Renyuan Li

Postdoctoral Fellow

Postdoctoral Fellow

Selected Publications

  • Li, R. Y., Shi. Y., Wu., M., Hong, S., and Wang, P.*. Photovoltaic Panel Cooling by Atmospheric Water Sorption-Evaporation Cycle, Nature Sustainability, 2020, Accepted.
  • Li, R. Y., Shi, Y., Wu, M., Hong, S., and Wang, P.*. Improving Atmospheric Water Production Yield: Enabling Multiple Water Harvesting Cycles with Nano Sorbent, Nano Energy, 2019, Accepted. DOI: 10.1016/j.nanoen.2019.104255.
  • Li, R. Y., Shi, Y., Alsaedi, M., Wu, M., Shi, L., Wang, P.*, A Hybrid Hydrogel with High Water Vapor Harvesting Capacity for Deployable Solar-Driven Atmospheric Water Generator, Environ. Sci. Technol., 2018, 52(19), 11367-11377.
  • Zhuo, S.F., Shi, Y., Liu, L., Li, R.Y., Shi, L., Anjum, DH., Han, Y.*, Wang, P.*, Dual-template Engineering of Triple-layered Nanoarray Electrode of Metal Chalcogenides Sandwiched with Hydrogel-substituted Graphdiyne, Nat. Commun., 9(1), 3132.
  • Shi, Y., Li, R. Y., Jin, Y., Zhuo, S. F., Shi, L., Chang, J., Hong, S., Ng, KC., Wang, P.*, A 3D Photothermal Structure toward Improved Energy Efficiency in Solar Steam Generation, Jouel, 2(6), 1171-1186.
  • Li, R. Y., Shi, Y., Shi, L., Alsaedi, M., Wang, P.*, Harvesting Water from Air: Using Anhydrous Salt with Sunlight, Environ. Sci. Technol., 2018, 52(9), 5398-5406.
  • Li, R.Y., Zhang, L.B., Shi, L., Wang, P.*, MXene Ti3C2: an Effective 2D Light-to-Heat Conversion Material​, ACS Nano, 2017, 11(4), 3752-3759.  [link​] [PDF​]​
  • Zhang, L.B., Li, R.Y., Tang, B., and Wang, P., Solar-thermal conversion and thermal energy storage of graphene foam-based composite. Nanoscale, 2016,  8, 14600-14607.
  • (Book chapter) Li, R.Y., Wang, P.* Introduction to Rational Design of Nanomaterials for Advanced Environmental Applications. in "Rational Design of Next-Generation Nanomaterials and Nanodevices for Advanced Water Applications", International Water Association Publishing, 2016.
  • Tang, B., Zhang, L.B., Li, R.Y., Wu, J.B., Hedhili, M.N., Wang, P.*, 'Are vacuum-filtrated reduced graphene oxide membranes symmetric?', Nanoscale, 2016,81108-1116.
  • Li, R.Y., Zhang, L.B., Wang, P.*, Rational design of nanomaterials for water treatment, Nanoscale, 2015, 7, 17167-17194. (Review Article)
  • Zhang, L.B., Tang, B., Wu, J.B., Li, R.Y., Wang, P.*, Hydrophobic Light-to-Heat Conversion Membranes with Self-Healing Ability for Interfacial Solar Heating, Advanced Materials, 2015, 27, 4889-4894. [PDF]


  • 01/2017 - 12/2019  Ph.D., KAUST (supervisor: Professor Peng Wang)
  • 08/2015 - 12/2016  MSc., KAUST (supervisor: Professor Peng Wang)
  • 08/2014 - 07/2015  VSRP Visiting student, KAUST (supervisor: Professor Peng Wang)
  • 09/2010 - 07/2014 B.Eng., Beijing University of Chemical Technology (BUCT)


Scholarship    Gordon Research Conference (GRC) Graduate Student Scholarships (2017)
First Class Scholarship (University Level)
Fu Run Da Special Scholarships(University Level)

Wanyuan LiangYou Special Scholarships(University Level)


Honors           Excellent League Member of Beijing City
Outstanding Communist Youth League Grassroots Cadre of Beijing City
Excellent League Member (University Level)
Outstanding Communist Youth League Cadre (University Level)

KAUST Affiliations

​Water Desalination and Reuse Center (WDRC)

Research Interests Keywords

Atmospheric water harvesting for water/energy-related applications