Wai Li

Wai Li

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  • The University of Western Australia (M017), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


  • The University of Western Australia (M050), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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Wai Li is currently a research fellow (Level B) at the School of Engineering, The University of Western Australia. He holds a Ph.D. degree in oil and gas engineering from The University of Western Australia (2022), a master's degree (by research) in oil-gas well engineering (China University of Petroleum, Beijing, 2013), and two bachelor's degrees (one is in applied chemistry, the other is in petroleum engineering, both from China University of Petroleum, Beijing, 2008). His full-job experiences include working as a petroleum engineer at PetroChina (Daqing Oilfield Company Limited) from 2008 to 2009 and working as a research associate at China University of Petroleum, Beijing, from 2013 to 2017. Besides, he has worked as a technical advisor at Beijing Oilchemleader Science & Technology Development Co., Ltd. since 2009.


Wai's research focuses on drilling/fracking fluids and reservoir engineering. He developed a series of techniques related to biomass-based drilling fluids and investigated the mechanisms of fluid-rock interactions in drilling/fracking engineering. He developed several fully coupled numerical models to comprehensively integrate the multiple physical processes in unconventional gas extraction to achieve accurate and precise evaluations of gas production.


Wai participated in some research projects supported by the Chinese and/or Australian governments and has more than 50 technical papers published. He also holds three Chinese patents (all granted).


Since June 2019, Wai started to be an associate editor of Petroleum Science, an international academic journal (impact factor = 4.757, ranking 3/19 SCI-index journals in petroleum engineering). He served 5 special issues of the following journals as a guest editor: (1) Geofluids; (2) Frontiers in Energy Research; (3) Frontiers in Earth Science; (4) Energies; (5) Energy Geoscience.  He completed over 140 times of peer reviews and handled over 50 manuscripts.


Due to his contribution to scientific research and academic service, Wai has been recognized by several honours, scholarships, and awards conferred by high-prestige departments and organizations including China Association for Science and Technology (CAST), Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), International Society for Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering (ISRM), Australian Department of Education, Skills and Employment, The University of Western Australia, Ministry of Education of China, as well as China University of Petroleum (Beijing).


Wai and his works have been reported by the following media:

(1) "Modified Rectorite Provides Reliable Rheology and Suspendability in Biodiesel-Based Fluids". A full-page report for Wai's work (conference paper: SPE-189310-MS), issued by Journal of Petroleum Technology, the flagship magazine of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), both on the website and in the magazine. Document ID: SPE-1118-0076-JPT. Editor: Adam Wilson, 01 November 2018. https://www.onepetro.org/journal-paper/SPE-1118-0076-JPT

(2) "TWA Energy Influencers 2020". A high recognition for Wai's achievement along with other 14 prominent young professionals, issued by The Way Ahead, a digital magazine of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), 22 April 2020. https://pubs.spe.org/en/twa/twa-article-detail/?art=6938

(3) "UWA Engineering Researcher Recognised by Global Industry Body". A full-page report of Wai's achievement, issued by The University of Western Australia News, 15 May 2020. http://www.news.uwa.edu.au/2020051512087/awards-and-prizes/uwa-engineering-researcher-recognised-global-industry-body

(4) "This ‘Energy Influencer’ is Pioneering More Environmentally Friendly Drilling Practices". A full-page report of Wai's achievement, issued by Create, a digital publication powered by Engineers Australia, 9 June 2020. https://www.createdigital.org.au/energy-influencer-pioneering-more-environmentally-friendly-drilling-practices/#respond

Research expertise keywords

  • Drilling fluids
  • Oilfield chemistry
  • Reservoir engineering
  • Modelling and simulation
  • Petroleum engineering
  • Unconventional gas
  • Colloid and interface science
  • Drilling
  • Nano technology
  • Coalbed methane
  • Shale gas
  • Rock mechanics
  • Geotechnics


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