Professor Lianzhou Wang specialises in functional nanomaterials for solar energy conversion and energy storage applications.

Professor Lianzhou Wang has an international reputation in the characterisation and application of semiconductor nanomaterials for use in renewable energy conversion/storage systems, including photocatalysts, rechargeable lithium batteries, and new generation solar cells. Professor Wang is an Australian Research Council (ARC) Future Fellow; and past recipient of an STA Fellowship of Japan; and an ARC Queen Elizabeth II Fellowship. He has attracted more than 19 ARC grants; two CSIRO Flagship Cluster projects; one major Queensland Government funding, an CRC program and a number of industry grants.

In Addition to Professor Wang’s ARC Future Fellowship and QEII awards, he has received the STA Fellowship of Japan; UQ Research Excellence Award; and Scopus Young Researcher Award in the Engineering and Technology category. He has delivered more than 60 plenary and invited keynote presentations at international conferences and symposia. Wang serves as the Associate Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Nanoparticle Research and Science Bulletin and is on the editorial board of a few other journals.

Industry Engagement & Collaborations

Prof Wang is experienced in designing and delivering targeted research outcomes for Industry. Starting with a patented technology at National Institute for Material Science, Japan, Wang and collaborators have applied the titania based nanosheets to the cosmetic industry of Japan for UV-blocking.  Working on CRC-driven programs, Wang has been working with industry partners including BlueScope on barrier films for roof-top coatings since 2012. With the support from Dow Chemical, Leling New Energy, and more recently Baosteel and Anteo Technologies, Wang’s team is developing new electrode materials and other relevant technologies for high energy battery applications. Wang started to work with Korean based Nanopac on the design of low cost electrode materials for solar driven wastewater treatment.

Professor Wang has built strong international links and nurtured long term collaborations with a number of world leaders in material science and chemistry fields Professor Guozhong Cao from the University of Washington; Professor John Irvine of University of St Andrews, Professor Takayoshi Sasaki and Dr Kiyoshi Ozawa from the National Institute for Materials Sciences, Japan; Professor Michael Wark from Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany; and Professors Huiming Cheng and Can Li from the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

Key Publications

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, 6405-6410.

Guan Zhang, Gang Liu, LZ Wang, John Irvine, Inorganic Perovskite photocatalysts for solar energy utilization, Chemical Society Reviews, 2016, 5951-5984.

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.  Highlighted 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

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

Full list of publications available at UQ eSpace


As a chief investigator, Professor Wang has secured 19 ARC grants, two CSIRO Flagship Cluster projects, major Queensland Government funding, a CRC project and a number of UQ grants, totaling more than $18 million. He is co-author of 13 patents for new materials for clean energy use. Professor Wang is a member of the American Chemical Society, Institute of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) and the Australian Nanotechnology Network and fellow of Royal Society of Chemistry.