Synthesis of Novel Two-Dimensional Nanomaterials for Clean Energy Applications

Hua Zhang

School of Materials Science and Engineering, Nanyang Technological University

Abstract: In this talk, I will summarize the recent research on synthesis and characterization of two-dimensional nanomaterials in my group, which include graphene-based composites, transition metal dichalcogenide (TMD)-based composites, single- or few-layer metal dichalcogenide nanosheets and hybrid nanomaterials, the large-amount, uniform, ultrathin metal sulfide and selenide nanocrystals, and other 2D nanomaterials, nanodots prepared from 2D nanomaterials, etc. Then I will demonstrate the applications of these novel 2D nanomaterials in solar cells, water splitting, hydrogen evolution reaction, Li-ion batteries, supercapacitors, etc.

Biography: 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. 

He has published 5 invited book chapters, 68 patent applications (including 8 granted US patents and 1 Singapore patent), and over 420 papers, among which 176 papers were published in IF>10 journals and 88 papers were 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), Nat. Protocols (1), Chem. Rev. (1), Chem. Soc. Rev. (9), Acc. Chem. Res. (2), J. Am. Chem. Soc. (14), Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. (27), Adv. Mater. (41), ACS Nano (27), Nano Lett. (14), Energy Environ. Sci (12), Adv. Energy Mater. (6), Adv. Funct. Mater. (4), Mater. Today (1), Nano Energy (4), ACS Catal. (1), Mat. Horizons (2), etc. Based on Web of Science on Oct. 17, 2017, the total citation times of his papers are over 40,100 with H-index of 96. He has been invited to give more than 300 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-), Materials Today Energy (2016-), npj 2D Materials and Applications (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). He is also one of the members of the Advisory Committee of IOP Asia-Pacific (2010-). 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 2017, he was listed in the "Highly Cited Researchers 2017" in Chemistry and Materials Science (Thomson Reuters, 2017). In 2016, he was listed in the "Highly Cited Researchers 2016" in Chemistry and Materials Science (Thomson Reuters, 2016). In 2015, he was listed in the "Highly Cited Researchers 2015" in Chemistry and Materials Science, and also listed as one of 19Hottest 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 17Hottest 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).

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