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Yan Li

room: B2.007
phone: +49 3641 576134
fax: +49 3641 577863

email: yli(at)
postal address: MPI for Biogeochemistry
Postbox 10 01 64 - 07701 Jena

Academic career

Since 2017
Postdoc at the Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry, Jena.
Project: CRC AquaDiva

2012 – 2016
PhD research at Technical University of Munich and HelmholtzZentrum München.
Title of thesis: "Comprehensive Characterization of Dissolved Organic Matter by Using Chemical Fractionation and High Resolution Organic Structural Spectroscopy".
2009 – 2012
Master in Pharmaceutical engineering at East China University of Science and Technology, Shanghai.

Current Research Interests

In the framework of AquaDiva, I am trying to get insights into the molecular diversity of dissolved organic matter (DOM) and its properties and functions in the critical zone. With the high resolution organic structural spectroscopy (FT-ICR MS, Orbitrap and NMR), we are able to decipher certain DOM compositions; by incorporating with stable and radiocarbon isotopes as well as incorporation with other CRC members, we aim to link to the DOM compositions, properties and functions for the improved perception of DOM's biogeochemical role in the ecosystems.


Yan Li (first author) and other co-authors (2017). How Representative are dissolved organic matter (DOM) extracts? A comprehensive study of sorbent selectivity for DOM isolation. Water Research (116), 316-323.

Yan Li (fourth author) and other co-authors (2017). Fourier transform (FT)-artifacts and power-function resolution filter in Fourier transform mass spectrometry. Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry (31), 1607–1615.

Yan Li (fourth author) and other co-authors (2017). Sulfites and the wine sulfur metabolome. Food Chemistry (237), 106-113.

Yan Li (first author) and other co-authors (2016). Comprehensive structure-selective characterization of dissolved organic matter by reducing molecular complexity and increasing analytical dimensions. Water Research (106), 477-487.

Yan Li (first author) and other co-authors (2016). Proposed guidelines for solid phase extraction of Suwannee River dissolved organic matter. Analytical Chemistry (88), 6680-6688.

Yan Li (first author) and other co-authors (2013). Chemical and toxicological evaluation of an emerging pollutant (enrofloxacin) by catalytic wet air oxidation and ozonation in aqueous solution. Chemosphere (90), 284-291.

Yan Li (first author) and other co-authors (2012). Catalytic wet oxidation of formaldehyde by Cu/TiO2. Technology of Wastewater Treatment (5), 101-104.

Yan Li (third author) and other co-authors (2011). A novel silica based click lysine anion exchanger for ion exchange chromatography. Analyst (136), 5302-5307.

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