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. I was awarded a Discovery Early Career Research Award (DECRA) and Future Fellowships by the Australian Research Council. I am 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). I am the Chair of the International Hydrogen Carriers Alliance, and a graduate of Australian Institute of Company Directors.
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.
Selected awards and honours
- 2019 ARC Future Fellowships
- 2018 SCIAS Fellow, Siebold-Collegium Institute for Advanced Studies, Germany
- 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
Scholarships are available!
Multiple scholarships are available. Candidates with strong knowledge and experience in organic chemistry, materials physics, and materials chemistry are encouraged to apply. Four top-up scholarships are available for high-achieving and committed domestic PhD candidates.
- Renewable energy resources
- Renewable energy engineering
- Materials engineering
- Chemical engineering
- Hydrogen energy
Gao, P, Huang, Z & Yu, H 2020, 'Exploration of the Dehydrogenation Pathways of Ammonia Diborane and Diammoniate of Diborane by Molecular Dynamics Simulations Using Reactive Force Fields', JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY A, vol. 124, no. 9, pp. 1698-1704.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Han, R, Liu, F, Wang, X, Huang, M, Li, W, Yamauchi, Y, Sun, X & Huang, Z 2020, 'Functionalised hexagonal boron nitride for energy conversion and storage', JOURNAL OF MATERIALS CHEMISTRY A, vol. 8, no. 29, pp. 14384-14399.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Hong, L, Ju, S, Yang, Y, Zheng, J, Xia, G, Huang, Z, Liu, X & Yu, X 2020, 'Hollow-shell structured porous CoSe2 microspheres encapsulated by MXene nanosheets for advanced lithium storage', SUSTAINABLE ENERGY & FUELS, vol. 4, no. 5, pp. 2352-2362.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Huang, Z, Wang, S, Dewhurst, RD, Ignat'ev, NV, Finze, M & Braunschweig, H 2020, 'Bor in energiebezogenen Prozessen und Anwendungen', Angewandte Chemie, vol. 132, no. 23, pp. 8882-8900.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Huang, Z, Wang, S, Dewhurst, RD, Ignat'ev, NV, Finze, M & Braunschweig, H 2020, 'Boron: Its role in energy related research and applications.', Angewandte Chemie (International ed. in English).View/Download from: Publisher's site
Boron's uniqueposition in the periodic table, i.e. at the apex of the line separating metals and nonmetals, makes it highly versatile in chemical reactions and applications. Contemporary demand for renewable and clean energy and energy-efficient products has seen boron playing key roles in energy-related research, from activating and synthesizing energy-rich small molecules, to storing chemical and electrical energy, to converting electrical energy to light. These applications are fundamentally associated with boron's unique characteristics, such as its electron-deficiency and the availability of an unoccupied p orbital, which allow the formation of a myriad of compounds with great tunability in chemical and physical properties. For example, boron's ability to achieve a full octet of electrons with four covalent bonds and a negative charge has led to the synthesis of a wide variety of borate anions of high chemical and electrochemical stability, in particular the useful family of weakly coordinating anions. This review summarizes recent advances in the study of boron compounds for energy-related research and applications, driven by modern demands and enabled by breakthroughs in the synthesis and understanding of boron chemistry.
Zhu, Y, Ouyang, L, Zhong, H, Liu, J, Wang, H, Shao, H, Huang, Z & Zhu, M 2020, 'Closing the Loop for Hydrogen Storage: Facile Regeneration of NaBH4 from its Hydrolytic Product', Angewandte Chemie - International Edition, vol. 59, no. 22, pp. 8623-8629.View/Download from: Publisher's site
© 2020 Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim Sodium borohydride (NaBH4) is among the most studied hydrogen storage materials because it is able to deliver high-purity H2 at room temperature with controllable kinetics via hydrolysis; however, its regeneration from the hydrolytic product has been challenging. Now, a facile method is reported to regenerate NaBH4 with high yield and low costs. The hydrolytic product NaBO2 in aqueous solution reacts with CO2, forming Na2B4O7⋅10 H2O and Na2CO3, both of which are ball-milled with Mg under ambient conditions to form NaBH4 in high yield (close to 80 %). Compared with previous studies, this approach avoids expensive reducing agents such as MgH2, bypasses the energy-intensive dehydration procedure to remove water from Na2B4O7⋅10 H2O, and does not require high-pressure H2 gas, therefore leading to much reduced costs. This method is expected to effectively close the loop of NaBH4 regeneration and hydrolysis, enabling a wide deployment of NaBH4 for hydrogen storage.
Gao, P, Wang, X, Huang, Z & Yu, H 2019, 'B-11 NMR Chemical Shift Predictions via Density Functional Theory and Gauge-Including Atomic Orbital Approach: Applications to Structural Elucidations of Boron-Containing Molecules', ACS OMEGA, vol. 4, no. 7, pp. 12385-12392.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Han, R, Khan, MH, Angeloski, A, Casillas, G, Yoon, CW, Sun, X & Huang, Z 2019, 'Hexagonal Boron Nitride Nanosheets Grown via Chemical Vapor Deposition for Silver Protection', ACS Applied Nano Materials, vol. 2, no. 5, pp. 2830-2835.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Li, W, Li, J, Liu, Y, Qu, J, Liu, B, Zhu, M, Li, Y, Huang, Z & Zheng, R 2019, 'Artificial 2D Flux Pinning Centers in MgB2 Induced by Graphitic-Carbon Nitride Coated on Boron for Superconductor Applications', ACS Applied Nano Materials, vol. 2, no. 9, pp. 5399-5408.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Liu, F, Nattestad, A, Naficy, S, Han, R, Cosillas, G, Angeloski, A, Sun, X & Huang, Z 2019, 'Fluorescent Carbon- and Oxygen-Doped Hexagonal Boron Nitride Powders as Printing Ink for Anticounterfeit Applications', ADVANCED OPTICAL MATERIALS, vol. 7, no. 24.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Increasing demands for optical anticounterfeiting technology require the development of versatile luminescent materials with tunable photoluminescence properties. Herein, a number of fluorescent carbon‐ and oxygen‐doped hexagonal boron nitride (denoted as BCNO) phosphors are found to offer a such high‐tech anticounterfeiting solution. These multicolor BCNO powders, developed in a two‐step process with controlled annealing and oxidation, feature rod‐like particle shape, with varied luminescence properties. Studies of the optical properties of BCNO, along with other characterization, provide insight into this underexplored material. Anticounterfeiting applications are demonstrated with printed patterns which are indistinguishable to the naked eye under visible light but become highly discernible under UV irradiation. The fabricated patterns are demonstrated to be both chemically stable in corrosive environments and physically robust in mechanical bending testing. These properties render BCNO as promising and versatile anticounterfeiting material a wide variety of environments.
Wang, Y, Fan, S, Liao, F, Zheng, X, Huang, Z, Wang, Y & Han, X 2019, 'In situ formation and superior lithium storage properties of tentacle-like ZnO@NC@CNTs composites', Nanoscale Advances, vol. 1, no. 3, pp. 1200-1206.View/Download from: Publisher's site
© 2019 The Royal Society of Chemistry. As a typical conversion-type electrode, ZnO has high theoretical Li+ storage capacity and is low cost. However, its practical application is far away due to its limited rate performance and cycle stability. Herein, a novel structure of double carbon coated tentacle-like ZnO composite has been synthesized, which features in situ grown carbon nanotubes (CNTs) embedded in yolk-shell polyhedra, consisting of nitrogen-doped carbon layer (NC) coated ZnO nanoparticles (ZnO@NC@CNTs). Excellent rate performance and good cycling stability are observed in the obtained ZnO@NC@CNTs, including a high reversible capacity of 800 and 617 mA h g-1 at 0.1 and 1.0 A g-1 and a low capacity decay of only 0.019% per cycle during 1000 cycles at 1.0 A g-1. The unique structure of this double carbon NC@CNTs host can not only enhance electron transport throughout the whole electrode but also well accommodate the volume changes of ZnO during cycling, resulting in improved rate capability and cycle stability. In addition, the porous yolk-shell structure of the ZnO@NC@CNTs composite provides better contact between the electrolyte and active material, which enhances both capacity and rate performance of the electrode.
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, vol. 777, 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 LiN3 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.
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: 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: Publisher's site
Dendritic Pt nanospheres of 20 nm 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.
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. 8, pp. 1420-1429.View/Download from: Publisher's site
An efficient and targeted treatment for tumor cells is demonstrated. This targeting is based upon the strong affinity between hydroxyl-functional groups on graphene and acidic tumors. The hydroxylated graphene (GOH) with a unique 2D architecture further improve the targeting capacity of the system via an enhanced permeability and retention (EPR) process. Polyethylene glycol (PEG) was employed for better biocompatibility and the antitumor drug doxorubicin (DOX) was then incorporated. These additions created a biocompatible system with a superior pH-dependent drug release property. Its proficiency was due to its ability to pass through cell membranes via a process of endocytosis and exocytosis. The results from a Transwell co-culture system discovered that the PEG-GOH-DOX system had a large impact on tumor cell viability (less than 10% survived after treatment) and little influence on normal cells (more than 80% survived). An in vitro 3D tumor model study demonstrated that the size of the PEG-GOH-DOX treated tumor was 50% less than that of the pristine DOX treated tumor. In vivo data indicated that the PEG-GOH-DOX system was able to inhibit the size of tumors by a factor of 6.5 when compared to the untreated tumors.
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: 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: 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
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: 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·g−1 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.].
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
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: 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: 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: 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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, 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
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
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
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
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
Porter, SH, Huang, Z, Dou, S, Brown-Xu, S, Sarwar, ATMG, Myers, RC & Woodward, PM 2015, 'Electronic Structure and Photocatalytic Water Oxidation Activity of RTiNO2 (R = Ce, Pr, and Nd) Perovskite Nitride Oxides', CHEMISTRY OF MATERIALS, vol. 27, no. 7, pp. 2414-2420.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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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, J-C 2012, 'Structure determination of an amorphous compound AlB4H11', CHEMICAL SCIENCE, vol. 3, no. 11, pp. 3183-3191.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
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
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
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
Lingam, HK, Chen, X, Yisgedu, T, Huang, Z, Zhao, J-C & Shore, SG 2010, 'Redetermination of di-mu-hydrido-hexahydridotetrakis(tetrahydrofuran)dialuminium(III)magnesium(II)', ACTA CRYSTALLOGRAPHICA SECTION E-STRUCTURE REPORTS ONLINE, vol. 66, pp. M575-U994.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
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, 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, '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
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
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
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, 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
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
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
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
Huang, ZG, Guo, ZP, Liu, HK & Dou, SX 2005, 'Effect of Ni content on the structural and electrochemical properties of Mg1.9Cu0.1Ni chi alloys', JOURNAL OF NEW MATERIALS FOR ELECTROCHEMICAL SYSTEMS, vol. 8, no. 4, pp. 283-289.
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.
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 & Du, G 2015, 'Nickel-based batteries for medium- and large-scale energy storage' in Advances in Batteries for Medium and Large-Scale Energy Storage: Types and Applications, pp. 73-90.View/Download from: Publisher's site
© 2015 Elsevier Ltd All rights reserved. This book chapter covers nickel-based batteries, with the focus on Ni-Cd and Ni-MH due to their commercial success, from fundamental electrochemistry to technical development in terms of electrode materials and assembly, and to applications since their introduction into the energy storage market. Due to both environmental concerns and direct competition from rapidly developed Li-ion batteries, the market share of Ni-Cd batteries has shrunk dramatically. The future of Ni-MH batteries is contingent on improvement of their performance and reduction in cost, in comparison with the parallel development of the Li-ion batteries.
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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