College Introduction

The Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) has been established at Shenzhen University to provide both undergraduate and postgraduate education, focusing on interdisciplinary teaching and research. As a special platform at Shenzhen University, IAS seeks to


Q. Jason Niu


Ph.D., Professor



1991,  University of California,Los Angeles (UCLA), Postdoctoral Scholar

1990,  Michigan Technological University, Organic Chemistry, Ph. D.

1985,  Research Institute of Petroleum Process (RIPP), Petroleum Engineering, M. S.

1982,  Henan Normal University, Chemistry, B. S.


Working Experience:

For over twenty years, ProfessorNiu had worked in USA as an educator, researcher and innovator in the area of electronic materials, energy materials and reverse osmosis membranes: first at Cornell University and UC Berkeley as a Professor Assistant, then at The Dow Chemical Company(Dow)and General Electric Company(GE)as a Principal Scientist. Since 2014, he has worked in China as a Distinguish Professor in the field of materials science and engineering: first at China University of Petroleum (East China) and now at the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS), Shenzhen University.


Research Interests:

Professor Niu’s research interests are in the area of membrane materials and process, membrane based separation technologies and functional polymeric materials. His currentresearch groupis dedicated to the fundamental and applied research into several membranematerial chemistry areas including 1) design the new interfaces with controlled morphology and functionalities to achieve optimal separation in water-treatment applications; 2) tailor the nano-structured features of materials to achieve the precise control of pore size and pose size distribution in membrane for ion-sieving; 3) model the multicomponent interfaces and nanoporous architecture to radically understand the relationship between membrane structure, fabrication process and its separation performance.


Academic Affiliations:

Council member, Association of Chinese Seawater Desalination and Usage

Council member, Association of ShangdongEuropean-American Scholars

SCI Journal reviewer:Journal of Membrane Science, Desalination, Journal of Hazardous Materials

Council member, Association of Qingdao International Seawater Desalination


Selected Publications:

1.C. Jiang, L.Tian, Z.Zhai, Y. Shen, W. Dong, M. He, Y. Hou, Q. Jason Niu* (2019) Thin-film composite membranes with aqueous template-induced surface nanostructures for enhanced nanofiltration, Journal of Membrane Science, 589: 117244

2.B. Yuan, P. Li, H. Sun, S. Zhao, P. Li, H. Sun, Q. Jason Niu* (2019) Novel non-trimesoyl chloride based polyamide membrane with significantly reduced Ca2+ surface deposition density, Journal of Membrane Science, 578: 251-262

3.B. Yuan, H. Sun, S. Zhao, H. Yang, P. Wang, P. Li, H. Sun, Q. Jason Niu* (2019) Semi-aromatic polyamide nanofiltration membranes with tuned surface charge and pore size distribution designed for the efficient removal of Ca2+ and Mg2+ , Separation and Purification Technology, 220: 162-175

4.M. He, H. Sun, H. Sun, X. Yang, P. Li*, Q. Jason Niu* (2019) Non-organic solvent prepared nanofiltration composite membrane fromnatural product tannic acid (TA) and cyclohexane-1,4-diamine (CHD), Separation and Purification Technology, 223: 250-259

5.B. Yuan, P. Li, H. Wang, H. Sun, P. Li*, H. Sun, Q. Jason Niu* (2019) Novel aliphatic polyamide membrane with high mono-/divalent ion selectivity, excellent Ca2+, Mg2+ rejection, and improved antifouling properties, Separation and Purification Technology, 224: 443-455

6.Z. Zhai, N. Zhao, W. Dong, P. Li, H. Sun, Q. Jason Niu* (2019) In Situ Assembly of a Zeolite Imidazolate Framework Hybrid Thin-Film Nanocomposite Membrane with Enhanced Desalination Performance Induced by Noria-PolyethyleneimineCodeposition, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 11, 12871−12879

7.P. Li, K. Chen, L. Zhao, H. Zhang, H. Sun, X. Yang, N.H. Kim, J.H. Lee, Q. Jason Niu*(2019)Preparation of modified graphene oxide/polyethyleneimine film with enhanced hydrogen barrier properties by reactive layer-by-layer self-assembly,Composites Part B: Engineering, 166: 663-672

8.Z. Zhai, N. Zhao, J. Liu, W. Dong, P. Li, H. Sun*, Q. Jason Niu* (2019) Advanced nanofiltration membrane fabricated on the porous organic cage tailored support for water purification application, Separation and Purification Technology, 230: 115845

9.Z. Zhai, C. Jiang, N. Zhao, W. Dong, H.Lan, M. Wang, Q. Jason Niu* (2018) Fabrication of advanced nanofiltration membranes with nanostrand-hybrid morphology mediated by ultrafast Noria-polyethyleneimine co-deposition., Journal of Materials Chemistry A, 6: 21207-21215

10.B. Yuan, C. Jiang, P. Li, H. Sun, P. Li, T. Yuan, H. Sun, Q. Jason Niu* (2018) Ultrathin Polyamide Membrane with Decreased Porosity Designed for Outstanding Water-Softening Performance and Superior Antifouling Properties, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 10: 43057-43067