Zhongzhen Wang

Postdoctoral Fellows

Postdoc Fellow


Building 4 Floor 4

Research Interests

Treating industrial water streams with high solids and electrolyte contents by membrane separations.
Developing of tunable nanoporous membranes for precise separations of ions and molecules
Understanding membrane transport mechanisms by math modeling and Monte-Carlo Simulations
Design of membrane separation processes and technoeconomic analysis.

Selected Publications

  • Wang, Z.; Sinquefield, S.; Shofner, M.; Nair, S.*, Understanding the Salt Transport Properties of Graphene Oxide Nanofiltration Membranes: Permeation Measurements and Electrokinetic Modeling. AICHE Journal 2022; 68 (11):e17865. (Cover Article)

  • Wang, Z.; Ma, C.; Xu, C.; Sinquefield, S.; Shofner, M.; Nair, S.*, Graphene Oxide Nanofiltration Membranes for Desalination at Realistic Conditions. Nature Sustainability 2021, 4 (5), 402-408
  • Wang, Z.; Ma, C.; Sinquefield, S.; Shofner, M. L.; Nair, S.*, “Graphene Oxide Membrane Based Black Liquor Dewatering: Process Development and Techno-economic Analysis.” Journal of Advanced Manufacturing and processing 2021, 3 (4), e10104.

  • Wang, Z.; Ma, C.; Sinquefield, S.; Shofner, M. L.; Nair, S.*, High-Performance Graphene Oxide Nanofiltration Membranes for Black Liquor Concentration. ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering 2019, 7 (17), 14915-14923.
  • Wang, Z.; Cuevas, E.; Canada, L.; Gleason, K.; Reimund, K.; Nasser, M.; Wang, W.; Freeman, B.*; Brennecke, J.*, Sustainable Brine Desalination by Thermo-Responsive Ionic Liquids. (In preparation)
  • Xu, C.#; Wang, Z.#; Chen, Y.*; Connecting Transport Properties with Mechanical Properties of Separation Materials: Modeling TFC Membrane Compaction. (In preparation)


  • Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • B.S., Chemical Engineering, University of Missouri
  • B.S., Chemical Engineering, East China University of Science and Technology

Professional Profile

2021-2022, Postdoc Fellow, The University of Texas at Austin

Scientific and Professional Membership

AICHE member; Special issue Guest Editor for Membranes


  • Cover article on AICHE Journal, 2022
  • MBA Certificate, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2020
  • Best Ti:GER Team Award, Georgia Tech MBA, 2019
  • Renewable Bioproducts Institute Fellowship, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2017
  • Exemplar Academic Achievement Award, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2016

KAUST Affiliations

PSE - Physical and Engineering Division

Research Interests Keywords

membranes separations Nanofiltration OARO Porous materials Polymers Math Modeling Process design Technoeconomic Analysis