Linda Zou

Linda Zou Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering

Professor – Chemical and Environmental Engineering
Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering
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Bio

Dr. Linda Zou received her PhD in Applied Chemistry from Monash University, Australia, in 1998, and also has MEng and BEng degrees in Chemical and Environment Engineering.  She joined Masdar Institute, now part of the Khalifa University of Science and Technology, as a full professor in October 2014. Her research interests include the application of nanotechnology and membrane science to the development of low energy and high efficiency novel desalination and water purification solutions.

Dr. Zou’s research outcomes have been published in more than 100 journal articles and conference presentations, which are frequently cited (h-index 37, citation 5000+, Google Scholar 2017). She is the chief investigator of many frontier research projects sponsored by the Australian Research Council and the Center of Excellence in Desalination Australia.

At Masdar Institute, Dr. Zou leads a ground-breaking research project using nanotechnology to develop cloud seeding materials, which was awarded by the inaugural UAE Research Program on Rain Enhancement Science for 2016-2018. She is also the recipient of the UK-Gulf Institutional Links 2016 grants awarded by British Council for 2017-2019. Additionally, she is currently working on two desalination membrane projects funded by Abu Dhabi Education Council, and a collaborative program with the University of Manchester. She is also involved in the Masdar Renewable Energy Desalination Program, and leads a novel desalination research project on capacitive deionization in partnership with Veolia Dr. Zou is a research-focused faculty member, provides graduate level teaching and advises several PhD and Master’s students at Masdar Institute.

Dr. Zou is leading the following research topics, which are available for MSc and PhD students starting from 2017:

  • Nanostructured cloud seeding materials for efficient rain formation
  • Nanomaterials based electrode materials in capacitive deionization application
  • Graphene assisted salt selective desalination membranes
  • Nanomaterials and ion exchange membranes for water desalination
  • Forward osmosis membrane process and fouling
  • Water reuse and recycle for agriculture by using membrane technologies
  • Membrane process (non-biological) to treat oil and gas produced water for recycling and reuse
  • Desalinating Brine Utilization

Projects

Research Interests

  • Novel cloud seeding materials
  • Capacitive deionization
  • Forward osmosis process
  • Graphene-assisted membranes
  • Fouling resistant membrane surface

Publications

Peer reviewed journal articles
2017/2016

  • Q. Wang, C. Aubry, Y. Chen, H. Song, and L. Zou, Insights on Tuning the Nanostructure of rGO Laminate Membranes for Low Pressure Osmosis Process” ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces, 2017, 9 (27), pp 22509–22517.
  • Y. Chun, S. Kim, G. J. Millar, D. Mulcahy, I. S. Kim, L. Zou, Forward osmosis as a pre-treatment for treating coal seam gas associated water: Flux and fouling behaviors. Desalination, 503(2017), pages 144-152.
  • Y. Chun, S. Kim, G. J. Millar, D. Mulcahy, I. S. Kim, L. Zou, Corrigendum to: “Fouling characteristics and their implications on cleaning of a FO-RO pilot process for treating brackish surface water” [Desalination, 394(2016)], Desalination, 402(2017) pages 185-187.
  • Y. Chun, D. Mulcahy, L. Zou, I. S Kim, P. Le-Clech, Influence of hydrophobic and electrostatic membrane surface properties on biofouling in a submerged membrane bioreactor under different filtration modes. Desalination and Water Treatment 57 (2016), 26641-26647
  • Z. Zhang, L. Zou, C. Aubry, M. Jouiad, Z. Hao. Chemically crosslinked rGO laminate film as an ion selective barrier of composite membrane. Journal of Membrane Science, 515 (2016), Pages 204–211
  • H. M. Hegab, A. ElMekawy, T. G. Barclaye, A. Michelmore, L. Zou, C. P. Saint, M. Ginic-Markovic, Effective in-situ chemical surface modification of forward osmosis membranes with polydopamine-induced graphene oxide for biofouling mitigation. Desalination 385 (2016) 126–137.
  • H. M. Hegab, A. ElMekawy, L. Zou, D. Mulcahy, Christopher P. Saint a, Milena Ginic-Markovic. The controversial antibacterial activity of graphene-based materials, Carbon 105 (2016) page 362-376


2015

  • Y. Zhang, L. Zou, Y.Wimalasiri, J. Lee and Y. Chun, Reduced graphene oxide/polyaniline conductive anion exchange membranes in capacitive deionisation process. Electrochimica Acta, 182(2015), 383-390.
  • F. Zaviska, Y. Chun, M. Heran, L. Zou “Using FO as pre-treatment of RO for high scaling potential brackish water: energy and performance optimization”. Journal of Membrane Science. 492(2015)430-438.
  • H. M. Hegab, L. Zou, “Graphene Oxide-assisted Membranes: Fabrication and Potential Applications in Desalination and Water Purification” Journal of Membrane Science. 484 (2015), 95–106.
  • H. M. Hegab, Y. Wimalasiri, M. Ginic-Markovic, Linda Zou, “Improving the Fouling Resistance of Brackish Water Membranes via Surface Modification with Graphene Oxide Functionalized Chitosan” Desalination, 365 (2015), pages 99-107. (W)
  • Y. Zhang, L. Zou, B. P. Ladewig, D. Mulcahy “Synthesis and characterization of superhydrophilic conductive heterogeneous PANI/PVDF anion-exchange membranes” Desalination, 362 (2015), Pages 59-67.
  • Y. Wimalasiri, M. Mossad, L. Zou “Thermodynamics and kinetics of adsorption of ammonium ions by graphene laminate electrodes in capacitive deionization”, Desalination, 357 (2015), Pages 178–188.
  • Y. Chun, F. Zaviska, E. Cornelissen, L. Zou “A case study of fouling development and flux reversibility of treating actual lake water by forward osmosis process” , Desalination, 357(2015), Pages 55–64.
  • H. M. Hegab, A. E. Mekawy, T. G. Barclay, A. Michelmore, L. Zou, C. P. Saint, M. Ginic-Markovic “Fine-tuning the surface of forward osmosis membranes via grafting graphene oxide: performance patterns and biofouling propensity”. ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces 7(32) (2015), 18004-18016.

2014

  • F. Zaviska and L. Zou "Using modelling approach to validate a bench scale forward osmosis pre-treatment process for desalination", Desalination, 350 (2014), pp. 1-13.
  • Y. Wimalasiri, R. Fan, G. Zhao and L. Zou "Assembly of Ni-Al layered double hydroxide and graphene electrodes for supercapacitors" Electrochimica Acta 134 (2014) pp. 127-135
  • C. Yan, Y. Wimalasiri, R. Short, C. Gibson, L. Zou "Graphene/polyaniline nanocomposite as electrode material for membrane capacitive deionization", Desalination, 344C (2014), pp. 274-279
  • J. Yang, L. Zou "Graphene films of controllable thickness as binder-free electrodes for high performance supercapacitors" Electrochimica Acta. 134(2014) pp.791-799.
  • S. Azari, L. Zou, E. Cornelissen "Assessing the effect of surface modification of polyamide RO membrane by L-DOPA on the short range physiochemical interactions with biopolymer fouling on the membrane". Colloids and Surfaces B: Biointerfaces. 120 (2014) pp. 222-228.
  • A. Nguyen, L. Zou, C. Priest "Evaluating the antifouling effects of silver nanoparticles regenerated by TiO2 on forward osmosis membrane". Journal of Membrane Science. Vol 454 (2014) pp. 264-271.
  • C. Yan, L. Zou, R. Short "Polyaniline-modified activated carbon electrodes for capacitive deionisation" Desalination, vol 333 (2014) pp 101-106.
  • B. Zhu, Z Hong, N. Milne, C. M. Doherty, L. Zou, Y.S. Lin e, A. J. Hill, X. Gu, M. Duke, "Desalination of seawater ion complexes by MFI-type zeolite membranes: Temperature and long term stability" Journal of Membrane Science vol 453 (2014) pp 126-135.
  • J. Yang, and L. Zou "Using recyclable calcium citrate templates to prepare mesoporous carbons as electrodes for capacitive deionization". Microporous & Mesoporous Materials. Vol 183 (2014) pp 91-98.
  • C. Yan, L. Zou, R. Short "Polyaniline-modified activated carbon electrodes for capacitive deionisation" Desalination, vol 333 (2014) pp 101-106.
  • B. Zhu, Z Hong, N. Milne, C. M. Doherty, L. Zou, Y.S. Lin e, A. J. Hill, X. Gu, M. Duke, "Desalination of seawater ion complexes by MFI-type zeolite membranes: Temperature and long term stability" Journal of Membrane Science vol 453 (2014) pp 126-135.
  • J. Yang, and L. Zou "Using recyclable calcium citrate templates to prepare mesoporous carbons as electrodes for capacitive deionization". Microporous & Mesoporous Materials. Vol 183 (2014) pp 91-98.
  • C. Yan, L. Zou, R. Short "Polyaniline-modified activated carbon electrodes for capacitive deionisation" Desalination, vol 333 (2014) pp 101-106.
  • B. Zhu, Z Hong, N. Milne, C. M. Doherty, L. Zou, Y.S. Lin e, A. J. Hill, X. Gu, M. Duke, "Desalination of seawater ion complexes by MFI-type zeolite membranes: Temperature and long term stability" Journal of Membrane Science vol 453 (2014) pp 126-135.
  • J. Yang, and L. Zou "Using recyclable calcium citrate templates to prepare mesoporous carbons as electrodes for capacitive deionization". Microporous & Mesoporous Materials. Vol 183 (2014) pp 91-98.