Xiaochun Li(Professor)

  • Email:xcli@whrsm.ac.cn
  • Tel:+86-27-87199234
  • Affiliation:Institute of Rock and Soil Mechanics, Chinese Academy of Sciences
  • Address:Xiaohongshan, Wuchang,Wuhan,Hubei 430071,P. R. China
Education 2001: Ph.D. from Ibaraki University, Hitachi, Ibaraki, Japan, D.Eng. In Hydrogeology/Civil Engineering
1990: Master of Science from Institute of Rock and Soil Mechanics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, M. S. in Rock Mechanics
1984: Bachelor degree from Chongqing University, B. Eng. in Mining Engineering

Work Experience 04/2005-present: Institute of Rock and Soil Mechanics, Chinese Academy of Sciences
  Professor, study on reactive transport and geomechanics with respect to CO2 geological storage
04/2001-04/2005: Research Institute of Innovative Technology for the Earth
Chief Researcher, assessment of mechanical stability and storage capacity regarding CO2 geological storage. 
05/1995-04/1998: Geological Survey of Japan, Tsukuba, Ibaraki, Japan
Researcher, research on brittle-ductile transitional behavior and stress-induced change in permeability of sandstones and concretes.
12/1990-02/1993: Institute of Rock and Soil Mechanics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Wuhan, China
Associate Professor, safety assessment of geo-engineering.
08/1984-09/1987: Institute of Rock and Soil Mechanics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Wuhan, China
Research assistant, developing a true triaxial test machine, conducting research on the effect of intermediate principal stress on rock strengths.

Research Interests Prof. Xiaochun Li is interested in conducting researches on reactive transport of CO2 and developing safety assessment, monitoring and geo-mechanical stability analysis technologies regarding CO2 geological storage.
He has started the researches in the field since 2000 at Geological Survey of Japan (GSJ) and then at Institute of Innovative Technology for the Earth (RITE). During these periods, he had estimated the CO2 storage capacities of the aquifers in Japan, and proposed a long-term stability assessment methodology for basins, based on tectonic activities and crust structures, and recommended a few stable basins as storage candidates.

Major Publications 1. An overview on the special issue - The assessment of CO2 utilization technology in China. Journal of CO2 Utilization 11(SI), 2015
2.Economic evaluation on CO2-EOR of onshore oil fields in China. International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control 37, 2015
3. Assessing the applicability of unsaturated effective stress models to tensile fracturing of sandstone in CO2-water two-phase fluids, Greenhouse Gases: Science and Technology,2016
4. An Analytical Model for Assessing Stability of Pre-Existing Faults in Caprock Caused by Fluid Injection and Extraction in a Reservoir. Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering, 2016
5. Budget-type techno-economic model for onshore CO2 pipeline transportation in China. International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control 51. 2016
6. An improved TOUGH2 module for simulating non-isothermal multiphase and multicomponent flow in CO2-H2S-CH4 brine systems with high pressure, temperature and salinity. Computers & Geosciences, 2016
7.Hu, Shaobin; Li, Xiaochun; Bai, Bing,Effects of different fluids on microcrack propagation in sandstone under true triaxial loading conditions.GREENHOUSE GASES-SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY.2018,8(2),2152-3878.
8.Wu Haiqing; Bai Bing; Li Xiaochun.An advanced analytical solution for pressure build-up during CO2 injection into infinite saline aquifers: The role of compressibility,ADVANCES IN WATER RESOURCES.2018,112,95:105.
9.Bai, Bing; Wu, Haiqing; Li, Xiaochun.Investigation on the Relationship between Wellhead Injection Pressure and Injection Rate for Practical Injection Control in CO2 Geological Storage Projects.GEOFLUIDS.2018
10.Hu, Haixiang; Xing, Yanfei; Li, Xiaochun.Molecular modeling on transportation of CO2 in montmorillonite: Diffusion and permeation.APPLIED CLAY SCIENCE.2018,56,20-27.
11.Xiaochun LI.ISRM Suggested Method: Determining Deformation and Failure Characteristics of Rocks Subjected to True Triaxial Compression,ROCK MECHANICS AND ROCK ENGINEERIN,2019,52(6)
12.Xiaochun LI. Cost curve of large-scale deployment of CO2-enhanced water recovery technology in modern coal chemical industries in China.INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF GREENHOUSE GAS CONTROL.2019,81.

Honors and Social Service


Scientific and Technology Progress Award from China Academy of Sciences (1990)

Scientific and Technology Progress Award from Hubei Province, China (1995)

Recognition Award from CSLF 3rd Ministerial Meeting (2009)

Social Service 

Prof. Xiaochun Li is very active in an effort to make CCS into effects. In 2004, he founded CO2 Geological Storage Group at Institute of Rock and Soil Mechanics (IRSM). His group has investigated the locations, annual emissions and of large-scale CO2 point sources of China, estimated the storage capacities of the major oil and gas reservoirs, coal basins and saline aquifers. The results showed the importance of the aquifer storages for the deep CO2 emission reduction of China. The group has finished two CO2/N2-ECBM pilot tests and is conducting CO2 injection test into a shallow aquifer (250m deep). Currently, the group is providing technical support for 100kt/a Shenhua CTL CCS Project, including site selection, core measurements, injection pressure determination, etc.  
Li was the reviewer of “IPCC Carbon Capture and Storage Special Report”, and co-authored several international reports of NRDC, Climate Group, CSLF and PNNL. Li is also the member of CSLF Technical Group, the Steering Committee of China-EU Near-Zero Emission Project (NZEC-2), the Taskforce of China-Australia Geological Storage Project, and the Coordination Committee of CAS-PNNL-NETL IGCC-CCS Joint Project, the Steering Committee of China-US Clean Energy Research Center. He is leading a taskforce for compiling English-Chinese CCS Dictionary and a team for drafting CCS Environmental Impact Assessment Guideline.