Renyuan Li, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellows

Postdoctoral Fellow

Research Interests

Renyuan Li's research focuses on atmospheric water harvesting for water/energy-related applications.

Selected Publications

  • Photovoltaic panel cooling by atmospheric water sorption–evaporation cycle
    R. Li, Y. Shi, M. Wu, S. Hong, P. Wang
    Nature Sustainability, (2020)
  • Improving atmospheric water production yield: Enabling multiple water harvesting cycles with nano sorbent
    R. Li, Y. Shi, M. Wu, S. Hong, P. Wang
    Nano Energy, Volume 67, p. 104255, (2020)
  • 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)
  • Harvesting Water from Air: Using Anhydrous Salt with Sunlight
    R. Li, Y. Shi, L. Shi, M. Alsaedi, P. Wang
    Environmental Science & Technology, (2018)
  • MXene Ti3C2: An Effective 2D Light-to-Heat Conversion Material
    R. Li, L. Zhang , L. Shi, P. Wang
    ACS Nano, Volume 11, Issue 4, pp. 3752-3759, (2017)
  • Rational design of nanomaterials for water treatment
    R. Li, L. Zhanga and P. Wang
    Nanoscale, (2015)


  • Ph.D., Environmental Science and Engineering, KAUST, KSA, 2019
  • MSc., Environmental Science and Engineering, KAUST, KSA, 2016
  • ​B.Eng., Beijing University of Science and T​echnology, Beijing, China, 2014

Professional Profile

  • 2020 - Present: Postdoctoral fellow, WDRC, KAUST, KSA​

KAUST Affiliations

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

Research Interests Keywords

Environmental Nanotechnology Atmospheric Water Harvesting Photothermal Water desalination