Zhaoyang Liu | Hamad Bin Khalifa University
Hamad Bin Khalifa University


Zhaoyang Liu

Dr. Zhaoyang Liu (PhD)

Senior Scientist
Qatar Environment and Energy Research Institute

  • Phone+974 44545621
  • Office locationN-0254, RDC


Dr. Zhaoyang Liu is a Senior Scientist at the Water Center at the Qatar Environment and Energy Research Institute (QEERI). His expertise involves the development and optimization of advanced processes and materials for water treatment. His research work is frequently cited internationally (h-index 38, as of Jan. 2021). To align with the nation and institute's vision for water security, Dr. Liu is currently leading the development of oil/water separation technologies research project. He serves as an Editorial Board Member for Scientific Reports – a Nature journal, as a result of his research standing within the global water treatment community.


Research Interests

  • Development and optimization of advanced processes and materials for seawater desalination and and wastewater treatment.
  • Customized and holistic solutions for oil-polluted water (seawater and produced water) treatment.
  • Recycling and reuse of household wastewater.


Senior Scientist

Currently he is leading the project of oil/water separation technologies development, Water Center, QEERI

2014 - present
  • Senior research fellow and adviser of PhD students

    Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. He leads the research for efficient and economic water treatment with advanced membrane technologies. He holds a number of international patents for water treatment, and some of which have been successfully licensed to commercial enterprise.

    2006 - 2014


PhD in Environmental Engineering

Dalian University of Technology, China


Selected Publications

  • Z Liu, K Wang, J Saththasivam, D El-Masri, N Hilal

    "Multi-layered membrane for oil/water separation" US Patent App. 16/499,856

  • L Francis, O Ogunbiyi, J Saththasivam, J Lawler, Z Liu

    "A Comprehensive Review of Forward Osmosis and Niche Applications" Environmental Science: Water Research & Technology

  • Z Liu

    "Fast and efficient separation of oil/saltwater emulsions with anti-fouling ZnO microsphere/carbon nanotube membranes" Journal of Water Process Engineering

  • K Wang, J Saththasivam, W Yiming, K Loganathan, Z Liu

    "Fast and efficient separation of seawater algae using a low-fouling micro/nano-composite membrane" Desalination, 433, 108-122

  • Song, X.X., Zhaoyang Liu* and D.D. Sun

    "Energy Recovery from the Brines of Seawater and Wastewater Using Thin-film Nanofiber Composite Pressure Retarded Osmosis Membranes" Energy and Environmental Science, 6(4), pp1199-1210

  • Liu, Zhaoyang. H.W. Bai, J. Lee and D.D.Sun

    "A Low-Energy Forward Osmosis Process to Produce Drinking Water” Energy and Environmental Science, vol. 4, pg. 2582-2585

  • Song,X.X.; Zhaoyang Liu* and D.D. Sun

    “Nano Gives the Answer: Breaking the Bottleneck of Internal Concentration Polarization with Nanofiber Composite Forward Osmosis Membrane for High Water Production Rate“ Advanced Materials, Volume 23, Issue 29, 2 August 2011, Pages 3256-3260.