Haotian Wang named Sloan Research Fellow

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HOUSTON – (Feb.17, 2021) – Chemical and biomolecular engineer Haotian Wang of Rice University’s Brown School of Engineering was selected as an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow in 2021.

Wang is one of 128 junior scientists and engineers at 58 US and Canadian institutions “whose creativity, innovation, and research excel as the next generation of academic leaders,” according to the Sloan Foundation.

The honor comes with a two-year fellowship of $ 75,000 to advance the fellow’s research goals. Wang received a Packard Fellowship and earlier this year received a $ 2 million grant from the National Science Foundation to help emerging frontiers in research and innovation. He was inducted into Forbes Magazine 30 Under 30 in Science in 2019.

Wang’s rice lab focuses on the design of catalysts and reactors that use renewable electricity to convert atmospheric molecules such as carbon dioxide, oxygen and water into basic chemicals. Current studies focus on catalysis of valuable chemicals such as acetic acid, hydrogen peroxide, formic acid, and carbon monoxide.

“The Sloan Fellowship is in recognition of the research we’ve done before, and it gives us strong encouragement to go further in the future,” said Wang. “I expect that we will continue to focus on electrocatalysis and use the scholarship to support the students and postdocs in continuing this work and exploring new frontiers that interest us.”

“Haotian makes outstanding contributions in the field of electrochemistry with its innovative nanomaterial and reactor concepts, which can make a significant contribution to the removal and processing of CO2 and the sustainable production of chemicals,” said Michael Wong, chairman of the department for chemical and biomolecular Process engineering nominated Wang.

“A Sloan Research Fellow is simply a rising star,” said Adam Falk, president of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. “In order to receive a scholarship, the scientific community must announce that your achievements as a young scientist already set the research limit.”

A full list of this year’s fellows can be found at https://sloan.org/fellowships/2021-Fellows.

The Sloan Foundation is a philanthropic, not-for-profit institution based in New York. Established in 1934 by Alfred Pritchard Sloan Jr., then President and Chief Executive Officer of General Motors Co., the foundation provides grants to support original research and education in science, technology, engineering, math, and business.


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The CAT group (Wang Lab): http://wang.rice.edu

Rice Department for Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering: https://chbe.rice.edu

George R. Brown School of Engineering: https://engineering.rice.edu

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