Dr. Jier Huang

Dr. Jier Huang
Dr. Jier HuangMarquette University

MilwaukeeWI53201United States of America
The Huang Lab

Dr. Jier Huang has recently moved to Boston College.

Please see her new group website. https://sites.bc.edu/huanggroup/


Ph.D., Emory University

M.S., Lanzhou University, China

B.S., Lanzhou University, China

Research Interests

Solar energy is one of the best solutions to meet future energy demands because it is the most abundant and sustainable natural energy source. Because of its promising applications, there is a growing desire to develop effective strategies for direct harvest and conversion of solar energy into a usable energy format. There are two different strategies for solar energy conversion: direct conversion of solar energy into electricity through a photovoltaic cell and direct conversion of sunlight into fuel by artificial photosynthesis. The research in our group focuses on the development of cutting edge new materials for photovoltaics and artificial photosynthetic systems utilizing a unique approach by combining hybrid synthesis with advanced state-of-art characterization. The ongoing research explicitly targets:

  • Synthesis and design of new hybrid materials based on porous crystalline frameworks or semiconductors
  • Homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysis for solar fuel generation
  • Photoinduced interfacial charge separation dynamics using ultrafast laser spectroscopy
  • Time-resolved and real-time structural characterization of hybrid materials using X-ray absorption and X-ray scattering techniques
  • Electrochemical and photochemical water splitting

The research in our group is the convergence of physical chemistry, inorganic chemistry, material science, and physics. Both graduate and undergraduate students will be actively integrated and have multidisciplinary training in all aspects of the research listed above. The students will be exposed to a wide range of state-of-art techniques for synthesis and characterization that are available on campus, including UV-vis, FTIR, electrochemistry, Gas Chromatography and time-resolved optical spectroscopy. Special structural characterization using synchrotron based X-ray techniques is conducted at the world-class user facilities which are available in National Laboratories.

Professional Experience

Professor Huang received her B.S. degree in Chemistry from Lanzhou University (China) in 2001, an M.S. degree in Analytical Chemistry from Lanzhou in 2004, and her Ph.D. degree from Emory University in 2010 working under the direction of Prof. Tianquan Lian. Her interests in biomimetic photosynthetic and photovoltaic materials led her to postdoctoral research at Argonne National Laboratory. She joins the faculty at Marquette as an Assistant Professor in Fall 2013.

Selected Publications

  1. Yang, S.; Hu, W.; Zhang, X.; He, P.; Pattengale, B.; Liu, C.; Cendejas, M.; Hermes, I.; Zhang, X.; Zhang, J.*; Huang, J.* “2D Covalent Organic Frameworks as Intrinsic Photocatalysts for Visible Light Driven CO2 Reduction”, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2018, 140, 14614-14618.
  2. Lu, J.; Pattengale, B.; Liu, Q.; Yang, S.; Shi, W.; Li, S.*; Huang, J.*; Zhang, J.* “Donor-Acceptor Fluorophores for Energy Transfer Mediated Photocatalysis”, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2018, 140, 13719-13725.
  3. Pattengale, B.; SantaLucia, D.; Yang, S.; Hu, W.; Liu, C.; Zhang, X.; Berry, J.*; Huang, J.* "Direct Observation of Node-to-Node Communication in Zeolitic Imidazolate Frameworks", J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2018, 140, 11573-11576.
  4. Yang, S.; Pattengale, B.; Lee, S.; Huang, J.* “Real Time Visualization of Active Species in a Single-Site Metal-Organic Framework Photocatalyst.” ACS Energy Lett. 2018, 3, 532-539.
  5. Yang, S.; Fan, D.; Pattengale, B.; Hu, W.; Liu, C.; Zhang, X.; Huang, J.* “Elucidating Charge Separation Dynamics in a Hybrid Metal-Organic Framework Photocatalyst for Light-Driven H2 Evolution”, J. Phys. Chem. C 2018, 122, 3305-3311.
  6. Hu, W.; Ludwig, J.; Pattengale, B.; Yang, S.; Liu, C.; Zuo, X.*; Zhang, X.*; Huang, J.* “Unravelling the Correlation of Electronic Structure and Carrier Dynamics in CuInS2 Nanoparticles”, J. Phys. Chem. C 2018, 122, 974-980.
  7. Pattengale, B.; Yang, S.; Lee, S.; Huang, J.* “Mechanistic Probes of Zeolitic Imidazolate Framework for Photocatalytic Application”, ACS Catalysis 20177, 8446-8453.
  8. Yang, S.; Pattengale, B.; Kovrigin, E.; Huang, J.* “Photoactive Zeolitic Imidazolate Framework as Intrinsic Heterogeneous Catalysts for Light-Driven Hydrogen Generation”, ACS Energy Lett. 2017, 2, 75-80.
  9. Pattengale, B.; Yang, S.; Ludwig, J.; Huang, Z.; Zhang, X.; and Huang, J.* Exceptionally Long-Lived Charge Separated State in Zeolitic Imidazolate Framework: Implication for Photocatalytic Applications”. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2016, 138, 8072-8075.
  10. Pattengale, B.; Ludwig, J.; Huang, J.* “Atomic Insight into the W-doping Effect on Carrier Dynamics and Photoelectrochemical Properties of BiVO4 Photoanodes”. J. Phys. Chem. C 2016, 120, 1421-1427

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