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Professor, Graduate Program Coordinator

Metallurgical and Materials Engineering

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  • Ph.D. Materials Science and Engineering, Arizona State University, 2007
  • M.S., Materials Science and Engineering, Tianjin University
  • B.S., Materials Science and Engineering, Tianjin University


Dr. Ruigang Wang received his doctorate with Prof. Peter Crozier and Dr. Renu Sharma in materials science and engineering from Arizona State University in 2007. His doctoral dissertation work was on in situ environmental transmission electron microscopy study. He then did a postdoc with Prof. Lutgard DeJonghe at Materials Sciences Division, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, working on intermediate-temperature fuel cells and Li-ion battery materials.

Wang joined Youngstown State University in the fall of 2010 as an assistant professor in the department of chemistry and materials science and engineering program, and was promoted to associate professor with tenure in 2015. In August 2016, he joined in the department of metallurgical and materials engineering at The University of Alabama.

Wang’s research focuses on the synthesis and processing-structure-property relationship study of oxides, emission control catalysts, catalyst support materials, and energy conversion/storage materials (fuel cell and battery etc.). Currently, the group focuses on the following research topics:

  • Shape/size-controlled synthesis of metal oxides
  • Emission control catalysts; support structure effect in metal-oxide catalysis
  • Materials for energy capture, storage, and conversion
  • Metal recycling
  • High temperature ceramics processing
  • In situ/Operando TEM study of dynamic gas-solid catalysis and solid-solid reactions at atomic level
  • Atomic level transmission electron microscopy and spectroscopy of solid-state materials

Wang has extensive experience in ceramic processing/oxide nanomaterials and applying advanced transmission electron microscopy techniques (In situ TEM, HRTEM, STEM, EELS, EDX) to atomic-level structural and chemical characterization of hard materials. More information about Wang’s research can be found on his group website.

Areas of Research

Latest Publications

  • Liu, J. Li, M. Buettner, R.V. Ranganathan, M. Uddi, R. Wang, Metal-support interaction in CeO2 and SiO2 supported cobalt catalysts: effect of support morphology, reducibility and interfacial configuration, ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces, 11: 17035-17049 (2019)
  • V. Ranganathan, B. Jony, S.M. Fondriest, Z. Liu, R. Wang, M. Uddi, Plasma-catalysis chemical looping CH4 reforming with water splitting using ceria supported Ni based La-perovskite nanocatalyst, J. CO2 Utilization, 32: 11-20 (2019)
  • Li, Z. Liu, W. Ma, H. Dong, K. Zhang, R. Wang, Low-temperature synthesis of cubic phase Li7La3Zr2O12 via sol-gel and ball milling induced phase transition, J. Power Sources, 412: 189-196 (2019)
  • Li, Z. Liu, R. Wang, Support structure and reduction treatment effects on CO oxidation of SiO2 nanospheres and CeO2 nanorods supported ruthenium catalysts, J. Colloid Interface Sci., 531: 204-215 (2018)
  • Liu, J. Li, Q. Ruan, K. Zhang, W. Ma, H. Dong, R. Wang, Probing the optimal thermohydrogen processing conditions of titanium alloy shavings via chemisorption method, Int. J. Hydrogen Energy, 43: 20783-20794 (2018)