Zhenguo Huang

Senior Research Fellow (Institute for Superconducting & Electronic Materials, University of Wollongong) & Adjunct Senior Lecturer (School of Chemical Engineering / IMDC, UNSW)
Contact details:
+ 61 2 4221 3220

AIIM Facility / Room 128

University of Wollongong



Dr. Zhenguo Huang received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Materials Engineering from Northeastern University, China in 2001 and 2004, respectively. He was elected “Student of the Year” in 1999. He went on to pursue a Ph.D. in Materials Science at the University of Wollongong, Australia. His Ph.D. research was recognized by the prestigious “Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Self-Financed Students Abroad”. This was followed by a postdoctoral appointment in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering and the Department of Chemistry at The Ohio State University (OSU), working on boron related compounds for hydrogen storage. In 2011, he came back to the University of Wollongong (UOW) as a Vice-Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Research Fellow. In 2012, he won the Australian Research Council’s Discovery Early Career Research Award. He is now a senior research fellow at UOW and an adjunct senior lecturer at UNSW.



His current research is centered on inorganic boron chemistry, with a particular focus on energy conversion and storage as well as nanomaterials. His specific research efforts can be broken down along the following lines:

  • Novel boron-containing compounds for applications in hydrogen storage, both solid- and liquid-phase, for future energy storage and delivery.
  • Exploration of electrolytes for Na-ion, Mg, and Mg2+/Li+ hybrid batteries.
  • Growth of large and few-layered hexagonal boron nitride nanofilms and their applications.
  • Growth of elemental boron nanofilms and their applications.


He is interested in understanding the correlation between crystal structure and physical/chemical properties, based on which rational design of new compounds can be carried out. His breakthrough in hydrogen storage and Na-ion batteries has been successfully commercialized in partnership with Boron Molecular, a specialist chemical manufacturer.


Selected Publications (last 5 years) (*: corresponding authorship) 

  1. W. Chen, H. Yu, G. Wu, T. He, Z. Li, Z. Guo, H. Liu, Z. Huang*, P. Chen, “Ammonium Aminodiboranate: A Long-Sought Isomer of Diammoniate of Diborane and Ammonia Borane Dimer”, Chemistry - A European Journal, 2016, 22, 1-4.
  2. S. Su, Y. NuLi, Z. Huang*, Q. Miao, J. Yang, J. Wang, “A high-performance rechargeable Mg2+/Li+ hybrid battery using one-dimensional mesoporous TiO2(B) nanoflakes as the cathode”, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 2016, 8, 7111-7117.
  3. F. Xiao, Z. Chen, G. Casillas, C. Richardson, H. Li, Z. Huang*, “Controllable synthesis of few‐layered and hierarchically porous boron nitride nanosheets”, Chemical Communications, 2016, 52, 3911 - 3914.
  4. F. Xiao, S. Naficy, G. Casillas, M. H. Khan, T. Katkus, L. Jiang, H. Liu, H. Li, Z. Huang*, “Edge-hydroxylated Boron Nitride Nanosheets as an Effective Additive to Improve the Thermal Response of Hydrogels”, Advanced Materials, 2015, 27, 7196–7203.
  5. S. Porter, Z. Huang*, S. Dou, S. Brown-Xu, A.T.M. G. Sarwar, R. C. Myers, P. M. Woodward, “Electronic structure and photocatalytic water oxidation by RTiNO2 (R = Ce, Pr and Nd) perovskite nitride oxides”, Chemistry of Materials, 2015, 27, 2414–2420. 
  6. J. Chen, Z. Huang*, C. Wang, S. Porter, B. Wang, W. Lie, H. K. Liu, “Sodium-difluoro(oxalato)borate (NaDFOB): A new electrolyte salt for Na-ion batteries”, Chemical Communications, 2015, 51, 9809-9812.
  7. M. H. Khan, Z. Huang*, F. Xiao, G. Casillas, Z. Chen, P. J. Molino, H. K. Liu, “Synthesis of large and few atomic layers of hexagonal boron nitride on melted copper”, Scientific Reports, 2015, 5, 7743. 
  8. Z. Huang*, T. Autrey, “Boron–nitrogen–hydrogen (BNH) compounds: Recent developments in hydrogen storage, applications in hydrogenation and catalysis, and new syntheses”, Energy & Environmental Science, 2012, 5, 9257-9268. 
  9. Z. Huang, X. Chen, T. Yisgedu, E.A. Meyer, S.G. Shore, J.-C. Zhao, “Ammonium octahydrotriborate (NH4B3H8): New synthesis, structure and hydrogen storage properties”, Inorganic Chemistry, 2011, 50, 3738–3742.