Professor Junwang Tang is a Fellow of the European Academy of Sciences, Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and Professor of Materials Chemistry and Engineering at the Department of Chemical Engineering, University College London (UCL). He received his BSc in Chemistry from the Northeastern University (1995), MSc in Materials from the Institute of Metal Research (1998), and PhD in Physical Chemistry from the Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics in China (2001).
After completing his JSPS fellowship at the National Institute for Materials Science, Japan (2005), he became a senior research associate in chemistry at Imperial College London (2009). Professor Tang joined UCL's Department of Chemical Engineering in 2009 as Lecturer and was later promoted to Senior Lecturer (2011), Reader (2014), and Full Professor (2017).
Professor Tang's research interests encompass photocatalytic small molecule activation and microwave catalysis (eg plastic recycling), as well as the investigation of the underlying charge dynamics and kinetics of state-of-the-art spectroscopies. He is also exploring the design of the chemical reactors for these processes which has resulted in ~170 papers published in Nature Catalysis, Nature Energy, Chemical Reviews, Chemical Society Reviews, Materials Today, Nature Communications, JACS, and Angewandte Chemie, with over 16,000 citations.
His awards include runner-up of the IChemE Research Project 2020, IChemE Business Start-Up Award 2019 and the 2018 IPS Scientist Award. He also sits on the editorial board of four international journals: Applied Catalysis B (Editor), Journal of Advanced Chemical Engineering (Editor-in-Chief), Chinese Journal of Catalysis (Associate Editor), and Asia-Pacific Journal of Chemical Engineering. He also sits on the advisory board of seven other journals.