Hai-Xu Wang 王海旭

  • Fellowship in 2021 at Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Dr. Hai-Xu Wang is a postdoc at MIT Department of Chemistry in the group of Prof. Yogesh Surendranath. His research is focused on electrocatalysis and heterogeneous catalysis with an underlying interest in understanding interfacial properties and reactivities. In particular, he developed a new electrochemical reaction, hydrogen reduction reaction (HRR), and is currently exploring its applications in organic synthesis, energy conversion, and biocatalysis.

Selected publication: H.-X. Wang, W. L. Toh, B. Y. Tang, Y. Surendranath, Metal surfaces catalyse polarization-dependent hydride transfer from H2. Nat. Catal. 2023, 6, 351–362.

Prior to joining MIT, he received his BSc at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University in 2014 and did undergraduate research with Prof. Wing-Yiu Yu on palladium-catalyzed C-H functionalization reactions. He then pursued PhD study at the University of Hong Kong under the direction of Prof. Chi-Ming Che, where he mainly worked on metal-carbene chemistry and new synthetic methodologies for C-H activation.