Kaijie Yang, Ph.D.

Research Scientists

Research scientist

Research Interests

Yang's research focuses on water sustainability, particularly solar-driven freshwater production technologies, such as solar evaporation, and solar-driven atmospheric water harvesting.

Selected Publications

  • Three-dimensional open architecture enabling salt-rejection solar evaporators with boosted water production efficiency. Yang, K.; Pan, T.; Dang, S.; Gan, Q. *; Han, Y. * Nat. Comm., 2022, 13, 6653.
  • Simultaneous generation of atmospheric water and electricity using a hygroscopic aerogel with fast sorption kinetics. Yang, K.; Pan, T.; Pinnau, I.; Han, Y.*  Nano Energy, 2020, 78, 105326.
  • A roadmap to sorption-based atmospheric water harvesting: from molecular sorption mechanism to sorbent design and system optimization. Yang, K.; Pan, T.; Lei, Q.; Dong, X.; Cheng, Q.; Han, Y.*  Environ. Sci. Technol., 2021, 55, 6542–6560.
  • Aggregation, adsorption, and morphological transformation of graphene oxide in aqueous solutions containing different metal cations. Yang, K.; Chen, B.*; Zhu, X.; Xing, B. Environ. Sci. Technol., 2016, 50, 11066-11075.
  • Hollow spherical SiO2 micro-container encapsulation of LiCl for high-performance simultaneous heat reallocation and seawater desalination. Yang, K.; Shi, Y.; Wu, M.; Wang, W.; Jin, Y.; Li, R.; Shahzad, M. W.; Nga, K. C.; Wang, P.*  J. Mater. Chem. A, 2020, 8, 1887-1895.
  • Facile fabrication of freestanding all-carbon activated carbon membranes for high-performance and universal pollutant management. Yang, K.; Zhu, X.; Chen, B.* J. Mater. Chem. A, 2017, 5, 20316-20326.
  • Facile fabrication of stable monolayer and few-layer graphene nanosheets as superior sorbents for persistent aromatic pollutant management in water. Yang, K.; Wang, J.; Chen, B.*  J. Mater. Chem. A, 2014, 2, 18219-18224.


Ph.D., Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China, 2018

Professional Profile

  • 2022 - Present: Research scientist, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia
  • 2018 - 2022: Postdoctoral fellow, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia


  • Excellent Postgraduate Student’s Prize of Zhejiang University, 2018
  • ACS Best Student Oral Presentation Prize at 9th NCEC, 2017

KAUST Affiliations

  • Water Desalination and Reuse Center (WDRC)
  • Physical Science and Engineering Division (PSE)​​