Haotian Wang

Haotian Wang-BW


  • CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholar 2019-2021
  • Bio-inspired Solar Energy


  • Rice University
Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering


  • United States


PhD (Applied Physics), Stanford University
BS (Physics), University of Science and Technology of China


Haotian Wang’s research is focused on developing cutting-edge technologies to use unwanted carbon dioxide and solar electricity to create valuable chemicals or fuels, via a green, sustainable, and economical process called CO2 reduction. 

Recently his group successfully discovered a revolutionary single-atom catalyst with high activity and selectivity towards CO2 reduction that compares to existing noble metal catalysts. This technology opens opportunities to mitigate climate change while making useful chemical products.


Forbes 30 Under 30 in Science, 2019

Highly Cited Researchers by Clarivate Analytics, 2018

Early Career Advisory Board of Nano Letters, 2016

Rowland Fellowship, 2016

Relevant Publications

C. Xia, P. Zhu, Q. Jiang, Y. Pan, W. Liang, E. Stavitsk, H.N. Alshareef, and H. Wang*, Continuous production of pure liquid fuel solutions via electrocatalytic CO2 reduction using solid-electrolyte devices, Nature Energy, in-press (2019).

K. Jiang, R.B. Sandberg, A.J. Akey, X. Liu, D.C. Bell, J.K. Nørskov, K. Chan*, and H. Wang*, Metal ion Cycling of Cu Foil for Selective C-C coupling in Electrochemical CO2 Reduction, Nature Catalysis 1, 111 (2018).

T. Zheng, K. Jiang, N. Ta, Y. Hu, J. Zeng, J. Liu, and H. Wang*, Large-scale and highly-selective CO2 electrocatalytic reduction on nickel single atom catalyst, Joule 3, 265 (2019).

K. Jiang, S. Siahrostami, T. ZhengY. Hu, S. Hwang, E. Stavitski, Y. Peng, J.J. Dynes, M. Gangishetty, D. Su, K. Attenkofer, and H. Wang*, Isolated Ni Single Atoms in Graphene Nanosheets for High-Performance CO2 Reduction, Energy & Environmental Science 11, 893 (2018).

K. Jiang, S. Siahrostami, Y. Li, Z. Lu, J. Lattimer, C. Stokes, W. Hill, D.C. Bell, K. Chan, J.K. Nørskov, Y. Cui, and H. Wang*, Transition-Metal Single Atoms in a Graphene Shell as Active Centers for Highly Efficient Artificial Photosynthesis, Chem 3, 950 (2017).