Research Interests

Professor Wang focuses on conversion and utilization of sustainable energy towards significant applications at the water-energy-climate nexus, including seawater desalination, atmospheric water harvesting, smart cooling, brine treatment with zero liquid discharge, resource recovery from wastewater, etc.

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

  • 2019-Present: Professor, KAUST, Saudi Arabia
  • ​2014-2019: 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

  • Associate Editor: Environmental Science & Technology, (2020-present)
  • Advisory Board Member: Advanced Sustainable Systems (2017- present)
  • Member, Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors (AEESP), American Chemistry Society (ACS), International Water Association (IWA), Sustainable Nanotechnology Organization (SNO), Material Research Society (MRS)


  • Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz International Prize for Water (PSIPW), in the category 'Alternative Water Resources', 2020 (link)
  • CAPEES/Nanova Frontier Research Award, 2020 (link)
  • Top 2% of Researcher Globally, Stanford University ranking, 2020 (link)
  • Emerging Investigator, Environmental Science: Nano (The inaugural emerging investigator of the journal), 2018 (link)

KAUST Affiliations

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