Biography

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. He joined in Xiamen University in 2016, and he is the Principal Investigator of Bio-inspired Smart Multi-Scale Pore/Channel Group at Xiamen University as a full professor at both College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering and College of Physical Science and Technology in Xiamen University. His current researches focus on bio-inspired and smart multi-scale pore/channel systems, membrane science and technology, micro/nanofluidics, colloid and interface science, physical chemistry, electrochemistry, nano/micro fabrication for energy-saving and biomedical applications. In 2017, he was selected as a Minjiang Scholar for Popular Science (first batch). Now he is a Chief Scientist of National Key Research and Development Program of China, and also the leading scientist for Special Project of Strategic Emerging Industries from Fujian Development and Reform Commission. Meanwhile he was invited as an industrial development consultant of Zhangzhou City. As a researcher, Xu has published 2 Books and 110 research papers, such as Nature, Nat. Rev. Mater., Nat. Comm., Sci. Adv., Chem. Soc. Rev., J. Am. Chem. Soc., Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., Adv. Mater., ACS Nano, Chem. Commun., Adv. Funct. Mater., and Small, etc. H-index: 43, Total Citations > 7300. 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. In 2018, he received the Chinese Chemical Society Award for Outstanding Young Chemist. In 2019, he received Young Investigator Award of Colloid and Interface Chemistry, and was selected to represent 100# Fm in Periodic Table of Younger Chemists of IUPAC and 33# As in Periodic Table of Younger Chemists of China. In 2020, he received the National Scientific Innovation and Advancement Award. In 2021, he received the Membranes 2021 Young Investigator Award. In 2022, he received the XPLORER Prize.

Academic Activities

2022 Attend the 7th BRICS Young Scientists Forum and host the New Materials Session
2022 Attend Accounts of Materials Research Symposium
2022 Attend ICANX Summit 2022
2021 Attend SusMat: Materials Innovation for Sustainable Development
2021 Attend Xiamen Soft Matter Forum 2021
2021 Organize a special issue on Materials field for the centennial anniversary of Xiamen University in Advanced Materials
2021 Attend the 1st International Conference on Energy Materials (ICEM) 2021
2021 Attend the 4th World Laureates Forum
2021 Attend China Materials Conference 2021
2021 Attend IEEE-NEMS 2021
2021 Attend the 32th annual meeting of the Chinese Chemical Society
2020 Attend the 3rd Elite Youth Forum of Chinese Chemical Society
2020 Attend International Symposium on Bioinspired Interfacial Materials with Superwettability
2019 Attend the 20th National Electrochemical Conference of the Chinese Chemical Society
2019 Attend the 17th Academic Conference of Chinese Chemical Society on Colloid and Interfacial Chemistry
2019 Attend Chinese Material Annual Meeting
2019 The 4th Sino-German Symposium on Biomimetics
2018 Attend the 10th Singapore International Chemistry Conference
2018 Attend Advanced Biomedical Materials Summit Forum between China and Canada
2018 Attend the 7th Annual World Congress of Advanced Materials
2018 Attend China Materials Conference 2018
2018 Attend the 31th annual meeting of the Chinese Chemical Society
2017 Leading guest editor of Small (Special issue: Small, 2018, 14)
2017 Deputy director of professional committee of Physical Chemistry, youth editorial board of Chinese Chemical Letters
2016 Youth editorial board of Chinese Journal of Applied Chemistry
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

Education

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

2022 XPLORER Prize, China
2022 Outstanding Youth Award of International Society of Bionic Engineering
2021 Membranes 2021 Young Investigator Award
2020 National Scientific Innovation and Advancement Award, China
2020 Leading research field "Liquid gating technology" was selected as the 2020 Top Ten Emerging Technologies in Chemistry by “International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC)
2020 Winner of National Science Fund for Distinguished Young Scholars
2020 Top Ten Science Communicators of Fujian Province, China
2020 International Water Association-Beijing Capital "Mercury Gold Prize" of Scientific Innovation
2019 Represent 100# Fm in Periodic Table of Younger Chemists of IUPAC
2019 Represent 33# As in Periodic Table of Younger Chemists of China
2019 Young Investigator Award of Colloid and Interface Chemistry
2018 Chinese Chemical Society Award for Outstanding Young Chemist
2018 Chief Scientist of National Key Research and Development Program of China
2017 Minjiang Scholar for Popular Science (first batch)
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