Zhi Li is currently a postdoctoral scholar in the Energy Geoscience Division at LBNL. His research focuses on simulating multiphase flow and transport in fractured porous media, which involves developing geometric and numerical representations of fractures as well as coupling geomechanical responses. The research outcome will be used to understand the role of fractures during and after production of oil, gas and hydrates, providing practical tools to predict the fate of fracturing fluids and estimate the impact of hydraulic fracturing to the environment.
Prior to joining the LBNL, Zhi Li was a graduate research assistant in the Center for Water and the Environment at the University of Texas at Austin, where he developed an upscaled hydrodynamic model that simulates effects of subgrid-scale topographic features on coarse mesh. The model is used to predict flow field and salinity transport in shallow coastal marshes along the Texas coast with high fidelity and low computational cost