Publications

  • Journal Papers
  • Invention Patent
  1. Yue, T., Sun, W., Hu, Y., Z. Xu, 2019, Mechanism of goethite precipitation on magnetite and maghemite nanoparticles studied by surface complexation/precipitation modeling, Langmuir, in press.
  2.  Wang, C., Najafi, A., Masliyah, J., Liu, Q. and Z. Xu, 2019, Flocculant-assisted dewatering of fluid fine tailings using a volute screw press, Can. J. Chem. Eng., 97: 74-83.
  3. Chen, Q., Zhu, Y., Wang, M., Ren, G., Liu, Q., Xu, Z. and D. Sun, 2019, Viscosity reduction of extra-heavy oil using toluene in water emulsions, Colloids Surfaces A, 560: 252-259.
  4.  Chen, X., Ma, X., Yan, C., Sun, D., Yeung, T. and Z. Xu, 2019, CO2-responsive O/W microemulsions prepared using a switchable superamphiphile assembled by electrostatic interactions, J. Colloid Interface sci., 534: 595-604.
  5. Tang, Y., Zhang, X., Choi, P., Xu, Z. and Q. Liu, 2019, Contributions of van der Waals interaction and hydrophobic attraction to molecular adhesions on a hydrophobic MoS2 surface in water, Langmuir, 47: 14196-14203.
  6. Wang, Z., Ren, G., Yang, J., Xu, Z. and D. Sun, 2019, CO2-responsive aqueous foams stabilized by pseudogemini surfactants, J. Colloid Interface Sci., 536: 381-388.
  7. Liang, C., He, X., Liu, Q. and Z. Xu, 2018, Adsorption-based synthesis of magnetically responsive and interfacially active composite nanoparticles for dewatering of water-in-diluted bitumen emulsions, Energy & Fuels, 32: 8078-8089.
  8. Qiao, P., Harbottle, D., Li, Z., Tang, Y. and Z. Xu, 2018, Interactions of asphaltene subfractions in organic media of varying aromaticity, Energy & Fuels, 32: 10478-10485.
  9. Zhang, X., Manica, R., Tang, Y., Tchoukov, P., Liu, Q. and Z. Xu, 2018, Probing boundary conditions at hydrophobic solid-water interfaces by dynamic film drainage measurement, Langmuir, 34: 12025-12035.
  10. Ren, D., Xu, S., Sun, D., Wang, Q. and Z. Xu, 2018, CO2-switchable dispersion of a natural chitosan and its application as a responsive Pickering emulsifier, Colloids Surfaces A, 555: 507-514.
  11. Liu, B., Manica, R., Zhang, X., Bussonniere, A., Xu, Z., Xie, G. and Q. Liu, 2018, Dynamic interaction between a millimeter size bubble and surface microbubbles in water, Langmuir, 34: 11667-11675.
  12. Jackman, M., Bussonniere, A., Leung, H., Xu, Z., Tsai, P. and Q. Liu, 2018, Effect of temperature on foamability using a thermoresponsive polymer, AIP Advances, 8: 075320.
  13. Li, Z., Xiong, Y., Sun, S., Zhang, L., Li, S., Liu, X., Xu, Z. and S. Xu, 2018, Tri-layer nonwoven membrane with shutdown property and high robustness as a high-safety lithium ion battery separator, J. Membrane Sci., 565: 50-60.
  14. Ren, G., Wang, M., Wang, L., Wang, Z., Chen, Q., Xu, Z. and D. Sun, 2018, Dynamic covalent silica nanoparticles for pH-switchable Pickering emulsions, Langmuir, 34: 5798-5806.
  15. Ye, R., Lin, L., Li, Q., Zhou, Z., Wang, T., Russell, C., Adidharma, H., Xu, Z., Yao, Y. and M. Fan, 2018, Recent progress in improving the stability of copper-based catalysts for hydrogenation of carbon–oxygen bonds, Catal. Sci. Technol., 8: 3428-3449.
  16. Yu, K., Zhang, H., Biggs, S., Xu, Z., Cayre, O. and D. Harbottle, 2018, The rheology of polyvinylpyrrolidone-coated silica nanoparticles positioned at an air-aqueous interfaces,  J. Colloid Interface Sci., 527: 346-355.
  17. Mhatre, S., Simon, S., Sjöblom, J. and Z. Xu, 2018, Demulsifier assisted film thinning and coalescence in crude oil emulsions under DC electric fields, Chemical Engineering Research and Design, 134:  117-129.
  18. Ayirala, S. C., Yousef, A. A., Li, Z. and Z. Xu, 2018, Coalescence of crude oil droplets in brine systems:  effect of individual electrolytes, Energy & Fuels, 32:  5763-5771.
  19. Tao, H., Liu, S., Luo, J. L., Choi, P., Liu, Q. and Z. Xu, 2018, Descriptor of catalytic activity of metal sulfides for oxygen reduction reaction:  a potential indicator for mineral flotation, Journal of Materials Chemistry A, 6:  9650-9656.
  20. Zhu, Y., Yan, C., Liu, Q., Masliyah, J. and Z. Xu, 2018, Biodiesel-assisted ambient aqueous bitumen extraction (BA3BE) from Athabasca oil sands, Energy & Fuels, 32:  6565-6576.
  21. Irfan, M., Bisson, T., Bobicki, E., Arguelles-Vivas, F., Xu, Z., Liu, Q. and T. Babadagli, 2018, CO2 storage in saline aquifers by dissolution and residual trapping under supercritical conditions: An experimental investigation, Colloids Surfaces A, 548: 37-45.
  22. Tang, Y., Zhang, X., Choi, P., Manica, R., Liu, Q. and Z. Xu, 2018, Single-molecule MoS2-polymer interaction and efficient aqueous exfoliation of MoS2 into single-layer, J. Phys. Chem. C, 122: 8262-8269.
  23. Tang, Y., Zhang, X., Choi, P., Liu, Q. and Z. Xu, 2018, Underwater adhesion of a stimuli-responsive polymer on highly oriented pyrolytic graphite: A single-molecule force study, J. Phys. Chem. C, 122: 6721-6729.
  24. Pensini, E., Tchoukov, P., Yang, F. and Z. Xu, 2018, Effect of humic acids on bitumen films at the oil-water interface and on emulsion stability: potential implications for ground water remediation, Colloids Surfaces A:, 544: 53-59.
  25. Anvari, M., Liu, Q., Xu, Z., P. Choi, 2018, Molecular dynamics study of hydrophilic sphalerite (110) surface as modified by normal and branched butylthiols, Langmuir, 34: 3363-3373.
  26. Liu, S., Tao, H., Liu, Q., Xu, Z., Liu, Q. and J. Luo, 2018, Rational design of silver sulfide nanowires for efficient CO2 electroreduction in ionic liquid, ACS Catalysis, 8: 1469-1475.
  27. Liu, S., Wang, X., Tao, H., Li, T., Liu, Q., Xu, Z., Fu, X. and J. Luo, 2018, Ultrathin 5-fold twinned sub-25nm silver nanowires enable highly selective electroreduction of CO2 to CO, Nano Energy, 45: 456-462.
  28. Xiong, Y., Li, Z., Cao, T., Xu, S., Yuan, S., Sjoblom, J. and Z. Xu, 2018, Synergistic adsorption of polyaromatic compounds on silica surfaces studied by molecular dynamics simulation, J. Phys. Chem. C, 122: 4290-4299.
  29. Yue, T., Xu, Z., Hu, Y., Han, H. and W. Sun, 2018, Magnetic separation and recycling of goethite and calcium sulfate in zinc hydrometallurgy in the presence of maghemite fine particles, ACS Sustainable Chem. Eng., 6: 1532-1538.
  30. Chen, Q., Cao, T., Xiong, Y., Wang, C., Lin, Z., Chen, Z., Xu, S. and Z. Xu, 2018, Understanding interactions between clay and model coal surfaces in electrolyte solutions by a QCM-D with dissipation study, Energy Fuels, 32: 233-240.
  31. Yang, F., Tchoukov, P., Qiao, P., Ma, X., Pensini, E., Dabros, T., Czarnecki, J. and Z. Xu, 2018, Studying demulsification mechanisms of water-in-crude oil emulsions using a modified thin liquid film technique, Colloids Surfaces A:, 540: 215-223.
  32. Li, Z., Wang, W., Han, Y., Zhang, L., Li, S., Tang, B., Xu, S. and Z. Xu, 2018, Ether modified poly (ether ether ketone) nonwoven membrane with excellent wettability and stability as a lithium ion battery separator, J. Power Sources, 378: 176-183.
  33. Liu, S., Zhong, H., Liu, G. and Z. Xu, 2018, Cu(I)/Cu(II) mixed-valence surface complexes of S-[(2-hydroxyamino)-2-oxoethyl]-N,N-dibutyldithiocarbamate: Hydrophobic mechanism to malachite flotation, J. Colloids Interface Sci., 512, 701-712.

Patents

P7    Gupta, R., Xu, Z., Clark, I. and H. Yang, Bromination process, 2012, US Patent 8,198,208.

P6    Masliyah, J., Wallwork, V. and Z. Xu, Oil assisted (oily bubble) bitumen flotation process in oil sands extraction, 2012, Canadian Patent 2,421,471.

P5    Kuznicki, S., Kelly, D., Mitlin, D. and Z. Xu, Mercury adsorption using zeolite supported metallic nanodots, PCT WO2008/070988 A1, 2007; US patent Application 2010/0050868.

P4     Xu, Z., Liu, J. and Z. Zhou, Reactive oily bubble carriers in flotation processes and methods of generation and uses thereof, 2005, US Patent 6,959,815.

P3     Beetge, J.H., Kasongo, T., Komishke, B., Li, H., Long, J., Masliyah, J., Venter, J., Wang, S. and Z. Xu, Processing aids for enhanced hydrocarbon recovery from oil sands, oil shale and other petroleum residues, 2005, PCT WO 2005/028592 A1.

P2     Choung, J., Szymanski, J. and Z. Xu, Process for treating fine coal particles, 2004, US Patent 6,767,465 (licensed to Energy Pacific, USA).

P1     Xu, Z. and Y. Gu, Magnetic nano particles for bioseparation applications, 2003, PCT 03/005029 A2.

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