Peng Wang

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


Professor Wang joined KAUST in September 2009 as one of the founding faculty members and he is currently a Full Professor of Environmental Science and Engineering (EnSE). He was the program chair of EnSE from January 2013 to January 2017. 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. Full Professor, King Abdullah University of Science and Technologm, (07/2019 - present)
  2. Associate Professor, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (07/2014 - 06/2019)
  3. 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. Associate Editor, Environmental Science & Technology​ (ES&T), February 2020 - 
  2. Speaker and panelist of Water Future Energy Summit, January 2020​, Adu Dhabi, UAE
  3. Speaker in Gordon Research Conference (GRC) of Environmental Nanotechnology, June 2019, Newry, ME, USA​
  4. Conference Chair, KAUST Conference on Nano-enabled Water Technologies: Opportunities and Challenges, January 2019
  5. Emerging Investigator by Environmental Science: Nano, 2018 
  6. Guest Editor of MRS Advances, 2018
  7. Discussion Leader in Gordon Research Conference (GRC) of Solar Energy Conversion, June 2018, Hong Kong
  8. Profile Highlight: A voyage of discovery, Source Magazine, International Water Association (IWA) Publishing, August 2017. Note: one full page article
  9. Advisory Board Members to Advnaced Sustainable Systems, 2017​
  10. Five-Year Service Award, 05/2015, KAUST
  11. Community Recycling Champion, 07/2014, KAUST
  12. Fellowship from University of California Toxic Substances Research and Training Program (TSR&TP) for Nanotoxicology, 2006-2007. 
  13. Keller Water Quality Award, Bren School, UCSB, 2003-2004. 
  14. “The Most Hardworking and Dedicated” Award – Voted by Class of 2004, Master of Environmental Science and Management, Bren School, UCSB, 2002-2004
  15. 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. Conference Chair, KAUST Conference on Nano-enabled Water Technologies: Opportunities and Challenges, January 2019
  2. Symposium organzier for MRS Spring Meeting, April 2018, Phoenix, USA
  3. Book Editor: Rational Design of Next-Generation Nano-materials and Nano-devices for Advanced Water Applications, from International Water Association (IWA) Publishing, 2016
  4.  Book Editor: Smart Materials for Advanced Environmental Applications, from Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) Publishing, 2016
  5.  Guest Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Saudi Chemical Society for the special issue on "Nanomaterials for Energy and Environmental Applications", 2014
  6.  Advisory board member of Arab Journal of Physical Chemistry, 2014-present
  7.  Recurring reviewer for the following journals: Nature Nanotechnology, Nature SustainabilityJoule, Nature Communications, Science Advances, JACS, Nano Letters, Energy & Environ. Sci., Environ. Sci. & Tech., Environmental Science: Nano, ACS Central Science, ACS NanoAdvanced Science, Adv. Mater., Adv. Fun. Mater., Angew Chemie, Chemcial Science, Adv. Energy Mater., Adv. Optical Mater.SmallJPCL, 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 SocietyACS Omega....
  8. Reviewer for ACS Petroleum Research Fund (ACS PRF);
  9. Reviewer for Austrian Science Fund START Program;
  10. Review for FLAG-EAR, European Union
  11. External examiner of PhD dissertation of University of Queensland, Australia
  12. External examiner of PhD dissertation of City University of Hong KongThe organizing committee  of 11th IWA Leading Edge Conference on Water and Wastewater Technologies (LET2014), May 2014, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates​
  13. The organizing committee of IWA Nano and Water Regional ConferenceDalian, China, May 2015​​