Xu Hou received his B.S. degree (2006) from Sichuan University, China. His scientific interest was materials of tissue engineering. He completed his Ph.D. (2011) at National Center for Nanoscience and Technology, China under the direction of Prof. Lei Jiang. His scientific interests were focused on the design and fabrication of biomimetic nanochannels. He did postdoctoral research in Prof. Joanna Aizenberg’s group at Harvard University (2012–2015). Later he did the collaboration research as a visiting scientist in Prof. Ali Khademhosseini lab at Harvard Medical School. His current researches focus on bio-inspired and smart multi-scale pore/channel systems, membrane science and technology, microfluidics, interfacial science, physical chemistry, electrochemistry, nano/micro fabrication for energy-saving and biomedical applications. As a researcher, Xu has published 2 Books and 33 research papers, such as Nature, Chem. Soc. Rev., J. Am. Chem. Soc., Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., Adv. Mater., ACS Nano, Chem. Commun., Adv. Funct. Mater., and Small, etc. In 2013, he published his first academic book at Springer for recognition of outstanding PhD research and got the Springer Theses Prize. In 2014, he received the Harvard Postdoctoral Award for Professional Development, in honor of excellence and achievement in academic research. He has been awarded 2014 SciFinder Future Leader in Chemistry Program of the American Chemical Society.

Academic Activities

2014 Participant in SciFinder Future Leaders in Chemistry Program, USA
2013 Participant at National Postdoctoral Association Annual Meeting, USA
2012–2013 Academic editor of Journal of Nanomaterials (SCI, Hindawi Publishing Corporation)
2009 Participant in International Energy Agency Greenhouse Gas R&D Programme at Australia
2010-2011 Editor in Chief of Student Communication of NCNST
2004-2006 Vice President of SCU College Student Association of Science and Technology
2004-2006 Editor in Chief of Student Journal of SCU


September 2006-July 2011 Ph.D., Physical chemistry, National Center for Nanoscience and Technology (NCNST), Advisor: Prof. Lei Jiang, Beijing, China
September 2002-July 2006 B.E., Biomedical Engineering, Sichuan University (SCU), Chengdu, China

Awards, Honors and Grants

2014 Harvard University Postdoctoral Awards for Professional Development, USA
2013 Springer Theses Prize (International Publisher Science, Technology, Medicine)
2013 The National Postdoctoral Association Travel Awards, USA
2011-2012 Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award of Chinese Academy of Sciences
2010 - 2011 Excellent President Award of Chinese Academy of Science for Graduates
2010 - 2011 Outstanding Graduate of Chinese Academy of Science
2010 - 2011 First Prize of the 9th "Colloid Awards of China"
2010 - 2011 Student Scholarship Award of the Chemical and Biological Defense Science and Technology Conference, USA
2010 - 2011 "ICBN 2010 Student Travel Award Winner" awarded by Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology and Society for Biological Engineering, Singapore
2009 - 2010 "Full Scholarship of International Interdisciplinary Summer School, Australia" provided by International Energy Agency Greenhouse Gas R&D Programme
2009 - 2010 School Outstanding Student Model of Graduate School of Chinese Academy of Sciences
2008 - 2009 School Outstanding Student of NCNST
2007 - 2009 Excellent Academic Performance Scholarship of NCNST
2005 - 2006 School Outstanding Student Cadre of SCU
2005 - 2006 School Outstanding Graduate of SCU and School Outstanding Dissertation of SCU
2003 - 2006 School Outstanding Student of SCU