Dr Li is a chemical engineer focused on developing low-cost, lab-on-chip devices that provide affordable, equipment-free and user-friendly diagnostic tools.
Lab-on-Chip, biosensors, nano-droplets, point-of-care diagnostics
Dr Li specialises in point-of-care diagnostics, colloidal and interface science, biosensors, food and drink analysis, environmental monitoring, and advanced cellulose materials.
Innovations in these fields could reduce our dependency on testing in hospitals and central laboratories and drive the development of point-of-care, telemedicine and on-site biochemical sensing products. This has the potential to improve the quality of life and health of people living in less industrialised countries and remote Australia, while benefitting household users.
Dr Li was awarded the 2012 Australian Museum Eureka Prize and the 2012 IChemE Chemical Engineering Innovation Award. She has published extensively in prestigious journals, including the Angewandte Chemie International Edition.
Dr Li earned her PhD from Monash University in 2015, where she worked on developing low-cost paper-based materials for biochemical sensing to use in blood analysis, environmental monitoring, and other point-of-care diagnostics. She joined RMIT in 2016.
Dr Li was awarded a Vice-Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellowship in 2017 and is based in the School of Engineering.