Dr. Qiyuan Li is a postdoctoral research associate in the UNESCO Centre for Membrane Science and Technology, School of Chemical Engineering, The University of New South Wales (UNSW). He has received a Ph.D. degree from the school of mechanical engineering, UNSW in 2016. Dr. Qiyuan Li’s main research interest is in the development of desalination module/system and solar thermal collector/system. Drawing on the fields of heat and mass transfer and mechanical engineering, he is researching new/novel designs for desalination and solar thermal systems.Before he started his Ph.D. study in Australia, He has worked 6 years as a Research and Development (R&D) engineer in two companies in China. Currently, he is working on a few projects related to seawater desalination and brackish groundwater desalination by using Reverse osmosis (RO) membrane technology and Membrane distillation technologies. He has published 13 journal papers and 6 conference papers in the field of energy (e.g. Applied Energy, Solar Energy), and holds 4 granted patents. When he was a Ph.D. student, he has received ‘Winner of UNSW Student Innovator of the Year 2014’, ‘UNSW Innovation Awards 2014’.