Professor Junwang Tang is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, Director of the University Materials Hub (2016-2019) and Chair of Materials Chemistry and Engineering in the Department of Chemical Engineering at University College London. He received his PhD in Physical Chemistry in DICP in Dalian, China in 2001 and then took a position at NIMS, Japan as a JSPS fellow. In 2015, he joined the Department of Chemistry at Imperial College London as a senior researcher and then in 2009 he moved to UCL to take a permanent position of Lectureship, followed a promotion to Senior Lecturer, Reader and Full Professor.
Prof. Tang’s current research interest lies in heterogeneous catalysis, encompassing photocatalysis (eg. conversion of CH4, C6H6, H2O, N2 and CO2) and microwave catalysis (plastic chemical recycling), together with microwave intensified flow chemical processes. Such studies are undertaken in parallel with the mechanistic understanding by time-resolved spectroscopies to address the renewable energy supply and environmental purification, resulting into papers published in Nature Catalysis, Nature Energy, Chemical Reviews, Chem. Soc. Rev. Materials Today, Nature Commun., JACS, Angew Chemie (https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=S0jdSPEAAAAJ&hl=en). He has also received many awards, the latest of which are the 2019 Business Start-Up Award by the IChemE Global and 2019 Runner-up of Oil and Gas category in the IChemE Global Awards 2019. He also sits on the editorial/advisory board of several international journals, eg. the Editor of Applied Catalysis B and Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Advanced Chemical Engineering, Associate Editor of Chin. J. Catal. and Associate Editor of Asia-Pacific Journal of Chemical Engineering.