Current Lab Members

Group Leader


Qilin Li

Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Research Engineer


Testbed Manager – NEWT

Post Doc


Kuichang Zuo

Nanomaterials for Electrosorption and electrocatalysis

Novel desalination and water purification technologies

Lu Liu

Sustainable Urban food, energy and water infrastructures

Ph.D. students


Xiaochuan Huang

Effect of membrane surface properties on scale formation

Ruikun Xin

Nano-photonic enhanced membrane distillation

Yuren Feng

Single-atom electrochemical catalysis

Master Students


Ze He

Water desalination with membrane distillation using graphene oxide

Yutong Xu

Modification and performance prediction of MD membranes

Visiting Scholars


Yasemin Ozturk

Visiting scholar, Rice University, 2019-present

Department of Mining Engineering at Hacettepe University

water desalination by capacitive deionization

wastewater treatment methods and advancing water reuse in flotation plants

Xueying Li

Visiting scholar, Rice University, 2018-2019

Associate professor, Harbin Institute of Technology, China

Molecular to macro-scale phenomenon in novel cementious and membrane materials

Visiting Students


Chen Li

Visiting Student, Rice University, 2019-present

Ph.D. candidate, Tsinghua University, China, 2017-present

Application of ceramic membrane in membrane distillation

Qian Xiao

Visiting Student, Rice University, 2018-present

Ph.D. Candidate, Tongji University, China

Electrocatalytic reduction of oxyanions

Shijun Zhu

Visiting Student, Rice University, 2019-present

Ph.D. Candidate, Harbin Institute of Technology, China, 2016-present

removal of water pollutants by advanced oxidation processes (AOPs)

selective removal of toxic anions by the capacitive deionization (CDI) 


Visiting Student, Rice University, 2019-present

PhD Candidate, Environmental Engineering, Akdeniz University

arsenic removal from drinking water by modified nanomaterials using capacitive deionization (CDI) 

Ying Yang

Visiting Student, Rice University, 2018-2019

Ph.D. Sichuan University, China, 2014-now

the removal of perfluorinated chemicals (PFCs) using photo-catalysis and capacitive deionization (CDI)

Jiao Chen

Visiting Student, Rice University, 2019.3-2019.9

Ph.D candidate,Tsinghua University, China

CDI for effective recovery of organic resources and nutrients from sludge liquors

Yirui Chen

Ph.D candidate, National Taiwan University, Taiwan

Omniphobic and Photothermal Integrated Nanocomposite Membrane for Direct Solar Membrane Distillation

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