Wang wins outstanding young researcher award at carbon dioxide conference

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Xiaoxing Wang, an associate research professor in Penn State’s Earth and Mineral Sciences Energy Institute, received the Outstanding Young Researcher Award at the 15th International Conference on Carbon Dioxide Utilization (ICCDU), held July 17-21 in Shanghai, China.

The annual conference is hosted by the Shanghai Advanced Research Institute at the Chinese Academy of Sciences and Shanghai Tech University. Presenters from across the globe attend the ICCDU to present research focusing on the capture, utilization and storage of carbon dioxide in the hopes of reducing greenhouse emissions and offering carbon dioxide as a new carbon source for chemicals and fuels.

The Outstanding Young Researcher Award brings international attention to Wang’s development of carbon capture techniques and recognizes Penn State as a world leader in the advancement of green energy. “This win is a milestone in my research career,” Wang remarked. “It encourages me to make more original and innovative contributions to my field.”

Wang’s research focuses on the design of new functional materials and processes that aim to create clean and renewable fuels. This award recognizes his developmental research into carbon capture using molecular basket sorbents. This area has now reached the level of pilot-scale demonstrations. These sorbents, when fully developed, will be able to capture and repurpose the excess traces carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.

In 2013, Wang acted as one of the ICCDU’s session organizers and has presented his research internationally. He has published more than 40 peer-reviewed articles, and holds two United States patents and two world patents.

Wang graduated from Zhejiang Normal University in Jinhua, China, with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry, and obtained a doctoral degree in physical chemistry from Xiamen University. He joined the Penn State Earth and Mineral Sciences Energy Institute in 2005 as a postdoctoral researcher.

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Last Updated October 13, 2017