Professor Lianzhou Wang

ARC Laureate Fellow

Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology

ARC Laureate Fellow

School of Chemical Engineering
Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology
l.wang@uq.edu.au
+61 7 336 54218

Overview

Biography:

Lianzhou Wang is Professor and Australian Research Council (ARC) Australian Laureate Fellow in School of Chemical Engineering, Director of Nanomaterials Centre (Nanomac), and Senior Group Leader of Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (AIBN), The University of Queensland. He received his PhD degree from Shanghai Institute of Ceramics, Chinese Academy of Sciences in 1999. Before joining UQ in 2004, he has worked at two leading national research institutions (NIMS and AIST) of Japan as a research fellow for five years. Since joining UQ, he has worked as ARC Queen Elizabeth II Fellow (2006), Senior Lecturer (2007), Associate Professor (2010), Professor (2012-now) and ARC Future Fellow (2012-16), and is now an ARC Australian Laureate Fellow (2019-24) at Chemical Engineering School and AIBN.

Research:

Professor Wang's research focuses on the synthesis, characterisation and application of semiconductor nanomaterials for use in renewable energy conversion/storage systems including photocatalytsts for solar hydrogen and valuable chemical production, rechargeable batteries and low cost solar cells. In late 2018, his team has broken the certified efficiency world record of quantum dot solar cells, achieving 16.6%, which was recognised in the highly influential Best Research-Cell Efficiencies chart ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solar_cell_efficiency ). In the last years' time, as a Chief Investigator, he has attracted a large number of competitive research funds from ARC, CRC, CSIRO and industry. Prof. Wang has contributed 3 edited books, 14 edited book chapters, more than 500 journal publications (including top ranking journals such as Science, Nature Energy, Chem. Rev., Chem Soc. Rev., Nature Commmun, Angew. Chem., Adv. Mater., J. Am Chem. Soc., etc.), filed 18 patents and delivered over 100 plenary/keynote/invited presentations. His publications have received >38,000 citations with a H-index of 108 (Google Scholar). Prof. Wang is serving as Associate Editor/Editorial Board member of more than six international journals including Advanced Materials (Wiley Publishing group, Impact factor 30.85). He is named on the list of the Clarivate’ Highly Cited Researchers (Top 0.1% researcher in the world).

Prof. Wang has won a number of prestigious Fellowships/awards including STA Fellowship of Japan, ARC QEII Fellowship of 2006, UQ Research Excellence Award of 2008, Scopus Young Researcher Award of 2011, ARC Future Fellowship of 2012, UQ Research Supervision Award of 2018, ARC Australian Laureate Fellowship of 2019, and Research Excellence Award in Chemcial Engieering of 2019. Prof. Wang is the elected fellow of Royal Society of Chemistry, Academia Europaea and Queensland Academy of Arts and Science.

Teaching and RHD supervision activities

  • Lecturer of second year undergraduate core course CHEE2003 Fluid & Particle Mechanics and fourth year engineering course CHEE4301 Nanomaterials and Their Characterisation
  • Research Supervision: 36 RHDs awarded, current supervisor of 17 PhD students & 15 Postdoctoral Fellows/Research Fellows/Senior Research Fellows.

Research Interests

  • Semiconductor nanomaterials for solar energy conversion and storage applications
    Design and development of functional semiconductor nanomaterials for energy conversion and storage applications including photocatalysis for solar fuel production, low cost solar cells and rechargeable batteries

Research Impacts

Wang’s achievements have not only established him as a world leader in the design and preparation of innovative semiconductor materials, but have also advanced important industrial applications of material engineering, chemical engineering, and nanotechnology in critical domains of renewable energy conversion and storage applications, including artifical leaf for solar fuel hydrogen production, high efficiency low cost solar cells, and printed batteries, which have attracted over 200 media/news coverage. Some research impact stories are listed below:

1. Ultrastable functional composite glasses for clean energy conversion

https://www.uq.edu.au/news/article/2021/10/uq-research-unlocks-technology-produce-unbreakable-screens

2. New generation quantum dot solar cells with world record efficiency

https://stories.uq.edu.au/news/eait/2020/solar-technology-breakthrough-uq/index.html

3. New artificial leaf for harnessing solar energy to produce renewable hydrogen and to reduce CO2 emission.

https://aibn.uq.edu.au/article/2019/01/designing-artificial-leaves-capture-co2

4. Printed batteries

https://stories.uq.edu.au/research/bending-the-rules-with-flexible-batteries/index.html

5. Long lifespan battery materials

https://www.uq.edu.au/news/article/2022/03/uq-research-keep-batteries-going-and-going%E2%80%A6

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Engineering, Chinese Acad.Sc.
  • Master of Engineering, Nanjing University of Technology
  • Bachelor of Engineering, Shandong

Publications

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Supervision

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Available Projects

  • As part of the prestigious Australian Research Council Laureate Fellowship program on new artificial leave design for solar fuel production, this PhD program will focus on the design and development of new light absorbing materials that can efficiently conversion solar energy to drive key reactions mimicking the natural photosynthesis, so called artificial photosynthesis, for valuable chemicals like hydrogen and alcohol production.

    Supervisor – Professor Lianzhou Wang, l.wang@uq.edu.au

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Publications

Book

  • Zetian Mi, Lianzhou Wang and Chennupati Jagadish eds. (2017). Semiconductors for photocatalysis. Semiconductors and Semimetals, Cambridge, MA, United States: Academic Press (Elsevier).

  • Lianzhou Wang, Nobuhito Imanaka, Waltraud M. Kriven, Manabu Fukushima and Girish Kale eds. (2016). Ceramics for environmental systems. Ceramic Transactions, Hoboken, NJ, United States: John Wiley & Sons. doi: 10.1002/9781119234463

Book Chapter

  • Wang, Zhiliang and Wang, Lianzhou (2021). Bridging homogeneous and heterogeneous systems - photoelectrodes for CO2 electrochemical conversion. Carbon Dioxide Electrochemistry: Homogeneous and Heterogeneous Catalysis. (pp. 287-316) Cambridge, United Kingdom: Royal Society of Chemistry. doi: 10.1039/9781788015844-00287

  • Hu, Han, Wang, Songcan and Wang, Lianzhou (2018). Functionalization of chemically derived graphene for photocatalysis. Chemically derived graphene. (pp. 128-154) Cambridge, United Kingdom: Royal Society of Chemistry. doi: 10.1039/9781788012829-00128

  • Wang, Songcan, Yun, Jung-Ho and Wang, Lianzhou (2017). Nanostructured semiconductors for bifunctional photocatalytic and photoelectrochemical energy conversion. Semiconductors and semimetals: semiconductors for photocatalysis. (pp. 315-347) London, United Kingdom: Academic Press. doi: 10.1016/bs.semsem.2017.02.003

  • Mi, Zetian, Wang, Lianzhou and Jagadish, Chennupati (2017). Preface. Semiconductors for photocatalysis. (pp. xiii-xiv) edited by Zetian Mi, Lianzhou Wang and Chennupati Jagadish. San Diego, CA, United States: Elsevier. doi: 10.1016/S0080-8784(17)30023-6

  • Wang, Lianzhou, Imanaka, Nobuhito, Kriven, Waltraud M., Fukushima, Manabu and Kale, Girish (2016). Preface. Ceramics for environmental systems. (pp. vii-vii) Hoboken, NJ United States: Wiley-Blackwell. doi: 10.1002/9781119234463.fmatter

  • Bai, Yang, Li, Zhen, Amal, Rose and Wang, Lianzhou (2016). Design of novel nanostructured photoanode materials for low-cost and efficient dye-sensitized solar cell applications. Nanomaterials science and application. (pp. 231-288) edited by Deborah Kane, Adam Micolich and Peter Roger. Singapore, Singapore: Pan Stanford Publishing. doi: 10.4032/9789814669733

  • Zong, Xu, Lu, Gaoqing (Max) and Wang, Lianzhou (2015). Nonmetal doping in TiO2 toward visible-light-induced photocatalysis. Environmental Photochemistry Part III. (pp. 87-113) edited by Detlef W. Bahnemann and Peter K.J. Robertson. Berlin, Germany: Springer. doi: 10.1007/698_2013_249

  • Ye, Delai, Yu, Hua and Wang, Lianzhou (2015). Two-dimensional metal oxide nanosheets: novel building blocks for advanced functional materials. Nanotubes and nanosheets: functionalization and applications of boron nitride and other nanomaterials. (pp. 233-256) edited by Ying (Ian) Chen. Boca Raton, FL United States: CRC Press. doi: 10.1201/b18073

  • Zong, Xu, Lu, Gaoqing Max and Wang, Lianzhou (2013). Nanomaterials for water splitting. Nanocatalysis: synthesis and applications. (pp. 495-560) edited by Vivek Polshettiwar and Tewodros Asefa. Hoboken, NJ, United States: Wiley. doi: 10.1002/9781118609811.ch14

  • Klaysom, Chalida, Ladewig, Bradley P., Lu, G.Q. Max and Wang, Lianzhou (2013). Recent advances in ion exchange membranes for desalination applications. Functional Nanostructured Materials and Membranes for Water Treatment. (pp. 125-161) edited by Mikel Duke, Dongyuan Zhao and Raphael Semiat. Weinheim, Germany: Wiley-VCH Verlag. doi: 10.1002/9783527668502.ch6

  • Chen, Hongjun and Wang, Lianzhou (2013). Semiconductor-based nanostructures for photoelectrochemical sensors and biosensors. Nanoscale sensors. (pp. 87-118) edited by Shibin Li, Jiang Wu, Zhiming M. Wang and Yadong Jiang. Heidelberg, Germany: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-02772-2__4

  • Barth, Friedrich G., Humphrey, Joseph A.C. and Srinivasan, Mandyam V. (2012). Preface. Frontiers in sensing: from biology to engineering. (pp. V-VI) edited by Friedrich G. Barth, Joseph A. C. Humphrey and Mandyam V. Srinivasan. New York, NY, United States: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-3-211-99749-9

  • Wang, Lianzhou, Zhu, Yingchun, Tang, Fengqiu and Lu, Max G.Q. (2010). Exfoliated two-dimensional nanosheets for self-assembly of new nanostructures. Bio-Inspired Materials Synthesis. (pp. 99-122) edited by Yangeng Gao. Kerala, India: Research Signpost.

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Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

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Completed Supervision

Possible Research Projects

Note for students: The possible research projects listed on this page may not be comprehensive or up to date. Always feel free to contact the staff for more information, and also with your own research ideas.

  • As part of the prestigious Australian Research Council Laureate Fellowship program on new artificial leave design for solar fuel production, this PhD program will focus on the design and development of new light absorbing materials that can efficiently conversion solar energy to drive key reactions mimicking the natural photosynthesis, so called artificial photosynthesis, for valuable chemicals like hydrogen and alcohol production.

    Supervisor – Professor Lianzhou Wang, l.wang@uq.edu.au