Professor Xiwang Zhang

Endowed Dow Chair in Sust Eng Innov

School of Chemical Engineering
Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology
+61 7 336 54728


Prof. Xiwang Zhang is Endowed Dow Chair in Sustainable Engineering Innovation, Director of UQ Dow Centre, and ARC Future Fellow in the School of Chemical Engineering at the University of Queensland. He was the Founding Director of ARC Industry Transformation Research Hub for Energy-efficient Separation and the Deputy Director of Monash Centre for Membrane Innovation at Monash University before he moved to UQ. His research focuses on membrane and advanced oxidation technologies for energy-efficient separation, water and wastewater treatment, resource recovery, green chemical synthesis and renewable energy generation.

Prof. Zhang has more than 15 years of R&D experience in both academia and industry with demonstrated achievements in technology development and translation. Prof. Zhang was the recipient of the prestigious ARC Australian Research Fellowship, and Monash Larkins Fellowship. He was selected as a Fellow of The Royal Society of Chemistry in 2020.

Prof. Zhang has authored more than 200 peer-reviewed journal papers, including in Nature Materials, Nature Sustainability, Nature Communications, Science Advances, Energy & Environmental Science, Advanced Materials, J. Am. Chem. Soc, Advanced functional materials, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., ACS Catalysis, Applied Catalysis B, Water Research, Environmental Science & Technology, and Journal of Membrane Science. Prof. Zhang’s research achievements have been covered by more than 50 media outlets from more than 10 countries, including The Australian, ABC radio, Global Times, Science Daily.


  • Bachelor of Environmental Engineering, ChinaU.M.T
  • Master of Environmental Engineering, Xi'an University of Architecture and Technology
  • PhD, Chinese Acad.Sc.


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Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • Zubir, Nor Aida, Da Costa, João C. Diniz, Yacou, Christelle, Motuzas, Julius and Zhang, Xiwang (2016). Physico-chemical properties of zinc partially substituted magnetite nanoparticles. 1st International Conference on Advanced Science, Engineering and Technology, ICASET 2015, Penang, Malaysia, 21 - 22 December 2015. Melville, NY, United States: A I P Publishing LLC. doi: 10.1063/1.4965084

  • Zhang, Xiwang, Wang, David K. and Diniz da Costa, João C. (2014). Recent progresses on fabrication of photocatalytic membranes for water treatment. SP4 2013: Fourth International Conference on Semiconductor Photochemistry, Prague, Czech Republic, 23-27 June, 2013. Amsterdam, Netherlands: Elsevier. doi: 10.1016/j.cattod.2013.11.019

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

Completed Supervision