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Dr Lily Li

Associate Professor, ARC Future Fellow


Dr Li was Vice Chancellor’s Research Fellow - Women in STEM and now ARC Future Fellow (2021-2025) in the Centre of Smart Infrastructure and Digital Construction (CSIDC). Her research specialty is water treatment and composite materials. Her research interests and past industry experience include solid waste treatment, industrial wastewater treatment, membrane filtration technology, water sensitive urban design, stormwater management, biofiltration with antimicrobial composite, and biomaterials and biosensors. Dr Li trained at the National University of Singapore and developed novel and low-cost antifouling membranes for water treatment when she worked as a research fellow at the leading Singapore-based water treatment company Hyflux. At Monash University, she researched nanomaterials in the context of water sensitive design in the quest to develop an innovative and high-performance soil filtration system for stormwater harvesting. Her most recent research was to develop biopolymer based low-cost, high-performance and environmentally friendly grouting materials.

PhD candidate and honours supervision

Higher degrees by research

Accredited to supervise Masters & Doctoral students as Principal Supervisor.


Also published as: Li, Yali; Li, Y. L.; Li, Ya L.; Li, Ya-Li
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Recent research grants awarded

  • 2024: Developing and evaluating marine coating *; Defence Science Technology Group
  • 2022: Bio-inspired coating *; Defence Science Technology Group
  • 2020: Controlled Ca release in biowaste polymer binder for green infrastructure *; ARC Future Fellowships

* Chief Investigator

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