Li Yan

Corrosion Research Scientist
Natural Resources Canada

Current research and/or projects


I obtained my doctoral degree in chemistry from University of Western Ontario in 2007 and worked with the Environment and Corrosion team at the NOVA Chemicals Research and Technology Centre as a corrosion scientist with focuses on corrosion issues related to gas/oil pipelines from 2007 to 2013. I joined CMAT in 2013 as a corrosion scientist with a research focus on pipeline integrity.

Research and/or project statements

Oil/gas Pipeline corrosion integrity related areas such as pipeline corrosion, coating, and cathodic protection.

Education and awards


Ph.D in Chemistry, University of Western Ontario, 2007.

M.Eng. (1996) and B.Eng (1994) Electrochemical Engineering, HARBIN Institute of Technology, P.R. China.


Sector Merit Award for Excellence in Science, NRCAN, 2015.

Alberta Ingenuity Funding, Industry r&D Associates, 2007-2009.

International Graduate Student Scholarship (IGSS), 2003-2006.

Key publications

  1. L. Yan, F. King, R. Worthingham, J. Been, “Factors Affecting the Generation of High-pH Environments Required for Stress Corrosion Cracking (SCC),” In Proceedings of the 9th International Pipeline Conference (IPC), Calgary, Alberta, Canada, (2012), Paper no. IPC2012-90515.
  2. L. Yan, R. Worthingham, “Simulation of Long Term Pipe Exposure to Disbondment with an Advanced Permeable Coating Model (PCM3.0),” In Proceedings of the 8th International Pipeline Conference (IPC), Calgary, Alberta, Canada, (2010), Paper no. IPC2010-31451.
  3. L. Yan, R. Worthingham, F. King “An Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy (EIS) Based Above-ground Technique for Determining Coating Condition,” In Proceedings of the NACE Corrosion 2009 Conference, Atlanta, Georgia, USA, (2009).
  4. L. Yan, J.J. Noël, D.W. Shoesmith, “Hydrogen Absorption into Grade-2 Titanium during Crevice Corrosion,” Electrochimica Acta, Volume 56, Issue 4, Pages 1810-1822.
  5. L. Yan, S. Ramamurthy, J.J. Noël, and D.W. Shoesmith, “Hydrogen absorption into alpha titanium in acidic solutions”, Electrochimica Acta, Volume 52, Issue 3, Pages 1169-1181.