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Huang Research Group 2019
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Research Theme-Dr Yi Huang (5)
The King's Buildings
The Old Medical School
School of Engineering
Welcome to the Huang Smart & Functional Materials Research Group 

Nanostructure Engineering of Porous Materials

for Energy-Efficient Separation, Catalysis and Drug Delivery

Our Research Laboratory is housed in the School of Engineering at the University of Edinburgh, UK. We aim to develop innovative methodologies for functional porous materials fabrication based on a thorough understanding of their nanostructures and growth mechanisms. We use advanced fabrication techniques and nanotechnologies to investigate and engineer their nanostructures, compositions and surface properties to address challenging issues in many industrial processes. More specifically, our team specialises in the synthesis and functionalization of 2D & 3D nanoporous materials (e.g., zeolites, metal-organic frameworks, graphene-based materials, MXenes) for energy-efficient membrane separation, advanced gas storage, carbon capture and water desalination and purification. Our research is strengthened by substantial industrial interactions.

  • T. Chen, F.S. Butt, A. Lewis, N. Radacsi, A.J.C. Semiao, Y. Huang*, Ultra-Permeable Graphene Oxide Lamellar Membrane Intercalated by Zeolitic Imidazolate Framework, Chemical Engineering Journal, 419, 2021, 129507. Link to this paper. (Chemical Engineering Journal: 2020 Impact Factor is 13.273, ranked 1/284 in Chemical Engineering (miscellaneous) (Q1) and 2/340 in Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering (Q1) according to SJR)

  • A. Lewis, T. Chen, F Butt, X. Wei, N. Radacsi, X. Fan, Y. Huang,* Facile Fabrication of Zeolitic Imidazolate Framework Hollow Fibre Membranes via A Novel Scalable Continuous Fluid Circulation Process, Nanoscale,  2021, DOI: 10.1039/D1NR03112K. Accepted Front Cover Article!! Link to this paper. (Nanoscale: 2020 Impact Factor is 7.790)

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Jan 21, 2022 (position filled)

We are recruiting a postdoctoral research associate to work on industrial projects. This position will contribute to the Liquid and Gaseous Waste Management Using Nanostructured Membranes within the Institute for Materials and Processes at the University of Edinburgh. Click here to apply.


Dec 31, 2021

Dr Huang has been selected as the global winner of the RINENG Distinguished Young Investigator Award-2022. This award is granted to early-career independent researchers demonstrating outstanding research performance in all aspects of Engineering. Congratulations!


Nov 22, 2021 

Dr Huang is appointed as a Member of the Editorial Board of Results in Engineering (RINENG). Many congrats!


Nov 11, 2021 

Dr Huang is editing 2 special issues:

1) Results in Engineering (RINENG) – Young Investigator Award-2022.

2) Frontiers in Chemical Engineering  – Tuning the Structure and Function of Metal-Organic Frameworks for Sustainable Environmental Applications

Please contact Dr Huang if you are interested to contribute to these special issues.


Oct 4, 2021 

Dr Huang is invited to join the Editorial Board of Results in Engineering journal. Congrats!


Sep 08, 2021 

Dr Huang is promoted to a Reader in Chemical Engineering. Many Congrats!


Dr Ting Chen successfully defended her PhD viva today with high satisfaction from the examination panel.  She remains committed to our community and will continue her academic career at the National University of Singapore. With Our Best Wishes! 

Sep 1, 2021

Dr Huang is invited to give a Keynote for the GLOBAL SUMMIT ON NANOTECHNOLOGY AND MATERIALS SCIENCE GSNMS - 2022. See you in Nice, France!

Aug 18, 2021

Dr Huang is invited to give a seminar on 'Designing energy-efficient separation membranes: knowledge from nature for a sustainable future' in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science at The University of Manchester.

Jul 1, 2021

Dr Huang is guest editing a Special Issue "Designing Energy-Efficient Separation Membranes" for Membranes | An Open Access Journal from MDPI. Submit your manuscript(s) to us using the above link. 

Jun 30, 2021

Dr Huang is invited to be the Youth Editorial Board of Advanced Membranes (ISSN: 2772-8234; a new journal from October 2021), and Guest Associate Editor of Frontiers in Chemical Engineering. Congratulations!


Jun 22, 2021 New Postdoc & PhD Positions!

We are currently looking for postdocs and PhD candidates with strong backgrounds in graphene-based membranes. Previous work in inorganic membranes (e.g., zeolites, MOFs, ZIFs, COFs) is a plus. Experience in the industry and liquid separation will be preferably considered. Please directly contact Dr Huang at 

Jun 3, 2021

Dr Harvey Huang was invited by the IMSTEC2022 Organizing Committee and the Membrane Society of Australasia (MSA)  to join the Scientific Committee of IMSTEC2022. The 11th International Membrane Science and Technology Conference (IMSTEC2022) will be held in Melbourne, from December 4 – 8, 2022.

Jun 01, 2021 NEW GRANT!!

We are working with Michael Chen's team to develop an industrial project (~£402k) on anti-cancer nanomedicines for safe, fast and effective cancer treatment. This project is under contract with one of our industrial partners. This project is now under contract with Edinburgh Innovations. Congratulations!


May 18, 2021 NEW GRANT!!

We are delighted to announce that we have been successful in winning a ~ £1.2 million Sterling funding support from an industrial partner on the research and commercialization of smart graphene-based membranes for liquid separations. Congratulations! See a featured story about this collaborative research @ Edinburgh Innovations; The Graphene Council; University of Edinburgh News

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