Academic Profile : Faculty

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Assoc Prof Zhou Yan
Associate Professor, School of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Dr. Zhou is currently an Associate Professor in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE), and Deputy Director of Advanced Environmental Biotechnology Center (AEBC) under Nanyang Environment and Water Research Institute (NEWRI). She received her PhD degree in Chemical Engineering, from Advanced Water Management Centre (AWMC), University of Queensland in 2008, and joined AEBC as a Research Fellow. Since she joined CEE in Sep 2014, her research efforts have been focused on energy efficient water treatment and reclamation, and resources recovery from sludge and waste. Specifically, her research interests are (1) Energy harvesting from municipal and industrial wastewater, (2) Energy reduction in nutrient removal process, (3) Sludge management and energy recovery, (4) Nutrient recovery and reuse.

Dr. Zhou serves as an Associate Editor for Water and Environment Journal and Editor for Water Research. She is a member of Management Committee (MC) of IWA Sludge Management SG. She has published more than 170 SCI tracked journal papers with H-index of 42, and over 40 conference contributions. She has filed 9 patents. One patent has been acquired by an overseas company in a collaboration project. Dr. Zhou works closely with industries and has strong collaboration with local and international companies and universities. She has designed multiple pilot-scale and full-scale engineering systems for water and sludge treatment. She is a recipient of IES Prestigious Engineering Achievement Awards. She is the final winner of ASEAN-US Science Prize for Women and a recipient of L'Oreal 2021 Physical and Engineering Sciences award. She received Nanyang Research Award (Young Investigator) in 2021.

• Energy Efficient Water treatment and reclamation processes
• Sludge pretreatment and dewatering
• Nutrient recovery and reuse from biosolids
• Bioprocess enhancement by conductive materials/systems
  • A membrane-based biotechnology for single cell protein production from renewable biogas: a sustainable way to feed the future
  • A Sustainable Bio-platform for High Quality Microbial Protein Production
  • A Sustainable Bio-platform for High Quality Microbial Protein Production (CEE-ZY)
  • Biogas Upgrading with Carbon Capture and Energy Recovery Enhancement - Proof of Concept (POC)
  • Demonstration Of Integrated Used Water Reclamation Processes Towards Enhanced Energy Recovery And Minimised Sludge Production
  • Development of a Sustainable Treatment Process for Sludge – A Comprehensive Analysis and Comparison of Incineration and High-Temperature Slagging Gasification Processes, and The Assessment of the Residues Generated for Their Utilization as Green Construction Materials
  • Exploration of recoverable resource from local industries
  • From Unsorted Plastic Waste to Value-Added Products
  • Hybrid Electrolysis for Biomass Refinery and Hydrogen Generation