Alternative Water Resources Prize - 9th Award


Dr. Wang’s work is at the forefront of the solar-water nexus, involving solar distillation, zero liquid discharge desalination, and atmospheric water harvesting and its application to PV cooling. The specific works, all of which have considerable scientific and implementation value, are: (1) a prototype and fully solar-driven, all-in-one “self-healing” solar distillation device; (2) a 3-D cylindrical-cup-shaped photothermal structure with record-breaking water evaporation rate, (3) a 3-D solar crystallizer to achieve zero-liquid-discharge desalination with high energy efficiency, (4) a photovoltaics-membrane distillation device that generates both electricity and water – that shifts electricity production from the ‘water consumer’ side to the ‘water producer’ side, and (5) a new nano vapor sorbent composed of a nano carbon hollow capsule containing deliquescent salt that successfully enables continuous atmospheric water generation.

Winner Profile

Dr. Peng Wang

Dr. Wang is Professor of Environmental Science and Engineering at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia.


• 2008 – PhD; University of California, Santa Barbara (Environmental Science and Management)
• 2004 – MA; University of California, Santa Barbara (Environmental Science and Management)
• 2000 – MS; Sun Yat-Sen University, China (Environmental Science)
• 1997 – BSc; Nanjing University, China (Environmental Science, , China, 1997

Selected Awards:

2018 – Innovation Award in Nano-Micro Science, Nano-Micro Conference
2018 – Emerging Investigator ( Environmental Science: Nano)



Acceptance Speech

An announcement about the date and format of the 9th Awards Ceremony will be forthcoming. A decision will be made in light of necessities posed by the COVID 19 pandemic.

Winning Work

[1] Wang, W.B., Shi, Y., Zhang, C.L., Shi, L., Chang, J., Li, R.Y., Jin, Y., Ong, C.S., Zuo, S.F., Wang, P.* "Simultaneous Production of Fresh Water and Electricity via Multistage Solar Photovoltaic Membrane Distillation", Nature Communications, 2019, 10 (3012).

[2] Li, R.Y., Shi, Y., Wu, M.C., Hong, S.H., Wang, P. "Improving Atmospheric Water Production Yield: Enabling Multiple Water Harvesting Cycles with Nano Sorbent", Nano Energy, 2019.

[3] Shi, Y., Zhang, C.L., Li, R.Y., Zhuo, S.F., Jin, Y., Shi, L., Hong, S.H., Chang, J., Ong, C.S., Wang, P. "Solar Evaporator with Controlled Salt Precipitation for Zero Liquid Discharge Desalination", Environmental Science & Technology, 2018, 52(20), 11822-11830.

[4] Shi, Y., Li, R.Y., Jin, Y., Zhuo, S.F., Shi, L., Chang, J., Hong, S., Ng, K.C., Wang, P. "A 3D Photothermal Structure toward Improved Energy Efficiency in Solar Steam Generation", Joule, 2018, 2(6), 1171-1186.

[5] Zhang, L.B., Tang, B., Wu, J.B., Li, R.Y., Wang, P.* "Hydrophobic Light-to-Heat Conversion Membranes with Self-Healing Ability for Interfacial Solar Heating", Advanced Materials, 2015, 27(33), 4889-4894.

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