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Academic Books


​​Academic Journal Publications: ​(note: the accepted manuscripts are posted only for educational purposes.) 

  • Spectrally Selective Samart Window with High Near-Infrared Light Shielding and Controllable Visible Light Transmittance, Mengchun Wu, Yusuf Shi, Renyuan Li, Peng Wang*, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, Accepted

  • Solar Evaporator with Controlled Salt Precipitation for Zero Liquid Discharge Desalination, Yusuf Shi, Chenlin Zhang, Renyuan Li, Sifei Zhuo, Yong Jin, Le Shi, Seunghyun Hong, Jian Chang, Chisiang Ong, Peng Wang* Environmental Science & Technology, 2018, 52(20)11822-11830​. [PDF]

  • Hybrid Hydrogel with High Water Vapor Harvesting Capacity for Deployable Solar-Driven Atmospheric Water Generator, Renyuan Li, Yusuf, Shi, Mossab Alsaedi, Mengchun Wu, Peng Wang* Environmental Science & Technology, 2018, 52(19),11367-11377.​ [PDF​]

  • Nature-Inspired 3D Origami Solar Steam Generator toward Near Full Utilization of Solar Energy, Seunghyun Hong, Yusuf Shi, Renyuan Li, Chenlin Zhang, Yong Jin, Peng Wang* ACS Applied Materials and Interface, 2018, 10(34), 28517-28524​.

  • Solvent-Thermal Induced Roughening: a Novel and Versatile Method to Prepare Superhydrophobic Membranes, Weihua Qing, Xiaonan Shi, Weidong Zhang, Jianqiang Wang, Yifan Wu, Peng Wang, Chuyang Tang* Journal of Membrane Science, 2018, 564, 465-474​.

  • ​SiC–C Composite as a Highly Stable and Easily Regenerable Photothermal Material for Practical Water Evaporation​, Le Shi, Yusuf Shi, Renyuan Li, Jian Chang, Noor Zaouri, Elaf Ahmed, Yong Jin, Chenlin Zhang, Sifei Zuo, Peng Wang* ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering, 2018, 6(7), 8192-8200​.

  • Sunlight Induced Rapid Oil Absorption and Passive Room-Temperature Release: An Effective Solution toward Heavy Oil Spill Cleanup, Mengchun Wu, Yusuf Shi, Jian Chang, Renyuan Li, Chisiang Ong, Peng Wang* Advanced Materials Interfaces, 2018, 5(14), 1800412

  • Harvesting Water from Air: Using Anhydrous Salt with Sunlight, Renyuan Li, Yusuf Shi, Le Shi, Mossab Alsaedi, Peng Wang* Environmental Science & Technology, 2018, 52, 5398-5406. [PDF]

  • Solar-Assisted Fast Cleanup of Heavy Oil Spill by a Photothermal Sponge, Jian Chang, Yusuf Shi, Mengchun Wu, Renyuan Li, Le Shi, Yong Jin, Weihua Qing, Chuyang Tang, Peng Wang, Journal of Materials Chemistry A, 2018, 6, 9192-9199.
  • Emerging Investigator Series​: The Rise of Nano-Enabled Photothermal Materials for Water Evaporation and Clean Water Production by Sunlight​, Peng Wang* Environmental Science: Nano, 2018, 5, 1078-1089​. (Invited Frontier for Emerging Investigator Series) (Blog Interview​) [PDF​].

  • A 3D Photothermal Structure towards Improved Energy Efficiency in Solar Steam Generation​, Yusuf Shi, Renyuan Li,Yong Jin, Sifei Zhuo, Le Shi, Jian Chang, Seunghyun Hong, Kim-Choon Ng, and Peng Wang* Joule​, 2018, 2(6), 1171-1186. [PDF​] (This work was highlighted by Nature Middle East and KAUST Discovery​. ​)

  • Highly Flexible and Washable Nonwoven Photothermal Cloth for Efficient and Practical Solar Steam Generation​, Yong Jin, Jian Chang, Yusuf Shi, Le Shi, Seunghyun Hong, Peng Wang* Journal of Materials Chemistry A, 2018, 6, 7942-7949.

  • Annealing Temperature Effects on Photoelectrochemical Performance of Bismuth Vanadate Thin Film Photoelectrodes, Le Shi, Sifei Zhuo, Mutalifu Abulikemu, Gangaiah Mettela, Thangavelu Palaniselvam, Shahid Rasul, Bo Tang, Buyi Yan, Navid B Saleh, Peng Wang*
    RSC Advances, 2018,8, 29179-29188​.

  • Synthesis of Ultra-Small Platinum, Palladium and Gold Nanopar​ticles by Shewanella loihica PV-4 Electrochemically Active Biofilm and Their Enhanced Catalytic Activities, Elaf Ahmed, Shafeer Kalathil, Le Shi, Ohoud Alharbi, Renyuan Li, Noor Zaouri, Peng Wang* Journal of Saudi Chemical Society,  2018, ASAP. [Link​][PDF​]

  • Intelligent environmental nanomaterials, Jian Chang, Lianbin Zhang, and Peng Wang* Environmental Science: Nano, 2018, 5, 811-836​
  • A Robust CuCr2O4/SiO2 Composite Photothermal Material with Underwater Black Property and Extremely High Thermal Stability for Solar‐Driven Water Evaporation​, Yusuf Shi, Renyuan Li, Le Shi, Elaf Ahmed, Yong Jin, and Peng Wang* Advanced Sustainable Systems, 2018, 2(3)1700145 (selected as back cover). 

  • 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, 362(15), 92 (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​, 4(19), 1700540​ (2017) (Selected as inside front cover). [Supporting Information​]
  • 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*, Journal of Materials Chemistry A, 2017, 5, 16212-16219​.
  • Atmospheric Water Harvesting: Role of Surface Wettability and Edge Effect, Yong Jin, Lianbin Zhang, Peng Wang,* Global Challenges​, 1(4) (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​

  • 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) 
  This article was highlighted by Chemistry World, World Industrial Reporter, MIT Technology Review Pan Arab and selected as the 2015's ground breaking chemical sciences research by Chemistry World (Chinese version) and one of 'Top Chemistry Stories from 2015' by Scientific AmericanTM.

  • 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, XiuliYang, 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 andmontmorillonite 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 Real Clear ScienceAs 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 TiO2 based photoelectrodes,  Zhonghai Zhang, Mohamed Neijib Hedhili, Haibo Zhu, Peng Wang,* Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2013, 15, 15637-15644
  •  A facileapproach for the synthesis of monolithic hierarchical porous carbons - high performance materials for amine based CO2 capture and supercapacitor electrode,  Ruba Dua, Luis Estevez, nergy & 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]
  •  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​, XiaonaDuan, 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) 
  • Smart surfaces with switchable superoleophilicity and superoleophobicity in aqueous media: toward controllable oil/water separation,  Lianbin Zhang, Zhonghai Zhang, and Peng Wang*  NPG Asia Materials4, e8; doi:10.1038/am.2012. (2012) [PDF] [SI 
As of January 1, 2018, 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
  • N., Wang, P., Yin, K., Lo, I.M.C.* Synthesis and application of magnetic hydrogelfor 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