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WA university student wins global recognition

A University of Western Australia engineering student has been globally recognised as one of the top 15 young engineering professionals in the petroleum engineering industry.

Department of chemical engineering PhD student Wai Li was listed as a 2020 Energy Influencer in The Way Ahead published by the Society of Petroleum Engineers.

Li has pioneered work in the area of biomass drilling fluid for the oil and gas industry and has authored more than 20 technical papers.

He holds three Chinese patents, and received several recognitions from the Chinese and Australian governments, and the International Society for Rock Mechanics.

Li posted on his LinkedIn stating he was the only Chinese recipient out of the 15 finalists selected worldwide.

“I feel extremely honoured to receive a special honour: Energy Influencers 2020 issued by the Society of Petroleum Engineers and The Way Ahead. This is my big milestone,” Li said.

The Way Ahead report outlined that Li was recognised as a consultant expert of Oilchemleader (Beijing Oilchemleader Science & Technology Development), contributing research and engineering projects in drilling fluids, waste treatment, cementing, oilfield chemistry, foam flooding, and hydraulic fracturing.

In addition, Li conducted research on “Application of Biodiesel in Drilling Fluids” and published a series of journal and conference papers, which was funded by the the key projects in the National Science & Technology Pillar Program during the twelfth five-year plan period of China.

Li hopes his experience in the field and engineering design will help bridge the gap between petroleum science and engineering practice, and promote more co-operation between China and Australia.

His current research interests also include mass transport and formation damage in unconventional gas reservoirs containing residual work fluids, which Li hopes to develop more low-damage and environmentally friendly work fluids.