Professor Hu Xiao

Phone: (+65) 6790 4610
Office: N4.1-01-14

Current Research Interests
His group's research focuses on the synthesis and properties of functional polymers and hybrid materials, as well as on functionalization of polymers. There are several ongoing projects including conducting polymers, azo-polymers and nanocomposites. One objective is to understand the mechanisms and structural origin of unique electronic, photonic and dielectric properties of these materials. There is also a strong effort in the synthesis of nano-porous and nano-structured materials via sol gel, templating and electrochemical methods for applications in low-k dielectrics and organic or polymer electronic devices. The group also has a continual effort in functional and high performance polymers for defence-related applications. He has contributed more than 150 international journal publications and supervised/co-supervised more than 25 masters and PhD research students.

Biographical Information
He obtained his BASc degree from the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering at Tsinghua University in China. He went on to pursue his MSc and PhD degrees at the Manchester Materials Science Centre, University of Manchester, in the United Kingdom. After graduating in 1990, he worked as an SERC (UK) postdoctoral associate at Manchester University for one-and-a-half years. He joined Nanyang Technological University in 1992 as a faculty member where he co-founded the polymer laboratory in the School of Materials Science and Engineering. He served as the Head of Division of Materials Technology from 2000 to 2002 and Director of Graduate Programs in the School from 1999 to 2004.


  • MS2013 Polymers & Composites
  • MS7001 Materials Laboratory Techniques 

Selected Publications
Cai YF, Shen WM, WB Krantz, Fane AG, Wang R, Hu X, Dual Responsive Polymers as Draw Solutes for Forward Osmosis Desalination, CHEMICAL COMMUNICATIONS, 2013,49, 8377-8379.

Cai YF, Shen WM, Loo SL, Krantz WB, Wang R, Fane AG, Hu X, Towards temperature driven forward osmosis desalination using Semi-IPN hydrogels as reversible draw agents, WATER RESEARCH, 2013, 47(11), 3773–3781.

Loo SL; Fane AG; Lim TT; Krantz WB, Liang YN, Liu X, Hu X, Superabsorbent cryogels decorated with silver nanoparticles as a novel water technology for point-of-use disinfection, ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY. 47 (16), 9363–9371, 2013.

Liang YN, Yu K, Yan QY, Hu X, Colloidal CuInSe2 Nanocrystals from Gradient towards Homogeneous Alloyed Structure Moderated by Conducting Polymer P3HT, ACS APPLIED MATERIALS & INTERFACES, 2013, 5(10), 4100-4106.

Xu XF, Cai P, Lu Y, Ng SC, Chen JW, Ong BS, Hu X, Synthesis of a Novel Low Bandgap Polymer Based on a Ladder-Type Heptacyclic Arene Consisting of Outer Thieno[3,2-b]thiophene Units for Efficient Photovoltaic Application, MACROMOLECULAR RAPID COMMUNICATIONS, 2013, 34(8): 681-688.

Chaurasia A, Wang LB, Liang YN, Hu X, ‘Polymerothermal’ Synthesis: A Facile and Versatile Method towards Functional Nanocomposites, EUROPEAN POLYMER JOURNAL, 2013, 49(3): 630-636.

Hu JH, Yu H, Gan LH, Hu X, Photo-driven pulsating vesicles from self-assembled lipid-like azopolymers, SOFT MATTER, 7:11345-11350, 2011.

Zhao L, Hu X, Curing Kinetics of Thermosetting Polymers: A New Model Based On Temperature Dependent Reaction Orders, POLYMER, 51(16): 3814- 3820, 2010.

Foong TRB, Shen YD, Hu X, Sellinger A, Template-directed liquid ALD growth of TiO2 nano-tube arrays: properties and potential in photovoltaic devices, ADVANCED FUNCTIONAL MATERIALS, 20(9): 1390 – 1396, 2010.

Foong TRB, Sellinger A, Hu X, Origin of the Bottlenecks in Preparing Anodized Aluminum Oxide (AAO) Templates on ITO, ACS NANO, 2(11): 2250-2256, 2008.