Professor Hongxia Wang

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Representative, Frontier Materials

Role within the Centre

As a researcher with trained academic background in chemistry and materials science, Hongxia Wang fuses multidisciplinary chemistry, physics and materials science to design and synthesise new materials made from earth-abundant elements with tailored properties for cost-effective solar cells and energy storage systems for applications under variable environmental conditions both on earth and in outer space. Within the Centre for Materials Science in QUT, Hongxia Wang, is co-theme leader of the Condensed Matter theme. Hongxia also contributes to research programs that pioneer the development of semiconductor materials with tailored optical, electrical and surface properties for next generation solar cells, light emitting diodes, nanostructured materials for energy storage electrode materials and bactericidal applications, catalytic materials for lithium-sulfur batteries, CO2 reduction and beyond using her deep understanding of the working mechanisms of materials in devices. The goal is to develop high performing solar cells and energy storage devices and the related integrated energy systems with long lifetimes to meet the increasing demand for renewable energy in the society.

Short biography

Hongxia Wang has an academic background in Chemistry (BS, MS) and Material Science (PhD: Condensed Matter Physics).  After completion of her PhD at Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2005, she worked in industry (Dyesol Ltd) and two research institutions in Japan (Shizuoka University), Australia and UK (University of Bath) as a Postdoctoral Fellow before she began to establish her own research team at QUT in 2010.  During the past 15 years of her career, her research has covered the multidisciplinary areas of dye/quantum sensitized solar cells, perovskite solar cells and thin film solar cells using copper-zinc-tin-sulfide (CZTS), as well as supercapacitors, and lithium-sulfur batteries. Her work has led to high impact research outcomes including over 160 high quality scientific publications in leading journals, four patents and over 40 keynote/invited presentations in prestigious international conferences.  One of Hongxia’s papers was awarded “Solar Energy Journal Best Paper Award for 2016 in the topic of Photovoltaics (PV)” by International Solar Energy Society. She has  received several prestigious fellowships including ARC Postdoctoral Fellow (Industry), ARC Future Fellow and the QUT Vice-chancellor Research Fellow (Senior). To date, Hongxia has secured over $8M research funding from Australia Research Council (ARC), Queensland government and industrial sector.  She was awarded Queensland Government’s Department of Science, Information Technology and Innovation (DSITI) “Certificate of Excellence”, and QUT’s “Vice-Chancellor’s Performance Award” for “Best Research with Real World Impact” in 2017. Hongxia is currently a member of the ARC College of Experts.

Selected publications

“Kinetic and material properties of interfaces governing slow response and long timescale phenomena in perovskite solar cells” Wang, H.; Guerrero, A.; Bou, A.; Al-Mayouf, A.M.; Bisquert, J. Energy Environ. 2019, 12, 2054-2079.

“Tailoring Crystal Structure of FA0.83Cs0.17PbI3 Perovskite Through Guanidinium Doping for Enhanced Performance and Tunable Hysteresis of Planar Perovskite Solar Cells” Pham,  N.D.;  Zhang, C.M.; Tiong, V.T; Zhang, S.; Will, G.; Bou, A.; Bisquert, J.; Shaw, P.E.;  Du, A.; Wilson, G.J.; Wang, H. Adv. Funct. Mater., 2019, 29, 1806479.

“Alkaline-Earth Bis (trifluoromethanesulfonimide) Additives for Efficient and Stable Perovskite Solar Cells”, Pham, N.D.; Shang, J.; Yang, Y.; Hoang, M.T.; Tiong, V.T.; Wang, X,; Fan, L.; Chen, P.; Kou, L.; Wang, L.; Wang, H. Nano Energy, 2020, 69, 104412.

“Cerium based metal organic frameworks as efficient separator coating catalyzing the conversion of polysulfides for high performance lithium-sulfur batteries”, Hong, X. J.; Song, C.L.; Yang, Y.; Tang, H-C.; Li, G-H.;  Cai, Y-P.; Wang, H. ACS Nano 2019, 13, 1923-1931.

“2-Methylimidazole-Derived Ni–Co Layered Double Hydroxide Nanosheets as High Rate Capability and High Energy Density Storage Material in Hybrid Supercapacitors”, Wang, T.; Zhang, S.; Yan, X.; Lyu, M.; Wang, L.; Bell, J.; Wang, H. ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces 2017, 9, 15510-15524.