Dr Xiaodong Wang

Senior Lecturer in Chemical Engineering


Xiaodong has been a Senior Lecturer in Chemical Engineering at Lancaster University (UK) since September 2019. Prior to this, he was a Lecturer in Chemical Engineering at the University of Aberdeen (UK, 01/2015-08/2019), Postdoctoral Research Associate at Heriot-Watt University (UK), where he also obtained his PhD (06/2014). He completed both MSc and BEng studies in Tianjin University (China, 2002-2009).

Xiaodong’s research interest ranges from reaction engineering, renewable energy and chemicals to materials, where heterogeneous catalysis is the core discipline. He has been the author of over 40 peer-reviewed publications and his research has been funded mainly by The Royal Society, EPSRC (The UK Catalysis Hub), The Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland and Industry.

Xiaodong’s recent work focuses on the innovative use of heterogeneous catalysts (e.g., supported metals) in enzymatic transformations via cofactor NAD(P)H regeneration. A list of publications on this line of research can be seen below.

[1] Wang, X., & Yiu, H. H. P. (2016). Heterogeneous catalysis mediated cofactor NADH regeneration for enzymatic reduction. ACS Catalysis, 6(3), 1880–1886. 10.1021/acscatal.5b02820

[2] Wang, X., Saba, T., Yiu, H. H. P., Howe, R. F., Anderson, J. A., & Shi, J. (2017). Cofactor NAD(P)H regeneration inspired by heterogeneous pathways. Chem, 2(5), 621–654. 10.1016/j.chempr.2017.04.009

[3] Zhou, Q., Zhang, J., Saba, T., Yue, Z., Li, W., Anderson, J. A., & Wang, X. (2019). Electric-field-assisted facile synthesis of metal nanoparticles. ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering, 7(1), 1271–1278. 10.1021/acssuschemeng.8b04927

[4] Yang, D., Zhang, Y., Zhang, S., Cheng, Y., Wu, Y., Cai, Z., Wang, X., Shi, J., & Jiang, Z. (2019). Coordination between electron transfer and molecule diffusion through a bioinspired amorphous titania nanoshell for photocatalytic nicotinamide cofactor regeneration. ACS Catalysis, 9(12), 11492–11501. 10.1021/acscatal.9b03462

[5] Saba, T., Burnett, J. W. H., Li, J., Kechagiopoulos, P. N., & Wang, X. (2020). A facile analytical method for reliable selectivity examination in cofactor NADH regeneration. Chemical Communications, 56(8), 1231–1234. 10.1039/C9CC07805C

[6] Saba, T., Burnett, J. W. H., Li, J., Wang, X., Anderson, J. A., Kechagiopoulos, P. N., & Wang, X. (2020). Assessing the environmental performance of NADH regeneration methods: A cleaner process using recyclable Pt/Fe3O4 and hydrogen. Catalysis Today, 339, 281–288. 10.1016/j.cattod.2019.01.049

[7] Zhang, S., Shi, J., Chen, Y., Huo, Q., Li, W., Wu, Y., Sun, Y., Zhang, Y., Wang, X., & Jiang, Z. (2020). Unraveling and manipulating of NADH oxidation by photo-generated holes. ACS Catalysis, 10(9), 4967–4972. 10.1021/acscatal.0c00471

[8] Burnett, J. W. H., Howe, R. F., & Wang, X. (2020). Cofactor NAD(P)H regeneration: how selective are the reactions? Trends in Chemistry, 2(6), 488-492. 10.1016/j.trechm.2020.03.002

[9] Jones, W., Burnett, J. W. H., Shi, J., Howe, R. F., & Wang, X. (2020). Improving photocatalytic energy conversion via NAD(P)H. Joule, 4(10), in press. 10.1016/j.joule.2020.07.024

A list of all publications is available at “Publications” below.