Professor Enge Wang

Senior Fellow of Hong Kong Institute for Advanced Study, City University of Hong Kong

University Chair Professor of Physics at Peking University, China

Member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences

Fellow of The World Academy of Sciences

Fellow of the American Physics Society

Professor Enge Wang

Contact Information

Phone: + 86-10-62754331
Professor Enge Wang is one of the most prominent physicists in China. He is currently the University Chair Professor of Physics at Peking University. He was the Director of Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) (1999-2007), President of Peking University (2013-2015) and Vice President of CAS (2015-2017).

He graduated in theoretical physics from Liaoning University (1982) and obtained his PhD in condensed matter physics from Peking University (1990).

Professor Wang is a member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and received numerous awards from the international community.

Professor Wang’s research focused on surface physics, especially at solid-liquid interfaces. The approach is a combination of atomistic simulation of nonequilibrium growth and chemical vapor deposition of light-element nanomaterials. This study primarily involves formation and decay mechanisms of surface-based novel structures. His latest research also focused on water behaviors in confinement system.

Professor Wang is the author of over 320 papers in peer-reviewed journals (4 in Science, 13 in Natures, 2 in PNAS, 23 in PRL, 7 JACS, 45 in APL, 8 in Nano Lett, and 9 invited review articles) and 2 books, coeditor of 1 MRS proceeding, and co-inventor on 13 patents. He delivered over 80 plenary/keynote/invited talks including APS, ACS, MRS, and IUMRS, and gave over 100 seminars/colloquiums worldwide, including Harvard, Stanford, Berkeley, Columbia, Oxford, Cambridge, Tokyo, Kyoto, Peking and Tsinghua University. He is an ISI highly cited researcher in physics with over 9000 citations (with H-index of 55 including 16 of his papers cited over a hundred times each).

Academic Experience and Education

  • Visiting Scholar, Department of Applied Physics, Stanford University (Apr – Oct 2019)
  • University Chair Professor of Physics, Peking University (2018-present)
  • Chairman of Advisor Board, Institute of Physics, CAS (2018-present)
  • Vice President, Chinese Academy of Sciences, CAS (2015-2017)
  • President, Peking University (2013-2015)
  • Visiting Professor, Department of Physics, University of Chile, Santiago, Chile (Jan - Feb 2013)
  • Visiting Professor, International Centre for Theoretical Physics, Trieste, Italy (Jan - Feb 2012)    
  • Provost and Executive Vice President, Peking University (2011- 2012)
  • Chair Professor of Physics, Dean of the School of Physics and the Graduate School, Peking University (2009-2010)
  • Visiting Professor, Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics, UC Santa Barbara, USA (Oct – Dec 2009)
  • Executive President, Graduate University of Chinese Academy of Sciences (2008-2009)
  • Deputy General Secretary, Chinese Academy of Sciences (2008-2009)
  • GCEP Visiting Scholar, Department of Applied Physics, Stanford University, USA (2008-2009)
  • AvH Professor, Fritz-Haber Institute der MPG, Germany (2006-2007)
  • Distinguished Lecturer, Australian National University, Australia (2006)
  • Founding Director, Beijing National Laboratory for Condensed Matter Physics, China (2004-2009)
  • JSPS Professor, Tohoku University, Japan (2001-2002)
  • Founding Director, International Center for Quantum Structures, CAS, China (2000-2001)
  • Honorary Professor, Department of Physics, The University of Hong Kong (2000-present)
  • Director, Institute of Physics, CAS, China (1999-2007)
  • Professor, Institute of Physics, CAS, China (1995-2009)
  • Postdoc/Research Staff, University of Houston, USA (1992-1995) 
  • Postdoc in Guy Allan’s group, Laboratoire d’Etude des Surface at Interfaces, CNRS, France (1991-1992)
  • Postdoc in Dingsheng Wang’s group, Institute of Physics, CAS, China (1990-1991)
  • PhD in Physics, Peking University, China (1990)
  • Exchange graduate student, Princeton University, USA (1985-1987)

Recent Fellowships and Professional Activities

  • International Councilor, American Physical Society (APS) (2019-2021)
  • Vice President of the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP) (2018-2020)
  • Board Member, MRS Pacific Rim Subcommittee (PACRIM) (2010-present)
  • Academician, the Academy of Sciences for the Developing World (TWAS) (2008-present)
  • Academician, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, China (2007-present)
  • Director, Commission on International Exchange, Chinese Physical Society (2007 – present)
  • Fellow, American Physics Society, USA (2006 – present)
  • Fellow, The Executive Council of the World Innovation Foundation, The Institute of National Economic Enrichment and Development, Huddersfield, UK (2006-present)
  • China Science Advisory Committee, Institute of Physics Publishing, UK (2005-present)
  • Fellow (FinstP), The Institute of Physics, UK (2003-present)
  • Symposium Co-Organizer of more than 10 international conferences including APS (2005), MRS (2004), IUMRS (1999-present)

Honors and Awards

  • C N Yang Visiting Professorship, Chinese University of Hong Kong (2018-2019)
  • Advanced Materials Laureate, The International Association of Advanced Materials, 2018 European Advanced Materials Congress, Stockholm, Sweden (2018)
  • Tan Kah Kee Science Award in Mathematics and Physics, The Tan Kah Kee Science Award Fundatuin, China (2014)
  • IMNI Distinguished Lecturership in Nanoscience,  Academic Year 2011/2012, Brown University, Providence, USA (2012)
  • The Asian Consortium on Computational Materials Science (ACCMS) Award, Singapore (2011)
  • The 2nd Place of the National Science and Technology Awards, Ministry of Science and Technology, China (2011)
  • The first “Ten Outstanding Scientists in China”, China Association for Science and Technology (2010)
  • Distinguished Science and Technology Awards, Ho Leung Ho Lee Foundation, Hong Kong (2010)
  • The 1st Place of the Science and Technology Awards of Beijing, with Xuedong Bai et al. (2008)
  • Distinguished Chinese Visiting Scholar, Hong Kong Polytech University, Hong Kong (2008)
  • GCEP Visiting Scholar, Department of Applied Physics, Stanford University, USA (2008)
  • Distinguished Lecturer, Australian Research Council Nanotechnology Network, Australia (2007)
  • The Best Invited Speaker, 31st Annual Condensed Matter and Materials Meeting, Australian and New Zealand Institutes of Physics and Royal Australian Chemical Institute, Wagga-Wagga, Australia (2007)
  • “Zhou Pei-Yuan Physics Awards”, Chinese Physical Society, China (2007)
  • Outstanding Science and Technology Achievement Prize, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China (2005)
  • Humboldt Research Award, Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung/Foundation, Bonn, Germany (2005)
  • The Third World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) Prize in Physics, Trieste, Italy (2005)
  • The 2nd Place of the National Science and Technology Awards, Ministry of Science and Technology, China (2004)
  • The 2003-2004 IBM Faculty Awards, USA (2003)
  • The 2002-2003 Achievement in Asia Award (AAA) of the Overseas Chinese Physics Association, USA (2003)
  • The 2001-2002 Outstanding Research Awards, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China (2003)
  • The 1st Place of the Science and Technology Awards of Beijing, China (2003) 
  • Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Scholar, Tohoku University, Japan (2001)
  • “Yeng-Ke” Award for Outstanding Young Researcher, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China (1999)
  • 1st Place Young Scientist Awards, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China (1997) 
  • Distinguished Young Research Awards, Hong Kong “Qiu Shi” Science Foundation, Hong Kong (1996)
  • Outstanding Postdoctor Awards, Ministry of Education, China (1995)
  • Outstanding Young Research Foundation, Chinese National Science Foundation, China (1995)
  • “100 Talent Programme”, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China (1994)
  • 2nd Place Student Awards for Outstanding Research, Peking University, China (1988)

Professional Advisor Committees

  • Chairman of Advisor Board, Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences (2018)
  • Member, the President’s International Advisory Council, King Abdullah University for Science and Technology, Saudi Arabia (2011)
  • Advisory Committee, Graduate School and Research Center, Monash University, Australia (2011)
  • Member of the International Advisory Committee, the annual Conference on Computational Physics (CCP), Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, Tennessee, USA (2011)
  • Advisor Board, Kavli Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics at Peking University, Beijing, China (2010 - present)
  • Board Member, PIRE-ECCI International Advisory Board, University of California Santa Barbara (2010 – present)
  • International Advisory Panel of NGS (Graduate School for Integrative Sciences and Engineering), National University of Singapore, Singapore (2010 – present)
  • Board Member, MRS Pacific Rim Subcommittee (PACRIM), USA (2010 – present)
  • Advisor Board, Kavli Institute of Theoretical Physics, Beijing, China (2007 – present)
  • International Advisor Board, Materials Simulation Laboratory, University College London, UK (2007 – present)
  • International Advisor, National Institute for Materials Science, Tsukuba, Japan (2006 – present)
  • The External Advisor Committee, Center for Advanced Interdisciplinary Research in Materials (CIMAT), University of Chile, Santiago, Chile (2006 – present)
  • Member, Scientific Advisor Committee, Shanghai Synchrotron Radiation Facility, Shanghai, China (2005 – present)
  • Adjunct Advisor, International Center for Young Scientists (ICYS), National Institute for Materials Sciences, Tsukuba, Japan (2004 – 2005)
  • Scientific Council, Center for Condensed Matter Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences (1996 – 1999)

Editorial Boards

  • Editor, <<Science Bulletin>> (2017-2021)
  • Executive Editor, AIP Advances, American Institute of Physics, US (2011 – present)
  • Co-Editor-in-Chief, Frontiers of Physics in China, Higher Education Press, China (2008-2017) 
  • Associate Editor,Bulletin of Chinese Academy of Sciences,Science Press, China (2008 – 2017)
  • Editorial Board, The Open Condensed Matter Physics Journal, Bentham Science Publishing (2008-2015)
  • Editorial Board, Science and Technology Review, Chinese Association for Science and Technology Publishers (2008-2015)
  • Editorial Board, Science in China, Academic Journals Publisher, China (2008 – 2012)
  • Editorial Board, International Journal of Modern Physics B  (IJMPB) and Modern Physics Letters B (MPLB), World Scientific Publishing, Singapore (2008 – 2012)
  • Associate Editor, IEEE Transactions on Nanotechnology, IEEE Inc. (2007 – 2015)
  • Associate Editor,Science and Technology of Advanced Materials,Elsevier Publishing (2006 – 2016)
  • Editorial Board, Solid State Communication, Elsevier Publishing (2006 – 2015)
  • Advisory Editorial Board, Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter, Institute of Physics Publishing (2005 – 2009)
  • Editorial Board, Nanoscale Research Letters, Ibiblio (2005 – 2009)
  • Editorial Board, Journal of Computational and Theoretical Nanoscience, American Scientific Publishers (2004 – 2015)
  • Editorial Board, Chinese Journal of Chemical Physics (2002 – 2006)
  • Editorial Board, Chinese Physics (1999 – 2015)
  • Editorial Board, Materials Science Foundations, Switzerland (1998 – 2015)

Five most Significant Scholarly Outputs

  1. Jinbo Peng, Duanyun Cao, Zhili He, Jing Guo, Prokop Hapala, Runze Ma, Bowei Cheng, Ji Chen, Wen Jun Xie, Xin-Zheng Li, Pavel Jelínek, Li-Mei Xu, Yi Qin Gao, En-Ge Wang & Ying Jiang, Nature 557, 701(2018), “The effect of hydration number on the interfacial transport of sodium ions”
  2. Xiangzhi Meng, Jing Guo, Jinbo Peng, Ji Chen, Zhichang Wang, Junren Shi, Xinzheng Li, Enge Wang and Ying Jiang, Nature Physics 11, 235(2015), “Direct visualization of concerted proton tunneling in a water nanocluster”.
  3. Jing Guo, Jingtao Lu, Yexin Feng, Ji Chen, Jinbo Peng, Zeren Lin, Xiangzhi, Meng, Zhichang Wang, Xinzheng Li, Enge Wang, Ying Jiang, Science 352, 321(2016), “Nuclear quantum effects of hydrogen bonds probed by tip-enhanced inelastic electron tunneling”.
  4. Ding Pan, Li-Min Liu, Gareth A. Tribello, Ben Slater, Angelos Michaelides, and Enge Wang, Phys. Rev. Lett. 101, 155703(2008) “Surface Energy and Surface Proton Order of Ice Ih”.
  5. G. Y. Zhang, X. Jiang, and E.G. Wang, Science 300, 472(2003) “Tubular Graphite Cones.”