Prof Hua Chun ZENG

Co-Principal Investigator

Professor Hua Chun Zeng retired in 2022 but he is still actively involved as a Co-I in the C4T IRP 1 Programme.

Professor Hua Chun Zeng obtained his B.Sc. in Chemistry from Xiamen University in 1982, and Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from University of British Columbia in 1989 (with Professor Keith A. R. Mitchell). Following postdoctoral work at University of Toronto (with Professor John C. Polanyi, Nobel Laureate in Chemistry 1986), he joined the faculty at National University of Singapore in 1991 where he was a Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering.

Singapore - NUS



Research Interest

- synthesis architecture of nanomaterials
- self-assembly for complex nanostructures
- nanostructured catalysts

Key Publications

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Jose, Nicholas A., Hua Chun Zeng, and Alexei A. Lapkin. 2020. ‘Scalable and Precise Synthesis of Two-Dimensional Metal Organic Framework Nanosheets in a High Shear Annular Microreactor’. Chemical Engineering Journal 388 (May): 124133.

Li, Bowen, and Hua Chun Zeng. 2019. ‘Synthetic Chemistry and Multifunctionality of an Amorphous Ni-MOF-74 Shell on a Ni/SiO 2 Hollow Catalyst for Efficient Tandem Reactions’. Chemistry of Materials 31 (14): 5320–30.

Wang, Jingjing, and Hua Chun Zeng. 2019. ‘A Hybrid Electrocatalyst with a Coordinatively Unsaturated Metal–Organic Framework Shell and Hollow Ni 3 S 2 /NiS Core for Oxygen Evolution Reaction Applications’. ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces 11 (26): 23180–91.

Jose, Nicholas A., Hua Chun Zeng, and Alexei A. Lapkin. 2018. ‘Hydrodynamic Assembly of Two-Dimensional Layered Double Hydroxide Nanostructures’. Nature Communications 9 (1).

Li, C.C. and H.C. Zeng, "Cobalt (hcp) Nanofibers with Pine-Tree-Leaf Hierarchical Superstructures", Journal of Materials Chemistry, 2010, 20, 9187-9192.

Pang, M.L., J.Y. Hu and H.C. Zeng, "Synthesis, Morphological Control and Antibacterial Properties of Hollow/Solid Ag₂S/Ag Heterodimers", Journal of the American Chemical Society, 2010, 132: 10771-10785.

Yao, K.X., X.M. Yin, T.H. Wang and H.C. Zeng, "Synthesis, Self-assembly, Disassembly, and Reassembly of Two Types of Cu₂O Nanocrystals Unifaceted with {001} or {110} Planes", Journal of the American Chemical Society, 2010, 132: 6131-6144.

Pang, M.L. and H.C. Zeng, "Highly Ordered Self-Assemblies of Submicron Cu₂O Spheres and Their Hollow Chalcogenide Derivatives", Langmuir, 2010, 26: 5963-5970.

Zhang, S.M. and H.C. Zeng, "Solution-Based Epitaxial Growth of Magnetically Responsive Cu@Ni Nanowires";, Chemistry of Materials, 2010, 22: 1282-1284.


2019 Academician, Asia Pacific Academy of Materials
2017 Outstanding Researcher Award (ORA), AICHE (Singapore)
2016 The Most Cited Researchers (Materials Science and Engineering), Shanghai Ranking
2014 The World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds, ISI Thomson Reuters
2014 Highly Cited Researchers (2002‐2012), ISI Thomson Reuters
2011 Faculty Research Award, Faculty of Engineering, National University of Singapore
2010 Top 100 Chemists 2000‐2010, Thomson Reuters & Times Higher Education
2008 Global Research Partnership Award, KAUST