Lichang Wang | Chemistry and Biochemistry| SIU

Southern Illinois University



College of Agriculture, Life and Physical Sciences

Lichang Wang

Professor and Director of Graduate Teaching Assistants


Phone: 618-453-6476
Fax: 618-453-6408
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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

Ruitao Wu and Lichang Wang, J. Phys. Chem. C 124 (2020) 26953-26964: “A Density Functional Theory Study on the Mechanism of Complete Ethanol Oxidation on Ir(100): Surface Diffusion-Controlled C-C Bond Cleavage”.

Zhi-Peng Wu, Bei Miao, Emma Hopkins, Keonwoo Park, Yifei Chen, Haoxi Jiang, Minhua Zhang,  Chuan-Jian Zhong, and Lichang Wang, J. Phys. Chem. C 123 (2019) 20853-20868: “Poisonous Species in Complete Ethanol Oxidation Reaction on Palladium Catalysts”.

Bei Miao, Zhi-Peng Wu, Minhua Zhang, Yifei Chen, Lichang Wang, J. Phys. Chem. C 122(2018)22448-22459: “Role of Ni in Bimetallic PdNi Catalysts for Ethanol Oxidation Reaction”.

Tianyang Wang, Haiya Sun, Linli Zhang, Nathan D. Colley, Chelsea N. Bridgmohan, Dongzhi Liu, Wenping Hu, Wei Li, Xueqin Zhou, Lichang Wang, Dyes Pigm. 139(2017)601-610: “Effect of photo-induced charge separated state lifetimes in donor-acceptor1-acceptor2 organic ambipolar semiconductors on their photovoltaic performances”.

Tianyang Wang, Chuanwu Zhao, Linli Zhang, Ting Lu, Haiya Sun, Chelsea N. Bridgmohan, Krishanthi C. Weerasinghe, Dongzhi Liu, Wenping Hu, Wei Li, Xueqin Zhou, and Lichang Wang, J. Phys. Chem. C 120(2016)25263-25275: “Enhancing Photoinduced Charge Separation through Donor Moiety in Donor-Accepter Organic Semiconductors”.