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Dr Xiaodong Wang

Senior Lecturer in Chemical Engineering

Xiaodong Wang

Engineering Building



Tel: +44 1524 592714


Xiaodong has been a Senior Lecturer in Chemical Engineering at Lancaster University (UK) since September 2019. Prior to this, he was a Lecturer in Chemical Engineering at the University of Aberdeen (UK, 01/2015-08/2019), Postdoctoral Research Associate at Heriot-Watt University (UK), where he also obtained his PhD (06/2014). He completed both MSc and BEng studies at Tianjin University (China, 2002-2009). 

Xiaodong’s research interest ranges from reaction engineering, renewable energy and chemicals to materials, where heterogeneous catalysis is the core discipline. He has been the author of over 50 peer-reviewed publications and his research has been funded mainly by The EPSRC (and The UK Catalysis Hub), The Royal Society, The Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland and Industry.

Xiaodong’s recent work focuses on the innovative use of heterogeneous catalysts (e.g., supported metals) in enzymatic transformations via cofactor NAD(P)H regeneration. A brief list of publications on this line of research can be seen below. 

[1]   Wang, X., & Yiu, H. H. P. (2016). Heterogeneous catalysis mediated cofactor NADH regeneration for enzymatic reduction. ACS Catalysis, 6(3), 1880–1886. 10.1021/acscatal.5b02820

[2]   Wang, X., Saba, T., Yiu, H. H. P., Howe, R. F., Anderson, J. A., & Shi, J. (2017). Cofactor NAD(P)H regeneration inspired by heterogeneous pathways. Chem, 2(5), 621–654. 10.1016/j.chempr.2017.04.009

[3]   Saba, T., Burnett, J. W. H., Li, J., Kechagiopoulos, P. N., & Wang, X. (2020). A facile analytical method for reliable selectivity examination in cofactor NADH regeneration. Chemical Communications, 56(8), 1231–1234. 10.1039/C9CC07805C

[4]   Burnett, J. W. H., Howe, R. F., & Wang, X. (2020). Cofactor NAD(P)H regeneration: how selective are the reactions? Trends in Chemistry, 2(6), 488–492. 10.1016/j.trechm.2020.03.002

[5]   Jones, W., Burnett, J. W. H., Shi, J., Howe, R. F., & Wang, X. (2020). Improving photocatalytic energy conversion via NAD(P)H. Joule, 4(10), 2055–2059. 10.1016/j.joule.2020.07.024

[6]   Saba, T., Li, J., Burnett, J. W. H., Howe, R. F., Kechagiopoulos, P. N., & Wang, X. (2021). NADH regeneration: a case study of Pt-catalyzed NAD+ reduction with H2ACS Catalysis11(1), 283–289. 10.1021/acscatal.0c04360

[7]   Burnett, J. W. H., Sun, Z., Li, J., Wang, X., & Wang, X. (2021). Comparative life cycle assessment of NAD(P)H regeneration technologies. Green Chemistry, 23(18), 7162–7169. 10.1039/d1gc02349g

[8]   Burnett, J., Li, J., McCue, A., Kechagiopoulos, P. N., Howe, R. F., & Wang, X. (2022). Directing the H2-driven selective regeneration of NADH via Sn-doped Pt/SiO2. Green Chemistry, 24(4), 1451–1455. 10.1039/d1gc04414a

[9]   Burnett, J., Chen, H., Li, J., Li, Y., Huang, S., Shi, J., McCue, A. J., Howe, R. F., Minteer, S. D., & Wang, X. (2022). Supported Pt enabled proton-driven NAD(P)+ regeneration for biocatalytic oxidation. ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, 14(18), 20943–20952. 10.1021/acsami.2c01743

[10]   Li, J., Burnett, J., Martinez Macias, C., Howe, R. F., & Wang, X. (2023). Oxide-supported metal catalysts for anaerobic NAD+ regeneration with concurrent hydrogen production. Chinese Chemical Letters, 34, 108737. 10.1016/j.cclet.2023.108737

A list of all publications is available at “Publications” below.

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