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Xianqin Wang

Contact Info

Title: Associate Professor
Office: Tier 360
Phone: 973-596-5707
Dept: Chemical Engineering


Professional Activities

  • American Chemical Society (ACS)
  • American Institute of Chemical Engineer (AIChE)
  • North American Catalysis Society (NACS)


  • Virginia Tech Ph.D. 2002
  • Tianjin University, China M.S.
  • Shandong University, China B.S.

Awards and Honors

  • Outstanding Performance Award (OPA), PNNL, 2007
  • Excellence Certificate, BNL, 2004

Work Experience

  • Scientist, Chemical and Biological Processes Development Group, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), 2005-2007
  • Research Associate, Chemistry Department, Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL), 2003-2005
  • Post-doctorate, Chemical Engineering Department, NC State University, 2002

Laboratory website

Nanomaterials for Energy & Environment Lab


Research Interests

Synthesis and characterizations of the advanced functional nanomaterials for environmental protection, clean energy production, biology and pharmaceutical engineering.


Peer Reviewed Papers

János Szanyi, Ja Hun Kwak, Do Heui Kim, Xianqin Wang, Jonathan Hanson, Ricardo J. Chimentao and Charles H.F. Peden, “Water-induced morphology changes in BaO/γ-Al2O3 NOx storage materials: an FTIR, TPD, and time-resolved synchrotron XRD study” J. Phys. Chem. C, 111, 4678-87, 2007

José A. Rodriguez, Xianqin Wang, Ping Liu, Wen Wen, Jonathan Hanson, Jan Hrbek, M. Perez and J. Evans, “ Gold Nanoparticles on Ceria: Importance of O Vacancies in the Activation of Gold”, Topics in Catalysis, 2007, Vol. 44 Issue 1/2, p73-81

Jenna Pike, Siu-Wai Chan, Feng Zhang, Xianqin Wang, Jonathan Hanson, “Formation of Stable Cu2O from Reduction of CuO Nanoparticles”, APPLIED CATALYSIS A-GENERAL 303 (2): 273-277 APR 28 2006.

Xianqin Wang, José A. Rodriguez, Jonathan C. Hanson, Daniel Gamarra, Arturo Martínez-Arias, and Marcos Fernández-García, “In Situ Studies of the Active Sites for the Water Gas Shift Reaction over Cu-CeO2 Catalysts: Complex Interaction between Metallic Copper and Oxygen Vacancies of Ceria”, J. Phys. Chem. B 2006, 110, 428-434

X. Wang, J. A. Rodriguez, J. C. Hanson, M. Pérez, and J. Evans, In situ time-resolved characterization of Au–CeO2 and AuOx–CeO2 catalysts during the water-gas shift reaction: Presence of Au and O vacancies in the active phase, J. Chem. Phys. 123, 221101 (2005)

Xianqin Wang, José A. Rodriguez, Jonathan C. Hanson, Daniel Gamarra, Arturo Martínez-Arias, and Marcos Fernández-García, “Unusual Physical and Structural Properties of Cu in CuxCe1-xO2 Nanoparticles”. J. Phys. Chem. B. 2005, 109,19595.

Marcos Fernández-García, Xianqin Wang, Carolina Belver, A. Iglesias-Juez, Jonathan C. Hanson, and José A. Rodriguez, “Ca-doping of nanosize Ce-Zr and Ce-Tb solid solutions: Structural and Electronic Effects”, Chem. Materials. 2005, 17, 4181.

Xianqin Wang, Jonathan C. Hanson, José A. Rodriguez, Carolina Belver, and Marcos Fernández-García, “ The structural and electronic properties of nanostructured Ce1- x- yZrxTbyO2 ternary oxides: Unusual concentration of Tb3+ and metal↔oxygen↔metal interactions”. J. Chem. Phys. 2005, 122, 154711.

J.A. Rodriguez, X. Wang, G. Liu, J. Hanson, J. Hrbek, C.H.F. Peden, A. Iglesias-Juez and M. Fernández-García, “Physical and Chemical Properties of Ce1-xZrxO2 Nanoparticles and Ce1-xZrxO2(111) Surfaces: Synchrotron-based Studies”, J. Mol. Catal. A:Chemical , 228, 2005.

Book Chapters

X. Wang, and JA Rodriguez, “H2 Production and Fuel Cells.” In Synthesis, Properties and Application of Oxide Nanoparticles. PNNL-SA-50255, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA. John Wiley & Sons, Inc, 2007