Kaijie Yang

Research Scientist

Research Scientist


Research Interests

Kaijie has a broad interest in water sustainability. What fascinates him the most is the solar-driven freshwater production technologies, such as solar evaporation, solar-driven atmospheric water harvesting, etc. His current research is not only focused on advanced material development, system-level optimization, but also on advancing laboratory into practical applications.

Selected Publications

  • Yang, K.; Pan, T.; Dang, S.; Gan, Q. *; Han, Y. * Three-dimensional open architecture enabling salt-rejection solar evaporators with boosted water production efficiency. Nat. Comm., 2022, 13, 6653. 
  • Yang, K.; Pan, T.; Pinnau, I.; Han, Y.* Simultaneous generation of atmospheric water and electricity using a hygroscopic aerogel with fast sorption kinetics. Nano Energy, 2020, 78, 105326
  • Yang, K.; Chen, B.*; Zhu, X.; Xing, B. Aggregation, adsorption, and morphological transformation of graphene oxide in aqueous solutions containing different metal cations. Environ. Sci. Technol., 2016, 50, 11066-11075
  • Yang, K.; Pan, T.; Lei, Q.; Dong, X.; Cheng, Q.; Han, Y.* A roadmap to sorption-based atmospheric water harvesting: from molecular sorption mechanism to sorbent design and system optimization. Environ. Sci. Technol., 2021, 55, 6542–6560
  • Yang, K.; Wang, J.; Chen, B.* Facile fabrication of stable monolayer and few-layer graphene nanosheets as superior sorbents for persistent aromatic pollutant management in water. J. Mater. Chem. A, 2014, 2, 18219-18224
  • Yang, K.; Zhu, X.; Chen, B.* Facile fabrication of freestanding all-carbon activated carbon membranes for high-performance and universal pollutant management. J. Mater. Chem. A, 2017, 5, 20316-20326
  • Yang, K.; Shi, Y.; Wu, M.; Wang, W.; Jin, Y.; Li, R.; Shahzad, M. W.; Nga, K. C.; Wang, P.* Hollow spherical SiO2 micro-container encapsulation of LiCl for high-performance simultaneous heat reallocation and seawater desalination. J. Mater. Chem. A, 2020, 8, 1887-1895


  • Ph.D. Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China, 2018
  • B.Sc. Zhejiang Gongshang University, Hangzhou, China, 2013

Professional Profile

  • 2018 - 2022: Postdoctoral fellow, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia
  • 2022 - Present: Research scientist, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia


  • National Scholarship for Master Degree Candidate, 2015
  • Award of Honor for Graduate, 2015
  • Graduate of Merit/Triple A Graduate, 2015
  • Nomination Award of Student Top Ten  Academic Achievements of Zhejiang University, 2016
  • National Scholarship for Doctoral Candidate, 2017
  • Award of Honor for Graduate, 2017
  • Scholarship for Outstanding Doctoral Candidate, 2017
  • ACS Best Student Oral Presentation Prize at 9th NCEC, 2017
  • Excellent Postgraduate Student’s Prize of Zhejiang University, 2018

Research Interests Keywords

Solar evaporation Atmospheric water harvesting Adsorption