Professor HUANG, Zhifeng (黄陟峰教授)

Associate Professor

location    Room 235 Science Centre

Phone No.    (852) 3943 6376


Research Group





2003-2007 Ph. D. in Science and Engineering of Materials (supervisor: Prof. Nongjian Tao), Arizona State University, US
2000-2003 M. Sc. in Physical Chemistry (supervisor: Prof. Zhongqun Tian and Prof. Zhaoxiong Xie), Xiamen University, China
1996-2000 B. Sc. in Chemistry (supervisor: Prof. Zhongqun Tian), Xiamen University, China



June 2022  – present Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry, The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK)
Jul. 2021 – June 2022 Director, MSc in Green Technology (Energy), Department of Physics, Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU), Hong Kong SAR, China
Apr. 2019 – Aug. 2021 Associate Director (Nanomaterials), Golden Meditech Centre for NeuroRegeneration Sciences, HKBU
Mar. 2016 – June 2022 Research Fellow, HKBU Institute of Research and Continuing Education (IRACE), Shenzhen, China
Sep. 2015 – June 2022 Associate Professor, Department of Physics, HKBU
Jul. 2012 – Mar. 2016 Associate Research Fellow, HKBU IRACE
Oct. 2009 – Aug. 2015 Assistant Professor, Department of Physics, HKBU
Jan. 2008 – Aug. 2009 Postdoctoral Fellow (supervisor: Prof. Michael J. Brett), Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Alberta, Canada.


Research Interests

  • Sculptured nanoforests fabricated by glancing angle physical vapor deposition;
  • Chiral nanoparticles for enantiodifferentiation, asymmetric (photo)catalysis, bio-sensing, and chiroplasmonics;
  • Surface-enhanced chiroptical spectroscopies;
  • Inorganic biocompatible extracellular nanomatrices for cell culture;
  • Flexible/wearable optoelectronics;
  • Green energy generation and storage.


Honors and Awards

2022 Faculty Performance Award in Scholarly Work (Researcher Supervision), HKBU
2021 Vebleo Fellow
2021 IAAM (International Association of Advanced Materials) Scientist Medal
2020 Member of The Hong Kong Young Academy of Sciences (01/1/2020)
2019 TechConnect Innovation Award 2019: Self-assembly of Neural Stem Cells by Biocompatible Sculptured Extracellular Nanomatrices (TechConnet World Innovatio Conference & Expo, 17-19/6/2019, Boston, MA, US);
2018 Gold Medal with Congratulations of Jury (The 46th International Exhibition of Inventions of Geneva, 11-13/4/2018): Medical Devices for Stem Cell Therapy (with Prof. Ken Yung, Department of Biology, HKBU);
2018 Outstanding Research Achievement (The 2018 Symposium for the Promotion of Applied Research Collaboration in Asia (SPARCA 2018), Asia Pacific Society for Materials Research (APSMR), Okinawa, Japan, 11/2/2018);
2017 Outstanding Achievement and Contribution to APSMR 2017 Annual Meeting Invited Presentation (APSMR, Japan, 29/7/2017);
2016 Prof. Rudolph A. Marcus Award 2016 (Publishing Division of Cognizure and LOGNOR)
2015 Incentive award for outstanding research achievement (Faculty of Science, HKBU, 2015);
2012 and 2014 National-level Technology Project Award for Advanced Individual 2012 and 2014 (Shenzhen Virtual University Park, Science and Technology Innovation Commission of Shenzhen Municipality, Shenzhen, China).

Professional services

  • Member of The Hong Kong Young Academy of Sciences (YASHK, since 2020);
  • Vice president, Hong Kong Materials Research Society (since 2019);
  • Editorship
    • Guest editor: Special Issue of Info(NANO)Mat (Wiley, 2019);
    • Review Editor on the Editorial Board of Supramolecular Chemistry, part of the journal Frontiers in Chemistry (12/2/2019 to present);
    • Associate Editor: Science Advances Today (Cognizure, Apr. 2016 to present); and
    • Associate Editor: Science Letters Journal (Cognizure, Jul. 2014 to present).
  • Academic Advisory Board Committee membership
    • Asia Pacific Society for Materials Research (2014 to present).


Representative Publications

  • Book chapters

    1. Z.F. Huang, K. D. Harris, and M. J. Brett, Template-directed Engineering of Nanotube Arrays: Morphology and Materials, Chapter 12 in Advances in Nanotechnology (Volume 5), Eds: Z. Bartul and J. Trenor, Nova Science Publishers, Inc. (2010); and
    2. Z. F. Huang and N. J. Tao, Current-induced Local Heating in Molecular Junctions, Chapter 4 in “Current-driven Phenomena in Nanoelectronics” (Eds: T. Seideman), Pan Stanford Publishing. (Oct. 31, 2010)


  • Peer-reviewed Journal Articles (#equally contribution; *corresponding author)

    1. L. Yang,# Y. C. Ma,# C. Lin,# G. P. Qu, X. P. Bai, and Z. F. Huang,* Nanohelix-Induced Optical Activity of Liquid Metal Nanoparticles, Small 18 (2022) 2200620;
    2. Y. C. Ma, C. Lin, L. F. Cai, G. P. Qu, X. P. Bai, L. Yang, and Z. F. Huang,* Chiral Nanoparticles with Enhanced Thermal Stability of Chiral Structures through Alloying, Small 18 (2022) 2107657;
    3 J. J. Liu,# L. Yang,# P. Qin,# S. Q. Zhang, K. K. L. Yung, and Z. F. Huang,* Recent Advances in Inorganic Chiral Nanomaterials, Adv. Mater. 33 (2021) 2005506;
    4 T. Xiao, J. Zhao, P. Sun, P. Li, Y. K. Zhang, N. Zhao, Z. W. Ren, G. Li, Z. F. Huang,* and Z. J. Zheng,* Sensitive, high-speed and Broadband Perovskite Photodetectors with Built-in TiO2 Metalenses, Small 17 (2021) 2102694;
    5 J. Zhao,#* P. Sun,# Z. W. Wu,# J. Li, X. H. Wang, T. Xiao, L. Yang, Z. J. Zheng,* and Z. F. Huang,* Titanium Nanopillar Arrays Functioning as Electron Transporting Layers for Efficient, Anti-Aging Perovskite Solar Cells, Small 17 (2021) 2004778;
    6 Z. Y. Ni,# Y. M. Zhu,# J. J. Liu, L. Yang, P. Sun, M. Gu,* and Z. F. Huang,* Extension of Compositional Space to the Ternary in Alloy Chiral Nanoparticles through Galvanic Replacement Reactions, Adv. Sci. 7 (2020) 2001321;
    7 X. Q. Wei,# J. Liu,# G. J. Xia,# J. H. Deng, P. Sun, J. J. Chruma, W. H. Wu, C. Yang,* Y. G. Wang,* and Z. F. Huang,* Enantioselective Photoinduced Cyclodimerization of a Prochiral Anthracene Derivative Adsorbed on Helical Metal Nanostructures, Nature Chem. 12 (2020) 551-559;
    8 L. Yang,# P. Nandi,# Y. C. Ma, J. J. Liu, U. Mirsaidov,* and Z. F. Huang,* Binary Chiral Nanoparticles Exhibit Amplified Optical Activity and Enhanced Refractive Index Sensitivity, Small 16 (2020) 1906048;
    9 J. J. Liu,# Z. Y. Ni,# P. Nandi, U. Mirsaidov and Z. F. Huang,* Chirality Transfer in Galvanic Replacement Reactions, Nano Lett. 19 (2019) 7427-7433;
    10 S. Q. Zhang,# P. Sun,# K. L. Lin,# F. H. L. Chan, Q. Gao, W. F. Lau, V. A. L. Roy, H. Q. Zhang, K. W. C. Lai,* Z. F. Huang,* and K. K. L. Yung,* Extracellular Nanomatrix-Induced Self-Organization of Neural Stem Cells into Miniature Substantia Nigra-Like Structures with Therapeutic Effects on Parkinsonian Rats, Adv. Sci. 6 (2019) 1901822;
    11 S. Cong, G. F. Zou,* Y. H. Lou, H. Yang, Y. Su, J. Zhao,* C. Zhang, P. P. Ma, Z. Lu, H. Y. Fan,* and Z. F. Huang,* Fabrication of Nickel Oxide Nanopillar Arrays on Flexible Electrodes for High-Efficient Perovskite Solar Cells, Nano Lett. 19 (2019) 3676-3683;
    12 L. Yang, C.-S. Kwan, L. L. Zhang, X. H. Li, Y. Han, K. C.-F. Leung,* Y. G. Yang,* and Z. F. Huang,* Chiral nanoparticle-induced enantioselective amplification of molecular optical activity, Adv. Funct. Mater. 29 (2019) 1807307;


Research Grants

  • 深圳市科技计划项目(深港澳C类): PI, RMB1,000,000 (30/04/2022 – 30/04/2024);
  • GRF/12301321: PI, HK$666,015 (01/9/2021 – 31/8/2024);
  • NSFC/general project/22075239: PI, RMB630,000 (01/1/2021 – 31/12/2024);
  • RGC/GRF/12302320: PI, HK$666,512 (01/9/2020 – 31/8/2023);
  • ITF/TSSSU: person-in-charge, HK$1,350,000 (17/4/2020 – 31/3/2021);
  • NSFC/重大研究计划 (多层次手性物质的精准构筑)/培育项目/91856127: PI, RMB750,000 (01/1/2019 – 31/12/2021);
  • ITF/TSSSU: person-in-charge, HK$900,000 (02/4/2019 – 31/3/2020);
  • RGC/GRF/12200118: PI, HK$505,298 (01/9/2018 – 31/8/2021);
  • ITF/TSSSU: person-in-charge, HK$910,000 (01/4/2018 – 31/3/2019);