Shaobin Wang

Professor Shaobin Wang


School of Chemical Engineering

Faculty of Sciences, Engineering and Technology

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.

Prof. Wang obtained his PhD in Chemical Engineering from University of Queensland, Australia. He is now a Professor at School of Chemical Engineering, The University of Adelaide, Australia. His research interests focus on nanomaterial synthesis and application for adsorption and catalysis, fuel and energy conversion and environmental remediation. He has published more than 500 refereed journal papers with citation over 41,000 and H-index of 115. He was awarded 2012 Thomson Reuters Citation & Innovation Awards in Australia. He is also the Clarivate Analytics Highly Cited Researcher In Engineering for 2016-2020.

My Research Interests include

  • Nanomaterials synthesis and applications

  • Fuels and energy conversion

  • methane conversion and olefin production

  • Reaction engineering and design

  • Environmental engineering and wastewater treatment

  • Industrial wastes management and utilisation

  • Carbon dioxide recycling and utilisation

  • Air pollution and control technology

Detailed research areas of my research group are listed as below:

1. Environmental Remediation

Our group is working on edge-cutting technologies for environmental remediation. New advanced oxidative processes (AOPs) were developed utilizing novel metal nanocrystals, metal-free nanocarbons for activating versatile superoxides toward adsorption, aqueous oxidation of toxic contaminants and control of air pollution.

2. Energy Conversion and Utilization

Our research focuses on synthesis of nanostructured catalyst materials, such as shape-controlled metals or oxides, nanocarbons, hybrids, arrays and quantum dots for energy conversion and storage (ORR, OER, HER, supercapacitors), solar energy utilization (solar cells, photocatalysis, photoelectrochemical reactions, water splitting), and electrochemical catalysis.

3. CO2 recycling and utilisation

Nanocarbons and MOF materials with extra-large specific areas, porous structure, and tunable surface chemistry, are deveolped for CO2, CH4 adsorption, storage, and hydrocarbon conversions via photocatalysis and electrochemistry. 


  • ARC-DP, Catalytic Degardation of Emerging Microplastic Pollutants.  $578K, 2020-2022

  • ARC-DP, Greent remediation of water by smart micro-reactors.  $410K, 2019-2021

  • ARC-DP, Carbon dioxide conversion and utilization, $357K, 2017-2019

  • ARC-DP, Engineered and functionalized nanocarbons for clean energy and water, $415K, 2015-2017

  • CRC-CARE, Development of novel nanocarbon materials for extractive analysis and remediation, $529, 2013-2015

  • CRC-CARE, Design and fabrication of a photocatalytic air purifier for demonstration, $64K, 2014

  • ARC-DP, Green catalysis for energy and environment using metal free nanostructured carbons, $320K, 2013-2015

  • CRC-CARE, Natural clay mineral-graphene composites for sustainable remediation, $315K, 2013-2015

  • ARC-DP, Production, Processing and Combustion of an Innovative Slurry Fuel for High Efficiency Distributed Power Generation, $300K, 2011-2013

  • CRC-CARE, Integrating advanced oxidation processes (AOPs) and nanotechnologies for persistent organic pollutants (POPs) removal from contaminated water and soil, $390, 2012-2014

  • CRC-CARE Efficient capture and utilization of gas and leachate emissions in controlled landfill bioreactor processing of municipal solid waste, $200K, 2010-2012

  • Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2022 Principal Supervisor Nano-Porous Organic Frameworks for Wastewater Remediation Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Karim Shaaban Abdelaziz Hassan Elnaggar
    2022 Principal Supervisor Thermoelectric materials for solar-driven energy conversion and environmental remediation Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Seiya Motoki
    2021 Principal Supervisor Single Atom Catalysis for Advanced Oxidation Reactions Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Zhongshuai Zhu
    2021 Principal Supervisor Catalytic Production of Hydrogen Peroxide and Fenton Oxidation for Water Purification Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Shuang Zhong
    2021 Principal Supervisor Catalytic microplastic degradation and transformation to value-added products Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Shiying Ren
    2021 Co-Supervisor Carbon-based Quantum Dots for Green Catalysis and Environmental Purification Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Mr Yu Yao
    2021 Principal Supervisor Photochemical and photoelectrochemical catalytic reactions for energy conversion Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Jingkai Lin
    2019 Principal Supervisor Advanced Oxidation Technologies for Microplastic Remediation Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Kunsheng Hu
    2019 Principal Supervisor Smart Nanoreactors for Catalytic Environmental Remediation Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Yangyang Yang
  • Position: Professor
  • Phone: 83133810
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  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Engineering North, floor Second Floor
  • Room: N208
  • Org Unit: Chemical Engineering

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