• Li, F., D. Deng, L. Zeng, S. Abrams, and M. Li* (2021). "Sequential anaerobic and aerobic bioaugmentation of the commingled groundwater contamination of trichloroethylene and 1,4-dioxane." Science of the Total Environment (DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2021.145118)

  • Pham, D., L. Clark, and M. Li* (2021). "Microplastics as hubs enriching antibiotic-resistant and pathogenic bacteria in municipal activated sludge." Journal of Hazardous Materials Letters (DOI: 10.1016/j.hazl.2021.100014)


  • Deng, D., D. Pham, F. Li, and M. Li* (2020). "Discovery of an inducible toluene monooxygenase that co-oxidizes 1,4-dioxane and 1,1-dichloroethylene in propanotrophic Azoarcus sp. DD4." Applied and Environmental Microbiology 86 (17), 1–14. (DOI: 10.1128/AEM.01163-20)           

  • Fu, S., X. Zhao, Z. Zhou, M. Li, and L. Zhu (2020). “Effective removal of odor substances using intimately coupled photocatalysis and biodegradation system prepared with the silane coupling agent (SCA)-enhanced TiO2 coating method.” Water Research (DOI: 10.1016/j.watres.2020.116569)


  • Li, F., D. Deng, and M. Li* (2019). "Distinct catalytic behaviors between two 1,4-dioxane degrading monooxygenases: kinetics, inhibition, and substrate range." Environmental Science and Technology 54 (3), 1898-1908. (DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.9b05671)

  • Deng, D., F. Li, L. Ye, and M. Li* (2019). "Complete genome sequence of Azoarcus sp. DD4, a gram-negative propanotroph that degrades 1,4-dioxane and 1,1-dichloroethylene." Microbiology Resource Announcements 8 (33), 1–2. (DOI: 10.1128/MRA.00775-19)

  • Sarkar, B., Z. Siddiqui, … , D. Deng, … , M. Li, …, and V. Kumar (2019). "Membrane-disrupting nanofibrous peptide hydrogels." ACS Biomaterials Science & Engineering 5 (9), 4657-4670. (DOI: 10.1021/acsbiomaterials.9b00967
  • Wu, L., D. Ning, … , Global Water Microbiome Consortium, … , and J. Zhou. (2019). Global diversity and biogeography of bacterial communities in wastewater treatment plants. Nature Microbiology 4(7), 1183-1195. (DOI:10.1038/s41564-019-0426-5)


  • Deng, D., F. Li, C. Wu, and M. Li* (2018). "Synchronic biotransformation of 1,4-dioxane and 1,1-dichloroethylene by a gram-negative propanotroph Azoarcus sp. DD4." Environmental Science and Technology Letters 5 (8), 526–532. (DOI: 10.1021/acs.estlett.8b00312)

  • Zhang, S., S. Courtois, S. Gitungo, R. F. Raczko, J. E. Dyksene, M. Li*, and L. Axe (2018). “Microbial community analysis in biologically active filters exhibiting efficient removal of emerging water contaminants and impact of operational conditions.” Science of the Total Environment 640-641 (2018), 1455–1464. (DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2018.06.027)

  • Li, M.*, Y. Yang, Y. He, J. Mathieu, C. Yu, Q. Li, and P. J. J. Alvarez (2018). "Detection and cell sorting of Pseudonocardia species by fluorescence in situ hybridization and flow cytometry using 16S rRNA-targeted oligonucleotide probes." Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology 102 (7): 3375–3386. (DOI: 10.1007/s00253-018-8801-3)

  • Pruden, A., R. E. Alcalde, ... , M. Li, … (2018). “An environmental science and engineering framework for combating antimicrobial resistance.” Environmental Engineering Science 35 (10), 1005-1011. (DOI: 10.1089/ees.2017.0520)
  • He, Y., J. Mathieu, M. L. B. da Silva, M. Li, and P. J. J. Alvarez (2018). "1,4-Dioxane degrading consortia can be enriched from uncontaminated soils: prevalence of Mycobacterium and soluble di-iron monooxygenase genes." Microbial Biotechnology 11 (1): 189–198. (DOI: 10.1111/1751-7915.12850)
  • Deng, D., F. Li, and M. Li* (2017). "A novel propane monooxygenase initiating degradation of 1,4-dioxane by Mycobacterium dioxanotrophicus PH-06." Environmental Science and Technology Letters 5 (2): 86–91. (DOI: 10.1021/acs.estlett.7b00504) (ACS Editors’ Choice) (Featured Cover)


  • He, Y., K. Wei, K. Si, J. Mathieu, M. Li*, and P. J. J. Alvarez (2017). "Whole genome sequence of 1,4-dioxane degrading bacterium Mycobacterium dioxanotrophicus PH-06." Genome Announcements 5: e00625-17. (DOI: 10.1128/genomeA.00625-17)
  • Liu, N., H. Li, M. Li, L. Ding, C. Weng, and C. Dong (2017). "Oxygen exposure effects on the dechlorinating activities of a trichloroethene-dechlorination microbial consortium." Bioresource Technology 240 (2017): 98-105. (DOI: 10.1016/j.biortech.2017.02.112)
  • Li, M.*, Y. Liu, Y. He, J. Mathieu, J. Hatton, W. DiGuiseppi, and P. J. J. Alvarez (2017). "Hindrance of 1,4-dioxane biodegradation in microcosms biostimulated with inducing or non-inducing auxiliary substrates." Water Research 112 (2017): 217–225. (DOI: 10.1016/j.watres.2017.01.047)


  • Yu, P., J. Mathieu, M. Li, Z. Dai, and P. J. J. Alvarez (2016). “Isolation of polyvalent bacteriophages using sequential multiple host approaches.” Applied and Environmental Microbiology 82 (3): 808–815. (DOI: 10.1128/AEM.02382-15)
  • Xu, X., J. Shao, M. Li, K. Gao, J. Jin, L. Zhu (2016). “Reductive transformation of p-chloronitrobenzene in the upflow anaerobic sludge blanket reactor coupled with microbial electrolysis cell: performance and microbial community.” Bioresource Technology 218 (2016): 1037–1045. (DOI: 10.1016/j.biortech.2016.07.037)

2015 and Before

  • Li, M., E. T. Van Orden, D. DeVries, X. Zhong, R. Hinchee, and P. J. J. Alvarez (2015). “Bench-scale biodegradation tests to assess natural attenuation potential of 1,4-dioxane at three California sites.” Biodegradation 26 (1): 39–50. (DOI: 10.1007/s10532-014-9714-1)
  • N. Liu, Y. Shi, M. Li, T. Zhang, and S. Gao (2015). “Simultaneous determination of four trace estrogens in feces, leachate, tap and groundwater using solid–liquid extraction/auto solid‐phase extraction and high‐performance liquid chromatography with fluorescence detection.” Journal of Separation Science 28 (20): 3494-3501. (DOI: 10.1002/jssc.201500443)
  • Zeng, G.,Y. Liu, L. Tang, G. Yang, Y. Pang, Y. Zhang, Y. Zhou, Z. Li, M. Li, M. Lai, Y. He (2015). “Enhancement of Cd (II) adsorption by polyacrylic acid modified magnetic mesoporous carbon.” Chemical Engineering Journal 259 (2015): 153–160. (DOI: 10.1016/j.cej.2014.07.115)
  • Yang, Y., M. Li, C. Michels, H Moreira‐Soares, and P. J. J. Alvarez (2014). "Inhibitory effect of silver nanoparticles on nitrifying bacteria and their activity in activated sludge and consequent shift of their community structure." Environmental Chemistry and Toxicology 33 (10): 2234–2239. (DOI: 10.1002/etc.2678)
  • Li, M., J. Mathieu, Y. Liu, E. T. Van Orden, Y. Yang, S. Fiorenza, and P. J. J. Alvarez (2014). "The abundance of tetrahydrofuran/dioxane monooxygenase genes (thmA/dxmA) and 1,4-dioxane degradation activity are significantly correlated at various impacted aquifers." Environmental Science and Technology Letters 1 (1): 122–127. (DOI: 10.1021/ez400176h)

  • Yang, Y., J. Quensen, J. Mathieu, Q. Wang, J. Wang, M. Li, J. M. Tiedje and P. J. J. Alvarez (2014). "Pyrosequencing reveals higher impact of silver nanoparticles than Ag+ on the microbial community structure of activated sludge." Water Research 48 (1): 317–325. (DOI: 10.1016/j.watres.2013.09.046)
  • Li, M., J. Mathieu, Y. Yang, S. Fiorenza, Y. Deng, Z. He, J. Zhou and P. J. J. Alvarez (2013). "Widespread distribution of soluble di-iron monooxygenase (SDIMO) genes in Arctic groundwater impacted by 1,4-dioxane." Environmental Science and Technology 47(17): 9950–9958. (DOI: 10.1021/es402228x)

  • Li, M., P. Conlon, S. Fiorenza, R. J. Vitale and P. J. J. Alvarez (2011). "Rapid analysis of 1,4-dioxane in groundwater by Frozen Micro-Extraction with Gas Chromatography/Mass Spectrometry." Ground Water Monitoring and Remediation 31(4): 70-76. (DOI: 10.1111/j.1745-6592.2011.01350.x)
  • Li, M., S. Fiorenza, J. R. Chatham, S. Mahendra and P. J. J. Alvarez (2010). "1,4-Dioxane biodegradation at low temperatures in Arctic groundwater samples." Water Research 44(9): 2894-2900. (DOI: 10.1016/j.watres.2010.02.007)
  • Zhang, Z., M. Li, W. Chen, S. Zhu, N. Liu and L. Zhu (2010). "Immobilization of lead and cadmium from aqueous solution and contaminated sediment using nano-hydroxyapatite." Environmental Pollution 158(2): 514-519. (DOI: 10.1016/j.envpol.2009.08.024)