Peng Wang

Professor of Environmental Science and Engineering

Research Interests

​Professor Wang focuses on photo-electrocatalysis and photocatalysis for water splitting and water contaminant destruction; interfacial materials for water collection, oil/water separation, oil spill cleanup, anti-fouling surfaces; pore size modulation and multi-functionalization of nanoporous materials for water purification; and environmental sensor development.​

Selected Publications

  • Photovoltaic panel cooling by atmospheric water sorption–evaporation cycle. Li, R., Shi, Y., Wu, M., Hong, S., Wang, P. Nature Sustainability, 3(8), 636-643, (2020).
  • Improving atmospheric water production yield: Enabling multiple water harvesting cycles with nano sorbent. Li, R., Shi, Y., Wu, M., Hong, S., Wang, P. Nano Energy, 67, (2020).
  • Simultaneous production of fresh water and electricity via multistage solar photovoltaic membrane distillation. Wang, W., Shi, Y., Zhang, C., Hong, S., Shi, L., Chang, J., ...Wang, P. Nature Communications, 10(1), (2019).
  • A 3D Photothermal Structure toward Improved Energy Efficiency in Solar Steam Generation. Shi, Y., Li, R., Jin, Y., Zhuo, S., Shi, L., Chang, J., ...Wang, P. Joule, 2(6), 1171-1186, (2018).
  • Emerging investigator series: The rise of nano-enabled photothermal materials for water evaporation and clean water production by sunlight. Wang, P. Environmental Science: Nano, 5(5), 1078-1089, (2018).
  • Solar Evaporator with Controlled Salt Precipitation for Zero Liquid Discharge Desalination. Shi, Y., Zhang, C., Li, R., Zhuo, S., Jin, Y., Shi, L., ...Wang, P. Environmental Science and Technology, (2018).
  • Nature-Inspired, 3D Origami Solar Steam Generator toward Near Full Utilization of Solar Energy.Hong, S., Shi, Y., Li, R., Zhang, C., Jin, Y., Wang, P. ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, 10(34), 28517-28524, (2018).


  • Ph.D., Environmental Science and Management, University of California, Santa Barbara, U.S., 2008
  • M.A., Environmental Science and Management, University of California, Santa Barbara, U.S., 2004
  • M.S., Environmental Science, Sun Yat-Sen University, China, 2002
  • B.S., Environmental Science, Nanjing University, China, 1997

Professional Profile

  • 2014-Present: Associate Professor, KAUST, Saudi Arabia
  • 2009-2014: Assistant Professor, KAUST, Saudi Arabia
  • 2008-2008: Postdoctoral Fellow, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

KAUST Affiliations

  • ​Water Desalination and Reuse Center (WDRC)
  • Division of Biological and Environmental Sciences and Engineering (BESE)​
  • Environmental Science and Engineering Program