Exploring the Mysteries of Nanoporous Materials
Chemical Engineering | School of Engineering | Institute for Materials & Processes | University of Edinburgh
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 fabrication methodologies for smart & functional porous materials 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 specializes 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, X.M. Wei, N. Malzlan, S.V. Alvarez, Y. Huang*, Designing energy-efficient separation membranes: knowledge from nature for a sustainable future, Advanced Membranes, 2022, 2, 100031. Invited open access Article: link to this review!
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)
Mar 20, 2023
Our proposal to the International Exchanges 2022 Cost Share (NSFC) scheme funded by the Royal Society has been successful. Many congrats.
Jan 31, 2023
I am delighted to announce that Allana and Fraz's paper entitled ''Crystallization and phase selection of zeolitic imidazolate frameworks in aqueous cosolvent systems: The role and impacts of organic solvents'' has been selected as the 2022 Results in Engineering (Elsevier) Best Paper Award. Many Congratulations!
Dec 14, 2022
Dr. Harvey Huang is awarded the Young Membrane Scientist AWARD for Excellence in Membrane Science & Technology at the International Young Scholar Forum on Membrane Technology & International Congress on Separation and Purification Technology. Congratulations!
Nov 30, 2022
Many Congrats to Dr. Allana Lewis on achieving her Ph.D. degree! Allana will be reappointed back to the group and offered the research associate position on antibacterial coating projects.
Nov 17, 2022
Dr. Harvey Huang is offered the Editor role at Results in Engineering. Congratulations!
Oct 10, 2022
Dr. Harvey Huang is offered the Guest Editor role at Separation and Purification Technology (IF= 9.136). Congratulations!
Aug 19, 2022
Dr. Harvey Huang is invited as a Youth Editorial Board Member of Green Chemical Engineering.
Aug 17, 2022
Dr. Harvey Huang is invited to join the
Editorial Board of Sustainability (IF: 3.889, ISSN 2071-1050) "Sustainable Materials" Section. Congratulations!
Aug 14, 2022
Welcome, Dr. Rajakumari Krishnamoorthi joined the group as a postdoctoral research associate and works on Liquid and Gaseous Waste Management Using Nanostructured Membranes.
Jul 28, 2022 NEW GRANT!!
We are working with Michael Chen's team to develop an industrial project (~£258k) on ''A facile and scalable method of fabrication of large-area metal-organic framework (MOF) decorated reduced graphene oxide coatings (LA-MOF@rGO) for antibacterial applications''. Congratulations!
Aug 17, 2022
Dr. Harvey Huang is invited to join the Youth
Editorial Board of Advanced Membranes.
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!