Zishu Cao

Zishu Cao

Assistant Professor

Email: zcao@uttyler.edu

Chemical Engineering

Zishu Cao

Zishu Cao

Title: Assistant Professor
Department: Chemical Engineering
Building: RBN 3013
Email: zcao@uttyler.edu


PhD, Chemical Engineering, University of Cincinnati
MS, Chemical Engineering, University of Cincinnati
BS, Environmental Science, Lanzhou University (China)


Courses Taught

  • CHEN 2320 – Chemical Engineering Mechanics
  • CHEN 3310 – Chemical Engineering Materials
  • CHEN 3330 – Fluid Mechanics
  • CHEN 3340 – Heat Transfer

Research Interests

Our research stays at the interface of materials synthesis and separation science, with an emphasis on precisely controlling morphology and chemistry of nanostructured materials for membrane, adsorption and catalysis applications. The overall objective is nano-engineering of microporous materials (mainly zeolites) with structural elucidation, growth mechanism perception, and industrial application exploration relevant to renewable energy and resources, chemical production, water quality, and the environment.

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Awards & Honors

  • Rising STARs Award, The University of Texas System, 2022
  • ChE Graduate Student Award, University of Cincinnati, 2019
  • Graduate Student of the Month, University of Cincinnati, 2019

Selected Publications

  • Z. Cao, L. Iskhakova, X. Sun, J. Dong, A Study on the Synthesis and Proton Transport Behavior of Multilayered ZSM-5 Zeolite Nanosheet Membranes Laminated on Polymer Substrates, Membranes 2023, 13, 305.
  • L. Iskhakova, Z. Cao, X. Sun, J. Gabski, J. Dong, Preactivated Zeolite Nanosheet Plate-tiled Membrane on Porous PVDF Film: Synthesis and Study of Proton-Selective Ion Conduction, J. Membr. Sci. 2023, 669, 121328.
  • Z. Cao, L. Iskhakova, X. Sun, N. D. Anjikar, S. Yang, J. Dong, Self-Seeded Growth of Very Large Open-Structured Zeolite Nanosheet Assemblies with Extraordinary Micropore Accessibility, Microporous Mesoporous Mater. 2022, 336, 111854.
  • Z. Cao, L. Iskhakova, X. Sun, Z. Tang, J. Dong, ZSM-5 Zeolite Nanosheet-Based Membranes on Porous Polyvinylidene Fluoride for High-Flux Desalination, ACS Appl. Nano Mater. 2021, 4, 2895-2902.
  • Z. Cao, S. Zeng, Z. Xu, A. Arvanitis, S. Yang, X. Gu, J. Dong, Ultrathin ZSM-5 Zeolite Nanosheet Laminated Membrane for High-Flux Desalination of Concentrated Brines, Science Advances 2018, 4: eaau8634.

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