People

Peng Wang

Principal Investigator
Associate Professor ​​​​​​​​​​​

Introduction

Professor Wang joined KAUST in September 2009 as one of the founding faculty members and he is currently Associate Professor of Environmental Science and Engineering (EnSE). He was the program chair of EnSE from January 2013 to January 2017. Professor Wang is a passionate badminton player and enjoys​ regular middle-distance running (5 to 6 km). More importantly, he enjoys working with brilliant young minds and guiding them to grow as future leaders in their fields. Dr. Wang is a big believer of critical thinking (which he simply defines as 'giving scientifically defensible reasons for whatever you choose to do and not to do and why it is this and not that') in one's research and more broadly in one's career and he strives very hard to promote the critical thinking skill in his group members. Professor Wang obtained his Ph.D. from University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) in 2008.

Research Interests

  1. Design of smart interfacial materials for oil/water separation, anti-fouling surfaces, water collection, etc.
  2. (Photo)electrocatalysis and its application to reactive filtration for water treatment
  3. Multifunctionalization of nanoporous materials for water purification
  4. Emerging inorgnanic 2D material-based membranes for filtration

Education

  1. Ph.D.  University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB), Environmental Science and Management
  2. M.A.   University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB), Environmental Science and Management
  3. M.S.   Sun Yat-Sen University, China, Environmental Science
  4. B.S.    Nanjing University, China, Environmental Science

Professional Profile

  1. Associate Professor, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (07/2014 - )
  2. Assistant Professor, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (09/2009 - 06/2014) 

Scientific and Professional Memberships

  1. Member, Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors (AEESP)
  2. Member, American Chemistry Society (ACS)
  3. Member, International Water Association (IWA)
  4. Member, Sustainable Nanotechnology Organization (SNO)
  5. Member, American Water Resource Association (AWRA)
  6. Member, Material Research Society (MRS)

Awards

Visibility 
  1. Advisory Board Members to Advnaced Sustainable Systems, 2017
  2. Book Editor:  Rational Design of Next-Generation Nanomaterials and Nanodevices for Advanced Water Applications, International Water Association (IWA) Publishing, 2016
  3. Book Editor:  Smart Materials for Advanced Environmental Applications, Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) Publishing
  4. Five-Year Service Award, 05/2015, KAUST
  5. Community Recycling Champion, 07/2014, KAUST
  6. SABIC Postdoc Fellowship to Dr. Zhonghai Zhang, 2013 and 2014.
  7. Certificate of Merit Award, American Chemical Society, Division of Environmental Chemistry, 2013
  8. Fellowship from University of California Toxic Substances Research and Training Program (TSR&TP) for Nanotoxicology, 2006-2007. 
  9. Keller Water Quality Award, Bren School, UCSB, 2003-2004. 
  10. “The Most Hardworking and Dedicated” Award – Voted by Class of 2004, Master of Environmental Science and Management, Bren School, UCSB, 2002-2004
  11. Jeff Dozier Fellowship, Bren School, UCSB, 2002-2004


Institutional Servies at KAUST

  1. Chair of Environmental Science and Engineering (EnSE) program, KAUST (01/2013-02/2017)
  2. University Curriculum Committee, KAUST (04/2014-04/2017)
  3. Oversight Committee of KAUST-UCAS (University of Chinese Academy of Sciences) Dual Degree Program, KAUST (09/2013-present)
  4. University Standing Intellectual Property (IP) Committee, KAUST (07/2013-present)
  5. Student Admission Review Committee for Environmental Science and Engineering (EnSE) program (2010-present), KAUST
  6. Member of KAUST faculty-initiated microfluidics research cluster (LFO64) (2011-2016)
  7. Educational Theme Leader of Center Competitive Fund (CCF) (7/2014-06/2017), WDRC, KAUST​
  8. Materials and Membranes Theme Leader of Center Competitive Fund (CCF) (7/2015-present), WDRC, KAUST​

Professional Servicess  ​

  1. Symposium organzier for MRS Spring Meeting, May 2018, Phonix, USA
  2. Book Editor: Rational Design of Next-Generation Nano-materials and Nano-devices for Advanced Water Applications, from International Water Association (IWA) Publishing, 2016
  3.  Book Editor: Smart Materials for Advanced Environmental Applications, from Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) Publishing, 2016
  4.  Guest Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Saudi Chemical Society for the special issue on "Nanomaterials for Energy and Environmental Applications", 2014
  5.  Advisory board member of Arab Journal of Physical Chemistry, 2014-present
  6.  Recurring reviewer for the following journals: Nature Communications, J. Am. Chem. Soc., Nano Letters, Energy & Environ. Sci., Environ. Sci. & Tech., ACS Nano, Adv. Mater., Adv. Fun. Mater., Adv. Energy Mater., Adv. Optical Mater.SmallThe Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters, Nanoscale, Chem. Mater.Nano Energy, J. Mater. Chem.J. Mater. Chem. AJ. Mater. Chem. B, Water Research, Chem. Comm., Environmental Pollution, Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, Separation and Purification, Environmental Science: Processes & ImpactsInternational Journal of Hydrogen Energy, ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering, J. Electrochem. Soc.European Journal of Inorganic ChemistryChemSusChemChemPlusChemJ. Colloidal and Interfacial Sci., Environmental Chemistry, Chemical Engineering JournalJournal of Saudi Chemical SocietyJ. Environ. Sci. Health, Part APedosphereJournal of Nanoscience and NanotechnologyApplied Nanoscience, ACS Omega, .
  7. Reviewer for ACS Petroleum Research Fund (ACS PRF);
  8. Reviewer for Austrian Science Fund START Program;
  9. External examiner of PhD dissertation of University of Queensland, Australia
  10. The organizing committee  of 11th IWA Leading Edge Conference on Water and Wastewater Technologies (LET2014), May 2014, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates​
  11. The organizing committee of IWA Nano and Water Regional ConferenceDalian, China, May 2015​​