Prof. Lianzhou Wang

School of Chemical Engineering
Phone:+61 7 336 54218


Lianzhou Wang is currently Professor in the School of Chemical Engineering, Senior Group leader of Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (AIBN), 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 AIBN. 

Research Overview  

Professor Wang's research focuses on the synthesis, characterisation and application of functional nanomaterials for use in renewable energy conversion/storage systems including photocatalytsts, rechargeable batteries and low cost solar cells. In the last seven years' time, as a Chief Investigator, he has succeeded in winning 19 competitive ARC grants, two CSIRO Flagship Cluster projects, one CRC program, and a number of UQ grants. Prof. Wang has contributed more than 270 journal publications (including top ranking journals such as Chem. Rev., Angew. Chem., Adv. Mater., J. Am Chem. Soc., etc.), 12 patents and delivered over 60 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), and ARC Future Fellowship of 2012, 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: 16 RHD awarded,  currently principal supervisor of 12 PhD students & 6 Postdoctoral Fellows


 Current Projects

ARC Discovery Project: 2016-2019, Perovskite Materials: exploring new properties beyond solar cells,

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 

1.         Yuxiang Hu, Bin Luo, Delai Ye, Xiaobo Zhu, Miaoqiang Lyu, LZ Wang*, An Innovative Freeze-dried Reduced Graphene Oxide Supported SnS2 Cathode Active Material for Aluminium-ion Batteries. Advanced Materials, 2017, in press.

2.         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

3.         Q. Wang, HJ Chen, E. McFarland, LZ Wang*, Solar Rechargeable batteries based on Organohalide lead electrolyte, Advanced Energy Materials, 2015, online article. Cover image selection.

4.         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, online article. Highlighted as Back cover.

5.         LZ Wang, T Sasaki, Titanium Oxide Nanosheets: Graphene Analogues with Versatile Functionalities, Chemical Reviews, 2014, 114, 9455-9486.

6.         X Zong, JF Han, B Seger, HJ Chen, GQ Lu, C 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.

7.         Y Chen, DL Ye, M Wu, HR Chen, L Zhang, JL Shi, LZ Wang*, Break-up of two-dimensional MnO2 nanosheets promotes ultrasensitive pH-triggered theranostics of cancer, Advanced Materials, 2014, 24, 7019-7026.

8.         B Seger, J NcCray, A Mukherji, X Zong, Z Xing, LZ Wang*, An n-type to p-type switchable photoelectrode assembled from alternating exfoliated titania nanosheets and polyaniline layers. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2013, 52(25), 6400-6403.

9.         Y Bai, H Yu, Z Li, R Amal, GQ Lu, LZ Wang*, In-situ Growth of ZnO Nanowire Network within TiO2 Nanoparticle Film for Enhanced Dye-sensitized Solar Cell Performance, Advanced Materials, 2012, 24, 5850-5853. 

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


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