UCL Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering

Dr Judith Zhou

Dr Judith Zhou

Environmental Laboratories Manager/ Departmental Chemical Protection Officer

Dept of Civil, Environ &Geomatic Eng

Faculty of Engineering Science

Joined UCL
8th May 2006

Research summary

Dr Judith Zhou  joined UCL in 2006, as a research fellow on the TSB-funded ProCeSS project (Process Envelopes for Cement-based Stabilisation/Solidification of hazardous industrial wastes), and has been Technical Manager of the Environmental Engineering Laboratory in the Department of Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering since 2009, with responsibility for coordination of practical aspects of a diverse range of multidisciplinary projects. 

Dr Judith Zhou's research interests lie in interdisciplinary studies of chemistry, analytical chemistry, cementitious materials, novel building materials and their application to environmental issues, such as industrial waste treatment, nuclear waste immobilisation, reuse/recycling industrial by-products and wastes; novel cements, concrete durability and water/waste water treatment. She has more than 15 years of research experience in cement chemistry, completing a PhD thesis titled “The Hydration of Calcium Sulfoaluminate Cement” and worked on concrete durability (chemical attack), immobilising nuclear wastes at the University of Sheffield and the National Nuclear Laboratory, UK.  With background of analytical chemistry, environmental chemistry and cement chemistry, she has been working on understanding interaction between industry wastes and cements, water and waste water treatment, water pollution monitoring and removal.

Being the Environmental Engineering Laboratories  technical manager in charge of analytical services in the department, Dr Zhou has wider knowledge and experience of various advanced instruments, such as GCMS, HPLC, TOC, IC, UV/Vis, ICP/MS, Auto Solid-Phase Extraction and Accelerated Solvent Extraction. She is also familiar with various material characterisation techniques, such as XRD, SEM, TGA, DSC, and FTIR.

Teaching summary

Dr Judith Zhou teaches Y1, Y2 and Y3 Environmental Engineering laboratory classes. She leads environmental tasks of Lampeter field trip. She also co-supervises PhD, MSc and Y3 research projects. 


University of Aberdeen
Doctorate, Doctor of Philosophy | 2001
Sichuan University, China
Other higher degree, Master of Science | 1989
Sichuan University, China
First Degree, Bachelor of Science | 1986


Dr Judith Zhou holds a BSc in Chemistry, an MSc in Environmental Science.  After being a university lecturer for eight years in China, she came to the UK under Overseas Research Students Awards Scheme and was awarded a PhD in Cement Chemistry at the University of Aberdeen.  Prior to joining UCL, she worked at the National Research Council of Canada, University of Sheffield and National Nuclear Laboratory, UK.