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Publications at KAUST ( * designates corresponding author(s) )


Academic Books:


  • Peng Wang, Jian Chang, Lianbin Zhang (2018), Artificially Intelligent Nanomaterials for Environmental Engineering, Wiley-VCH Publishing​ (Book Author) (ISBN: 978-3-527-34494-9​)

Academic Journal Publications: 

  • Renewable and High Efficient Syngas Production from Carbon Dioxide and Water through Solar Energy Assisted Electrolysis in Eutectic Molten Salts, Hongjun Wu,* Yue Liu, Deqiang Ji, Guanlin Yi, Dandan Yuan, Baohui Wang, Zhonghai Zhang,* Peng Wang, Journal of Power Sources, ASAP​ (2017)

  • Vastly Enhanced BiVO4 Photocatalytic OER Performance by NiCoO2 as Cocatalyst, Thangavelu Palaniselvam, Le Shi, Gangaiah Mettela, Dalavar H. Anjum, Renyuan Li, Krishna P. Katuri, Pascal E. Saikaly, Peng Wang,* Advanced Materials Interfaces​, ASAP​ (2017)    

  • Atmospheric Water Harvesting: Role of Surface Wettability and Edge Effect, Yong Jin, Lianbin Zhang, Peng Wang,* Global Challenges​, Accepted (2017) [Link] [PDF​]

  • MXene Ti3C2: an Effective 2D Light-to-Heat Conversion Material​, Renyuan Li, Lianbin Zhang, Le Shi, Peng Wang,* ACS Nano, 11(4), 3752-3759 (2017) [link​] [PDF​]

  • Rational Design of a Bi-Layered Reduced Graphene Oxide Film on Polystyrene Foam for Solar-Driven Interfacial Water Evaporation, Le Shi, Yuchao Wang, Lianbin Zhang, Peng Wang,* ​J. Mater. Chem. A16212-16219 (2017)

  • Efficient and Anisotropic Fog Harvesting on a Hybrid and Directional Surface, Jinbo Wu,* Lianbin Zhang, Yuchao Wang, Peng Wang,​ Advanced Materials Interfaces, 4, 1600801 (2017) [Link]​ 

  • Solar-thermal conversion and thermal energy storage of graphene foam-based composite, Lianbin Zhang, Renyuan Li, Bo Tang, Peng Wang,* Nanoscale, 8, 14600-14607 (2016) 
  • Self-floating carbon nanotube membrane on macroporous silica substrate for highly efficient solar-driven interfacial water evaporation, Yuchao Wang, Lianbin Zhang, Peng Wang,* ACS Sustainable Chemistry and Engineering, 4, 1223–1230 (2016)


  • (Book chapter) Introduction to Rational Design of Nanomaterials for Advanced Environmental Applications. in "Rational Design of Next-Generation Nanomaterials and Nanodevices for Advanced Water Applications", Renyuan Li, Peng Wang,* International Water Association Publishing (2016) 
  • (Book chapter) Smart membrane materials for controllable oil-water separation. in "Rational Design of Next-Generation Nanomaterials and Nanodevices for Advanced Water Applications", Renyuan Li, Peng Wang,* International Water Association Publishing (2016)
  • Are vacuum-filtrated reduced graphene oxide membranes symmetric?, Bo Tang, Lianbin Zhang, Renyuan Li, Jinbo Wu, Mohamed Neijib Hedhili, Peng Wang, Nanoscale, 8, 1108-1116 (2016) (Tang, B. and Zhang, L.B. contributed equally to this article.) 
  • (Invited Review) Rational design of nanomaterials for water treatment, Renyuan Li, Lianbin Zhang, Peng Wang,* Nanoscale, 7, 17167-17194 (2015)

  • (Book chapter) Introduction to Smart Materials. in "Smart Materials for Advanced Environmental Applications", Lianbin Zhang, Peng Wang,* Royal Society of Chemistry (2015) (link)
  • (Book chapter)  Biomimetic Materials for Efficient Atmospheric Water Collection. in "Smart Materials for Advanced Environmental Applications", Lianbin Zhang, Peng Wang,* Royal Society of Chemistry (2015) (link)
  • A facile strategy for the fabrication of a bioinspired hydrophilic-superhydrophobic patterned surface for highly efficient fog-harvesting, Yuchao Wang, Lianbin Zhang, Jinbo Wu, Mohamed Neijib Hedhili, Peng Wang,* J. Mater. Chem. A, 3, 18963-18969 (2015)

  • Hydrophobic Light-to-Heat Conversion Membranes with Self-Healing Ability for Interfacial Solar Heating, Lianbin Zhang, Bo Tang, Jinbo Wu, Renyuan Li, Peng Wang,* Advanced Materials, 27, 4889-4894 (2015) [PDF] 
 This article was highlighted by  Materialsviews, KAUST Discovery, and Genesisnanotech.
  • Rational design of binder-free noble metal/metal oxide arrays with nanocauliflower structure for wide linear range nonenzymatic glucose detection, Zhenzhen Li, Yanmei Xin, Zhonghai Zhang,* Peng Wang, Scientific Reports, 5, 10617 (2015)   

  • Inkjet printing for direct micropatterning of a superhydrophobic surface: toward biomimetic fog harvesting surfaces, Lianbin Zhang, Jinbo Wu,  Mohamed Neijib Hedhili, Xiulin Yang, Peng Wang,* J. Mater. Chem. A, 3, 2844-2852 (2015) 

  • Removal of perfluoroalkyl sulfonates (PFAS) from aqueous solution using permanently confined micelle arrays (PCMAs), Feng Wang, Xingwen Lu, Kaimin Shih, Peng Wang, Xiaoyan Li, Separation and Purification Technology, 138, 7-12 (2014) 
  • Palladium nanoparticles rncapsulated in core–shell silica: a structured hydrogenation catalyst with enhanced activity for reduction of oxyanion water pollutants, Yin Wang, Jinyong Liu, Peng Wang, Charles J. Werth, Timothy J. Strathmann,* ACS Catal., 4, 3551–3559 (2014)
  • (Gold core)@(titania shell) nanostructures for plasmon-enhanced photon harvesting and generation of reactive oxygen species, Caihong Fang, Henglei Jia, Shuai Chang, Qifeng Ruan, Peng Wang, Tao Chen,* Jianfang Wang*, ​Enery Environ. Sci., 7, 3431-3438 (2014)


  • Irreversible membrane fouling abatement through pre-deposited layer of hierarchical porous carbons, Juma Z. Hamad, Rubal Dua, Novita Kurniasari, Maria D. Kennedy, Peng Wang, Gary L. Amy, Water Research, 65, 245–256 (2014) 


  • (Gold Core)@(Ceria Shell) Nanostructures for Plasmon-Enhanced Catalytic Reactions under Visible Light, Li, B.X., Gu, Ti., Ming, T., Wang, J.X., Wang, P., Wang, J.F.*, Yu, J.* ​ ACS Nano, 2014, 8, 8152–8162 (2014)



  • Hierarchical hybrid peroxidase catalysts for remediation of phenol wastewater, Duan, X.N., Corgié, S.C., Aneshansley, D.J., Wang,P., Walker, L.P., Giannelis,E.P.* ChemPhysChem15, 974-980 (2014)
  • Microwave-assisted self-doping of TiO2 photonic crystal for efficient photoelectrochemical water splitting, Zhonghai Zhang, Xiulin Yang, Mohamed Neijib Hedhili, Elaf Ahmed, Le Shi, Peng Wang,* ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 6, 691-696 (2014)

  • On different photodecomposition behaviors of rhodamine B on laponite and montmorillonite clay under visible lightirradiation, Peng Wang,* Mingming Cheng, Zhonghai Zhang, Journal of Saudi Chemical Society, 18(4), 308-316 (2014) 

  • (Editorial) Special issue on nanomaterials for energy and environmental applications, Peng Wang* Journal of Saudi Chemical Society, 18(4), 289-370 (2014)
  • A self-cleaning underwater superoleophobic mesh for oil-water separation, Lianbin Zhang, Yujiang Zhong, Dongkyu Cha, Peng Wang,* Scientific Reports, 3, 2326; DOI:10.1038/ srep02326 (2013) [PDF] [SI]   

This article was highlighted by RealClearScience.  
As of March 27, 2015, the articles was placed as the 61st most cited paper (out of over 7000 papers) published in the past two years by Scientific Reports.  
  • Electrochemical reduction induced self-doping of Ti3+ for efficient water splitting performanceon TiObased photoelectrodes,  Zhonghai Zhang, Mohamed Neijib Hedhili, Haibo Zhu, Peng Wang,* Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2013, 15, 15637-15644 
  • A facile approach for the synthesis of monolithic hierarchical porous carbons - high performance materials for amine based CO2 capture and supercapacitor electrode,  Ruba Dua, Luis Estevez, 

    y & Environmental Science, 6, 1785-1790 (2013) (Rubal Dua and Luis Estevez were equal contributors) [PDF
  • Carbon layer protected cuprous oxide nanowire arrays for efficient water reduction, Rubal Dua, Zhonghai Zhang, Lianbin Zhang, Haibo Zhu, Hongnan Zhang, Peng Wang,* ACS Nano, 7(2), 1709-1717 (2013) (Rubal Dua and Zhonghai Zhang were equal contributors).[PDF] [SI] 
  • Plasmonic gold nanocrystals coupled with photonic crystal seamlessly on TiO2 nanotube photoelectrodes for efficient visible light photoelectrochemical water splitting, Zhonghai Zhang, Lianbin Zhang, Mohamed Neijib Hedhili, Hongnan Zhang, Peng Wang,* Nano Letters, 13(1), 14-20 (2013) [PDF] [SI]
  • Three-dimensional assemblies of graphene prepared by a novel chemical reduction-induced self-assembly method, Lianbin Zhang, Guoying Chen, Mohamed Neijib Hedhili, Hongnan Zhang, Peng Wang*  Nanoscale, 4(22), 7038-7045 (2012) [SI (Chen G.Y. and Zhang L.B. are equal contributors).
Demonstration videos: (1) magneicmanipulation; (2) pH response; (3) UV-induced rupture of the liquid marbles.

This article is highlighted by Discovery News and by Nature Middle East​  

  • A general approach to noble metal nanoparticle-loaded mesoporous metal oxide microspheres, Jin, Z., Xiao, M.D., Bao, Z.H., Wang, P., Wang, J.F.*  Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 51, 6406-6410 (2012) [SI
This article is among the TOP TEN most-read articles of Energy and Environmental Science in the month of February 2012. (link)

  • A Highly Efficient and Selective Polysilsesquioxane Sorbent for Heavy Metal Removal​, Xiaonan Duan, Genggeng Qi, Peng Wang, Emmanuel P. Giannelis* ChemPhysChem, 13, 2536-2539 (2012)

  • Micelle swelling agent derived cavities for increasing hydrophobic organic compound removal efficiency by mesoporousmicelle@silicahybridmaterials, Shi, Y.F.,* Li, B., Wang, P.,* Dua, R., Zhao, D.Y. MicroporousandMesoporousMaterials, 155, 252-257 (2012) 

(1) This article is highlighted by Nature Middle East, Journal of The Society of Petroleum Engineers, China Science Daily, The Beacon (KAUST monthly newsletter), KAUST homepage, and WDRC website. (2) This articles is among the highly downloaded articles recently published in NPG Asia Materials (link).

As of September 13, 2015, this article was ranked #1 in citations in all original research articles ever published on NPG Asia Materials.


  • Hierarchical top-porous/bottom-tubular TiO2 nanostructures decorated with Pd nanoparticles for efficient photoelectrocatalytic decomposition of synergistic pollutants, Zhonghai Zhang, Yanjie Wu, Peng Wang * ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 4 (2), 990-996 (2012) [SI]
  • Highly stable copper oxide composite as an effective photocathode for water splitting via a facile electrochemical synthesis strategy, Zhonghai Zhang, Peng Wang* Journal of Material Chemistry, 22 (6), 2456-2464 (2012) [SI]



Representative Publications before KAUST
  • Tang, S.C.N., Wang, P., Yin, K., Lo, I.M.C.* Synthesis and application of magnetic hydrogel for Cr(VI) removal from contaminated water, Environmental Engineering Science. 2010, 27, 947-954.
  • Wang, P., Lo, I.M.C.* Synthesis of magnetic mesoporous γ-Fe2O3 and its application to chromate removal from contaminated water, Water Research, 2009, 43, 3727-3734.
  • Wang, P., Shi, Q.H., Shi, Y.F., Clark, K.K., Stucky, G.D.,* Keller, A.A.* Magnetic permanently confined micelle arrays for treating hydrophobic organic compound contamination, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2009, 131, 182-188.
  • Wang, P., Keller, A.A.* Natural and engineered nano and colloidal transport: role of zeta potential in prediction of particle deposition, Langmuir, 2009, 25, 6856-6862.
  • Wang, P., Keller, A.A.* Sorption and desorption of atrazine and diuron onto water dispersible soil primary size fractions, Water Research, 2009, 43, 1448-1456.
  • Wang, P., Keller, A.A.* Partitioning of hydrophobic pesticides within a soil-water-anionic surfactant system, Water Research, 2009, 43, 706-714.
  • Wang, P., Keller, A.A.* AgInput: an agricultural nutrient and pesticide source model, Environmental Modeling and Assessment, 2009, 14, 391-403.
  • Wang, P., Shi, Q.H., Liang, H.J., Steuerman, W.D., Stucky, G.D.,* Keller, A.A.* Enhanced environmental mobility of carbon nanotubes in the presence of humic acid and their removal from aqueous solution, Small, 2008, 4, 2166-2170.
  • Wang, P., Keller, A.A.* Partitioning of hydrophobic organic compounds within soil-water-surfactant systems, Water Research, 2008, 42, 2093-2101.
  • Wang, P.,Keller, A.A.* Soil particle-size dependent partitioning behavior of pesticides within water-soil-cationic surfactant systems, Water Research, 2008, 42, 3781-3788.
  • Wang, P., Keller, A.A.* Particle-size dependent sorption and desorption of pesticides within a water-soil-nonionic surfactant system, Environmental Science and Technology, 2008, 42, 3381-3387.
  • Wang, P., Keller, A.A.* Adsorption of hydrophobic organic compounds onto a hydrophobic carbonaceous geosorbent in the presence of surfactants, Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, 2008, 27, 1237-1243