Zhao Xia

PhD Students

PhD student


Research Interests

  • Characterization of the sedimentation process of kaolinite suspensions
  • Durability of red stratum sandstone in different slaking fluids
  • Experimental studies and theoretical modelling of cement-stabilized granular materials
  • Multi scale studies on the physical and mechanical properties of kaolin in salt environments

Selected Publications

  • Kang, X., Xia, Z., Chen, R., Liu, P., Yang, W. (2019). Effects of inorganic cations and organic polymers on the physicochemical properties and microfabrics of kaolinite suspensions. Applied Clay Science, 176, pp. 38–48.
  • Xia, Z., Liu, X., Gu, J. (2019). Laboratory investigation and modelling of the thermal-mechanical properties of soil in shallow mineralized groundwater area. Geofluids, 2019, p.1-21.
  • Xia, Z., Chen, R., Kang, X. (2019). Laboratory characterization and modelling of the thermal-mechanical properties of binary soil mixtures. Soils and Foundations, 59, p. 2167-2179.
  • Kang, X., Lei, H., Xia, Z.* (2020). A comparative study of modified fall cone method and semi-adiabatic calorimetry for the measurement of setting time of cement based materials. Construction and Building Materials, 248, 118634.
  • Liu, X., Song, Y., Xia, Z.*, Chen, R. (2020). Assessing the slake durability of red stratum sandstone in different solution environments by a novel dual rotation test. Engineering Geology, 267, 105503.


BS, Civil Engineering, Chang’an University, Xi’an, China (2013-2017)

MS, Civil Engineering, Hunan University, Changsha, China (2017-2020)


  • Outstanding graduates of Hunan Province (2020)
  • Outstanding graduates of Hunan University (2020)
  • National Scholarship of Graduate Student (2018, 2019)
  • Outstanding Graduate Student Award (2018, 2019)
  • The First Level Scholarship of Hunan University (2017, 2018, 2019)
  • Excellent Graduation Project Award (2017)

KAUST Affiliations

  • Ali I. Al-Naimi Petroleum Engineering Research Center (ANPERC)
  • Division of Physical Science and Engineering (PSE)