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Irene M.C. LO (勞敏慈) PhD , University of Texas-Austin

Chair Professor
Director of Environmental Engineering Graduate Program (http://evng.ust.hk/)
Email: cemclo@ust.hk
Homepage: http://home.ust.hk/~irenelo

My research interest includes 3 major areas: (1) Hazardous Waste and Soil Remediation; (2) Water and Wastewater Treatment; and (3) Life Cycle Assessment of Waste Treatment Processes and Construction Materials. For example: site decontamination using physical, chemical and biological treatment processes for in-situ and ex-situ soil and groundwater remediation; solid and hazardous waste treatment and recovery/reuse; waste-to-energy processes; magnetic mesoporous adsorbents and nanomaterials for water and industrial wastewater treatment; life cycle assessment and costing with carbon management of a treatment process or material production.


  • Photoelectrochemical technology for emerging pollutant degradation and bacteria photodisinfection with hydrogen evolution for treatment of secondary wastewater effluents (1/1/2019-31/12/2021)
    Source: General Research Fund (GRF), RGC
    Project No.: 16200918

  • Simultaneous Endocrine Disruptor Photodegradation and Sewage Disinfection using Magnetically Separable Photocatalysts Activated by Visible Light (01/01/ 2018 – 31/12/ 2020)
    Source: General Research Fund (GRF), RGC
    Project No.: 16200117

  • Environmental Behaviors of Arsenic-loaded Zero-Valent Iron Nanoparticles in Subsurface System (01/01/2017 - 31/12/2020)
    Source: National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) /
    Research Grants Council (RGC) Joint Research Scheme
    Project No.: N_HKUST603/16

  • Development and application of highly efficient bismuth oxyhalide-based visible-light-driven magnetic photocatalysts for PPCP removal from sewage (1/11/2016-30/04/2018)
    Source: Innovation and Technology Fund (ITF)
    Project No.: ITS_024-16
  • Zeng, X., Lan, S., and Lo, I.M.C. (2019). Rapid Disinfection of E. coli by Ternary BiVO4/Ag/g-C3N4 Composite under Visible Light: Photocatalysis Mechanism and Performance Investigation in Authentic Sewage. Environmental Science: Nano. 6, 610-623.
  • Fang, Liping; Shi, Qiantao; Nguyen, Jessica; WU, Baile; Wang, Zimeng; Lo, I.M.C.* (2017). Removal Mechanisms of Phosphate by Lanthanum Hydroxide Nanorods: Investigations using EXAFS, ATR-FTIR, DFT, and Surface Complexation Modeling Approaches. Environment Science & Technology. 51(21), 12377-12384.
  • Fang, L.P.; Wu, B. and Lo, I.M.C.* (2017) Fabrication of silica-free superparamagnetic ZrO2@ Fe3O4 with enhanced phosphate recovery from sewage: Performance and adsorption mechanism, Chemical Engineering Journal, 319, 258-267.
  • Khan, M. and Lo, I.M.C.* (2016). A holistic review of hydrogel applications in the adsorptive removal of aqueous pollutants: Recent progress, challenges, and perspectives. Water Research, 259–271.
  • Xia, D.H. and Lo, I.M.C.* (2016). Synthesis of magnetically separable Bi2O4/Fe3O4 hybrid nanocomposites with enhanced photocatalytic removal of ibuprofen under visible light irradiation. Water Research, 100, 393-404.