Xinglin Lu

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Ph.D. Municipal Engineering, Harbin Institute of Technology, China, 2015

M.S. Municipal Engineering, Harbin Institute of Technology, China, 2010

B.S. Water & Wastewater Engineering, Chongqing University, China, 2008

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Xinglin is a Postdoctoral Associate in Prof. Elimelech’s research group at Yale. His current research focuses on the role of interfacial structure on mass transport and advanced materials in membrane desalination processes.

Prior to coming to Yale, Xinglin was a graduate student at the Harbin Institute of Technology. He was involved in several research projects relating to conventional water treatment processes when he was a masters student. After recognizing significant advantages and potentials of membrane technologies, he decided to change his research field into emerging membrane desalination processes, including forward osmosis (FO) and reverse osmosis (RO), for his Ph.D. dissertation. During that time, he joined Prof. Elimelech’s group as a visiting student for two years. He conducted research on a variety of topics ranging from fouling mitigation to ion transport behaviors, and gained deeper insights into membrane processes in terms of both fabrication and application.

After receiving his Ph.D. degree in 2015, he decided to come back to Yale to pursue a deeper understanding of the mass transport phenomena based on his previous studies. He also hopes to broaden his research interest to interdisciplinary fields through discussions and collaborations with other brilliant researchers with different backgrounds.

Outside of the lab, he enjoys travelling, playing badminton, and cooking with his wife.



pdfs and supporting information for group publications available on the main publications page.

  1. Flores, J.Q., Soo, J.Y., Kinsinger, N.M., Lu, X., Buie, C.R. & Walker, S.L. “Antimicrobial Behavior of Novel Surfaces Generated by Electrophoretic Deposition and Breakdown Anodization.” Colloids and Surfaces B: Biointerfaces, Volume 134. October 2015. pages 204-212.  DOI: 10.1016/j.colsurfb.2015.06.060
  2. Shaffer, D.L., Jaramillo, H., Castrillon, SRV, Lu, X., & Elimelech, M. “Post-fabrication modification of forward osmosis membranes with a poly (ethylene glycol) block copolymer for improved organic fouling resistance.” Journal of Membrane Science, Volume 490. September 2015. pages 209-219.  DOI: 10.1016/j.memsci.2015.04.060
  3. Lu, X., Nejati, S., Choo, Y., Osuji, C.O., Ma, J., & Elimelech, M. “Elements Provide a Clue: Nanoscale Characterization of Thin-Film Composite Polyamide Membranes.” ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, Volume 7. August 2015. pages 16917-16922.  DOI: 10.1021/acsami.5b05478
  4. Yang, Y., Jiang, J., Lu, X., Ma, J. & Liu, Y. “Production of sulfate radical and hydroxyl radical by reaction of ozone with peroxymonosulfate: A novel advanced oxidation process.” Environmental Science & Technology. Volume 49, June 2015, pages 7330-7339.  DOI: 10.1021/es506362e
  5. Lu, X., Arias Chavez, L.H., Romero-Vargas Castrillón, S., Ma, J., & Elimelech, M. “Influence of Active Layer and Support Layer Surface Structures on Organic Fouling Propensity of Thin-Film Composite Forward Osmosis Membranes” Environmental Science & Technology, Volume 49. February 2015. pages 1436-1444.  DOI: 10.1021/es5044062
  6. Lu, X., Boo, C., Ma, J., & Elimelech, M. “Bidirectional Diffusion of Ammonium and Sodium Cations in Forward Osmosis: Role of Membrane Active Layer Surface Chemistry and Charge” Environmental Science & Technology, Volume 48. December 2014. pages 14369-14376.  DOI: 10.1021/es504162v
  7. Ben-Sasson, M., Lu, X., Bar-Zeev, E., Zodrow, K.R., Nejati, S., Qi, G., Giannelis, E.P., and Elimelech, M. “In situ formation of silver nanoparticles on thin-film composite reverse osmosis membranes for biofouling mitigation.” Water Research, Volume 62, October 2014, pages 260-270.  DOI: 10.1016/j.watres.2014.05.049 PDF File
  8. Romero-Vargas Castrillón, S., Lu, X., Shaffer, D.L., and Elimelech, M. “Amine Enrichment and Poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) Surface Modification of Thin-Film Composite Forward Osmosis Membranes for Organic Fouling Control.” Journal of Membrane Science, Volume 450, January 2014, pages 331–339.  DOI: 10.1016/j.memsci.2013.09.028
  9. Lu, X., Romero-Vargas Castrillón, S., Shaffer, D.L., Ma, J., and Elimelech, M. “In Situ Surface Chemical Modification of Thin-Film Composite Forward Osmosis Membranes for Enhanced Organic Fouling Resistance”, Environmental Science & Technology, Volume 47, November 2013, pages 12219–12228.  DOI: 10.1021/es403179m