Professor Haitao HUANG

B.Sc., Shanghai Jiao Tong University

M.Sc., Shanghai Institute of Metallurgy, Chinese Academy of Sciences

Ph.D, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Department of Applied Physics, Hong Kong Polytechnic University

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College Physics I;                    Optics 1 & 2;                    Optical Design


Current Research Interests and Selected Publications

(1) Ferroelectrics for Energy Applications (electric energy storage; electrocaloric energy conversion; piezo-/pyro-catalysis):

1.           N.Li, K.Xie* and H.Huang*, “Ferroelectric Materials for High Energy Density Batteries: Progress and Outlook”, ACS Energy Lett. 8, 4357 (2023).

2.           L.Bai, Z.Hu, C.Hu, S.Zhang, Y.Ying, Y.Zhang, L.Li, H.Zhang, N.Li, S.Shi, S.Liu, L.Hao, T.Liu, H.Huang*, H.Huang* and Y.Zhang*, “Utilizing Cationic Vacancies and Spontaneous Polarization on Cathode to Enhance Zinc-Ion Storage and Inhibit Dendrite Growth in Zinc-Ion Batteries”, Angew.Chem.Int.Ed. 62, e230301631 (2023).

3.           H.You, S.Li, Y.Fan, X.Guo, Z.Lin, R.Ding, X.Cheng, H.Zhang, T.W.B.Lo, J.Hao, Y.Zhu, H.-Y.Tam, D.Lei*, C.-H.Lam and H.Huang*, “Accelerated Pyro-Catalytic Hydrogen Production Enabled by Plasmonic Local Heating of Au on Pyroelectric BaTiO3 Nanoparticles”, Nature Commun. 13, 6144 (2022).

4.           H.You, Z.Wu*, L.Zhang, Y.Ying, Y.Liu, L.Fei, X.Chen, Y.Jia*, Y.Wang, F.Wang, S.Ju, J.Qiao, C.-H.Lam and H.Huang*, “Harvesting the Vibration Energy of BiFeO3 Nanosheets for Hydrogen Evolution”, Angew.Chem.Int.Ed. 58, 11779 (2019). Highlighted by X-MOL ( on Jul.14, 2019 and Highlighted by Rational Science ( on Jul.6, 2019.

5.           B.Peng, Q.Zhang*, B.Gang, G.Leighton, C.Shaw, S.Milne, B.Zou, W.Sun, H.Huang* and Z.Wang*, “Phase-Transition Induced Giant Negative Electrocaloric Effect in a Lead-Free Relaxor Ferroelectric Thin Film”, Energy & Environ. Sci. 12, 1708 (2019) Highlighted by Cailiaoniu ( on May 12, 2019.

6.           H.You, Y.Jia*, Z.Wu*, F.Wang, H.Huang* and Y.Wang, “Room-Temperature Pyro-Catalytic Hydrogen Generation of 2D Few-Layer Black Phosphorene Under Cold-Hot Alternation”, Nature Commun. 9, 2889 (2018) Selected as Editors’ Highlights of recent research on Energy Materials.

7.           X.Xu, L.Xiao, Y.Jia*, Z.Wu*, F.Wang, Y.Wang, N.O.Haugen and H.Huang*, “Pyro-catalytic Hydrogen Evolution by Ba0.7Sr0.3TiO3 Nanoparticles: Harvesting Cold-Hot Alternation Energy Near Room-Temperature”, Energy & Environ. Sci. 11, 2198 (2018) Highlighted by Royal Society of Chemistry’s magazine Chemistry World.

8.           B.Peng, Q.Zhang, Y.Lyu, L.Liu, X.Lou, C.Shaw, H.Huang* and Z.Wang*, “Thermal Strain Induced Large Electrocaloric Effect of Relaxor Thin Film on LaNiO3/Pt Composite Electrode with the Coexistence of Nanoscale Antiferroelectric and Ferroelectric Phases in a Broad Temperature Range”, Nano Energy 47, 285 (2018).

9.           H.Huang*, “Solar Energy: Ferroelectric Photovoltaics”, Nature Photonics 4, 134 (2010).

(2) Electrochemical Energy Storage and Electro-Catalysis (Electrochemical supercapacitors; OER, HER, ORR, CO2RR, and NRR, etc.):

1.           L.Li, G.Chen*, Z.Shao and H.Huang*, “Progress on Smart Integrated System of Seawater Purification and Electrolysis”, Energy & Environ. Sci. 16, 4994 (2023).

2.           Y.Zhu, K.Fan, C.-S.Hsu, G.Chen, C.Chen, T.Liu, Z.Lin, S.She, L.Li, H.Zhou, Y.Zhu, H.M.Chen* and H.Huang*, “Supported Ruthenium Single-Atom and Clustered Catalysts Outperform Benchmark Pt for Alkaline Hydrogen Evolution”, Adv.Mater. 35, 2301133 (2023).

3.           Y.Ying, Z.Lin and H.Huang*, “Edge/Basal Plane Half-Reaction Separation Mechanism of Two-Dimensional Materials for Photocatalytic Water Splitting”, ACS Energy Lett. 8, 1416 (2023).

4.           Y.Ying, K.Fan, J.Qiao* and H.Huang*, “Rational Design of Atomic Site Catalysts for Electrocatalytic Nitrogen Reduction Reaction: One Step Closer to Optimum Activity and Selectivity”, Electrochem. Energy Rev. 5, 6 (2022).

5.           Y.Ying, X.Luo, J.Qiao and H.Huang*, “More is Different: Synergistic Effect and Structural Engineering in Double-Atom Catalysts”, Adv.Funct.Mater. 31, 2007423 (2021) Selected as Inside Front Cover.

6.           L.Bai, H.Huang*, S.Zhang, L.Hao, Z.Zhang, H.Li, L.Sun, L.Guo, H.Huang* and Y.Zhang*, “Photocatalysis-assisted Co3O4/g-C3N4 p-n junction all-solid-state supercapacitors: A bridge between energy storage and photocatalysis”, Adv.Sci. 7, 2001939 (2020). Highlighted by Materials Views China ( on Oct.18, 2020.

7.           L.Ye, Y.Ying, D.Sun, Z.Zhang, L.Fei, Z.Wen*, J.Qiao and H.Huang*, “Highly Efficient Porous Carbon Electrocatalyst with Controllable N-Species Content for Selective CO2 Reduction”, Angew.Chem.Int.Ed. 59, 3244 (2020). Selected as Very Important Paper (VIP); Highlighted by Rational Science ( on Dec.20, 2019 and X-MOL ( on Dec.30, 2019.

8.           Y.Liu, Y.Ying, L.Fei, Y.Liu, Q.Hu, G.Zhang, S.Y.Pang, W.Lu, C.L.Mak, X.Luo*, L.Zhou*, M.Wei and H.Huang*, “Valence Engineering via Selective Atomic Substitution on Tetrahedral Sites in Spinel Oxide for Highly Enhanced Oxygen Evolution Catalysis”, J.Am.Chem.Soc. 141, 8136 (2019) Selected as Supplementary Cover and Highlighted by Rational Science ( on May 1, 2019.

9.           Y.Liu, N.Fu, G.Zhang, M.Xu, W.Lu, L.Zhou and H.Huang*, “Design of Hierarchical Ni-Co@Ni-Co Layered Double Hydroxide Core-Shell Structured Nanotube Array for High-Performance Flexible All-Solid-State Battery-Type Supercapacitors”, Adv.Funct.Mater. 27, 1605307 (2017) Top 10 most accessed article in 01/2017 and Highlighted by X-MOL ( on April.24, 2017.

10.        G.Zhang*, W.Li, K.Xie, F.Yu and H.Huang*, “A One-Step and Binder-Free Method to Fabricate Hierarchical Nickel-Based Supercapacitor Electrodes with Excellent Performance”, Adv.Funct.Mater. 23, 3675 (2013)

(3) Rechargeable Batteries:

1.           K.Fan, Y.Ying, Z.Lin, Y.H.Tsang* and H.Huang*, “Building up an “Elemental Property—Adsorption Energy Descriptor—Decomposition Barrier” Three-Tier Model for Screening Biatom Catalysts in Sodium-Sulfur Batteries”, Adv. Energy Mater. 13, 2300871 (2023).

2.           K.Fan and H.Huang*, “Two-Dimensional Host Materials for Lithium-Sulfur Batteries: a Review and Perspective”, Energy Storage Mater. 50, 696 (2022).

3.           L.Ma, Q.Li, Y.Ying, F.Ma, S.Chen, Y.Li*, H.Huang* and C.Zhi*, “Toward Practical High-Areal-Capacity Aqueous Zinc-Metal Batteries: Quantifying Hydrogen Evolution and a Solid-Ion Conductor for Stable Zinc Anodes”, Adv.Mater. 33, 2007406 (2021).

4.           M.Xu, T.Li, L.Fei, H.Li, X.Guo, P.Hou, Y.Ying, W.Zhu, Y.Zhou, Y.Lin, Z.Zhang, Y.Lai*, Y.Zhu, H.Zhang and H.Huang*, “Thermodynamically Metal Atom Trapping in van der Waals Layers Enabling Multifunctional 3D Carbon Network”, Adv.Funct.Mater. 30, 2002626 (2020).

5.           Y.Chen, Z.Wang, X.Li, X.Yao, C.Wang, Y.Li, W.Xue, D.Yu, S.Y.Kim, F.Yang, A.Kushima, G.Zhang, H.Huang, N.Wu, Y.-W.Mai, J.B.Goodenough and J.Li*, “Li Metal Deposition and Stripping in a Solid-State Battery via Coble Creep”, Nature 578, 251(2020).

6.           X.Li, K.Li, S.Zhu, K.Fan, L.Lyu, H.Yao, Y.Li, J.Hu*, H.Huang*, Y.-W.Mai and J.B.Goodenough, “Fiber-in-Tube Design of Co9S8-carbon/Co9S8 Enables Efficient Sodium Storage”, Angew.Chem.Int.Ed. 58, 6239 (2019) Selected as Very Important Paper (VIP); Highlighted by ChemBeanGo ( on Mar.21, 2019.

7.           Y.Chen, X.Li, K.Park, W.Lu, C.Wang, W.Xue, F.Yang, J.Zhou, L.Suo, T.Lin,  H.Huang*, J.Li*, and J.B.Goodenough*, “Nitrogen-Doped Carbon for Sodium-Ion Battery Anode by Self-Etching and Graphitization of Bimetallic MOF-Based Nanocomposite”, Chem 3, 152 (2017) Highlighted by X-MOL ( on Oct.29, 2017, Elsevier on Aug.1, 2017, and Rational Science ( on Jul.23, 2017.

8.           M.Xu, L.Fei, W.Lu, Z.Chen, T.Li, Y.Liu, G.Gao, Y.Lai*, Z.Zhang, P.Wang and H.Huang*, “Engineering Hetero-Epitaxial Nanostructures with Aligned Li-Ion Channels in Li-Rich Layered Oxides for High-Performance Cathode Application”, Nano Energy 35, 271 (2017).

9.           M.Xu, L.Fei, W.Zhang, T.Li, W.Lu, N.Zhang, Y.Lai*, Z.Zhang, J.Fang, K.Zhang, J.Li and H.Huang*, “Tailoring Anisotropic Li-Ion Transport Tunnels on Orthogonally Arranged Li-Rich Layered Oxide Nanoplates Toward High-Performance Li-Ion Batteries”, Nano Lett. 17, 1670 (2017).

10.        Y.Chen, X.Li, K.Park, L.Zhou, H.Huang*, Y.-W.Mai and J.B.Goodenough*, “Hollow Nanotubes of N-Doped Carbon on CoS”, Angew.Chem.Int.Ed. 55, 15831 (2016) Selected as Hot paper and Highlighted by X-MOL ( on Feb.24, 2017.

(4) Solar Cells:

1.           L.He, G.Hu, J.Jiang, W.Wei, X.Xue, K.Fan*, H.Huang* and L.Shen*, “Highly Sensitive Tin-Lead Perovskite Photodetectors with Over 450 Days Stability Enabled by Synergistic Engineering for Pulse Oximetry System”, Adv.Mater. 35, 2210016 (2023).

2.           M.Xiong, W.Zou, K.Fan, C.Qin, S.Li, L.Fei, J.Jiang, H.Huang*, L.Shen, F.Gao, A.K.-Y. Jen and K.Yao*, “Tailoring Phase Purity in the 2D/3D Perovskite Heterostructures Using Lattice Mismatch”, ACS Energy Lett. 7, 550 (2022).

3.           K.Yao*, H.Zhong, Z.Liu, M.Xiong, S.Leng, J.Zhang, Y.-X.Xu, W.Wang*, L.Zhou, H.Huang* and A.K.-Y.Jen*, “Plasmonic Metal Nanoparticles with Core-bishell Structure for High-Performance Organic and Perovskite Solar Cells”, ACS Nano 13, 5397 (2019)

4.           K.Yao*, S.Leng, Z.Liu, L.Fei, Y.Chen, S.Li, N.Zhou, J.Zhang, Y.-X.Xu, L.Zhou, H.Huang* and A.K.-Y.Jen*, “Fullerene-Anchored Core-Shell ZnO Nanoparticles for Efficient and Stable Dual-Sensitized Perovskite Solar Cells”, Joule 3, 417 (2019) Highlighted by Energist ( on Nov.13, 2018.

5.           N.Fu, Z.Y.Bao, Y.-L.Zhang, G.Zhang, S.Ke, P.Lin, J.Dai, H.Huang* and D.Y.Lei*, “Panchromatic Thin Perovskite Solar Cells with Broadband Plasmonic Absorption Enhancement and Efficient Light Scattering Management by Au@Ag Core-Shell Nanocuboids”, Nano Energy 41, 654 (2017)

6.           K.Yao*, F.Li, Q.He, X.Wang, Y.Jiang, H.Huang* and A.K.-Y.Jen*, “A Copper-Doped Nickel Oxide Bilayer for Enhancing Efficiency and Stability of Hysteresis-Free Inverted Mesoporous Perovskite Solar Cells”, Nano Energy 40, 155 (2017)

7.           C.T.Yip, X.Liu, Y.Hou, W.Xie, J.He, S.Schlücker, D.Lei* and H.Huang*, “Strong Competition Between Electromagnetic Enhancement and Surface-Energy-Transfer Induced Quenching in Plasmonic Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells: A Generic yet Controllable Effect”, Nano Energy 26, 297 (2016) Highlighted by X-MOL ( on Sept.6, 2016.

8.           J.Lin, M.Guo, C.T.Yip, W.Lu, G.Zhang, X.Liu, L.Zhou, X.Chen* and H.Huang*, “High Temperature Crystallization of Free-Standing Anatase TiO2 Nanotube Membranes for High Efficiency Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells”, Adv.Funct.Mater. 23, 5952 (2013) Highlighted by Materials Views China on Dec.30, 2013 (

9.           M.Guo, K.Xie, J.Lin, Z.Yong, C.T.Yip, L.Zhou, Y.Wang and H.Huang*, “Design and Coupling of Multifunctional TiO2 Nanotube Photonic Crystal to Nanocrystalline Titania Layer as Semi-Transparent Photoanode for Dye-Sensitized Solar Cell”, Energy & Environ.Sci. 5, 9881 (2012)

10.        C.T.Yip, H.Huang*, L.Zhou*, K.Xie, Y.Wang, T.Feng, J.Li and W.Y.Tam, “Direct and Seamless Coupling of TiO2 Nanotube Photonic Crystal to Dye Sensitized Solar Cell: A Single-Step Approach”, Adv.Mater. 23, 5624 (2011) Frontispiece Article

Publication List in 2007-2023; (Total: >350 journal papers, H-index=80 as per Google Scholar)

Academic Activities and Memberships:

·        Advisory Board: Journal of Materials Chemistry C (2014.01-2017.08)

·        Editorial Board: Scientific Reports;   

 Science of Advanced Materials

 Composites Communications

 Materials Reports: Energy

·        Guest Editor:

                Journal of Applied Electrochemistry, 2018

                Composite Part A, special issue V.39 (4), 2008

                Key Engineering Materials: Advances in Composite Materials and Structures, V.334-335, 2007