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Professor Zhang Hua

Phone: (+65) 6790 5175
Office: ABN-B1c-22
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Current Research Interests

Dr. Zhang’s research is highly interdisciplinary. His current research interests focus on synthesis of two-dimensional nanomaterials (metal nanosheets, and transition metal dichalcogenide nanosheets), carbon materials (graphene and CNTs) and their hybrid composites for various applications in nano- and biosensors, clean energy, water remediation, etc.; controlled synthesis, characterization and application of novel metallic and semiconducting nanomaterials; scanning probe microscopy; lithography-based fabrication of surface structures from micro- to nanometer scale; self-assembly and self-organization of nano- and biomaterials; self-assembled monolayers; etc.

Biographical Information

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.
Until July 16, 2016, he has published 5 invited book chapters, 65 patent applications (including 8 granted US patents), and over 370 papers, among which 338 papers were published in the journals with IF>3 (including 141 papers published in IF>10 journals and 84 papers published in 8<IF<10 journals). Some of his papers have been published in Science (1), Nat. Chem. (3), Nat. Rev. Mater. (1), Nat. Commun. (6), Sci. Adv. (1), Chem. Soc. Rev. (8), Acc. Chem. Res. (1), J. Am. Chem. Soc. (12), Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. (22), Adv. Mater. (26), Nano Lett. (12), ACS Nano (24), Energy Environ. Sci (12), Adv. Energy Mater. (5), Adv. Funct. Mater. (3), etc. Based on Web of Science on July 16, 2016, the total citation times of his papers are over 26,800 with H-index of 80. He has been invited to give more than 280 Plenary, Keynote or Invited Talks in international conferences, universities and institutes, and serve as the Session Chair. He has organized several tens of international conferences and served as the Symposium Chair or Conference Co-Chair. He is one of three Chairmen of the Editorial Board of ChemNanoMat (2015-) and an Associate Editor of International Journal of Nanoscience (2007-), sits on the Advisory Board of Chem. Soc. Rev. (2012-), Nanoscale (2012-), Nanoscale Horizons (2015-) and Materials Chemistry Frontiers (2016-), the Editorial Advisory Board of ACS Nano (2014-), Chem. Mater. (2014-), ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces (2014-), Small (2012-) and Nanofabrication (2012-), the Editorial Board of CHEM (2016-), Carbon (2013-), Applied Materials Today (2015-), Energy Storage Materials (2015-), ACS Omega (2016-), NANO (2007-), Chinese Science Bulletin (2014-), Science China Materials (2014-) and Graphene Technology (2016-), and the International Advisory Board of Materials Research Express (2014-) and ChemPlusChem (2012-2015). 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). Recently, he was listed in the "Highly Cited Researchers 2015" in Chemistry and Materials Science, and also 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 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).


  • MS7070 Scanning Tunneling Microscopy & Molecular Self-Assembly

Selected Publications

X.-J. Wu, J. Z. Chen, C. L. Tan, Y. H. Zhu, Y. Han, H. Zhang*: “Controlled growth of high-density CdS and CdSe nanorod arrays on selective facets of two-dimensional semiconductor nanoplates”, Nat. Chem., Vol. 8, Pages 470–475 (2016). Link

Z. X. Fan, Z. M. Luo, X. Huang, B. Li, Y. Chen, J. Wang, Y. L. Hu, H. Zhang*: “Synthesis of 4H/fcc noble multimetallic nanoribbons for electrocatalytic hydrogen evolution reaction”, J. Am. Chem. Soc., Vol. 138, Pages 1414–1419 (2016). Link

Z. X. Fan, M. Bosman, X. Huang, D. Huang, Y. Yu, K. P. Ong, Y. A. Akimov, L. Wu, J. Wu, Q. Liu, C. E. Png, C. L. Gan, P. D. Yang,* H. Zhang*: “Stabilization of 4H hexagonal phase in gold nanoribbons”, Nat. Commun., Vol. 6, Article 7684 (2015). Link

Z. X. Fan, X. Huang, Y. Han, M. Bosman, Q. X. Wang, Y. H. Zhu, Q. Liu, B. Li, Z. Y. Zeng, J. Wu, W. X. Shi, S. Z. Li, C. L. Gan, H. Zhang*: “Surface modification-induced phase transformation of hexagonal close-packed gold square sheets”, Nat. Commun., Vol. 6, Article 6571 (2015). Link

J. Z. Chen, X. J. Wu, L. S. Yin, B. Li, X. Hong, Z. X. Fan, B. Chen, C. Xue,  H. Zhang*: “One-pot Synthesis of CdS Nanocrystals Hybridized with Single-Layer Transition-Metal Dichalcogenide Nanosheets for Efficient Photocatalytic Hydrogen Evolution ”, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., Vol. 54, Pages 1210–1214 (2015). Link​​​​​​​​​​​​