Zongyao Zhou


Ph.D. Student

Research Interests

​My research interests at KAUST mainly focus on the membrane-based processes for energy-efficient desalination and wastewater reuse, including the synthesis of novel covalent organic frameworks materials, the fabrication of high performance filtration membranes and their applications.

Selected Publications

  • High-Performance Thin-Film Composite Membrane with an Ultrathin Spray-Coated Carbon Nanotube Interlayer
    Zongyao Zhou,Yunxia Hu,Chanhee Boo,Zhongyun Liu, et.al
    Environmental Science and Technology Letters,5 (5):243248, (2018)
  • Membrane fouling of forward osmosis in dewatering of soluble algal products: Comparison of TFC and CTA membranes
    Jingya Li, Zhiyi Ni, Zongyao Zhou, Yunxia Hu, et.al
    Journal of Membrane Science,552:213-221, (2018)
  • Surface-independent one-pot chelation of copper ions onto filtration membranes to provide antibacterial properties
    Zhongyun Liu, Yunxia Hu, Caifeng Liu, Zongyao Zhou
    Chemical Communications,52(82):12245-12248, (2016)


  • ​Ph.D., Environmental Science and Engineering, KAUST, Saudi Arabia, 2018-Current
  • M.Sc., Environmental Engineering, University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, China, 2015-2018
  • B.Sc., Environmental Science,Hainan University,China, 2011-2015


  • ​National Scholarship (November 2017)
  • UN-led Open Design Challenge Award Nomination (March 2017)

Research Interests Keywords

Desalination Wastewater Reuse Novel Nanochannel Membranes Thin Film Composite Polyamide Membranes Covalent Organic Frameworks