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Jiaxing Huang

Professor of Materials Science and Engineering


2220 Campus Drive
Cook Hall 2036
Evanston, IL 60208

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Jiaxing Huang Group


Materials Science and Engineering


Miller Research Fellow, University of California, Berkeley, CA

Ph.D. Chemistry, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA

B.S. Chemistry, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, China

Research Interests

Materials Innovations for Better Living

Jiaxing Huang is a Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at Northwestern University. He received his B.S. degree in Chemical Physics from USTC, Ph.D. in Chemistry from UCLA, and became a Miller Fellow at UC Berkeley before joining Northwestern in 2007. In research, his group aims to create new knowledge, materials and techniques that are potentially useful. Through teaching, they aim to develop intuition, inspire creativity and bring the best out of students and themselves. His work has been recognized by awards from the National Science Foundation, the Sloan Foundation, the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, the American Vacuum Society, and the International Aerosol Research Assembly. He is included in the lists of Highly Cited Researchers (Thompson Reuters/Clarivate Analytics) and Most Cited Researchers in Materials Science and Engineering (Elsevier). He is also a recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship, the JSPS Fellowship from Japan and the Humboldt Research Award from Germany.

Significant Recognition

  • Awarded the Humboldt Research Award, 2016
  • JSPS Fellow (Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, 2016)
  • Highly Cited Researcher (Thomson Reuters, 2014, 2015)
  • Guggenheim Fellow (John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, 2014-2015)
  • Fissan-Pui-TSI Award (International Aerosol Research Assembly, 2014)
  • AVS Prairie Chapter Early Career Award (American Vacuum Society, 2014)
  • Gustav Olling Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineering Award (Society of Manufacturing Engineers, 2013)
  • Inaugural ISEN Early Career Investigator Award (Initiative for Sustainability and Energy at Northwestern University, 2011)
  • Morris E. Fine Chair in Materials and Manufacturing (Northwestern University, 2011-2013)
  • Searle Center for Teaching Excellence Junior Fellow (Northwestern University, 2011-2012)
  • Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow (Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, 2011)
  • NSF CAREER Award (National Science Foundation, 2010-2015)
  • National Starch & Chemical Award for Outstanding Graduate Research in Polymer Science and Engineering(POLY/PMSE, American Chemical Society, 2006)
  • IUPAC Young Chemists Prize (The International Union of Pure & Applied Chemistry, 2005)
  • Miller Research Fellow (UC-Berkeley, 2004-2007)

Selected Publications

    2D Materials 

    Jiayan Luo, Jaemyung Kim and Jiaxing Huang “Material Processing of Chemically Modified Graphene: Some Challenges and Solutions” Accounts of Chemical Research, 2013, 46, 2225–2234 (cover article)

    Jaemyung Kim, Laura J. Cote and Jiaxing Huang “Two Dimensional Soft Material: New Faces of Graphene Oxide” Accounts of Chemical Research, 2012, 45, 1356-1364

    Sheneve Z. Butler, Shawna M. Hollen, Linyou Cao, Yi Cui, Jay A. Gupta, Humberto R. Gutiérrez, Tony F. Heinz, Seung Sae Hong, Jiaxing Huang, Ariel F. Ismach, Ezekiel Johnston-Halperin, Masaru Kuno, Vladimir V. Plashnitsa, Richard D. Robinson, Rod Ruoff, Sayeef Salahuddin, Jie Shan, Li Shi, Michael G. Spencer, Mauricio Terrones, Wolfgang Windl and Joshua E. Goldberger "Progress, Challenges, and Opportunities in Two Dimensional Materials Beyond Graphene” ACS Nano, 2013, 7, 2898-2926

    Stanley S. Chou, Mrinmoy De, Jaemyung Kim, Conner Dykstra, Jiaxing Huang and Vinayak P. Dravid “Ligand conjugation of chemically exfoliated MoS2” Journal of the American Chemical Society, 2013, 135, 4584-4587 

    Jiayan Luo, Hee Dong Jang and Jiaxing Huang “Crumpled Graphene Balls for Scalable Ultracapacitors” ACS Nano, 2013, 7, 1464–1471
    Also see: Chemical & Engineering News, “Crumpled Graphene Retains High Capacitance”

    Kalyan Raidongia and Jiaxing Huang “Nanofluidic Ion Transport through Reconstructed Layered Materials” Journal of the American Chemical Society, 2012, 134, 16528-16531
    Also see: Materials Today – Research News, “GO with the Nano Flow”

    Jiayan Luo, Xin Zhao, Jinsong Wu, Hee Dong Jang, Harold H. Kung and Jiaxing Huang “Crumpled Graphene-Encapsulated Si Nanoparticles for Lithium Ion Battery Anodes” Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters, 2012, 3, 1824-1829

    Vincent C. Tung, Jen-Hsien Huang, Jaemyung Kim, Alexander J. Smith, Chih-Wei Chu, Jiaxing Huang “Towards Solution Processed All-Carbon Solar Cells: A Perspective” Energy & Environmental Science, 2012, 5, 7810-7818 (invited Perspective article, featured on the inside cover)

    Jiayan Luo, Hee Dong Jang, Tao Sun, Li Xiao, Zhen He, Alexandros P. Katsoulidis, Mercouri G. Kanatzidis, J. Murray Gibson, and Jiaxing Huang “Compression and Aggregation-resistant Particles of Crumpled Soft Sheets” ACS Nano, 2011, 5, 8943–8949 (cover article)
    Also see: Chemistry & Industry, “Curious Minds”
    Nature, “Perspective: A means to an end”
    Chemical & Engineering News, “Crumpled Graphene Resists Aggregation”

    Andrei Kolmakov, Dmitriy A. Dikin, Laura J. Cote, Jiaxing Huang, Majid Kazemian Abyaneh, Matteo Amati, Luca Gregoratti, Sebastian Günther and Maya Kiskinova “Graphene Oxide Windows for In-situ Environmental Cell Photoelectron Spectroscopy” Nature Nanotechnology, 2011, 6, 651-657
    Also see: Nature Nanotechnology – News and Views, “Electron spectroscopy: A new window opens”

    Vincent C. Tung, Jen-Hsien Huang, Ian Tevis, Franklin Kim, Jaemyung Kim, Chih-Wei Chu, Samuel I. Stupp, and Jiaxing Huang “Surfactant-free Water-processable Photoconductive All-carbon Composite” Journal of the American Chemical Society, 2011, 133, 4940-4947
    Also see: Chemical & Engineering News, “A Better Way To Produce Organic Photovoltaics”
    Fast Company Magazine, In “Making Solar Panels as Ubiquitous and Efficient as Leaves”

    Franklin Kim, Jiayan Luo, Rodolfo Cruz-Silva, Laura J. Cote, Kwonnam Sohn and Jiaxing Huang “Self-Propagating Domino-Like Reactions in Oxidized Graphite” Advanced Functional Materials, 2010, 20, 2867-2873 (frontispiece article)
    Also see
    : Chemical & Engineering News, “Graphite Oxide's Flammability Explained”
    Chemistry & Industry, “Fire Risk for Graphene Oxide”
    Journal of Materials Chemistry – Research Highlights, “Chemically modified graphene: flame retardant or fuel for combustion?”

    Jaemyung Kim, Franklin Kim, Laura J. Cote, Wa Yuan, Kenneth R. Shull and Jiaxing Huang “Graphene Oxide Sheets at Interfaces” Journal of the American Chemical Society, 2010, 132, 8180-8186
    Also see: Nature Chemistry – Research Highlights, “Graphene oxide: Surfactant sheets”
    Ars Technica, “Graphene oxide, world’s thinnest bar of soap”

    Jaemyung Kim, Laura J. Cote, Franklin Kim and Jiaxing Huang “Visualizing Graphene Based Sheets by Fluorescence Quenching Microscopy” Journal of the American Chemical Society, 2010, 132, 260-267
    Also see: Nature Chemistry – Research Highlights, “Microscopy: Glowing graphene”

    Laura J. Cote, Rodolfo Cruz-Silva and Jiaxing Huang “Flash Reduction and Patterning of Graphite Oxide and Its Polymer Composite” Journal of the American Chemical Society, 2009, 131, 11027-11032
    Also see: Chemical & Engineering News, “Chemical Year In Review 2009”

    Laura J. Cote, Franklin Kim and Jiaxing Huang “Langmuir-Blodgett Assembly of Graphite Oxide Single Layers” Journal of the American Chemical Society, 2009, 131, 1043-2049 (cover article)
    Also see: Chemical & Engineering News, “Graphene: Carbon As Thin As Can Be”

    Organic Nanocrystals and Nanowires

    Jian Yao Zheng, Yongli Yan, Xiaopeng Wang, Yong Sheng Zhao, Jiaxing Huang and Jiannian Yao “Wire-on-wire Growth of Fluorescent Organic Heterojunctions” Journal of the American Chemical Society, 2012, 134, 2880-2883
    Also see: Chemistry World, “Branched organic nanowire heterojunctions”

    Yongsheng Zhao, Peng Zan, Jaemyung Kim, Cheng Sun and Jiaxing Huang “Patterned Growth of Vertical Organic Nanowire Waveguide Arrays” ACS Nano, 2010, 4, 1630-1636

    Yongsheng Zhao, Jinsong Wu and Jiaxing Huang “Vertical Organic Nanowire Arrays: Controlled Synthesis and Chemical Sensors” Journal of the American Chemical Society, 2009, 131, 3158-3159

    Metal Nanostructures

    Ken C. Pradel, Kwon Nam Sohn and Jiaxing Huang “Cross-flow Purification of Nanowires” Angewandte Chemie International Edition, 2011, 50, 3412-3416 (hot paper, featured on frontispiece)
    Also see
    : ChemViews Magazine, “Separating the (Nano)wheat from the (Nano)chaff”

    Hee Dong Jang, Hankwon Chang, Kuk Cho, Franklin Kim, Kwonnam Sohn and Jiaxing Huang “Co-assembly of Nanoparticles in Evaporating Aerosol Droplets: Preparation of Nanoporous Pt/TiO2 Composite Particles” Aerosol Science & Technology, 2010, 44, 1140-1145

    Kwon Nam Sohn, Franklin Kim, Ken Pradel, Jinsong Wu, Yong Peng, Feimeng Zhou and Jiaxing Huang “Construction of Evolutionary Tree for Morphological Engineering of Nanoparticles” ACS Nano, 2009, 3, 2191-2198
    Also see: Nature Nanotechnology - Research Highlights, “Nanoparticle synthesis: Family gold”

    Franklin Kim, Kwon Nam Sohn, Jinsong Wu and Jiaxing Huang “Chemical Synthesis of Au Nanowires in Acidic Solutions” Journal of the American Chemical Society, 2008, 130, 14442-14443