This is the research website of Zhi Li, a postdoctoral scholar working at the Energy Geoscience Division of Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. The research topics of Dr. Li include multiphase flow in porous media, environmental fluid mechanics, and numerical modeling. Specifically, he uses numerical models to simulate transport of oil, gas and hydrates in underground reservoirs, with a focus on capturing transport phenomenon in the fractures. Such models can be used to predict potential oil/gas production and its impact to the environment.
Prior to joining the Berkeley Lab, Dr. Li was a PhD student in the University of Texas at Austin, where he developed a high-performance subgrid hydrodynamic model that enabled fast simulation of surface flow and salinity transport in shallow estuaries and river deltas without losing contributions from small-scale topographic features.