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Vice President for Europe

Charlie Chunlin Li, Norway/Sweden

Prof. Charlie Chunlin Li
Department of Geology and Mineral Resources engineering
The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)
Sem Saelands veg 1
7491 Trondheim

Tel: +47 73 59 48 48
Mob: +47 9863 0706

Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Charlie Chunlin Li is a professor in the Department of Geology and Mineral Resources Engineering at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Norway. He is a member of the Norwegian Academy of Technological Sciences (NTVA).

He is an engineering graduate, having received his BEng 1981 and his MEng 1984 in geological engineering from the Central South Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (at present Central South University), China. He received his PhD in rock mechanics in 1993 from the Luleċ University of Technology (LTU), Sweden. He was a research associate and then associate professor (Docent) at LTU until 2000. After that, he worked as a mining engineer in an underground metal mine for 5 years in Sweden. He was appointed as a professor of Rock Mechanics at NTNU in 2004 and has since been in charge of teaching and research programs in rock mechanics for mining and civil engineering in the University. He was part-time Chief Technology Officer for Dynamic Rock Support AS (DRS), a university spin-out company, from 2008 to 2013.

His research interests are in rock support, stability analysis and design of underground excavations, and the mechanical properties of rock and rock masses. He has more than 80 scientific publications to his name. He has paid great attention to the theory and practice of rock support in the last two decades, particularly in high stress rock conditions. After a thorough study of the performance of numerous rockbolts, he established analytical models for individual categories of rockbolts. The rockbolt models have been acknowledged by peers working in the field of rock support and are frequently cited and used by others in their work. With the help of the analytical models, he identified the shortcomings of conventional rockbolts and developed new ideas and technologies for the improvement of underground rock support. He invented an energy-absorbing rockbolt for dynamic rock support in burst-prone rock masses. NTNU established a company in 2008 to industrialize the new technology and Dr. Li was the Chief Technology Officer of the company until 2013 when the technology was successfully transferred to an international rockbolt supplier. Today, the technology is used world-widely in deep mines, for example, in Sweden, Canada, the United States, Chile and South Africa.

In addition to his academic work, he has been also involved in consulting work in underground rock support and design and excavation of tunnels and caverns. Two examples were one underground hydropower cavern that suffered failure of the existing rock support system and another one that met instability issues during excavation.
He was awarded the Internationalisation Scholarship by The Norwegian National Foundation of Business and Industry in 2008, and the Norwegian prize InnovationStart in 2009 for the invented energy-absorbing rockbolt. He was awarded the Northern Lights Award, an innovation prize, by the Raw Material Group (RMG) in 2013 in Sweden.