Australian Research Council (ARC) Australian Laureate

Director, Nanomaterials Centre

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

Professor, School of Chemical Engineering

Researcher biography

Lianzhou Wang is Professor in the School of Chemical Engineering and Director of Nanomaterials Centre (Nanomac), 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 Nanomac, and Senior Group Leader of Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnolgy, UQ.


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' time, as a Chief Investigator, he has succeeded in winning 23 competitive ARC grants, two CSIRO Flagship Cluster projects, two CRC programs, and a number of industry funds. Prof. Wang has contributed 3 edited books, 12 edited book chapters, more than 330 journal publications (including top ranking journals such as Chem. Rev., Chem Soc. Rev., Angew. Chem., Adv. Mater., J. Am Chem. Soc., etc.), 12 patents and delivered over 100 plenary/keynote/invited presentations. He is serving as Associate Editor of Journal of Nanoparticles Research and Science Bulletin and is also on the Editorial Boards of other 3 international journals. He also won some prestigious Fellowships/awards including STA Fellowship of Japan, ARC QEII Fellowship, UQ Research Excellence Award of 2008, Scopus Young Researcher Award of 2011 (Engineering and Technology category), ARC Future Fellowship of 2012. He has served on the ARC College of Experts between 2016-18 and is the fellow of Royal Society of Chemistry


Teaching and RHD supervision activities

  • Lecturer of second year undergraduate core course CHEE2003 Fluid & Particle Mechanics and fourth year engineering course CHEE4301 Nanomaterials and Their Characterisation
  • Research Supervision: 25 RHD awarded, currently principal supervisor of 12 PhD students & 11 Postdoctoral Fellows/Research Fellows.

Teaching and RHD supervision activities

  • Lecturer of second year undergraduate core course CHEE2003 Fluid & Particle Mechanics and fourth year engineering course CHEE4301 Nanomaterials and Their Characterisation
  • Research Supervision: 25 RHDs awarded, currently principal supervisor of 12 PhD students & 11 Postdoctoral Fellows

Current Projects

  • ARC Discovery Project, 2019-2021: A New Photoelectrochemical System for Solar Hydrogen and Electricity
  • ARC Linkage Project: 2018-2021, New High Energy Density Cathode Materials for Lithium Ion Batteries
  • ARC Discovery Project: 2017-2019, Perovskite Materials: exploring new properties beyond solar cells,
  • CRC-P Project: 2017-2020, Printed Batteries
  • ARC Linkage Project: 2016-2019, Design of New Two-dimensional Materials for Lithium Sulfur Batteries,
  • Baosteel Australian-China Joint Research grant: 2016-2019, , new cathode materials for high performance Li-ion batteries,
  • ARC DP, 2016-2018: Bifunctional Photocatalytic System for Water treatment and hydrogen production,
  • ARC LIEF, 2016: Time-resolved terahertz and optical spectroscopy facility,
  • ARC Linkage Project, 2015-2017, Understanding the role of nanoparticles in water based lubrication,
  • ARC Future Fellowship (2012-2016): Designing new layered materials for efficient solar energy conversion
  • CRC Polymer program (2012-2017): New barrier materials for solar cells

Top publications 

  • M Xiao, Z Wang, G Liu, LZ Wang, Hollow Nanostructures for Photocatalysis: Advantages and Challenges" Advanced Materials, 2018, No. adma.201801369.
  • T. Butburee, Y Bai, H Wang, HJ Chen, ZL 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.
  •  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
  • P. Chen, Y. Bai, S. Wang, M. Lyu, J. Yun, LZ Wang, In-situ growth of two-dimensional perovskite capping layer for stable and efficient perovskite solar cells, Advanced Functional Materials, 2018, doi: 10.1002/adfm.201706923.
  • 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.
  • M. Xiao, B. Luo, M. Lyu, S. Wang and LZ Wang#, Single-Crystalline Nanomesh Tantalum Nitride Photocatalyst with Improved Hydrogen-Evolving Performance, Advanced Energy Materials, 2017, DOI: 10.1002/aenm.201701605.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • MQ Lyu, JH Yun, P. Chen, MM Hao, Mengmeng LZ, Wang, Addressing toxicity of lead: progress and applications of low-toxic metal halide perovskites and their derivatives. Advanced Energy Materials, 2017, doi:10.1002/aenm.201602512. Highlighted by Materials Views
  •  B Luo, DL Ye, LZ Wang, Recent Progress on Integrated Energy Conversion and Storage Systems, Advanced Science, 2017, DOI: 10.1002/advs.201700104.
  • G Zhang, G Liu, LZ Wang, J. Irvine, Inorganic Perovskite photocatalysts for solar energy utilization, Chemical Society Reviews, 2016, DOI: 10.1039/C5CS00769K.
  • 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.
  • YY Kang, YQ Yang, LC Yin, XD Kang, LZ Wang, G Liu, HM Cheng, Selective breaking of hydrogen bonds of layered carbon nitride towards enhanced visible light photocatalysis, Advanced Materials, 2016, 28, 6471-6477.
  • MQ Lyu, JH Yun, ML Cai, YL Jiao, PV Bernhardt, M Zhang, Q Wang, AJ Du, HX Wang, G Liu, LZ Wang, Organic-inorganic bismuth (III)-based material: a lead-free, air-stable and solution-processable light-absorber beyond organolead perovskites, Nano Research, 2016, 9 (3), 692-702.
  • 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.  Back cover.
  • DL Ye, Guang Zeng, K. Nogita, K. Ozawa, M. Hankel, D. J. Searles, and LZ Wang, Understanding the origin of Li2MnO3 activation in Li-rich cathode materials for Lithium ion batteries, Advanced Functional Materials, 2015, 25, 7488-7496.
  • Y Chen, C Tan, H Zhang, LZ Wang, Two-dimensional graphene analogues for biomedical application, Chemical Society Reviews, 2015, 44, 2681-2701. Back cover.
  •    LZ Wang, T Sasaki, Titanium Oxide Nanosheets: Graphene Analogues with Versatile Functionalities, Chemical Reviews, 2014, 114 (19), pp 9455–9486.
  •    X Zong, HJ Chen, B Seger, T Pedersen, M Dargusch, E McFarland, C Li, LZ Wang, Selective production of hydrogen peroxide and oxidation of hydrogen sulfide in an unbiased solar photo-electrochemical cell,  Energy & Environmental Sciences, 2014, 7, 3347-3351.
  •    X Zong, JF Han, B. Seger, HJ Chen, GQ Lu, Can Li, LZ Wang, An integrated Photoelectrochemical −Chemical Loop for Solar-driven Overall H2S Splitting, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2014, 126, 4488-4492. (Highlighted by C&E News and ChemViews)