Prof Lianzhou Wang

School of Chemical Engineering
Phone:   +61 7 336 54218

Lianzhou Wang is currently a Professor in the School of Chemical Engineering and Research Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Functional Nanomaterials (ARCCFN), 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 as ARC QEII Fellow (2006), Senior Lecturer (2007), Associate Professor (2010), and Professor (2012) in School of Chemical Engineering and ARCCFN. 



Research Overview

Professor Wang's research focuses on the synthesis, characterisation and application of functional nanomaterials for use in cleaner and more efficient energy conversion/storage systems, including photocatalytsts, rechargeable lithium batteries, and water treatment membranes. In the last six years' time, as a Chief Investigator, he has succeeded in winning 11 ARC grants, two CSIRO Flagship Cluster projects, one major Queensland Government fund, one CRC program, and a number of UQ grants. Prof. Wang has contributed more than 150 original journal publications (including top ranking journals such as Angew. Chem., Adv. Mater., J. Am Chem. Soc., Adv.Funct. Mater., ACS Nano, Chem. Mater., Small, etc.), 11 patents and over 30 plenary/keynote/invited presentations. He also won several prestigious Fellowships/awards including STA Fellowship of Japan, ARC Queen Elizabeth II Fellowship (2006), UQ Research Excellence Award of 2008, Scopus Young Researcher Award of 2011 (Engineering and Technology category, organised by Universities Australia and Elsevier), and ARC Future Fellowship of 2012.


Teaching and RHD supervision activities

  • Course coordinator of second year undergraduate core course CHEE2003 Fluid & Particle Mechanics
  • Lecturer of fourth year engineering course CHEE4301 Nanomaterials and Their Characterisation
  • Lecturer of fourth year engineering course CHEE4302 Electrochemistry and Corrosion
  • Research Supervision: 6 RHD awarded, principal supervisor of 10 PhD students and 1 MPhil student


Current Projects

  • ARC Future Fellowship (2012-2016): Designing new layered materials for efficient solar energy conversion (Clean Energy)
  • CRC Polymer program (2012-2017):  New barrier materials for solar cells (Clean Energy)
  • ARC LP and Dow Chemical Strategic grant (2011-2014): New cathode materials for lithium ion batteries (Clean Energy)
  • UQ VC’s Senior Research Fellowship grant (2011-2013): Designing Advanced Materials for Efficient Solar-driven Energy Conversion (Clean Energy)
  • CSIRO Flagship Project (2011-2014)  Flexible transparent electrodes for plastic electronics (Clean Energy)
  • ARC DP grant (2010-2012)  Designing new visible-light active photocatalysts for efficient CO2 reduction (Clean Energy)
  • Queensland-China Alliance on Clean Energy Tech (2009-2012),  Nanomaterials for Clean Energy Technologies (Clean Energy)



Top publications


Lianzhou Wang, T. Sasaki, Titanium Oxide Nanosheets: Graphene Analogues with Versatile Functionalities, Chemical Reviews, 2014, ASAP Article. (See here)

X. Zong, JF. Han, B. Seger, HM. Chen, GQ Lu, C. Li, Lianzhou Wang, An Integrated Photoelectrochemical–Chemical Loop for Solar-Driven Overall Splitting of Hydrogen Sulfide, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2014, 53, pp 4399-4403. (Selected hot paper by Angew. Chem. Int. Ed.) (See here)

DL. Ye, K. Ozawa, B. Wang, D. Hulicova-Jurcakova, J. Zou, CH. Sun, Lianzhou Wang, Capacity-controllable Li-rich cathode materials for lithium-ion batteries, Nano Energy, 2014, 6, pp 92-102. (See here)

Y. Bai, H. Yu, Z. Li, R. Amal, GQ Lu, Lianzhou Wang, In-situ Growth of ZnO Nanowire Network within TiO2 Nanoparticle Film for Enhanced Dye-sensitized Solar Cell Performance, Advanced Materials, 2012, 24 (43), pp 5850-5856. (See here)

A. Mukherji, B. Seger, GQ Lu, Lianzhou Wang, Nitrogen Doped Sr2Ta2O7 Coupled with Graphene Sheets as Photocatalysts for Increased Photocatalytic Hydrogen Production,  ACS Nano, 2011, 5 (5), pp 3483–3492. (See here)

X. Wu, ZG Chen, GQ Lu, Lianzhou Wang, Nanosized Anatase TiO2 Single Crystals with Tunable Exposed (001) Facets for Enhanced Energy Conversion Efficiency of Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells, Advanced Functional Materials, 2011, 21, 4167-4172. (Frontispiece) (See here)

A. Mukherji, R. Marschall, A. Tanksale, CH Sun, S. Smith, GQ Lu, Lianzhou Wang,  N-doped CsTaWO6 as a New Photocatalyst for Hydrogen Production from Water Splitting under Solar Irradiation, Advanced Functional Materials, 2011, 21(1), 126-132. (Frontispiece, highlighted by Nature Photonics, 2011) (See here)

X. Wu, GQ Lu, Lianzhou Wang, Shell-in-Shell TiO2 Hollow Spheres Synthesized by One-Pot Hydrothermal Method for Dye-Sensitized Solar Cell Application, Energy and Environmental Science, 2011, 4, 3565-3572. (See here)

Y Wang, C Sun, X Yan, FX Xiu, Lianzhou Wang, SC Smith, KL. Wang, GQ Lu, and J Zou, Lattice Distortion Oriented Angular Self-Assembly of Monolayer Titania Sheets, Journal of American Chemical Society, 2011, 133(4), 695-697. (See here)

G. Liu, Lianzhou Wang, H.G. Yang, H. Cheng, GQ Lu, Titania-based photocatalysts—crystal growth, doping and heterostructuring, Journal of Materials Chemistry, 2010,  20(5), 831-843. (Review Article) (See here)

YC. Zhu, H. Liu, F. Li, Q. Ruan, H. Wang, M. Fujiwara, Lianzhou Wang, GQ Lu, Dipolar Molecules as Impellers Achieving Electric-Field-Stimulated Release, Journal of American Chemical Society, 2010, 132 (5), pp 1450–1451. (See here)

G. Liu, Lianzhou Wang, CH. Sun, X. Yan, XW Wang, ZG. Chen, S. Smith, HM. Cheng, GQ Lu, Band-to-Band Visible-Light Photon Excitation and Photoactivity Induced by Homogeneous Nitrogen Doping in Layered Titanates, Chemistry of Materials, 2009, 21, 1266-1274. (See here)

Lianzhou Wang, F.Q Tang, K. Ozawa, ZG Chen, A. Mukherj, Y.C Zhu, J. Zou, H. Cheng, GQ Lu, A General Single Source Route for Nanoporous Hollow Structure Preparation,  Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2009, 7048-7051. (See here)






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