Jenny JIN ZHOU, PhD in Environmental Engineering (China)

Zhou Jin

Jenny holds a PhD in Environmental Engineering from the Nanyang Technological University, Singapore and is currently working as a Senior Researcher in a joint program between Singapore and the University of California, USA.

Current position: Senior Researcher at the Berkeley Education Alliance for Research in Singapore (BEARS) Center, Singapore

Research focus: Indoor pollutant dynamics, bioaerosols, human exposure and risk assessment, life cycle analysis and sustainability evaluation

Her latest research focuses on indoor pollutant dynamics, bioaerosols and building sustainability. In her PhD thesis she improved life cycle assessments for the water industry in Singapore.

In 2011 Jenny was awarded a Green Talent. The forum helped her to obtain overseas research opportunities and her current position at the Berkeley Education Alliance for Research in Singapore. Her research group also keeps close collaboration with her previous host institution in Germany, Eberhard Karls University Tuebingen. Moreover, Jenny participates in a joint program between Singapore and the Technical University of Munich, Germany on the electro mobile.

2016 Co-PI in Advanced Ventilation System for Tropical Urban Environment grant awarded by SINO-BCA
2016 Award from Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Singapore
2012 Fellowship from the Lloyd’s Register Foundation, Singapore


CV as submitted for the Green Talents award (2011):

Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Research focus: Life Cycle Sustainability Assessment Models

Jenny Jin Zhou, a PhD candidate from China with two master's degrees in engineering, is focusing her research on Life Cycle Sustainability Assessment Models (LCSA) for energy-intensive engineering processes, including desalination and water reclamation.

Jenny Jin Zhou's goal is to help provide comprehensive sustainability assessment models for energy systems. In the models she uses, sustainability is measured by environmental, economic and social factors. She is working to improve these models, which will play a crucial role in reducing the amount of energy used in various engineering processes. Already, she has integrated environmental footprints and economic sustainability into decision-making frameworks.

The three areas of improvement that her research focuses on include: increasing thefeasibility of LCSA models by reducing the amount of data required for analyses without sacrificing their accuracy; improving the reliability of local and regional life cycle assessment studies by providing local context; and, finally, building an LCSA framework to support decision-making.

Ms Jin Zhou, who is interested in setting high standards for environmental protection and supporting strategic decision-making about energy consumption, has pursued her interest in life cycle assessment models at a workshop at the University of South Wales in 2010 and as the winner of a spot at the Global Sustainability Summer School in Brunei in 2011. She has also spoken on the subject at a conference held by the American Center for Life Cycle Assessment. Her presentation was entitled: "Optimization of Singapore Electricity Production Model: A Comparison of Environmental Impact, Financial Cost, and Sustainability Approaches."

The jury noted Ms Jin Zhou's research work and said her publications illustrate the possibility of using complex LCSA models even in cases where little input information is available. It also applauded Ms Zhou's research on implementing the models locally, incorporating local decision-making processes and efforts to save energy.

Ms Jin Zhou is eager to participate in the Green Talents Forum to learn about work taking place in Germany in membrane technology, which is an important part of her research on the sustainability of desalination processes. "With this opportunity, I can observe how the environmental burdens of desalination and other water treatment technologies are measured, controlled and regulated in Germany," she said.