Hailiang Wang

Member of Yale faculty since 2014

Research Interests


Research in the Wang group employs chemistry, materials science, nanotechnology and surface science to tackle the challenges in electrochemical energy storage and conversion. The research activities will involve exploration of novel chemistry and materials for high-density energy storage, development of catalysis for high-rate and high-efficiency energy conversion, and investigation of fundamental structure-property correlations and chemical processes in electrochemical devices.


B.S. Peking University, 2007
Ph.D. Stanford University, 2012
Philomathia Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California, Berkeley, 2012-2014


IUPAC Prize for Young Chemists, 2013
Philomathia Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of California, Berkeley, 2012
Young Investigator Award, Division of Inorganic Chemistry, American Chemical Society, 2012
Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Self-financed Students Abroad, Extraordinary Potential Prize, 2012
Graduate Student Award (Silver), Materials Research Society, Fall 2012
Stanford Graduate Fellowship, Stanford University, 2009

Selected Publications

Xing Zhang, Zishan Wu, Liewu Li, Xiao Zhang, Yanyan Li, Haomin Xu, Xiaoxiao Li, Xiaolu Yu, Zisheng Zhang, Yongye Liang, Hailiang Wang. Highly Selective and Active CO2 Reduction Electrocatalysts Based on Cobalt Phthalocyanine/Carbon Nanotube Hybrid Structures. Nature Communications, provisionally accepted.

Yingying Mi, Wen Liu, Ke R. Yang, Jianbing Jiang, Qi Fan, Zhe Weng, Yiren Zhong, Zishan Wu, Gary W. Brudvig, Victor S. Batista, Henghui Zhou, Hailiang Wang. Ferrocene Promoted Long Cycle Lithium-Sulfur Batteries. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2016, 55, 14818-14822.

Zhe Weng, Jianbing Jiang, Yueshen Wu, Zishan Wu, Xiaoting Guo, Kelly L. Materna, Wen Liu, Victor S. Batista, Gary W. Brudvig, Hailiang Wang. Electrochemical CO2 Reduction to Hydrocarbons on a Heterogeneous Molcular Cu Catalyst in Aqueous Solution. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2016, 138, 8076-8079.

Wen Liu, Enyuan Hu, Hong Jiang, Yingjie Xiang, Zhe Weng, Min Li, Qi Fan, Xiqian Yu, Eric I. Altman, Hailiang Wang. A Highly-Active and Stable Hydrogen Evolution Catalyst Based on Pyrite-Structured Cobalt Phophosulfide. Nature Communications, 2016, 7, 10771.

Zhe Weng, Wen Liu, Li-Chang Yin, Ruopian Fang, Min Li, Eric Altman, Qi Fan, Feng Li, Hui-Ming Cheng, Hailiang Wang. Metal/Oxide Interface Nanostructures Generated by Surface Segregation for Electrocatalysis. Nano Lett. 2015, 15, 7704-7710.

Qi Fan, Wen Liu, Zhe Weng, Yueming Sun, Hailiang Wang. Ternary Hybrid Material for High-Performance Lithium Sulfur Battery. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2015, 137, 12946-12953.