Department of Environmental Engineering

LI, Zhenshan

LI, Zhenshan

Department: Environmental Engineering
Research interests: Environmental sciences and ecology
Tel/fax: 86-10-62753962


Ph.D., Cold and Arid Regions Environmental and Engineering Research Institute, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 1997
M.S., Cold and Arid Regions Environmental and Engineering Research Institute, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 1991
B.S., Department of Geographical Science, Inner Mongolia Normal University, 1988


2011–present, Professor, College of Environmental Sciences and Engineering, Peking University
2001–2011, Associate Professor, College of Environmental Sciences and Engineering, Peking University


Environmental system analysis



Aeolian environment and engineering; Solid waste technology and management; Heavy-metal wastewater treatment


1. Shuo Liu, Zhen-shan Li*, Cheng-yun Wang, An-ying Jiao. Enhancing both permeate flux and removal efficiency by Potassium Sodium Tartrate in nanofiltration process for the treatment of cadium and zinc wastewater. Separation and Purification Technology, 2013, 116: 131–136.
2. Jiao An-ying, Zhen-shan Li*, Bao Li-chao. Poly(acrylic acid-co-maleic acid) for the enhanced treatment of Cu (II)-loaded aqueous solution and its reuse by ultrafiltration-electrolytic process. Desalination,2013, 322: 29-36.
3. Qiu Song, Zhen-shan Li*, Xia Mengjing. Ultrasonic as pretreatment for the reduction of excess sludge by Fenton-acclimation treatment. Water Science and Technology, 2013, 67(8): 1701-1707. 
4. Jiao An-ying, Zhen-shan Li*, Wang Lei, Fu Hui-zhen. Optimization for MSW treatment based on energy consumption and contaminant emission. Environmental Science and Pollution Research,2013, 20(9):6232-6242. DOI:10.1007/s11356-013-1647-4.
5. Zhen-shan Li*, Hui-Zhen Fu, Xiao-yan Qu. Estimating municipal solid waste generation by different activities and various resident groups: A case study of Beijing. Science of the Total Environment. 2011, 409: 4406-4414. 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2011.07.018.
6. Lei Yang, Zhen-shan Li*, Hui-zhen Fu. Model of municipal solid waste source separation activity: a case study of Beijing. Journal of the Air & Waste Management Association, 2011 61, 157-163. DOI:10.3155/1047-3289.61.2.157. 
7. Qu XY, Zhen-shan Li* Xie Xin-yuan, Yu-mei Sui, Lei Yang, You Chen. Survey of composition and generation rates of household waste in Beijing. Waste Management, 2009, 29: 2618–2624. doi:10.1016/j.wasman.2009.05.014
8. Zhen-shan Li, Feng, Dajun, Wu Shiliang, A.G.L. Borthwickc, Ni Jinren. Grain size and transport characteristics of non-uniform sand in aeolian saltation. Geomorphology, 2008, 100: 484-493 . (40371011) IF 1.85 doi:10.1016/j.geomorph.2008.01.016.
9. Zhen-shan Li, Zhao Xiaohu, Huang W. A stochastic model for initial movement of sand grains by wind. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, 2008, 33(11): 1796-1803. DOI: 10.1002/esp.1638
10. Zhen-shan Li, Ni J R, Mendoza C. An analytic expression for wind-velocity profiles within the saltation layer. Geomorphology, 2004, 60: 359-369.


1. 2007.4-, Member of the executive commission of the working group for arid regions, International Association of Geomorphologists
2. Member of Chinese Society for Sustainable Development




Reliable and accurate determinations of the quantities and composition of wastes is required for the planning of municipal solid waste (MSW) management systems. A model, based on the interrelationships of expenditure on consumer goods, time distribution, daily activities, residents groups, and waste generation, was developed and employed to estimate MSW generation by different activities and resident groups in Beijing. Source separation is considered an effective means of reducing waste and enhancing recycling. However, no studies have focused on quantification of the mechanism of source separation activity. We conducted to establish a mathematical model of source separation activity (MSSA) that correlates the source separation ratio with the following parameters: separation facilities, awareness, separation transportation, participation atmosphere, environmental profit, sense of honor, and economic profit. Optimization for municipal solid waste treatment based on energy consumption and contaminant emission was conducted firstly.  In landfill sites, a positive linear correlation was observed between the comprehensive energy consumption (CEC) and contaminant removal ratios when emitted pollutants have a certain weight coefficient. An integrated plant was recommended for conducting MSW treatment due to its much lower CEC and ensuring disposal centralization.