Australian Laureate Fellow

Director, Nanomaterials Centre

Senior Group Leader, Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (AIBN)

Professor, School of Chemical Engineering

ResearcherID: J-2140-2014

ORCID: 0000-0002-5947-306X

Scopus ID: 35235296900

Google Scholar ID: 1Kb97_kAAAAJ

Researcher biography

Lianzhou Wang is Professor in the School of Chemical Engineering, Senior Group Leader at the Australian Institure of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology and Director of the Nanomaterials Centre at The University of Queensland. He received his PhD degree from Shanghai Institute of Ceramics, Chinese Academy of Sciences in 1999. Before joining UQ in 2004, he has worked at two leading national research institutions (NIMS and AIST) of Japan as a research fellow for five years. Since joining UQ, he has worked/working as ARC Queen Elizabeth II Fellow (2006), Senior Lecturer (2007), Associate Professor (2010), and Professor (2012-) in School of Chemical Engineering and Senior Group Leader of Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology at The University of Queensland. Professor Lianzhou Wang was awarded the ARC Australian Laureate Scholorship in 2019.

Research Overview 

Professor Wang's research focuses on the synthesis, characterisation and application of semiconductor nanomaterials for use in renewable energy conversion/storage systems including photocatalysts for solar, hydrogen and valuable chemical production, rechargeable batteries and low cost solar cells. In late 2018, his team has broken the certified efficiency record of quantum dot solar cells which was recognised in the highly influential Best Research-Cell Efficiencies chart ( ).

In the last ten years', as a Chief Investigator, he has succeeded in winning a large number of research funds from ARC, CRC, CSIRO, Queensland Government, as well industry strategic investment. Prof. Wang has contributed 3 edited books, 12 edited book chapters, more than 500 journal publications (including top ranking journals such as Science, Nature Energy, Chem. Rev., Angew. Chem., Adv. Mater., J. Am Chem. Soc., Nature Commun. etc.), 18 patents and delivered over 100 plenary/keynote/invited presentations. He is serving as Associate Editor/Editorial Board of six Journal including Advanced Materials (Impact factor: 30.8).He has won prestigious Fellowships/awards including ARC QEII Fellowship of 2006, UQ Research Excellence Award of 2008, Scopus Young Researcher Award of 2011, ARC Future Fellowship of 2012, UQ Research Supervision Award of 2018, ARC Laureate Fellowship and Research Excellence Award in Chemical Engineering (IChemE and RACI) of 2019. He is the fellow of Royal Society of Chemistry and is named in the list of the Clarivate Highly Cited Researchers (2019-2021, top 0.1% highly cited researcher).

Current Projects

Top recent publications 

  1. JW Hou, P. Chen, A Shukla, A Krajn, TS Wang, XM Li, R Doasa, LHG Tizei, B Chan, DN Johnstone, RJ Lin, TU Schulli, I Martens, D. Appadoo, MS Ari, ZL Wang, T Wei, SC Lo, MY Lu, SC Li, EN Namdas, G Mali, AK Cheetham, SM Collins, V Chen, LZ Wang, T Bennett, Liquid-phase sintering of lead halide perovskites and metal-organic framework glasses. Science, 2021, 374, 621-625.
  2. MM Hao, Y Bai, P. Meredith, and LZ Wang et al, Ligand-assisted cation exchange engineering for high-efficiency colloidal Cs1-xFAxPbI3 quantum dot solar cells with reduced phase segregation, Nature Energy, 2020 5, 79-88. (highlighted as Front cover, world record solar cell efficiency).
  3. XL Qu, YC H, …LZ Wang, K Zheng, et al. A new insight into c-Si/a-Si:H interface defects for high-efficiency silicon heterojunction solar cells, Nature Energy, 2021, 6, 194-202.
  4. M Xiao, L Zhang, B Luo, MQ Lyu, ZL Wang, HM Huang, SC Wang, A Du, LZ Wang, Molten Salt Mediated Synthesis of Atomic Ni Cocatalyst on TiO2 for Improved Photocatalytic H2 Evolution, Angewandte Chemie International Edition, 2020,
  5. YX Hu, YY Pan, ZL Wang, T Lin, B Luo, H Hu, F Fan, G Liu, LZ Wang, Lattice distortion induced internal electric field in TiO2 photoelectrode for efficient charge separation and transfer. Nature Commun 11, 2129 (2020).
  6. S. Wang, G. Liu, LZ Wang, Crystal facet engineering of photoelectrodes for photoelectrochemical water splitting, Chemical Reviews, 2019, 119, 5192-5247.
  7. Z. Wang, X. Mao, P. Chen, M. Xiao, S. A. Monny, S. Wang, M. Konarova, A. Du, LZ Wang, Understanding the roles of oxygen vacancies in hematite-based photoelectrochemical processes, Angewandte Chemie International Edition, 2019, 58, 1030-1034.
  8. Z. Wang, L. Zhang, T. U. Schülli, Y. Bai, S. A. Monny, A. Du, LZ Wang, Identifying copper vacancies and their role in the CuO based photocathode for water splitting, Angewandte Chemie International Edition, 2019, 58, 1-7.
  9. B. Lin, G. Yang, LZ Wang, Stacking-layer-number dependence of water adsorption in 3D ordered close-packed g-C3N4 nanosphere arrays for photocatalytic hydrogen evolution, Angewandte Chemie International Edition, 2019, 58, 4587-4591.
  10. Y. Hu, Y. Bai, B. Luo, S. Wang, H. Hu, P. Chen, M. Lyu, J. Shapter, A. Rowan, LZ Wang, A portable and efficient solar-rechargeable battery with ultrafast photo-charge/discharge rate, Advanced Energy Materials, 2019, 9, 1900872.
  11. X. Huang, J. Tang, B. Luo, R. Knibbe, T. Lin, H. Hu, M. Rana, Y. Hu, X. Zhu, Q. Gu, D. Wang, L. Wang, Sandwich-like ultrathin TiS2 nanosheets confined within N, S codoped porous carbon as an effective polysulfide promoter in lithium-sulfur batteries, Advanced Energy Materials, 2019, 9, 1901872.
  12. T. Butburee, Y Bai, H Wang, HJ Chen, ZLi Wang, G Liu, J Zou, P Khemthong, GQ Max Lu, LZ Wang, Two-dimensional Porous TiO2 Single-crystalline Nanostructure Demonstrating high Photoelectrochemical Water Splitting Performance, Advanced Materials, 2018, doi:10.1002/adma.201705666.
  13.  S. Wang, P. Chen, Y. Bai, J. Yun, G. Liu, L. Wang, Highly Active and Stable BiVO4 Dual Photoanodes for Efficient Solar-driven Water Splitting, Advanced Materials, 2018, doi:10.1002/adma.201800486
  14. Y. Hu, D. Ye, B. Luo, H. Hu, X. Zhu, S. Wang, L. Li, S. Peng and LZ Wang, Binder-Free and Free-Standing Cobalt Sulfide@Carbon Nanotube Cathode Materials for Aluminum-Ion Battery, Advanced Materials, 2018, DOI: 10.1002/adma.201703824.
  15. YQ Yang, LC Yin, Y Gong, P Niu, JQ Wang, L Gu, G Liu, LZ Wang, HM Cheng, An Unusual Strong Visible-Light Absorption Band in Red Anatase TiO2 Photocatalyst Induced by Atomic Hydrogen-Occupied Oxygen Vacancies, 2017, Advanced Materials, DOI: 10.1002/adma.201704479.
  16. Y. Hu, B. Luo, D. Ye, X. Zhu, M. Lyu and LZ Wang, An Innovative Freeze-Dried Reduced Graphene Oxide Supported SnS2 Cathode Active Material for Aluminum-Ion Batteries, Advanced Materials, 2017, DOI: 10.1002/adma.201606132.
  17. SC Wang, P Chen, JH Yun, YX Hu, LZ Wang, Electrochemically-Treated BiVO4 Photoanode for Efficient Photoelectrochemical Water Splitting, Angew. Chem. In. Ed., 2017, 56, 8500-8504.
  18. Invited Review: G Zhang, G Liu, LZ Wang, J. Irvine, Inorganic Perovskite photocatalysts for solar energy utilization, Chemical Society Reviews, 2016, DOI: 10.1039/C5CS00769K.
  19. P. Peerakiatkhajohn, JH Yun, HJ Chen, MQ Lyu, T Butburee and LZ Wang, Stable Hematite Nanosheet Photoanodes for Enhanced Photoelectrochemical Water Splitting, Advanced Materials, 2016, doi:10.1002/adma.201601525
  20. *EJ. Yoo, MQ Lyu, JH Yun, K Choi, LZ Wang, Resistive switching behavior on organic-inorganic hybrid CH3NH3PbI3-xClx perovskite for resistive random access memory (RRAM) application, Advanced Materials, 2015, 27, 6170-6175.  Highlighted as Back cover.