Peng Wang, Ph.D.



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

  • Designing a next generation solar crystallizer for real seawater brine treatment with zero liquid discharge
    C. Zhang, Y.Shi, L. Shi, H. Li, R.Li, S. Hong, S. Zhuo, T. Zhang, P.Wang
    Nature Communications, Vol. 12., Article #998, (2021)
  • Integrated solar-driven PV cooling and seawater desalination with zero liquid discharge
    W. Wang, S. Aleid, Y. Shi, C. Zhang, R. Li, M. Wu, S. Zhuo, P. Wang
    Joule, Vol. 5, Issue 7, 21 pp. 1873-188 (2021)
  • Photovoltaic panel cooling by atmospheric water sorption–evaporation cycle 
    R. Li, Y. Shi, M. Wu, S. Hong, P. Wang
    Nature Sustainability, (2020)
  • Simultaneous production of fresh water and electricity via multistage solar photovoltaic membrane distillation 
    W. Wang, Y. Shi, C. Zhang, S. Hong, L. Shi, J. Chang, R. Li, Y. Jin, C. Ong, S. Zhuo, P. W...
    Nature Communications, Vol. 10, Article No. 3012, (2019)
  • Two-Dimensional Ti3C2Tx MXene Membranes as Nanofluidic Osmotic Power Generators 
    S. Hong, F. Ming, Y. Shi, R. Li, I.S. Kim, C.Y. Tang, H.N. Alshareef, P. Wang
    ACS Nano 2019, Vol.13, Issue 8, pp.8917-8925, (2019)
  • Multi-functional 3D honeycomb ceramic plate for clean water production by heterogeneous photo-Fenton reaction and solar-driven water evaporation 
    L. Shi, Y. Shi, Z. Zhuo, C. Zhang, Y. Aldrees, S. Aleid, P. Wang
    Nano Energy, volume 60, pp. 222-230, (2019)
  • The rise of nano-enabled photothermal materials for water evaporation and clean water production by sunlight 
    P. Wang
    Environmental Science: Nano, Emerging Investigator Series, (2018)
  • Harvesting Water from Air: Using Anhydrous Salt with Sunlight 
    R. Li, Y. Shi, L. Shi, M. Alsaedi, P. Wang
    Environmental Science & Technology, (2018)
  • Solar Evaporator with Controlled Salt Precipitation for Zero Liquid Discharge Desalination 
    Y. Shi, C. Zhang, R. Li, S. Zhuo, Y. Jin, L. Shi, S. Hong, J. Chang, C. Ong, P. Wang
    Environmental Science & Technology, volume 52, issue 20, pp. ..., (2018)
  • A Hybrid Hydrogel with High Water Vapor Harvesting Capacity for Deployable Solar-Driven Atmospheric Water Generator 
    R. Li, Y. Shi, M. Alsaedi, M. Wu, L. Shi, P. Wang
    Environmental Science & Technology, (2018)


  • ​Ph.D., Environmental Science and Management, University of California, Santa Barbara, USA, 2008
  • M.A., Environmental Science and Management, University of California, Santa Barbara, USA, 2004
  • M.S., Environmental Science, Sun Yat-Sen University, China, 2002
  • B.S., Environmental Science, Nanjing University, China, 1997

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 Membership

  • 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)​

Research Interests Keywords

Environmental Nanotechnology Photothermal conversion Solar steam generation Desalination Thermal processes Zero-liquid discharge Salt crystallization Resource recovery