Wang Group

Functional nanomaterials for clean energy application

The Wang Group, led by Senior Group Leader Professor Lianzhou Wang, is focussed on the clean energy sector, developing new functional materials for solar energy conversion and storage systems.

The Group’s main research areas include  new catalyst design for solar hydrogen generation, low-cost high-efficiency solar cells, and rechargeable batteries. 

Professor Wang also directs the Nanomaterials Centre that was established at UQ in 2000 by former AIBN Group Leader Professor Max G.Q. Lu, and the Group is building on the Centre’s strong legacy in partnership with the School of Chemical Engineering, in which Professor Wang has a joint appointment.

Research Areas

  • Semiconductor nanomaterials
  • Solar hydrogen generation
  • Rechargeable batteries 
  • New generation solar cells


Since 2019

  • ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (2023) Strain-stabilised perovskite optoelectronics: from fundamentals to devices
  • ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (2023) All-perovskite tandem solar cells for efficient green hydrogen production
  • ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (2022) Designing low-toxicity and stable perovskites for solar energy conversion
  • Advance Queensland Industry Research Fellowships (2022) Robust cathode materials for next-generation high-energy-density and low-cost lithium-ionbatteries
  • QHeart Medical Pty Ltd (2022) Interventional pumpless intra-aortic balloon heart assist device
  • UQ Knowledge Exchange & Translation Fund (2021) Interfacial engineering for high-performance solid-state lithium-sulfur battery
  • Australian Centre for Advanced Photovoltaics (2020) The development of high-efficiency quantum dot-organic tandem solar cells for new-generation wearable and lightweight photovoltaics
  • Very Small Particle Company Pty Ptd (2020) Advanced Nano-engineered Battery for Fast Charging Catenary-free Trams (CRC-P administered by VSPC Ltd)


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