Zhi (George) Zhou

Associate Professor of Civil Engineering and Environmental and Ecological Engineering
(765) 496-3559


  • Ph.D., Environmental Science in Civil Engineering, Water Quality Microbiology
    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2007
  • M.S., Environmental Biology
    Nanjing University, 2002
  • B.S., Environmental Biology
    Nanjing University, 1999

Research Summary

Dr. Zhou's research focuses on environmental microbiology and the application of biotechnologies in engineering systems. His recent projects include development of molecular microbiology techniques to evaluate antibiotic resistant bacteria in natural and urban environments, production of cost-effective biofuels, nanomaterials for water purification, and indirect and direct potable reuse.

Selected Publications

  • Goyal, N.; Widiastuti, H.; Karimi, I. A.; Zhou, Z., A genome-scale metabolic model of Methanococcus maripaludis S2 for CO2 capture and conversion to methane. Molecular bioSystems 2014, 10, (5), 1043-1054.

  • Nagarajan, S.; Chou, S. K.; Cao, S.; Wu, C.; Zhou, Z., An updated comprehensive techno-economic analysis of algae biodiesel. Bioresource technology 2013, 145, 150-156.

  • Zhou, Z.; Raskin, L.; Zilles, J. L., Effects of Swine Manure on Macrolide, Lincosamide, and Streptogramin B Antimicrobial Resistance in Soils. Applied and Environmental Microbiology 2010, 76, (7), 2218-2224.

Awards and Honors

  • Outstanding Engineering Graduate Student Mentor, 2018 - 2019