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Hubiao HUANG

Assistant Professor, The University of Tokyo

Research Scientist, RIKEN CEMS

Phone: +81-90-8437-2806

Address: 7-3-1 Hongo, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113-8656, Japan.

About Me

Dr. Hubiao HUANG was born in 1987. He received a B.S. degree in Materials Science from Changsha University of Science and Technology in 2010, and then studied under the direction of Professor Xinsheng PENG at Zhejiang University, China, obtaining a M.S in Materials Science in 2014. He then moved to Japan and received his PhD training under the supervision of Prof. Takuzo Aida at the University of Tokyo.  In 2017, he was appointed as a researcher at the Department of Chemistry and Biotechnology at the University of Tokyo.  In 2019, he moved to RIKEN and became a tenured Research Scientist.  In 2022, he was appointed as Assistant Professor of the Department of Chemistry and Biotechnology, School of Engineering, the University of Tokyo.  His research interests include (1) crystal engineering, (2) functional supramolecular polymeric materials, and (3) novel fluorinated molecules for theranostic agents.


June 2022 – Present

Dec. 2020 – Present

Mar. 2018 – Dec. 2020

Sep. 2017 – Mar. 2018

Aug. 2016 – Nov. 2016

Assitant Professor, School of Engineering, The University of Tokyo

​Tenured Research Scientist, RIKEN Center for Emergent Matter Science (CEMS)

Project Researcher, The University of Tokyo

JSPS Research Fellow (PD)

Research Intern, BASF GM/IA, Scouting and Open Research Center Asia Pacific

Apr. 2015 – Sep. 2017

JSPS Research Fellow (DC1)


2019: Travel Grant GRC on Crystal Growth and Assembly

2018: CEMS Rising Star Award (CMESupra 2018, Tokyo, Japan)

2018: Government Award for Outstanding Self-Financed Student Abroad

2017: RIKEN Prize (GRC on Self-Assembly & Supramolecular Chemistry, Switerland)

2016: BASF Rising Star Award Finalist

2015: JSPS Research Fellow

2014: SEUT Fellowship (The University of Tokyo)

2014: Academic Rising Star Award (10 Awardees per Year in Zhejiang University)

2014: Outstanding Graduate Student (Zhejiang University)

2013: National Scholarship (Chinese Ministry of Education)

2013: 3M Campus Innovation Award

2007: First-Class Scholarship

2006: National Motivation Scholarship (Chinese Ministry of Education)

Selected Publications

Hubiao Huang*, Hiroshi Sato*, Kang Wang, Xianqing Lin, Tongjin Zhang, Yong Sheng Zhao, Stephen Z. D. Cheng and Takuzo Aida*. Accumulated Lattice Strain as an Internal Trigger for Spontaneous Pathway Selection. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2021, 143, 15319. (corresponding author)

Yi Guo#, Hubiao Huang#, Zhuoyi Li, Xiaobin Wang, Peipei Li, Zheng Deng, Xinsheng Peng*. Sulfonated sub-nanochannels in a robust MOF membrane: harvesting salinity gradient power. ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces 2019, 11, 38, 35496. (#equal contribution)


Hubiao Huang* and Takuzo Aida*. Towards Molecular Motors in Unison. Nat. Nanotechnol. 2019, 14, 407 (corresponding author).


Vonika Ka-Man Au, Kazuki Nakayashiki, Hubiao Huang, Shun Suginome, Hiroshi Sato*, Takuzo Aida*. Stepwise Expansion of Layered Metal–Organic Frameworks for Nonstochastic Exfoliation into Porous Nanosheets. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2019, 141, 53–57.


Hubiao Huang, Hiroshi Sato* and Takuzo Aida*. Crystalline nanopores with pendant azobenzene groups: Steric or polar effects on gas adsorption and diffusion. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2017, 139, 8784–8787.


Luwei Sun, Hubiao Huang, Xinsheng Peng*. Ultrafast molecule separation through layered WS2 nanosheet membranes. ACS Nano 2014, 8, 6304–6311 (Highlighted by Nanowerk).


Hubiao Huang, Yiyin Mao, Yulong Ying, Yu Liu, Luwei Sun and Xinsheng Peng*. Salt concentration, pH and pressure controlled separation of small molecules through lamellar graphene oxide membranes. Chem. Commun. 2013, 49, 5963–5965.


Hubiao Huang, Zhigong Song, Li Shi, Yiyin Mao, Yulong Ying, Luwei Sun, Zhiping Xu and Xinsheng Peng*. Ultrafast Viscous Water Flow through Nanostrand-Channeled Graphene Oxide Membranes. Nature Commun. 2013, 4, 2979 (Highlighted by Membrane Technology and Reported by Membrane Industry Association of China).


Hubiao Huang, Yulong Ying and Xinsheng Peng*. Graphene oxide nanosheet: an emerging star material for novel separation membranes. J. Mater. Chem. A 2014, 2, 13772–13782.


Luwei Sun, Hubiao Huang, Xinsheng Peng*. Laminar MoS2 membrane for molecule separation. Chem. Commun. 2013, 49, 10718–10720.


Yiyin Mao, Li Shi, Hubiao Huang, Wei Cao, Junwei Li, Luwei Sun, Xianda Jin and Xinsheng Peng*. Room temperature synthesis of free-standing HKUST-1 membranes from copper hydroxide nanostrands for gas separation. Chem. Commun. 2013, 49, 5666–5668


Li Shi, Qing Yu, Yiyin Mao, Hubiao Huang, Hongwen Huang, Zhizhen Ye and Xinsheng Peng*. High catalytic performance of gold nanoparticle-gelatin mesoporous composite thin films. J. Mater. Chem. 2012, 22, 21117–21124.


Yiyin Mao, Hubiao Huang, Yu Liu, Li Shi, Wei Cao, Junwei Li, Luwei Sun and Xinsheng Peng*. Hetero-metal hydroxide nanostrand assisted synthesis of MIL-110 nanorod arrays on porous substrate. CrystEngComm 2013, 15, 5591–5593


Li Shi, Hubiao Huang, Luwei Sun, Yanping Lu, Binyang Du, Yiyin Mao, Junwei Li, Zhizhen Ye and Xinsheng Peng*. [Fe(CN)6]4− decorated mesoporous gelatin thin films for colorimetric detection and as sorbents of heavy metal ions. Dalton Trans. 2013, 42, 13265–13272.


Yiyin Mao, Li Shi, Hubiao Huang, Qing Yu, Zhizhen Ye and Xinsheng Peng*. Mesoporous separation membranes of {[Cu(BTC–H2)2·(H2O)2]·3H2O} nanobelts synthesized by ultrasonication at room temperature. CrystEngComm. 2013, 15, 265–270.


Li Shi, Qing Yu, Hubiao Huang, Yiyin Mao, Jiahuan Lei, Zhizhen Ye and Xinsheng Peng*. Superior separation performance of ultrathin gelatin films. J. Mater. Chem. A 2013, 1, 1899–1906.


Li Shi, Ting Yu, Hubiao Huang, Xiaodong Pi* and Xinsheng Peng*. Facile synthesis of highly fluorescent gelatin/Si nanocrystals composite thin film for optical detection of amines from water. J. Mater Chem. C 2013, 49, 5963–5965.


Yu Liu, Wei Wang, Hubiao Huang, Lin Gu, Yewu Wang, Xinsheng Peng*. The highly enhanced performance of lamellar WS2 nanosheet electrodes upon intercalation of single-walled carbon nanotubes for supercapacitors and lithium ions batteries. Chem. Commun. 2014, 50, 4485–4488.

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