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Dr Linda Li


Teaching area

Unit coordinator in:

  • ENG341 Water Conservation and Water Auditing
  • ENG221 Pollution and its Control
  • ENG601 Desalination Technology and Modelling

Involved in the following units:

  • ENG459 Sustainable Urban Water Systems
  • ENG452 Environmental Engineering Design
  • ENG343 Water Treatment Operations
  • ENG510 Physicochemical Water Treatment Operations

Research areas

  • Nanomaterials and Membranes
  • Water Desalination and Wastewater Treatment

Doctoral and masters supervisions

PhD students:

  • John Xie – Fouling in reverse osmosis and forward osmosis desalination and its alleviation (principal supervisor Dr Linda Li; co-supervisors Professor Goen Ho, Dr Lucy Skillman)
  • Veena Nagaraja -  Biofouling in seawater reverse osmosis desalination by bacterial extracellular polysaccharides and their control (principal supervisor Dr Linda Li; co-supervisors Professor Goen Ho, Dr Lucy Skillman)
  • Nassim Zainali –  Auto-oxidation reactions by singlet oxygen (principal supervisor Professor Bogdan Dlugogorski; co-supervisors Dr Mohammednoor Altarawneh, Dr Linda Li)
  • Allan Ang – Thorium removal using ion exchange resins (principal supervisor Dr Aleks Nikoloski; co-supervisor Dr Linda Li)


Book Chapter:

  1. D. Li, J. F. Yao, H.T. Wang, Membranes with hierarchically porosity, in Encyclopedia of Membrane Science and Technology, Wiley, October 2013.
  2. D. Li, J. F. Yao, H.T. Wang, Chapter 9 CO2 selective separation membranes, in Eco- and Renewable Energy Materials, Springer jointly published with Science Press, 2013, 259-309.
  3. J. F. Yao, D. Li, H. T. Wang, Chapter 8 Metal organic framework materials for CO2 capture, in Eco- and Renewable Energy Materials, Springer jointly published with Science Press, 2013, 233-258.
  4. D. Li, H.T. Wang,Development of nanocomposite membranes in water desalination, in Themed Book on Nanotechnology for Water Treatment: From Nanostructured Materials to Membranes, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2013, 163-194.

Journal (recent 3 years):

  • Li, X., Skillman, L., Li, D. and Ela, W.P. (2018) Comparison of Alcian blue and total carbohydrate assays for quantitation of transparent exopolymer particles (TEP) in biofouling studies. Water Research, 133. pp. 60-68.
  • Phan, T.T.N., Nikoloski, A.N., Bahri, P.A. and Li, D. (2018) Optimizing photocatalytic performance of hydrothermally synthesized LaFeO3 by tuning material properties and operating conditions. Journal of Environmental Chemical Engineering, 6 (1). pp. 1209-1218.
  • Watcharatharapong, T., Minakshi, M., Chakraborty, S., Li, D., Shafiullah, GM., Aughterson, R.D. and Ahuja, R. (2017) Effect of transition metal cations on stability enhancement for molybdate-based hybrid supercapacitor. ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 9 (21). pp. 17977-17991.
  • Huang, W., Zhang, Y. and Li, D. (2017) Adsorptive removal of phosphate from water using mesoporous materials: A review. Journal of Environmental Management, 193. pp. 470-482.
  • Nagaraj, V., Skillman, L., Ho, G., Li, D. and Gofton, A. (2017) Characterisation and comparison of bacterial communities on reverse osmosis membranes of a full-scale desalination plant by bacterial 16S rRNA gene metabarcoding. Biofilms and Microbiomes, 3 (1).
  • Nagaraj, V., Skillman, L., Li, D., Foreman, A., Xie, Z. and Ho, G. (2017) Characterisation of extracellular polysaccharides from bacteria isolated from a full-scale desalination plant. Desalination, 418. pp. 9-18.
  • Xie, Z., Nagaraja, N., Skillman, L., Li, D. and Ho, G. (2017) Comparison of polysaccharide fouling in forward osmosis and reverse osmosis separations. Desalination, 402. pp. 174-184.
  • Nagaraj, V., Skillman, L.C., Li, D., Xie, Z. and Ho, G. (2017) Control of biofouling by xanthine oxidase on seawater reverse osmosis membranes from a desalination plant: enzyme production and screening of bacterial isolates from the full-scale plant. Letters in Applied Microbiology, 26 (4). pp. 790-798.
  • Phan, T.T.N., Nikoloski, A.N., Bahri, P.A. and Li, D. (2017) Heterogeneous photo-Fenton degradation of organics using highly efficient Cu-doped LaFeO3 under visible light. Journal of Industrial and Engineering Chemistry. In Press.
  • Nagaraja, N., Skillman, L., Xie, Z., Jiang, S., Ho, G. and Li, D. (2017) Investigation of compounds that degrade biofilm polysaccharides on reverse osmosis membranes from a full scale desalination plant to alleviate biofouling. Desalination, 403. pp. 88-96.
  • Huang, W-Y, Yu, C. and Li, D. (2017) La-modified vermiculites for efficient adsorption of Congo red. Asia-Pacific Journal of Chemical Engineering, 12 (6). pp. 969-979.
  • Ang, K.L., Li, D. and Nikoloski, A.N. (2017) The effectiveness of ion exchange resins in separating uranium and thorium from rare earth elements in acidic aqueous sulfate media. Part 1. Anionic and cationic resins. Hydrometallurgy, 174. pp. 147-155.
  • Katebian, L., Gomez, E., Skillman, L., Li, D., Ho, G. and Jiang, S.C. (2016) Inhibiting quorum sensing pathways to mitigate seawater desalination RO membrane biofouling. Desalination, 393. pp. 135-143.
  • Leong, S., Li, D., Hapgood, K., Zhang, X. and Wang, H. (2016) Ni(OH)2 decorated rutile TiO2 for efficient removal of tetracycline from wastewater. Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, 198. pp. 224-233.
  • Li, D., Yan, Y. and Wang, H. (2016) Recent advances in polymer and polymer composite membranes for reverse and forward osmosis processes. Progress in Polymer Science, 61. pp. 104-155.