Research Interests

Professor Wang focuses on photo-electrocatalysis and photocatalysis for water splitting and water contaminant destruction; interfacial materials for water collection, oil/water separation, oil spill cleanup, anti-fouling surfaces; pore size modulation and multi-functionalization of nanoporous materials for water purification; and environmental sensor development.​

Selected Publications

Education Profile

  • ​Ph.D., Environmental Science and Management, University of California, Santa Barbara, USA
  • M.A., Environmental Science and Management, University of California, Santa Barbara, USA
  • M.S., Environmental Science, Sun Yat-Sen University, China
  • B.S., Environmental Science, Nanjing University, China

Professional Profile

  • ​2014-Present: Associate Professor, KAUST, Saudi Arabia
  • 2009-2014: Assistant Professor, KAUST, Saudi Arabia
  • 2008-2008: Postdoctoral Fellow, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Scientific and Professional Memberships

  • Member, Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors (AEESP)
  • Member, American Chemistry Society (ACS)
  • Member, International Water Association (IWA)
  • Member, Sustainable Nanotechnology Organization (SNO)
  • Member, American Water Resource Association (AWRA)
  • Member, Material Research Society (MRS)


  • ​​Five-Year Service Award, 05/2015, KAUST
  • Community Recycling Champion, 07/2014, KAUST
  • Certificate of Merit Award, American Chemical Society, Division of Environmental Chemistry, 2013
  • Fellowship, University of California Toxic Substances Research and Training Program (TSR&TP) for Nanotoxicology, 2006-2007
  • Keller Water Quality Award, Bren School, UCSB, 2003-2004
  • “The Most Hardworking and Dedicated” Award – Voted by Class of 2004, Master of Environmental Science and Management, Bren School, UCSB, 2002-2004
  • Jeff Dozier Fellowship, Bren School, UCSB, 2002-2004​

KAUST Affiliations

  • ​Water Desalination and Reuse Center (WDRC)
  • Division of Biological and Environmental Sciences and Engineering (BESE)​