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Dr Zhou completed her PhD research on life cycle assessment at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. She then undertook postdoctoral research on the built environment at two institutes: the Berkeley Education Alliance for Research in Singapore (BEARS, a joint program between the Singapore government and UC Berkeley) and the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning (ABP) at the University of Melbourne. She pursues research through a combination of laboratory experiment, field monitoring, data analysis and modelling. Her contribution to life cycle assessment and sustainable built environment has been acknowledged by many international awards and invitations. Some highlights include Green Talents awarded by The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, research exchange fellowship provided by the Lloyd's Register Foundation, and forum invitations from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and Universitas 21 network.

Research interests

Indoor Environmental Quality, emphasizing the intersections with following topics: pollutant dynamics (emission strength and deposition characterization), climate change (e.g. impacts from outdoor haze and bushfire smoke), human feedback (e.g. subjective perception and biometric response), and new monitoring techniques (e.g. UV-LIF measurement for bioaerosols, low-cost monitors); Life Cycle Analysis and Risk Assessment, focusing on fundamental research topics (e.g. system boundary, data representative, sensitivity and uncertainty assessment), and also its application to the built environments, water and wastewater management.

Education/Academic qualification

Environmental Science and Engineering, B.Eng, Harbin Institute of Technology

Environmental Science and Engineering, M.Eng, Harbin Institute of Technology

Human Factor Engineering, M.Sc, Nanyang Technological University

Environmental Science and Engineering, PhD, Nanyang Technological University

Research area keywords

  • Indoor Environmental Quality
  • Exposure Assessment
  • Life Cycle Analysis
  • Human-Centred Design
  • Health Risk Assessment
  • Built Environment
  • Air Pollutant Dynamics

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Research Output 2011 2019

Neural-signal electroencephalogram (EEG)methods to improve human-building interaction under different indoor air quality

Shan, X., Yang, E. H., Zhou, J. & Chang, V. W. C., 15 Aug 2019, In : Energy and Buildings. 197, p. 188-195 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Physical and perceptual gap in indoor environmental quality: a mixed method study of space and users at an aged care facility in Victoria

Noguchi, M., Woo, C. M. M., Chau, H-W., Zhou, J., Pianella, A. & Newton, C., 11 May 2019, In : Architectural Science Review. 62, 4, p. 286-300 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

8 Citations (Scopus)

Human-building interaction under various indoor temperatures through neural-signal electroencephalogram (EEG) methods

Shan, X., Yang, E-H., Zhou, J. & Chang, V. W-C., 1 Feb 2018, In : Building and Environment. 129, p. 46-53 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

3 Citations (Scopus)

The usability study of a proposed environmental experience design framework for active ageing

Noguchi, M., Ma, N., Woo, C. M. M., Chau, H. W. & Zhou, J., 28 Nov 2018, In : Buildings. 8, 12, 16 p., 167.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
10 Citations (Scopus)

Influence of moisturizer and relative humidity on human emissions of fluorescent biological aerosol particles

Zhou, J., Fang, W., Cao, Q., Yang, L., Chang, V. W-C. & Nazaroff, W. W., 1 May 2017, In : Indoor Air. 27, 3, p. 587-598 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review