Jinrong Wang, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellows


Research Interests

Dr. Jinrong is interested in design, synthesis smart hydrogels for actuators and sensors, functional macrocycles for gas sensors.

Selected Publications

Jinrong Wang, Zhuo Chen, Xueyan Li, Mingjie Liu,* et al. “Plastic-like Hydrogels with
Reversible Conversion of Elasticity and Plasticity and Tunable Mechanical Properties”, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 2019, 11, 41659-41667

Jinrong Wang, Jianfeng Wang*, Zhuo Chen, Shaoli Fang, et al. “Tunable, Fast, Robust Hydrogel Actuators Based on Evaporation-Programmed Heterogeneous Structures”, Chemistry of Materials, 2017, 29, 9793-9801

Jianfeng Wang,# Jinrong Wang,# (equal contribution) Zhuang Kong, Kuilin Lv, et al. “Conducting Polymer-Based Materials for Electrochemical Energy Conversion and Storage”, Advanced Materials, 2017, 1703044

Jinrong Wang, Jinliang Qiao, Jianfeng Wang*, Ying Zhu, Lei Jiang, “Bioinspired hierarchical
alumina-graphene oxide-poly(vinyl alcohol) artificial nacre with optimized strength and toughness”, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 2015, 7, 9281-9286

Zhuo Chen, Jinrong Wang, Douxing Pan, Yao Wang*, Richard Noetzel, et al. “Mimicking a Dog’s Nose: Scrolling Graphene Nanosheets”, ACS Nano, 2018, 12, 2521-2530

Zhuo Chen, Jinrong Wang (equal contribution), et al. "Three-Dimensional Graphene-Based Foams with “Greater Electron Transferring Areas” Deriving High Gas Sensitivity[J]". ACS Applied Nano Materials, 2021

Chen, Zhuo, Jinrong Wang, and Yao Wang. "Strategies for the performance enhancement of graphene-based gas sensors: A review". Talanta 235 (2021): 122745


  • Ph.D., Material Physics and Chemistry, Beihang University, Beijing, China. 2013.9-2018.7
  • B.Sc., Chemical Engineering and Technology, Yantai University, Shandong, China.2009.9-2013.6

Professional Profile

  • 2021-present: Postdoctoral fellow, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia
  • 2018-2021: Specialized Expert; Project Manager, HBIS Group Tang steel Company, Tangshan, P. R. China


  • Provincial Elite Student Award (2012)
  • National Scholarship Award (2012)
  • Excellent Student Scholarship Award (2015)
  • Outstanding Class Cadre Scholarship Award (2016)
  • Doctoral Scholarship (2017)
  • Outstanding Graduates Award (2018)

KAUST Affiliations

  • Advanced Membranes and Porous Materials Center (AMPMC)
  • Division of Physical Science and Engineering (PSE)

Research Interests Keywords

Smart hydrogel actuators Sensors High strength membrane materials