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Conference speaker


Hua Zhang

City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China

Talk: Phase engineering of nanomaterials

Dr. Hua Zhang obtained his B.S. and M.S. degrees at Nanjing University in China in 1992 and 1995, respectively, and completed his Ph.D. with Prof. Zhongfan Liu at Peking University in China in July 1998. He joined Prof. Frans C. De Schryver’s group at Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KULeuven) in Belgium as a Research Associate in January 1999. Then he moved to Prof. Chad A. Mirkin’s group at Northwestern University as a Postdoctoral Fellow in July 2001.

He started to work at NanoInk Inc. (USA) as a Research Scientist/Chemist in August 2003. After that, he worked as a Senior Research Scientist at Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology in Singapore from November 2005 to July 2006. Then he joined the School of Materials Science and Engineering in Nanyang Technological University (NTU) as an Assistant Professor. He was promoted to a tenured Associate Professor on March 1, 2011, and Full Professor on Sept. 1, 2013. In 2019, he joined the Department of Chemistry in City University of Hong Kong as a Chair Professor, and currently he is the Herman Hu Chair Professor of Nanomaterials.

He has published 6 invited book chapters, 80+ patent applications (including granted 1 China patent1 European patent3 Singapore patents, and 10 US patents), and over 550 papers. Some of his papers have been published in Science (1), Nat. Mater. (3), Nat. Chem. (5), Nat. Catal. (2), Nat. Rev. Mater. (2), Nat. Rev. Chem. (1), Nat. Commun. (11), Sci. Adv. (2), Nat. Protocols (1), Chem. Rev. (3), Chem. Soc. Rev. (16), Acc. Chem. Res. (3), J. Am. Chem. Soc. (28), Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. (29), Adv. Mater. (70), Energy Environ. Sci (12), Mater. Today (1), Adv. Energy Mater. (9), Chem (3), Natl. Sci. Rev. (4), ACS Nano (33), Nano Lett. (17), Adv. Funct. Mater. (5), Nano Energy (6), Energy Storage Mater. (1), ACS Catal. (1), Small (70), Small Methods (3), Nano-Micro Lett. (1), Mater. Horizons (2), Biomater. (1), Biosens. Bioelectron.(2), J. Mater. Chem. A (4), Matter (2), NPG Asia Mater. (1), J. Hazard. Mater. (1), Nanoscale Horizons (2), Appl. Mater. Today (1), J. Mater. Chem. (9),etc. As at Jan. 2023, the total cited times are over 109,300 with H-index of 164 (Web of Science), and over 127,800 with H-index of 175 (Google Scholar). He has been invited to give more than 300 Plenary, Keynote or Invited Talks in international conferences, universities and institutes. He has organized several tens of international conferences and served as the Conference (Co-)Chair or Symposium Chair.

He is the co-Editor-in-Chief of SmartMat(2020-) and co-Chairman of the Editorial Board of ChemNanoMat (2015-), and sits on the Advisory Board of Chemical Society Reviews (2012-2019), Aggregate (2020-present), Chemical Journal of Chinese Universities (2019-), Materials Chemistry Frontiers (2016-), Matter (2019-), Nanoscale (2012-), Nanoscale Horizons (2015-) and NPG Asia Materials (2018-), the Editorial Advisory Board of ACS Nano(2014-), Advanced Functional Materials (2018-), Advanced Materials (2019-), Small (2012-), ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces(2014-2019), Chem. Mater.(2014-2019) and Nanofabrication (2012-2020), the Editorial Board of 2D Materials (2022-), ACS Omega (2016-), Acta Physico-Chimica Sinica(2020-), Applied Materials Today (2015-), Carbon (2013-), CHEM (2016-), Chemistry-Methods (2020-), Chinese Science Bulletin (2014-), Electron (2023-), Energy Storage Materials (2015-), EnergyChem (2018-), eScience (2020-), Graphene Technology (2016-), Materials Today Energy (2016-), NANO (2007-2020), National Science Review (2023-), Nano Convergence (2020-), npj 2D Materials and Applications (2016-), Research (2021), The Innovation (2020-), Transactions of Tianjin University (2019), and Science China Materials (2014-), the International Advisory Board of Chemistry – An Asian Journal (2018-), the International Advisory Board of Materials Research Express (2014-2016) and the International Editorial Board of ChemPlusChem (2012-2015), and the Scientific Advisory Board of Small Methods (2017-).

In 2020, he was elected as a Foreign Fellow of the European Academy of Sciences (EurASc). In 2015, he was elected as an Academician of the Asia Pacific Academy of Materials (APAM). In Nov. 2014, he was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC). In 2016, he was listed in the top 300 most cited researchers in the field of materials science and engineering (Elsevier Scopus). In 2022, he was listed in the "Highly Cited Researchers" in ChemistryEnvironment and Ecology, and Materials Science (Clarivate Analytics).  In 2015-2021, he was listed in the "Highly Cited Researchers" in Chemistry and Materials Science (Clarivate Analytics/Thomson Reuters). In 2015, he was listed as one of 19 “Hottest Researchers of Today” in the world in the World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds 2015 (Thomson Reuters, 2015). In 2014, he was listed in the "Highly Cited Researchers 2014" in Materials Science, and also listed as one of 17 “Hottest Researchers of Today” and No. 1 in Materials and More in the world in the World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds 2014 (Thomson Reuters, 2014). Moreover, he got the Outstanding Research Award (2022, City University of Hong Kong), President’s Award (2021, City University of Hong Kong), Young Investigator Award (Young Giants of Nanoscience 2016, Hong Kong), Vice-Chancellor’s International Scholar Award (University of Wollongong, Australia, 2016), ACS Nano Lectureship Award (2015), World Cultural Council (WCC) Special Recognition Award (2013), the ONASSIA Foundation Lectureship (Greece, 2013), Asian Rising Stars (15th Asian Chemical Congress, 2013), SMALL Young Innovator Award (Wiley-VCH, 2012) and Nanyang Award for Research Excellence (2011).

Dr. Zhang’s research is highly interdisciplinary. His current research interests focus on phase engineering of nanomaterials (PEN) and controlled epitaxial growth of heterostructures, including the synthesis of ultrathin two-dimensional nanomaterials (e.g., metal nanosheets, graphene, metal dichalcogenides, metal-organic frameworks, covalent organic frameworks, etc.), novel metallic and semiconducting nanomaterials, novel amorphous nanomaterials, and their hybrid composites for various applications, such as catalysis, clean energy, (opto-)electronic devices, chemical and biosensors, and water remediation.