About me

Hello! My name is Yaowei Li (李垚纬). I am a fifth-year Ph.D. student in Environmental Science & Engineering at Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. I am advised by Prof. Frank Keutsch. I am also working closely with my committee members: Prof. Jesse Kroll, Prof. Steve Wofsy and Prof. Scot Martin.

My current research interest is in chemistry-climate interactions focusing on climate and chemical impacts of aerosols in the stratosphere and upper troposphere. I am approaching this question using field and laboratory studies, with the aid of radiative transfer model and box model. I am the Co-PI for DPOPS (optical particle spectrometer) instrument onboard ER-2 aircraft in NASA DCOTSS mission and mini-MOUDI (particle collecting system) instrument onboard WB-57 aircraft in NOAA SABRE mission. In the lab, I have been working on: (1) instrumentation for high-altitude aircraft campaigns, (2) optical property measurements of organic aerosols using ellipsometry and FTIR techniques, (3) dynamics of organic gas-particle partitioning at low temperatures using flow tube and mass spectrometers.

Prior to Harvard, I received a B.S. in Environmental Sciences and a B.A. in Economics from Peking University (Beijing, China) in 2018. My undergraduate research was advised by Prof. Qi Chen focusing on: (1) chemical characterization of PM1 and PM2.5 in Beijing using aerosol mass spectrometers, (2) development and application of drone-based VOCs sampling system.

I am a fan of hiking, volleyball, skiing, and badminton. Cat dad of a British Shorthair (Luna).