Jean-Philippe Croué, is Professor in Environmental Science and Engineering at Curtin University Perth, Australia and director of the Curtin Water Quality Research Centre since September 2014. He was previously Professor at KAUST, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia from September 2009 to September 2014 where he was conducting his research at the Water Desalination and Reuse Center. He was Professor at the University of Poitiers in France from 1989 to 2009. He obtained is M.Sc. in Environmental Engineering from the University of Chambery – France in 1983 and his Ph.D. degree from the University of Poitiers –France in 1987.
Prof. Croué significantly contributed to the development of a more advanced knowledge of the structure/composition of so-called "humic and non-humic substances" in natural water and urban wastewater effluents using advanced analytical characterization tools. This investigation helped to better understand the environmental related properties (i.e., sorption, photosensitizer) of NOM. Based on this strong knowledge of NOM/EfOM structure from isolation/structural characterization work, his research on oxidant reactivity (i.e., chlorine, chloramines, ozone, AOPs) provided significant understanding of the reaction mechanisms inducing oxidant demand and leading to the production of toxic Disinfection By-Products. A large part of his research activity is also related to organic matter/surface interactions with significant contribution to membrane filtration (high and low-pressure membranes), mainly focusing on organic fouling and biofouling i.e., structural characterization of foulant and impact on membrane performance.