Jinghai LI, born in 1956, graduated from the Department of Thermal Engineering of the Harbin Institute of Technology in 1982. He entered a master's degree program at his alma mater in the same year. He obtained his Ph.D. from Institute of Process Engineering (IPE), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) in Beijing in 1987. He conducted his post-doctoral research at the City University of New York and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology. After returning to China in 1990, he served as assistant professor, associate professor, professor, vice director and director of IPE in succession. In February 2004, he was appointed a vice president of CAS. In 2014, he was elected as Vice President of ICSU.
Prof. Li pioneered the study of the Energy-Minimization Multi-Scale (EMMS) model for gas-solid systems. The model has been extended to many different complex systems, and generalized into the EMMS paradigm of computation featuring the structural similarity between problem, modeling, software and hardware, which has been implemented by constructing a supercomputer with capacity of 1 Pflops (the 19th of world Top500, 2010) and has been used widely in chemical and energy industries. He is also engaged research in clean coal technology. Currently, he is devoted to promoting the concept of mesoscience based on the EMMS principle of compromise in competition as an interdisciplinary science.
He is the vice president of Chinese Academy of Sciences, vice chairman of China Association of Science and Technology, the vice president of the Society of Energy Research. He sits on editorial committees or international advisory boards for several international periodicals, such as Powder Technology, Advances in Chemical Engineering, Chemical Engineering Science, Reviews in Chemical Engineering, and Granular Matter. He is editor in chief of Particuology. Li serves on the advisory board of the Chinese National Committee of “Future Earth”. He represents CAS in IAP, IAC and AASA. He participated in the G8+5 Academies President Meetings from 2006 to 2008 and contributed to several joint statements. He is on the study panel of the IAC Report: “Lighting the Way: Towards a Sustainable Energy Future”. While as President of AASA from 2006 to 2010, he organized a study on “Sustainable Asia: Energy, Resources, Environment and Culture”, published by Springer. He co-chaired the UK-China joint report “Future of Energy Storage: Technology and Policy”. He is one of founders of the World Resource Forum, Davos.
He received a variety of prizes and honors, both national and international, including Particle Technology Forum Award from AIChE (2010), Medal Lecture Award from the Academy of Sciences for the Developing World (TWAS) (2012), Hongkong Qiushi Young Scientist Prize (1996), two National Natural Science Awards (1989, 1995) and Young Scientist Prize(1996) in China, a Technology Innovation Prize from CAS (2001). He holds memberships from CAS, TWAS, Swiss Academy of Engineering (SATW), The Royal Academy of Engineering (RAEng), and Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE).