Dr. Linda Zou
Dr. linda zou Professor Civil Infrastructure And Environmental Engineering

Contact Information
linda.zou@ku.ac.ae 971 2 810 9304


Professor Linda Zou commenced her academic and research career as a lecturer in 1999 and was promoted to senior lecturer at Deakin University Australia in 2005; she took up an Associate Professor position at Victoria University in Melbourne in 2006; she was promoted to the Research Professor position at the University of South Australia in 2010. Her research interests are in the areas of developing nanostructured materials such as membranes, adsorbents and electrodes for more efficient water purification and desalination technologies. At Khalifa University, she led the “ground-breaking” research project on using nanotechnology to develop cloud seeding materials, which was awarded by the inaugural UAE Research Program on Rain Enhancement Science for 2016-2019. She has published numerous journal articles with an H-index of 58 (Google Scholar, 2022), invented several 2D nanomaterial-related patents, and is invited frequently as a keynote speaker at membrane and nanomaterials conferences. She has successfully graduated 15 PhD students as main advisor, and currently supervises 4 PhD students. In 2019, she is among the first 20 recipients of the UAE Government's Golden Visa for scientific excellence. Prof Zou is among the Top 2 percent of Scientists by Stanford University ranking in 2020 and 2021.

  • Ph.D. Monash University (Applied Science and Chemistry)
  • M.Eng. Asian Institute of Technology (Environmental Engineering)
  • B.Eng. Beijing University of Technology (Environmental Engineering)

  • Water Treatment and Membrane Processes (CIVE463)
  • Nanotechnology and Water Purification

Affiliated Research Institutes/Centers
  • Masdar Institute

Research Interests
  • 2D Nanomaterials
  • Membrane
  • Capacitive deionization
  • Industrial wastewater treatment and desalination
  • Cloud seeding materials

Research Projects

2D MoS2 nanoplatelets for fouling resistant membrane surface

Evaluating oil removal by amphiphilic MoS2/cellulose acetate fibrous sponge in a flow-through reactor

Research Staff and Graduate Students:

Adetunji Alabi Postdoctoral Fellow
Faheem Postdoctoral Fellow
Fathima Arshad Research Associate
Zainab Mohammed AlAnsari PhD student
Delal Ezzeddin ALmomani PhD student
Rahat Mohammad Quamrul Haque Alam PhD student
Prativa Kumari Ram Lakhan Mahato Mahato PhD studnet
Additional Info


Deputy Director of Women In Science Committee, MBRAS

Associate Editor: Environmental Technology & Innovation - Elsevier

Guest Editor: Desalination Special Issue : Capacitive Deionization & Electrosorption - Elsevier

Recent journal publications:

  1. M Faheem, R Alam, Y He, L Zou, Hybrid pseudocapacitive sodium titanate/rGO and MXene/rGO nanocomposite electrodes in capacitive deionization, Desalination, 2023, 551, 116435.
  2. F Arshad, C Aubry, and L Zou, Highly Permeable MoS2 Nanosheet Porous Membrane for Organic Matter Removal. ACS Omega, 2022, 7, 2, 2419–2428.
  3. K Thangavelu and L Zou, Evaluating oil removal by amphiphilic MoS2/cellulose acetate fibrous sponge in a flow-through reactor and by artificial neural network, Environmental Nanotechnology, Monitoring & Management, 2022, 18, 100684.
  4. Z Al Ansari,  F Arshad,   L D Nghiem, L Zou, Amphiphilic cellulose acetate membrane incorporated with MoS2 nanospheres for oil in water separation, 2022, Environmental Science: Water Research & Technology, 2022, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1039/D2EW00385F
  5.  F Arshad, C Aubry, F Ravaux, L Zou, 2D MoS2 nanoplatelets for fouling resistant membrane surface, Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, 2021, 590, 415-423.
  6. K Thangavelu, C Aubry, L Zou, Amphiphilic Janus 3D MoS2/rGO Nanocomposite for Removing Oil from Wastewater, Ind. Eng. Chem. Res. 2021, 60, 3, 1266–1273.
  7. K Thangavelu, F Ravaux, L Zou, Cellulose acetate-MoS2 amphiphilic Janus-like fibrous sponge for removing oil from wastewater, Environmental Technology & Innovation 2021, 24, November 2021, 101870
  8. A Alabi, L Cseri, A Al Hajaj, G Szekely, P Budd, L Zou, Graphene–PSS/L-DOPA nanocomposite cation exchange membranes for electrodialysis desalination. Environmental Science Nano,  2020, 7, 3108-3123.
  9. M Alhumaidi, F Arshad, C Aubry, F Ravaux, J McElhinney, A Hasan and L  Zou, Electrostatically coupled SiO2 nanoparticles/L-DOPA antifouling coating on a nanofiltration membrane, Nanotechnology, 2020, 31,  275602
  10. H Younes and L Zou, Asymmetric configuration of pseudocapacitive composite and rGO electrodes for enhanced capacitive deionization, Environmental Science: Water Research & Technology, 2020, 6, 392.


Postdoctoral Fellow

Required Qualifications

PhD Degree in Chemical Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Chemistry, Materials Science, Materials Engineering

(Please note: PhD degree certificate and transcript documents should be available at the time of application, as required by university HR)

Required Experience

  • Membrane fabrication, characterization and evaluation in water treatment and desalination
  • 2D nanomaterials synthesis, characterization and applications.
  • Have a good track record of quality journal publications as first author.
  • Modelling in Membranes and Membrane-Based Processes