Peng Wang

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


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. Professor Wang obtained his Ph.D. from University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) in 2008.


  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)


  1. Speaker in Gordon Research Conference (GRC) of Environmental Nanotechnology, June 2019, Newry, ME, USA​
  2. Conference Chair, KAUST Conference on Nano-enabled Water Technologies: Opportunities and Challenges, January 2019
  3. Emerging Investigator by Environmental Science: Nano, 2018 
  4. Guest Editor of MRS Advances, 2018
  5. Book: Artificially Intelligent Nanomaterials for Environmental Engineering, Wiley-VCH Publishing​, ISBN: 978-3-527-34494-9​ (Forthcoming in 2019)
  6. Discussion Leader in Gordon Research Conference (GRC) of Solar Energy Conversion, June 2018, Hong Kong
  7. Profile Highlight: A voyage of discovery, Source Magazine, International Water Association (IWA) Publishing, August 2017. Note: one full page article
  8. Advisory Board Members to Advnaced Sustainable Systems, 2017​
  9. Book Editor:  Rational Design of Next-Generation Nanomaterials and Nanodevices for Advanced Water Applications, International Water Association (IWA) Publishing, 2016
  10. Book Editor:  Smart Materials for Advanced Environmental Applications, Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) Publishing
  11. Five-Year Service Award, 05/2015, KAUST
  12. Community Recycling Champion, 07/2014, KAUST
  13. SABIC Postdoc Fellowship to Dr. Zhonghai Zhang, 2013 and 2014.
  14. Certificate of Merit Award, American Chemical Society, Division of Environmental Chemistry, 2013
  15. Fellowship from University of California Toxic Substances Research and Training Program (TSR&TP) for Nanotoxicology, 2006-2007. 
  16. Keller Water Quality Award, Bren School, UCSB, 2003-2004. 
  17. “The Most Hardworking and Dedicated” Award – Voted by Class of 2004, Master of Environmental Science and Management, Bren School, UCSB, 2002-2004
  18. 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, April 2018, Phoenix, 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 Nanotechnology, Nature SustainabilityJoule, Nature Communications, J. Am. Chem. Soc., Nano Letters, Energy & Environ. Sci., Environ. Sci. & Tech., ACS Central Science, ACS NanoAdvanced Science, 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​​