Yi originates from Hohhot, Inner Mongolia. He studied at the China Agricultural University in Beijing for 4 years where he obtained his bachelor degree in Applied Chemistry. In 2016, he came to The Netherlands to study Environmental sciences at Wageningen University. Through systematic study with field research and internship experience he developed his personal interests and professional direction.
Yi has a strong knowledge base in physical and biochemical processes for water treatment and reuse, renewable energy applications, and environmental quality and governance.