Huabin Zhang

Assistant Professor, Chemical Science

Physical Science and Engineering Division
Center membership : 
KAUST Catalysis Center


Education Profile

  • ​Ph.D., Chemistry, University of Chinese Academy of Science, 2013.
  • B.S., Chemistry, Ludong University, 2008.

Research Interests

Professor Zhang's research interest focuses on the development of single-atom catalysts with the particular configuration for sustainable energy conversion, including photocatalysis, electrocatalysis, and thermal catalysis. His research also extends to the operando investigation for monitoring the structural evolution of the reactive centers, as well as the mutual interaction between the reactive center and reactant in the catalytic process.

Selected Publications

  • ​Dynamic traction of lattice-confined platinum atoms into mesoporous carbon matrix for hydrogen evolution reaction. H. Zhang, P. An, W. Zhou, B. Guan, P. Zhang, J. Dong, X. Lou, Science Advances, 4, eaao6657 (2018). 
  • Metal-organic-framework-based materials as platforms for renewable energy and environmental applications. H. Zhang, J. Nai, L. Yu, X. Lou, Joule, 1, 77-107, (2017)
  • A modular strategy for decorating isolated cobalt atoms into multichannel carbon matrix for electrocatalytic oxygen reduction, H. Zhang, W. Zhou, T. Chen, B. Guan, Z. Li and X. Lou, Energy & Environmental Science, 11, 1980-1984, (2018)
  • Promoting active species generation by plasmon-induced hot-electron excitation for efficient electrocatalytic oxygen evolution, G. Liu, P. Li, G. Zhao, X. Wang, J. Kong, H. Liu, H. Zhang, K. Chang, X. Meng, T. Kako, J. Ye, Journal of the American Chemical Society, 138, 9128-9136, (2016)
  • Efficient visible-light-driven carbon dioxide reduction by single-atom implanted metal-organic framework. H. Zhang, J. Wei, G. Liu, L. Shi, G. Zhao, X. Wang, J. Ye, Angewandte Chemie, International Edition, 55, 14310-14314, (2016)
  • Surface-plasmon-enhanced photodriven CO2 reduction catalyzed by metal-organic-framework-derived iron nanoparticles encapsulated by ultrathin carbon layers, H. Zhang, T. Wang, J. Wang, T. Dao, M. Li, G. Liu, X. Meng, K. Chang, L. Shi, T. Nagao, J. Ye, Advanced Materials, 28, 3703-3710, (2016)
  • Ultrasmall MoOx clusters as a novel cocatalyst for photocatalytic hydrogen evolution. H. Zhang, P. Zhang, M. Qiu, J. Dong, Y. Zhang, X. Lou, Advanced Materials, 30, 1804883, (2018)
  • Direct probing of atomically dispersed Ru species over multi-edged TiO2 for highly efficient photocatalytic hydrogen evolution. H Zhang, S Zuo, M Qiu, S Wang, Y Zhang, J Zhang, X. Lou, Science advances 6, eabb9823, (2020)
  • Isolated cobalt centers on W18O49 nanowires perform as a reaction switch for efficient CO2 photoreduction. H. Zhang, Y. Wang, S. Zuo, W. Zhou, J. Zhang, X. Lou, Journal of the American Chemical Society, (2021)
  • Unveiling the activity origin of electrocatalytic oxygen evolution over isolated Ni atoms supported on N-doped carbon matrix, H. Zhang, Y. Liu, T. Chen, X. Lou, Advanced Materials, 31, 1904548 (2019)