (accepted)


Atkinson Postdoctoral Fellowship, Cornell University (turned down)


Roy Carlson, Milos Polivka, & Arthur Ross Fellowship, UC Berkeley

Funding(PI credit)

2023, multimillion$ nondisclosed

2023, $1.9M

2023, $2M

2023, $500k

2021, $1.2M

2021, $161k

Bio-vascularization self-healing sustainable resilient concrete, 54 months, DARPA, lead PI (1 of 3)

Center for Coupled Chemo-Mechanics of Cementitious Composites for EGS, 48 Months, DOE, Deputy Director

Converting CO2 and Alkaline Solid Wastes into Carbon-Negative Supplementary Cementitious Materials for Co-decarbonization of Multiple Sectors, DOE, co-PI credit

Validation and Best Practices for CO2 Removal and Sequestration in Cement and Concrete, DOE, 36-month, co-PI credit plus $2,020,000 cost share

Direct air carbon capture and carbon-negative cement production, 36 months, LDRD, sole PI  

Hydrogen and cement decarbonization with carbon sequestration, 12 months, Carbon Hub, co-PI  

Research Experience 

2020 to 2021

Postdoctoral Scholar, ​Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

2019 to 2021

Postdoctoral Scholar, ​University of California, Berkeley


Visiting Student, Princeton University


Visiting Student, ETH Zürich

2015 to 2019

Graduate Research Assistant, University of California, Berkeley

Professional Services

55+ Journals, 450+ Times

PNAS, One Earth, Nano Letters, Cement and Concrete Research,  Colloid and Interface Science, Cement and Concrete Composites, ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering, etc.

Outstanding Reviewer of Materialia (Elsevier)
Outstanding Reviewer of Construction and Building Materials (Elsevier)



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