Title: Professor
Subject: Organic Chemistry & Physical Chemistry
Phone: 0411-84379762
Research Interests

The scientific interests of Prof. Wang cover the fields of heterogeneous catalysis and material chemistry, with special attention to design and development of metal-oxide nano-catalysts for their advanced applications in energy related material science and environmentally benign processes of biomass transformation. He has published more than 110 journal papers and more than 100 Chinese patents have been authorized.

Ongoing projects include:

1.Synthesis and characterization of structurally well-defined nanomaterials, such as oxides, zeolites, and metal nanoparticles

2.Development of green and environmentally benign processes

3.Transformation of biomass (such as lignin, cellulose, glycerol and other molecules) into BTX, phenolic compounds, and polymer building blocks

4.Photo-catalysts for solar fuel production, CO2 valorization and biomass conversion

5.Theoretical calculations and life cycle assessment


Professor Feng Wang received his BS degree at Zhengzhou University in 1999 and his PhD at Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2005. He joined the Organic Catalysis Group as an assistant professor in the same year. He later did postdoctoral research at the University of California-Berkeley and Hokkaido University-Catalysis Research Center. In 2009, he was promoted as a member of Hundred Talents program of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and began his independent research as the leader of the Bioenergy Chemical Group. He now serves as the vice director of Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, CAS and the director of the Biomass-Conversion and Bio-Energy division. 


He serves as the Associate Editor of ACS Catalysis, also works in the editorial board or advisory board of several international scientific journals, including ChemSusChem, Chinese Journal of Catalysis, Sustainable Chemistry and Pharmacy, Chinese Journal of Chemistry, etc.

Honors and Awards

2020  Distinguished Young Scholars Foundation, NSFC

2020  ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering Lectureship Awards

2019  NSFC-RS Newton Advanced Fellowship

2016  Cheung Kong Youth Scholar Program, Ministry of Education of P.R. China

2014  Excellent Young Scholars Foundation, NSFC

2013  The first Prize for the Natural Science Scholastic Attainment of Liaoning Province

2012  “Young Scientist Award”, 15th International Congress on Catalysis

2012  Lin Liwu excellent Youth Award


1. Z. Zhang, M. Wang*, H. Zhou, F. Wang*. Surface sulfate ion on Cds catalyst enhances syngas generation from biopolyols. J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2021, 143 (17), 6533-6541.

2. Z. Huang#, Z. Zhao#, C. Zhang, J. Lu, H. Liu, N. Luo, J. Zhang, F. Wang*. Enhanced photocatalytic alkane production from fatty acid decarboxylation via inhibition of radical oligomerization. Nat. Catal., 2020, 3(2), 170-178.

3. C. Zhang, F. Wang*. Catalytic lignin depolymerization to aromatic chemicals. Acc. Chem. Res. 2020, 53(2), 470-484.

4. M. Wang, M. Liu, J. Lu, F. Wang, M. Wang, M. Liu, Photo splitting of bio-polyols and sugars to methanol and syngas. Nat. Commun., 2020, 11(1), 1083-1091.

5. N. Luo, T. Montini, J. Zhang, P. Fornasiero, E. Fonda, T. Hou, W. Nie, J. Lu, J. Liu, M. Heggen, L. Lin, C. Ma, M. Wang, F. Fan, S. Jin, F. Wang*. Visible-light-driven coproduction of diesel precursors and hydrogen from lignocellulose-derived methylfurans. Nat. Energy, 2019, 4(7), 575-584.

6. Y. Wang, M. Peng, J. Zhang, Z. Zhang, J. An, S. Du, H. An, F. Fan, X. Liu, P. Zhai, D. Ma*, F. Wang*. Selective production of phase-separable product from a mixture of biomass-derived aqueous oxygenates. Nat. Commun., 2018, 9(1), 5183.

7. C. Zhang, Z. Huang, J. Lu, N. Luo, F. Wang*. Generation and confinement of long-lived N-oxyl radical and its photocatalysis. J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2018, 140(6), 2032-2035.

8. J. An#, Y. Wang#, J. Lu, J. Zhang, Z. Zhang, S. Xu, X. Liu, T. Zhang, M. Gocyla, M. Heggen, R. E. Dunin-Borkowski, P. Fornasiero, F. Wang*. Acid-promoter-free ethylene methoxycarbonylation over Ru-clusters/Ceria: the catalysis of interfacial lewis acid-base pair. J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2018, 140(11), 4172-4181.

9. J. An, Y. Wang, Z. Zhang, Z. Zhao, J. Zhang, F. Wang*. The synthesis of quinazolinones from olefins, CO and amines over heterogeneous Ru-clusters/ceria catalyst. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2018, 57(38), 12308-12312.

10. Y. Hu#, Z. Zhao#, Y. Liu, G. Li, A. Wang, Y. Cong, T. Zhang, F. Wang*, N. Li*. Synthesis of 1,4-cyclohexanedimethanol, 1,4-cyclohexanedicarboxylic acid and 1,2-cyclohexanedicarboxylates from formaldehyde, crotonaldehyde and acrylate. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2018, 57(23), 6901-6905.

11. M. Wang, J. Lu, J. Ma, Z. Zhang, F. Wang*. Cuprous oxide catalyzed oxidative C-C bond cleavage for C-N bond formation: synthesis of cyclic imides from ketones and amines. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2015, 54(47), 14061-14065.

12. Y. Wang, F. Wang*, Q. Song, Q. Xin, S. Xu, J. Xu*, Heterogeneous Ceria Catalyst with Water-Tolerant Lewis Acidic Sites for One-Pot Synthesis of 1,3-Diols via Prins Condensation and Hydrolysis Reactions. J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2013, 135(7), 1506-1515.

13. Q. Song, F. Wang*, J. Cai, Y. Wang, J. Zhang, W. Yu, J. Xu*, Lignin depolymerization (LDP) in alcohol over nickel-based catalysts via a fragmentation-hydrogenolysis process. Energy Environ. Sci., 2013, 6(3), 994-1007.

14. F. Wang*, W. Ueda, J. Xu*, Detection and measurement of surface electron transfer on reduced molybdenum oxides (MoOx) and catalytic activities of Au/MoOx. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2012, 51(16), 3883-3887.