Rock and Mineral Physics Lab
University of Minnesota
Dept. of Earth Sciences

Yang Will Li

Graduate student

Rock & Mineral Physics Lab
Department of Geology & Geophysics
310 Pillsbury Drive SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Email: lixx0839 at


   * Ph.D student, Geophysics, University of Minnesota (Advisor: David Kohlstedt)

   * B.S. degree, Geophysics, Peking University, Beijing, China (Advisor: Yonghong Zhao)

   * B.S. degree, Applied Mathematics, Peking University, Beijing, China

Research Interests

    * Water diffusivity in mineral rocks and its influence on rock’s physical and chemical properties

    * Water cycle in deep earth and its impact on the formation of different layers

    * Microstructure and FTIR techniques

Publications, Theses, and Presentations

1. Y. Li, “Effects of water content on the weakening mechanisms of earth material in mantle”, poster at EURISPET- European Intensive Seminars of Petrology, 2010, Zurich, Switzerland.

2. Y. Zhao, X. Li, Y. Li, M. Zimmerman, D. Kohlstedt, “Experimental study of high temperature and high-pressure rheology of fayalite.” ACTA PETROLOGICA SINICA, 2007,China.

3. Y. Zhao, C. Qi, Y. Li, M. Zimmerman, D. Kohlstedt, “High strain torsion experiment on olivine aggregates.” ACTA PETROLOGICA SINICA, 2007,China.