219 Maryland Hall
Research Areas
Photochemical solar cells
Green engineering
High-performance catalysts

Chao Wang is an associate professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering and the director of the Nano Energy Laboratory. He is also the director of master’s admissions. His research interests are primarily in carbon dioxide capture and conversion, electrochemical energy conversion and storage, and heterogeneous catalysis for green chemical engineering.

Wang believes the foreground of sustainability should be built on efficient and environment-friendly schemes of energy conversion and storage as well as chemical transformations. His group targets such schemes by synthesis, characterization, and functionalization of new nanomaterials with finely tailored atomic structures for catalytic activity, selectivity and stability improvements, and design and engineer electro- and thermos-chemical processes and systems at high energy efficiencies and reduced carbon footprints.

He received his bachelor’s in 2004 from the University of Science and Technology of China, and his master’s in 2005 and his doctorate from Brown University in 2009 before joining the Argonne National Laboratory in 2012 as a postdoctoral fellow.