I received a Ph.D. at the University of Wollongong, Australia, in 2007. This was followed by a postdoctoral appointment at The Ohio State University in the U.S. In 2011, I was awared a Discovery Early Career Research Award (DECRA) from the Australian Research Council. I am also an Adjunct Senior Lecturer at the University of New South Wales, a Research Advisor appointed by the National Institute for Materials Science, Japan, and a recipient of the Humboldt Research Fellowship for Experienced Researchers (Alexander von Humboldt Foundation).
My research is centered on boron chemistry for energy conversion and storage. Research interests are in the fields of hydrogen storage materials, electrolytes for Na-ion, Mg, and Mg/Li+ hybrid batteries, and two-dimensional boron-containing nanosheets. Breakthroughs in hydrogen storage and Na-ion batteries have been successfully commercialized in partnership with Boron Molecular, a specialist chemical manufacturer. This success was recognized by the UOW Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Achievement in Research Commercialisation, Impact and Engagement.
Selected awards and honours
- 2017 Humboldt Research Fellowship for Experienced Researchers, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation
- 2017 Research Advisor appointed by the National Institute of Materials Science (NIMS), Japan.
- 2017 International Short Visit sponsored by Swiss National Science Foundation
- 2016 Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Achievement in Research Commercialisation, Impact and Engagement, UOW
- 2012 ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award
- 2006 Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Self-Financed Students Abroad
- 2001 Distinguished Graduate Award, Liaoning Province, China
- 2000 Student of the Year, Northeastern University
Can supervise: YES
Current research interests
- New boron-containing hydrogen-rich compounds for applications in hydrogen storage.
- Boron-containing 2D nanomaterials for applications in energy conversion and storage.
- Novel boron-containing electrolytes for high-performance batteries.
- Renewable energy resources
- Renewable energy engineering
- Materials Engineering
- Chemical Engineering
Yuan, Z, Dong, L, Gao, Q, Huang, Z, Wang, L, Wang, G & Yu, X 2019, 'SnSb alloy nanoparticles embedded in N-doped porous carbon nanofibers as a high-capacity anode material for lithium-ion batteries', Journal of Alloys and Compounds, pp. 775-783.View/Download from: Publisher's site
© 2018 SnSb alloy is a promising anode material for lithium-ion batteries due to its high specific capacity. However, the large volume change in the process of charge/discharge causes significant pulverizing of SnSb alloy particles, which leads to a rapid capacity fading. This paper reports the synthesis of homogenous SnSb nanoparticles that are embedded in N-doped porous carbon nanofibers through electrospinning technique with LiN 3 serving as poregen agent. This distinctive structure prevents the direct contact of SnSb nanoparticles with the electrolyte and provides enough space for the volume change of SnSb alloy during the Li + insertion/extraction process, enabling this material to deliver a high reversible capacity of 892 mA h g 1 after 100th cycle at 100 mA g 1 , and a stable capacity of 487 mA h g 1 after 1000 cycles at 2000 mA g 1 . These results highlight the importance of the synergistic effect of SnSb alloy nanoparticles and N-doped porous carbon nanofibers for the high performance of lithium-ion batteries.
Lin, M, Shan, S, Liu, P, Ma, L, Huang, L, Yang, M, Lawson, T, Wang, Z, Huang, Z, Shi, B, Yan, L & Liu, Y 2018, 'Hydroxyl-Functional Groups on Graphene Trigger the Targeted Delivery of Antitumor Drugs', JOURNAL OF BIOMEDICAL NANOTECHNOLOGY, vol. 14, no. 8D, pp. 1420-1429.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Kani, K, Malgras, V, Jiang, B, Hossain, MSA, Alshehri, SM, Ahamad, T, Salunkhe, RR, Huang, Z & Yamauchi, Y 2018, 'Periodically Arranged Arrays of Dendritic Pt Nanospheres Using Cage-Type Mesoporous Silica as a Hard Template.', Chemistry, an Asian journal, vol. 13, no. 1, pp. 106-110.View/Download from: UTS OPUS or Publisher's site
Dendritic Pt nanospheres of 20nm diameter are synthesized by using a highly concentrated surfactant assembly within the large-sized cage-type mesopores of mesoporous silica (LP-FDU-12). After diluting the surfactant solution with ethanol, the lower viscosity leads to an improved penetration inside the mesopores. After Pt deposition followed by template removal, the arrangement of the Pt nanospheres is a replication from that of the mesopores in the original LP-FDU-12 template. Although it is well known that ordered LLCs can form on flat substrates, the confined space inside the mesopores hinders surfactant self-organization. Therefore, the Pt nanospheres possess a dendritic porous structure over the entire area. The distortion observed in some nanospheres is attributed to the close proximity existing between neighboring cage-type mesopores. This new type of nanoporous metal with a hierarchical architecture holds potential to enhance substance diffusivity/accessibility for further improvement of catalytic activity.
Gao, L, Chen, J, Liu, Y, Yamauchi, Y, Huang, Z & Kong, X 2018, 'Revealing the chemistry of an anode-passivating electrolyte salt for high rate and stable sodium metal batteries', JOURNAL OF MATERIALS CHEMISTRY A, vol. 6, no. 25, pp. 12012-12017.View/Download from: UTS OPUS or Publisher's site
Zhu, X, Mochiku, T, Fujii, H, Tang, K, Hu, Y, Huang, Z, Luo, B, Ozawa, K & Wang, L 2018, 'A new sodium iron phosphate as a stable high-rate cathode material for sodium ion batteries', Nano Research, vol. 11, no. 12, pp. 6197-6205.View/Download from: UTS OPUS or Publisher's site
© 2018, Tsinghua University Press and Springer-Verlag GmbH Germany, part of Springer Nature. Low-cost room-temperature sodium-ion batteries (SIBs) are expected to promote the development of stationary energy storage applications. However, due to the large size of Na+, most Na+ host structures resembling their Li+ counterparts show sluggish ion mobility and destructive volume changes during Na ion (de)intercalation, resulting in unsatisfactory rate and cycling performances. Herein, we report a new type of sodium iron phosphate (Na0.71Fe1.07PO4), which exhibits an extremely small volume change (~ 1%) during desodiation. When applied as a cathode material for SIBs, this new phosphate delivers a capacity of 78 mA·h·g1 even at a high rate of 50 C and maintains its capacity over 5,000 cycles at 20 C. In situ synchrotron characterization disclosed a highly reversible solid-solution mechanism during charging/discharging. The findings are believed to contribute to the development of high-performance batteries based on Earth-abundant elements. [Figure not available: see fulltext.].
Wang, Y, Fan, S, Wu, S, Wang, C, Huang, Z & Zhang, L 2018, 'In Situ Synthesis and Unprecedented Electrochemical Performance of Double Carbon Coated Cross-Linked Co3O4.', ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, vol. 10, no. 49, pp. 42372-42379.View/Download from: UTS OPUS or Publisher's site
Improving the structural stability and the electron/ion diffusion rate across whole electrode particles is crucial for transition metal oxides as next-generation anodic materials in lithium-ion batteries. Herein, we report a novel structure of double carbon-coated Co3O4 cross-linked composite, where the Co3O4 nanoparticle is in situ covered by nitrogen-doped carbon and further connected by carbon nanotubes (Co3O4 NP@NC@CNTs). This double carbon-coated Co3O4 NP@NC@CNTs framework not only endows a porous structure that can effectively accommodate the volume changes of Co3O4, but also provides multidimensional pathways for electronic/ionic diffusion in and among the Co3O4 NPs. Electrochemical kinetics investigation reveals a decreased energy barrier for electron/ion transport in the Co3O4 NP@NC@CNTs, compared with the single carbon-coated Co3O4 NP@NC. As expected, the Co3O4 NP@NC@CNT electrode exhibits unprecedented lithium storage performance, with a high reversible capacity of 1017 mA h g-1 after 500 cycles at 1 A g-1, and a very good capacity retention of 75%, even after 5000 cycles at 15 A g-1. The lithiation/delithiation process of Co3O4 NP@NC@CNTs is dominated by the pseudocapacitive behavior, resulting in excellent rate performance and durable cycle stability.
Wang, Y, Wang, R, Zhou, Y, Huang, Z, Wang, J & Jiang, L 2018, 'Directional Droplet Propulsion on Gradient Boron Nitride Nanosheet Grid Surface Lubricated with a Vapor Film below the Leidenfrost Temperature', ACS Nano, vol. 12, no. 12, pp. 11995-12003.View/Download from: UTS OPUS or Publisher's site
Controlled propulsion of liquid droplets on a solid surface offers important applications in various fields, including fog harvesting, heat transfer, microfluidics, and microdevice technologies. The propulsion of the liquid droplet is realized only if the driven force exceeds the resistance force. Sometimes the directional propulsion of droplets only takes place at the Leidenfrost state to achieve enough lubrication for a vapor cushion. The thick vapor cushions levitate liquid droplets to reduce resistance force. However, it is still challenging to reduce the vapor cushion thickness and simultaneously realize the directional droplet's motion, especially below the Leidenfrost temperature. Here, a structurally hydrophobic boron nitride nanosheet (BNNS) grid surface was constructed with a two-direction topographical gradient, i.e., the perpendicular altitude gradient and the horizontal density gradient. The polar nature of the B–N bonds results in intrinsic hydrophilicity of the boron nitride layer, which increases the Leidenfrost point and facilitates wetting even at high temperature. Much thinner vapor-lubricating layers are competent in the droplet's directional motion below the Leidenfrost temperature of the BNNS grid surface because the air gap trapped within boron nitride nanosheet grids acts as a part of the lubrication layer
Khan, MH, Liu, HK, Sun, X, Yamauchi, Y, Bando, Y, Golberg, D & Huang, Z 2017, 'Few-atomic-layered hexagonal boron nitride: CVD growth, characterization, and applications', MATERIALS TODAY, vol. 20, no. 10, pp. 611-628.View/Download from: UTS OPUS or Publisher's site
Khan, MH, Jamali, SS, Lyalin, A, Molino, PJ, Jiang, L, Liu, HK, Taketsugu, T & Huang, Z 2017, 'Atomically Thin Hexagonal Boron Nitride Nanofilm for Cu Protection: The Importance of Film Perfection', ADVANCED MATERIALS, vol. 29, no. 4.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Mei, P, Pramanik, M, Young, C, Huang, Z, Hossain, MSA, Sugahara, Y & Yamauchi, Y 2017, 'Synthesis of mesostructured manganese phosphonate and its promising energy storage application', Journal of Materials Chemistry A, vol. 5, no. 44, pp. 23259-23266.View/Download from: UTS OPUS or Publisher's site
Mesostructured manganese phosphonate (MnP) with a uniform nanorod morphology has been prepared through an easy surfactant-mediated procedure, in which cetyltrimethylammonium bromide acts as a structure-directing agent and 1-hydroxyethane 1,1-diphosphonic acid is used as the phosphonic bridging molecule. Suitable interaction between the micelles and precursors is proved to play an essential role in the formation of a mesophase. By optimizing the reaction conditions (e.g., Mn/P ratio, pH, and aging time), a mesostructure can be realized in manganese phosphonate. Furthermore, our MnP sample shows great potential as a high-performance pseudocapacitive material due to the abundant accessible active sites and rapid ion/electron transportation arising from the unique mesostructural architecture.
Tian, J, Wang, B, Zhao, F, Ma, X, Liu, Y, Liu, HK & Huang, Z 2017, 'Highly active Fe3BO6 as an anode material for sodium-ion batteries.', Chemical Communications, vol. 53, no. 34, pp. 4698-4701.View/Download from: UTS OPUS or Publisher's site
A highly efficient Fe3BO6 anode prepared via a solid-state synthesis method is studied for sodium-ion batteries. The Fe3BO6 anode shows high capacity and excellent rate capability. The ex situ X-ray diffraction results show that the Na+ ion storage mechanism involves conversion based reactions between iron oxides and sodium.
Wang, Y, Wang, C, Guo, H, Wang, Y & Huang, Z 2017, 'A nitrogen-doped three-dimensional carbon framework for high performance sodium ion batteries', RSC ADVANCES, vol. 7, no. 3, pp. 1588-1592.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Young, C, Salunkhe, RR, Alshehri, SM, Ahamad, T, Huang, Z, Henzie, J & Yamauchi, Y 2017, 'High energy density supercapacitors composed of nickel cobalt oxide nanosheets on nanoporous carbon nanoarchitectures', JOURNAL OF MATERIALS CHEMISTRY A, vol. 5, no. 23, pp. 11834-11839.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Khan, MH, Casillas, G, Mitchell, DRG, Liu, HK, Jiang, L & Huang, Z 2016, 'Carbon- and crack-free growth of hexagonal boron nitride nanosheets and their uncommon stacking order', NANOSCALE, vol. 8, no. 35, pp. 15926-15933.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Wang, Y, Wang, C, Wang, Y, Liu, H & Huang, Z 2016, 'Boric Acid Assisted Reduction of Graphene Oxide: A Promising Material for Sodium-Ion Batteries', ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, vol. 8, no. 29, pp. 18860-18866.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Chen, W, Yu, H, Wu, G, He, T, Li, Z, Guo, Z, Liu, H, Huang, Z & Chen, P 2016, 'Ammonium Aminodiboranate: A Long-Sought Isomer of Diammoniate of Diborane and Ammonia Borane Dimer', CHEMISTRY-A EUROPEAN JOURNAL, vol. 22, no. 23, pp. 7727-7729.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Wang, B, Zhao, F, Du, G, Porter, S, Liu, Y, Zhang, P, Cheng, Z, Liu, HK & Huang, Z 2016, 'Boron-Doped Anatase TiO2 as a High-Performance Anode Material for Sodium-Ion Batteries', ACS APPLIED MATERIALS & INTERFACES, vol. 8, no. 25, pp. 16009-16015.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Porter, SH, Xiong, J, Avdeev, M, Merz, D, Woodward, PM & Huang, Z 2016, 'Structural, Magnetic, and Optical Properties of A(3)V(4)(PO4)(6) (A = Mg, Mn, Fe, Co, Ni)', INORGANIC CHEMISTRY, vol. 55, no. 12, pp. 5772-5779.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Chen, W, Wu, G, He, T, Li, Z, Guo, Z, Liu, H, Huang, Z & Chen, P 2016, 'An improved synthesis of unsolvated NaB3H8 and its application in preparing Na2B12H12', INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF HYDROGEN ENERGY, vol. 41, no. 34, pp. 15471-15476.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Su, S, NuLi, Y, Huang, Z, Miao, Q, Yang, J & Wang, J 2016, 'A High-Performance Rechargeable Mg2+/Li+ Hybrid Battery Using One-Dimensional Mesoporous TiO2(B) Nanoflakes as the Cathode', ACS APPLIED MATERIALS & INTERFACES, vol. 8, no. 11, pp. 7111-7117.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Xiao, F, Chen, Z, Casillas, G, Richardson, C, Li, H & Huang, Z 2016, 'Controllable synthesis of few-layered and hierarchically porous boron nitride nanosheets', CHEMICAL COMMUNICATIONS, vol. 52, no. 20, pp. 3911-3914.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Xia, G, Tan, Y, Wu, F, Fang, F, Sun, D, Guo, Z, Huang, Z & Yu, X 2016, 'Graphene-wrapped reversible reaction for advanced hydrogen storage', NANO ENERGY, vol. 26, pp. 488-495.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Wang, Y, Wang, C, Wang, Y, Liu, H & Huang, Z 2016, 'Superior sodium-ion storage performance of Co3O4@nitrogen-doped carbon: derived from a metal-organic framework', JOURNAL OF MATERIALS CHEMISTRY A, vol. 4, no. 15, pp. 5428-5435.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Tang, Z, Zhang, L, Wan, L, Huang, Z, Liu, H, Guo, Z & Yu, X 2016, 'Regeneration of alkaline metal amidoboranes with high purity', International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, vol. 41, no. 1, pp. 407-412.View/Download from: Publisher's site
© 2015 Hydrogen Energy Publications, LLC. In this manuscript, we report a facile and safe process for highly efficient regeneration of dehydrogenated alkaline metal amidoboranes (MNH2BH3, MAB, M = Li, K), in which CH3OH is employed as a digestion reagent; then LiAlH4 is used as a reduction reagent in the presence of NH4Cl giving ammonia borane (NH3BH3, AB) as the intermediate; finally the generated AB reacts with corresponding metal hydride to complete the whole self-contained cycle. Using this chemical process, MABs are reproduced in a high purity of 98%. The byproducts of regeneration procedure can be converted to mass commodity chemicals as recyclable auxiliary reagents utilizing the recycling pathways. More importantly, our finding of successful scission of dehydrogenated polymeric MAB residues into small molecule B species that guarantees to facilitate the following regeneration process, provides a general strategy for the efficient regeneration for other MAB compounds and a potentially viable route for the chemical recycling of metal-B-N containing hydrogen storage materials.
Wang, Y, Huang, Z & Wang, Y 2015, 'A new approach to synthesize MoO2@C for high-rate lithium ion batteries', JOURNAL OF MATERIALS CHEMISTRY A, vol. 3, no. 42, pp. 21314-21320.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Xiao, F, Naficy, S, Casillas, G, Khan, MH, Katkus, T, Jiang, L, Liu, H, Li, H & Huang, Z 2015, 'Edge-Hydroxylated Boron Nitride Nanosheets as an Effective Additive to Improve the Thermal Response of Hydrogels', ADVANCED MATERIALS, vol. 27, no. 44, pp. 7196-+.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Su, S, Huang, Z, Nuli, Y, Tuerxun, F, Yang, J & Wang, J 2015, 'A novel rechargeable battery with a magnesium anode, a titanium dioxide cathode, and a magnesium borohydride/tetraglyme electrolyte', CHEMICAL COMMUNICATIONS, vol. 51, no. 13, pp. 2641-2644.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Zhao, F, Wang, B, Tang, Y, Ge, H, Huang, Z & Liu, HK 2015, 'Niobium doped anatase TiO2 as an effective anode material for sodium-ion batteries', JOURNAL OF MATERIALS CHEMISTRY A, vol. 3, no. 45, pp. 22969-22974.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Khan, MH, Huang, Z, Xiao, F, Casillas, G, Chen, Z, Molino, PJ & Liu, HK 2015, 'Synthesis of Large and Few Atomic Layers of Hexagonal Boron Nitride on Melted Copper', SCIENTIFIC REPORTS, vol. 5.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Chen, W, Huang, Z, Wu, G, He, T, Li, Z, Chen, J, Guo, Z, Liu, H & Chen, P 2015, 'Guanidinium octahydrotriborate: An ionic liquid with high hydrogen storage capacity', Journal of Materials Chemistry A, vol. 3, no. 21, pp. 11411-11416.View/Download from: Publisher's site
© The Royal Society of Chemistry 2015. For chemical hydrogen storage, capacity is one key criterion that has spurred intense efforts to investigate compounds with high hydrogen content. The guanidinium cation and the octahydrotriborate anion possess 6 H+ and 8 H-, respectively. The combination of these two ions yields guanidinium octahydrotriborate with 13.8 wt% hydrogen. This paper presents its facile synthesis, as confirmed by 11B and 1H nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy. The results show that guanidinium octahydrotriborate is an ionic liquid with a melting point below -10°C, which makes it a possible injectable/pumpable hydrogen carrier. It decomposes selectively to hydrogen, in stark contrast to the formation of various boranes from related solid octahydrotriborates. The much improved H2 purity can be ascribed to the more effective combination of H+ and H-, and the higher H+/H- ratio in liquid guanidinium octahydrotriborate.
Chen, J, Xia, G, Guo, Z, Huang, Z, Liub, H & Yu, X 2015, 'Porous Ni nanofibers with enhanced catalytic effect on the hydrogen storage performance of MgH2', JOURNAL OF MATERIALS CHEMISTRY A, vol. 3, no. 31, pp. 15843-15848.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Chen, W, Huang, Z, Wu, G & Chen, P 2015, 'New synthetic procedure for NaNH2(BH3)(2) and evaluation of its hydrogen storage properties', SCIENCE CHINA-CHEMISTRY, vol. 58, no. 1, pp. 169-173.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Chen, J, Huang, Z, Wang, C, Porter, S, Wang, B, Lie, W & Liu, HK 2015, 'Sodium-difluoro(oxalato)borate (NaDFOB): a new electrolyte salt for Na-ion batteries', CHEMICAL COMMUNICATIONS, vol. 51, no. 48, pp. 9809-9812.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Porter, SH, Huang, Z, Dou, S, Brown-Xu, S, Golam Sarwar, ATM, Myers, RC & Woodward, PM 2015, 'Electronic structure and photocatalytic water oxidation activity of R TiNO<inf>2</inf> (R = Ce, Pr, and Nd) perovskite nitride oxides', Chemistry of Materials, vol. 27, no. 7, pp. 2414-2420.View/Download from: Publisher's site
© 2015 American Chemical Society. Three perovskite nitride oxides CeTiNO2, PrTiNO2, and NdTiNO2 have been synthesized, and their electronic structures and photocatalytic activities characterized and compared to LaTiNO2. All three compounds have band gaps that fall in the range of 2.0-2.1 eV, very similar to LaTiNO2, which enables them to absorb a significant fraction of the visible spectrum. Photocatalytic oxygen evolution studies under visible light irradiation in the presence of a sacrificial electron acceptor (Ag+) show that the activity of NdTiNO2 (16 mol/g/h) is comparable to that of LaTiNO2 (17 mol/g/h), while PrTiNO2 (11 mol/g/h) and CeTiNO2 (5 mol/g/h) have activities that are only 65% and 30% that of LaTiNO2. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy measurements reveal the presence of partially occupied f-orbital states that lie in the band gap for CeTiNO2 and near the valence band maximum for PrTiNO2. As evidenced by time-resolved IR kinetic decay, these localized f-orbital states act as electron-hole recombination centers that inhibit the photocatalytic activities of both compounds. On the other hand, NdTiNO2, where the f-orbital energies fall below the valence band maximum, does not suffer from this effect.
Wang, Y, Wang, B, Xiao, F, Huang, Z, Wang, Y, Richardson, C, Chen, Z, Jiao, L & Yuan, H 2015, 'Facile synthesis of nanocage Co3O4 for advanced lithium-ion batteries', JOURNAL OF POWER SOURCES, vol. 298, pp. 203-208.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Porter, SH, Huang, Z, Cheng, Z, Avdeev, M, Chen, Z, Dou, S & Woodward, PM 2015, 'Structural and magnetic properties of RTiNO2 (R=Ce, Pr, Nd) perovskite nitride oxides', JOURNAL OF SOLID STATE CHEMISTRY, vol. 226, pp. 279-285.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Lai, Q, Paskevicius, M, Sheppard, DA, Buckley, CE, Thornton, AW, Hill, MR, Gu, Q, Mao, J, Huang, Z, Liu, HK, Guo, Z, Banerjee, A, Chakraborty, S, Ahuja, R & Aguey-Zinsou, K-F 2015, 'Hydrogen Storage Materials for Mobile and Stationary Applications: Current State of the Art', CHEMSUSCHEM, vol. 8, no. 17, pp. 2789-2825.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Khan, MH, Huang, Z, Xiao, F, Casillas, G, Chen, Z, Molino, PJ & Liu, HK 2015, 'Synthesis of Large and Few Atomic Layers of Hexagonal Boron Nitride on Melted Copper (vol 5, 7743, 2015)', SCIENTIFIC REPORTS, vol. 5.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Chen, X, Liu, Y-H, Alexander, A-M, Gallucci, JC, Hwang, S-J, Lingam, HK, Huang, Z, Wang, C, Li, H, Zhao, Q, Ozkan, US, Shore, SG & Zhao, J-C 2014, 'Desolvation and Dehydrogenation of Solvated Magnesium Salts of Dodecahydrododecaborate: Relationship between Structure and Thermal Decomposition', CHEMISTRY-A EUROPEAN JOURNAL, vol. 20, no. 24, pp. 7325-7333.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Porter, SH, Huang, Z & Woodward, PM 2014, 'Study of Anion Order/Disorder in RTaN2O (R = La, Ce, Pr) Perovskite Nitride Oxides', CRYSTAL GROWTH & DESIGN, vol. 14, no. 1, pp. 117-125.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Khalil, A, Ishita, K, Ali, T, Tiwari, R, Riachy, R, Toppino, A, Hasabelnaby, S, Sayfullin, N, Oliver, AG, Gallucci, J, Huang, Z & Tjarks, W 2014, 'Iodine Monochloride Facilitated Deglycosylation, Anomerization, and Isomerization of 3-Substituted Thymidine Analogues', NUCLEOSIDES NUCLEOTIDES & NUCLEIC ACIDS, vol. 33, no. 12, pp. 786-799.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Huang, Z, Eagles, M, Porter, S, Sorte, EG, Billet, B, Corey, RL, Conradi, MS & Zhao, J-C 2013, 'Thermolysis and solid state NMR studies of NaB3H8, NH3B3H7, and NH4B3H8', DALTON TRANSACTIONS, vol. 42, no. 3, pp. 701-708.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Huang, Z, Lingam, HK, Chen, X, Porter, S, Du, A, Woodard, PM, Shore, SG & Zhao, J-C 2013, 'Synthesis, structural analysis, and thermal decomposition studies of [(NH3)(2)BH2]B3H8', RSC ADVANCES, vol. 3, no. 20, pp. 7460-7465.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Huang, Z & Autrey, T 2012, 'Boron-nitrogen-hydrogen (BNH) compounds: recent developments in hydrogen storage, applications in hydrogenation and catalysis, and new syntheses', ENERGY & ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE, vol. 5, no. 11, pp. 9257-9268.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Chen, X, Gallucci, J, Campana, C, Huang, Z, Lingam, HK, Shore, SG & Zhao, J-C 2012, 'Anti and gauche conformers of an inorganic butane analogue, NH3BH2NH2BH3', CHEMICAL COMMUNICATIONS, vol. 48, no. 64, pp. 7943-7945.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Yisgedu, TB, Huang, Z, Chen, X, Lingam, HK, King, G, Highley, A, Maharrey, S, Woodward, PM, Behrens, R, Shore, SG & Zhao, J-C 2012, 'The structural characterization of (NH4)(2)B10H10 and thermal decomposition studies of (NH4)(2)B10H10 and (NH4)(2)B12H12', INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF HYDROGEN ENERGY, vol. 37, no. 5, pp. 4267-4273.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Chen, X, Zhang, Y, Wang, Y, Zhou, W, Knight, DA, Yisgedu, TB, Huang, Z, Lingam, HK, Billet, B, Udovic, TJ, Brown, GM, Shore, SG, Wolverton, C & Zhao, JC 2012, 'Structure determination of an amorphous compound AlB 4H 11', Chemical Science, vol. 3, no. 11, pp. 3183-3191.View/Download from: Publisher's site
The structure of the amorphous aluminoborane compound AlB 4H 11 was identified through a collaborative study closely coupling a first-principles density functional based approach with experimental measurements using IR, NMR, and neutron vibrational spectroscopy (NVS). The AlB 4H 11 structure was found to contain distinct [BH 4] and [B 3H 7] units without any [AlH 4] units. It forms a -[B 3H 7]-Al(BH 4)- polymer chain with the [BH 4] units twisted relative to each other perpendicular to the chain direction and bonded to Al, and a chain backbone consists of [B 3H 7] and Al where the [B 3H 7] unit exhibits a triangular boron configuration. The computed lowest energy structure shows good agreement with results of IR, NVS and NMR spectra; this agreement demonstrates the extended applicability of the structure prediction approach to the prediction of even amorphous compounds. © 2012 The Royal Society of Chemistry.
Huang, Z, Chen, X, Yisgedu, T, Meyers, EA, Shore, SG & Zhao, J-C 2011, 'Ammonium Octahydrotriborate (NH4B3H8): New Synthesis, Structure, and Hydrolytic Hydrogen Release', INORGANIC CHEMISTRY, vol. 50, no. 8, pp. 3738-3742.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Huang, Z, Chen, X, Yisgedu, T, Zhao, J-C & Shore, SG 2011, 'High-capacity hydrogen release through hydrolysis of NaB3H8', INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF HYDROGEN ENERGY, vol. 36, no. 12, pp. 7038-7042.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Shane, DT, Rayhel, LH, Huang, Z, Zhao, J-C, Tang, X, Stavila, V & Conradi, MS 2011, 'Comprehensive NMR Study of Magnesium Borohydride', JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY C, vol. 115, no. 7, pp. 3172-3177.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Yisgedu, TB, Chen, X, Lingam, HK, Huang, Z, Highley, A, Maharrey, S, Behrens, R, Shore, SG & Zhao, J-C 2011, 'Synthesis, Structural Characterization, and Thermal Decomposition Study of Mg(H2O)(6)B10H10 center dot 4H(2)O', JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY C, vol. 115, no. 23, pp. 11793-11802.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Chen, X, Lingam, HK, Huang, Z, Yisgedu, T, Zhao, J-C & Shore, SG 2010, 'Thermal Decomposition Behavior of Hydrated Magnesium Dodecahydrododecaborates', JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY LETTERS, vol. 1, no. 1, pp. 201-204.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Huang, Z, Gallucci, J, Chen, X, Yisgedu, T, Lingam, HK, Shore, SG & Zhao, J-C 2010, 'Li2B12H12 center dot 7NH(3): a new ammine complex for ammonia storage or indirect hydrogen storage', JOURNAL OF MATERIALS CHEMISTRY, vol. 20, no. 14, pp. 2743-2745.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Yisgedu, TB, Chen, X, Lingam, HK, Huang, Z, Meyers, EA, Shore, SG & Zhao, J-C 2010, 'Intermolecular dihydrogen- and hydrogen-bonding interactions in diammonium closo-decahydrodecaborate sesquihydrate', ACTA CRYSTALLOGRAPHICA SECTION C-STRUCTURAL CHEMISTRY, vol. 66, pp. M1-M3.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Lingam, HK, Chen, X, Yisgedu, T, Huang, Z, Zhao, J-C & Shore, SG 2010, 'Redetermination of di--hydrido-hexa-hydridotetra-kis(tetra-hydro-furan)dialuminium(III)magnesium(II).', Acta crystallographica. Section E, Structure reports online, vol. 66, no. Pt 5, p. m575.View/Download from: Publisher's site
The structure of the title compound, [Mg(AlH(4))(2)(C(4)H(8)O)(4)], has been redetermined at 150K. The Mg(II) ion is hexa-coordinated to four tetra-hydro-furan (THF) ligands, and two AlH(4) (-) anions through bridging H atoms. The Al-H distances are more precise compared to those previously determined [Nöth et al. (1995 ). Chem. Ber. 128, 999-1006; Fichtner & Fuhr (2002 ). J. Alloys Compd, 345, 386-396]. The mol-ecule has twofold rotation symmetry.
Huang, Z, King, G, Chen, X, Hoy, J, Yisgedu, T, Lingam, HK, Shore, SG, Woodward, PM & Zhao, J-C 2010, 'A Simple and Efficient Way to Synthesize Unsolvated Sodium Octahydrotriborate', INORGANIC CHEMISTRY, vol. 49, no. 18, pp. 8185-8187.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Huang, ZG, Guo, ZP, Calka, A, Wexler, D, Wu, J, Notten, PHL & Liu, HK 2007, 'Noticeable improvement in the desorption temperature from graphite in rehydrogenated MgH2/graphite composite', MATERIALS SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING A-STRUCTURAL MATERIALS PROPERTIES MICROSTRUCTURE AND PROCESSING, vol. 447, no. 1-2, pp. 180-185.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Huang, Z, Calka, A & Liu, H 2007, 'Effects of milling conditions on hydrogen storage properties of graphite', JOURNAL OF MATERIALS SCIENCE, vol. 42, no. 14, pp. 5437-5441.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Huang, ZG, Guo, ZP, Calka, A, Wexler, D & Liu, HK 2007, 'Improvement in hydrogen cycling properties of magnesium through added graphite', Materials Letters, vol. 61, no. 14-15, pp. 3163-3166.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Magnesium was milled under hydrogen with three types of carbon allotropes: carbon black, graphite, and multi-walled carbon nanotubes, respectively, using a special low-energy shearing mill. Structural and phase evolution were investigated using X-ray diffractometry (XRD) and morphology was investigated by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) with energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS). Raman spectroscopy was used to investigate the changes in the nature of carbon-carbon bonding and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) to investigate desorption characteristics. A Sieverts-type apparatus was applied to characterize the hydrogen absorption and desorption properties. It was found that graphite not only improved the hydrogen absorption, but also the desorption kinetics. © 2006 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Huang, Z, Calka, A & Liu, H 2007, 'DSC study of the effect of milling conditions on the hydrogen storage properties of boron', JOURNAL OF MATERIALS SCIENCE, vol. 42, no. 11, pp. 3985-3989.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Huang, ZG, Guo, ZP, Calka, A, Wexler, D & Liu, HK 2007, 'Effects of carbon black, graphite and carbon nanotube additives on hydrogen storage properties of magnesium', JOURNAL OF ALLOYS AND COMPOUNDS, vol. 427, no. 1-2, pp. 94-100.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Guo, ZP, Huang, ZG, Zhao, ZW, Menard, X & Liu, HK 2006, 'Enhanced electrochemical properties of nonstoichiometric amorphous Mg2Ni1.3 electrodes', JOURNAL OF APPLIED ELECTROCHEMISTRY, vol. 36, no. 1, pp. 11-16.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Huang, ZG, Guo, ZP, Calka, A, Wexler, D, Lukey, C & Liu, HK 2006, 'Effects of iron oxide (Fe2O3, Fe3O4) on hydrogen storage properties of Mg-based composites', JOURNAL OF ALLOYS AND COMPOUNDS, vol. 422, no. 1-2, pp. 299-304.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Huang, ZG, Guo, ZP, Wexler, D, Konstantinov, K & Liu, HK 2006, 'Thermal stability and hydrogen storage property of Mg1.9Cu0.1Nix (x=1.8, 1.9, 2.0 and 2.1) alloys', JOURNAL OF ALLOYS AND COMPOUNDS, vol. 426, no. 1-2, pp. 335-340.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Guo, ZP, Huang, ZG, Konstantinov, K, Liu, HK & Dou, SX 2006, 'Electrochemical hydrogen storage properties of nonstoichiometric amorphous MgNi1+x-carbon composites (x=0.05-0.3)', INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF HYDROGEN ENERGY, vol. 31, no. 14, pp. 2032-2039.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Guo, ZP, Yuan, L, Konstantinov, K, Huang, ZG & Liu, HK 2006, 'Preparation of spherical clusters of metal oxide nanorods and their hydrogen storage behavior', MATERIALS LETTERS, vol. 60, no. 29-30, pp. 3891-3894.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Guo, ZP, Ng, SH, Wang, JZ, Huang, ZG, Liu, HK, Too, CO & Wallace, GG 2006, 'Electrochemical hydrogen storage in single-walled carbon nanotube paper', JOURNAL OF NANOSCIENCE AND NANOTECHNOLOGY, vol. 6, no. 3, pp. 713-718.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Huang, ZG, Guo, ZP, Liu, HK & Dou, SX 2005, 'Effect of Ni content on the structural and electrochemical properties of Mg1.9Cu0.1Ni alloys', Journal of New Materials for Electrochemical Systems, vol. 8, no. 4, pp. 283-289.
Mg-based alloys, Mg1.9Cu0.1Ni ( = 1.8, 1.9, 2.0, 2.1), were fabricated through high-energy ball milling, and the effects of nickel content on the electrochemical characteristics have been investigated. A high discharge capacity of 490 mAhg-1 was observed for = 1.8, compared with 435 mAhg-1 for = 2.1. As to capacity degradation, 66.7 % of initial capacity was lost after 15 cycles for = 1.8, while only 47.2% for = 2.1. Cyclic Voltammograms (CV) indicates that nickel can help maintain redox reaction current and consequently improve the cycle performance. The X-ray mapping analysis indicates that Mg, Ni, and Cu are uniformly distributed in the particles. The O content in the alloy electrodes after 15 cycles decreases with the increase of Ni content in the alloys, suggesting that Ni can efficiently suppress the formation of Mg(OH) 2. The linear polarization curves show that the exchange current density, namely the rate of hydriding/dehydriding, increases from 13 mAg -1 to 133 mAg-1 when the nickel content varies from 1.8 to 2.1. This is also considered as a reason for the observed improved capacity stability. © J. New. Mat. Electrochem. Systems.
Huang, ZG, Sun, XD, Xiu, ZM, Chen, SW & Tsai, CT 2004, 'Precipitation synthesis and sintering of yttria nanopowders', MATERIALS LETTERS, vol. 58, no. 15, pp. 2137-2142.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Huang, Z, Xiu, Z & Sun, X 2004, 'Fabrication of transparent yttria ceramics using precipitation derived nanopowder', Cailiao Yanjiu Xuebao/Chinese Journal of Materials Research, vol. 18, no. 4, pp. 399-404.
Y2O3 nanopowders were synthesized using a chemical precipitation process from coarse yttria Y2O3 powders, ammonium hydro-carbonate, nitric acid and aqueous ammonia. X-ray diffraction (XRD) was used to determine the phase constitution of the yttria powder. Morphology and size of the powders were observed by transmission electron microscope (TEM). Size distribution of the powder was analyzed using Image Analyser. The precipitation processing parameters and calcination temperatures have a significant effect on the particle size and size distribution of the synthesized Y2O3 nanopowder, and thus influence the density and transparency of the sintered ceramics. The Y2O3 nanopowder produced by calcining the precursor (obtained at a pH of 8) at 1000°C is 30 nm in particle diameter, spherical in shape, well dispersed, and narrow in size distribution. This Y2O3 powder can be sintered into transparent body by a vacuum sintering at 1700°C for 4 h without any additive.
Schubert, D, Neiner, D, Bowden, M, Whittemore, S, Holladay, J, Huang, Z & Autrey, T 2014, 'Capacity enhancement of aqueous borohydride fuels for hydrogen storage in liquids', JOURNAL OF ALLOYS AND COMPOUNDS, 14th International Symposium on Metal-Hydrogen Systems (MH), ELSEVIER SCIENCE SA, Salford, ENGLAND, pp. S196-S199.View/Download from: Publisher's site
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