Haotian Wang, assistant professor and William Marsh Rice Trustee Chair of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering (ChBE) at Rice University, has been named to the annual Forbes 30 under 30 in Science list for 2019.
According to Forbes, “Wang’s goal is to help solve climate change and build useful products at the same time. He’s doing that by using carbon dioxide from the atmosphere as a raw material for green fuels and other chemicals, and he’s created a method of artificial photosynthesis that’s more efficient than natural photosynthesis in plants.”
Wang joined the Rice faculty in 2018. He earned a Ph.D. in applied physics from Stanford University in 2016, and a B.S. in condensed matter physics from the University of Science and Technology of China in Hefei in 2011.
Prior to coming to Rice, Wang was a fellow of the Rowland Institute at Harvard University. His research focuses on renewable energy technologies, including novel electrocatalysts for CO2 reduction and CO2 thermal hydrogenation catalysis. Wang was selected to join the Early Career Advisory Board of Nano Letters in 2016, and won the Materials Research Society graduate student award in 2015.
Forbes started its 30 Under 30 lists in 2011. The annual lists in 15 categories highlight the accomplishments and promise of those who “represent the entrepreneurial, creative and intellectual best of their generation.”