Lichang Wang | Chemistry and Biochemistry| SIU

Southern Illinois University



Lichang Wang

Professor and Chair


Phone: 618-453-6476
Fax: 618-453-6408
Wang Group Pages

The Wang research group is currently interested in: (1) the study of electron excitation and transfer processes for solar cell materials, photodynamic therapy photosensitizers, fluorescence sensors, and other optoelectronic devices; (2) the study of transition metal nanoparticles to understand their catalytic activities for oxygen reduction reaction, hydrogen production from methane and ethanol, and complete oxidation of ethanol as well as their formation and toxicity; (3) the assessment of various functionals in Density Functional Theory (DFT) in describing accurately electronic and optical properties of materials and the development of pragmatic techniques to improve the accuracy of DFT in describing electron excitation processes.


B.S. Chemical Engineering, Tianjin University, 1985
M.S. Chemical Engineering, Tianjin University, 1988
Ph.D. Chemistry, University of Copenhagen,1993
Postdoc, University of Copenhagen, 1993-1994
Postdoc, University of Cambridge, 1994-1998
Postdoc, University College London, 1996-1997
Postdoc, The Ohio State University, 1998-2001

Selected Recent Publications

K. C. Weerasinghe, T. Wang, J. Zhuang, D. Liu, W. Li, X. Zhou, L. Wang, Comput. Mater. Sci. 126 (2017) 244-251: “Mechanistic study and design of porphyrin derivatives for inducing the triplet state of perelene bismide”.

 T. Lu, H. Sun, N. D. Colley, C. N. Bridgmohan, D. Liu, W. Li, W. Hu, X. Zhou, T. Wang,  L. Wang, Dyes Pigm. 136(2017)404-415: “Tuning the donors to control the lifetimes of charge separated states in triazine-based Donor-Acceptor systems”.

 T. Wang, C. Zhao, L. Zhang, T. Lu, H. Sun, C. N. Bridgmohan, K. C. Weerasinghe, D. Liu, W. Hu, Wei Li, X. Zhou, L. Wang, J. Phys. Chem. C 120 (2016) 25263-25275: “Enhancing Photoinduced Charge Separation through Donor Moiety in Donor-Accepter Organic Semiconductors”.

T. Wang, K. C. Weerasinghe, P. C. Ubaldo, D. Liu, W. Li, X. Zhou, L. Wang, Chem. Phys. Lett. 618(2015) 142-146: "Tuning electron-hole distance of the excitons in organic molecules using functional groups".

T. Wang, K. C. Weerasinghe, D. Liu, W. Li, X. Yan, X. Zhou, L. Wang, J. Mater. Chem. C 2(2014) 5466-5470: "Ambipolar organic semiconductors with cascades of energy levels for generating long-lived charge separated states: a donor-acceptor1-acceptor2 architectural triarylamine dye".

K. Sun, M. Zhang, L. Wang, Chem. Phys. Lett. 585(2013) 85-94: "Effects of catalyst surface and hydrogen bond on ethanol dehydrogenation to ethoxy on Cu catalysts".