Department of Mechanical and Aerospace EngineeringOUR PEOPLE
Baoling HUANG 黃寶陵
PhD, Michigan
Associate Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Prof Huang received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Engineering Thermophysics from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China in 1999 and 2001. He worked in industry from 2001 to 2004. In 2008, he received his Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA. After graduation, he worked as a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of California, Berkeley and Lawrance Berkeley National Laboratory. He joined the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology in 2010. He has research experience in both theoretical modeling and experimental fabrications/measurements. His research interests are in the broad area of energy transport, conversion and storage.

Teaching Activities

MECH2310 Thermodynamics
MECH5320 Convective Heat and Mass Transfer


Research Interests

Micro/Nano scale heat and mass transfer, advanced energy materials and devices,
Energy transport, conversion, and storage

Research Projects

  • Structure metrics of high-performance thermoelectrics
  • Thermal radiation microsensor based on nanowires
  • Phonon and electron transport in phononic metamaterials
  • Characterization of thermal and electrical transport properties of low dimensional structures
  • All-solid-state electrochemical devices



  • J.Q. Huang, B. Zhang, Z.W. Bai, R.Q. Guo, Z.L. Xu, Z. Sadighi, L. Qin, T.Y. Zhang, G. Chen, B.L. Huang,* and J.K. Kim*, “Anomalous Enhancement of Li-O2 Battery Performance with Li2O2 Films Assisted by NiFeOx Nanofiber Catalysts: Insights into Morphology Control”, Advanced Functional Materials, 2016, in press.
  • Y.D. Kuang, L. Lindsay, S.Q. Shi*, X.J. Wang, B.L. Huang*, “Thermal conductivity of graphene mediated by strain and size”, International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, 101, 772, 2016.
  • J.Y. Su, Z.W. Bai, B.L. Huang, X. Quan, G.H. Chen, “Unique three dimensional architecture using a metal-free semiconductor cross-linked bismuth vanadate for efficient photoelectrochemical water oxidation”, Nano Energy, 24, 148, 2016.
  • J.Q. Huang, B. Zhang, Y.Y. Xie, W. W. K. Lye, Z.L. Xu, S. Abouali, M. Akbari Garakani, J.Q. Huang, T.Y. Zhang, B.L. Huang*, J.K. Kim*, “Electrospun graphitic carbon nanofibers with in-situ encapsulated Co–Ni nanoparticles as freestanding electrodes for Li–O 2 batteries”, Carbon, 100, 329, 2016.
  • J.B. Lu, R.Q. Guo and B.L. Huang*, “Nanograin-enhanced in-plane thermoelectric figure of merit in n-type SiGe thin films”, Applied Physics Letters, 108 (14), 141903, 2016
  • X.J. Wang, R.Q. Guo, D.Y. Xu, J.D. Chung, M. Kaviany, and B. L. Huang*, “Anisotropic Lattice Thermal Conductivity and Suppressed Acoustic Phonons in MOF-74 from First Principles”, Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 119 (46), 26000, 2015.
  • R.Q. Guo, X.J. Wang, Y.D. Kuang and B.L. Huang, “First-principles study of anisotropic thermoelectric transport properties of IV-VI semiconductor compounds SnSe and SnS”, Physical Review B, 92, 115202, 2015.
  • Y.D. Kuang, L. Lindsay and B.L. Huang, “Unusual enhancement in intrinsic thermal conductivity of multi-layer graphene by tensile strains”, Nano Letters, 15(9), 6121-6127, 2015.
  • Y.J. Zhu, Y.W. Chen, L. Zhang, W.Q. Li, B.L. Huang*, and J.S. Wu, “Numerical investigation and dimensional analysis of reaction runaway evaluation for thermal polymerization”, Chemical Engineering Research & Design, 104, 32-41, 2015.
  • Y.S. Li, X.J. Wang, D.Y. Xu, J.D. Chung, M. Kaviany, B.L. Huang, “H2O adsorption/desorption in MOF-74: Ab initio molecular dynamics and experiments”, Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 119, 13021–13031, 2015.
  • J.B. Lu, R.Q. Guo, W.J. Dai, B.L. Huang, “Enhanced in-plane thermoelectric figure of merit in p-type SiGe thin films by nanograin boundaries”, Nanoscale, 7, 7331-7339, 2015.
  • C.J. Zhou, X.S. Wang, S. Raju, Z.Y. Lin, D. J. Alpas, B.L. Huang, M. Chan, and Y. Chai, “Low voltage and high ON/OFF ratio field-effect transistors based on CVD MoS2 and ultra high-k PZT gate dielectric”, Nanoscale, 7, 8695-8700, 2015.
  • Y.S. Li and B.L. Huang, “Achieving high specific capacity through a two-electron reaction in hypothetical Li2VFSiO4: A first-principles investigation”, Journal of The Electrochemical Society, 162, A787-792,2015.
  • R.Q. Guo and B.L. Huang, “Approaching the alloy limit of thermal conductivity in single-crystalline Si-based thermoelectric nanocomposites: A molecular dynamics investigation”, Scientific Reports, 5, 9579, 2015.
  • Y.D. Kuang and B. L. Huang, "Effects of covalent functionalization on the thermal transport in carbon nanotube/polymer composites: A multi-scale investigation", Polymer, 56,563, 2014.
  • X. J. Wang and B. L. Huang, “Computational study of in-plane phonon transport in Si thin films”, Scientific Reports, 4, 6399, 2014.
  • D.H. Li, J. Zhang, X.J. Wang, B.L. Huang, Q.H. Xiong, “Solid-state semiconductor cryocooler based on CdS nanobelts”, Nano Letters, 2014.
  • Y.J. Zhu, J.S. Wu, B.L. Huang, “Optimization of filler distribution for organic phase change material composites: Numerical investigation and entropy analysis”, Applied Energy, 2014.
  • C. Li , B.L. Huang, L. Cao, Z.G. Li, “Molecular diffusion on surfaces in the weak friction limit”, Journal of Applied Physics, 2014
  • R.Q. Guo, B.L. Huang, “Thermal Transport in Nanoporous Silicon: Anisotropy and Junction Effects”, International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, 77, 131, 2014.
  • X.Y. Zhou, H. Ren, B.L. Huang, T. Y. Zhang, “Size-dependent elastic properties of thin films: surface anisotropy and surface bonding”, Science China Technological Sciences, 2014.
  • S. Yang, C.H. Zhou, Q.M. Jiang, J.B. Lu, B.L. Huang, J. Kevin Chen,“Investigation of buffer traps in AlGaN/GaN-on-Si devices by thermally stimulated current spectroscopy and back-gating measurement”, Applied Physics Letters, 1, 013504, 2013.
  • J. L. Ma, B.L. Huang and X.B. Luo, “Effects of point defects and dislocations on spectral phonon transport properties of wurtzite GaN”, Journal of Applied Physics, 104, 074311, 2013.
  • X.C. Ren, Paddy K.L. Chan, J.B. Lu, B.L. Huang and Dennis C. W, Leung, “High dynamic range organic temperature sensor”, Advanced Materials, 2012.
  • A. J. Gross, G. S. Hwang, B.L. Huang, H. Yang, N. Ghafouri, H. Kim, R. L. Peterson, C. Uher, M. Kaviany, and K. Najafi, “Multistage planar thermoelectric microcoolers”, Journal of Microelectromechanical Systems 20, 1201, 2011.
  • H. Kim, M. Kaviany,J. C. Thomas,A. Van der Ven, C. Uher and B.L. Huang, "Structural order-disorder transitions and phonon conductivity of partially filled skutterudites ", Physical Review Letters 105, 265901, 2010.
  • K. Hippalgaonkar, B.L. Huang , R.K. Chen, K. Sawyer, P. Ercius and A.Majumdar, “ Fabrication of microdevices with integrated nanowires for investigating low-dimensional phonon transport", Nano Letters 10, 4341, 2010.
  • B.L. Huang and M. Kaviany, “Filler-reduced phonon conductivity ofthermoelectric skutterudites: First-principle calculations and molecular dynamicssimulations”, ACTA Materialia 58, 4516, 2010.
  • A. Gross, B.L. Huang, G. S. Hwang, H. Yang, N. Ghafouri, H. Kim, C. Uher, M. Kaviany and K. Najafi, “High-performance micro scale thermoelectric cooler: An optimized 6-stage cooler”, Proc. 15th International Conference on Solid-StateSensors, Actuators and Microsystems (Transducers’09), Denver,Colorado, June 2009.
  • B.L. Huang and M. Kaviany, “Ab initio and molecular dynamicspredictions for electron and phonon transport in bismuth telluride”, PhysicalReview B 77, 125209, 2008.
  • B.L. Huang, C. Lawrence, A. Gross,G.-S. Hwang, N. Ghafouri, S.-W. Lee, H. Kim, C.-P. Li, C. Uher, K. Najafi andM. Kaviany, “Low-temperature characterization and micro patterning of co-evaporatedBi2Te3/Sb2Te3 films”, Journal of Applied Physics 104, 113710-1-8, 2008.
  • A. Gross, B.L. Huang, G. S. Hwang, C. Lawrence, N.Ghafouri, S. W. Lee, H. Kim, C. Uher, M. Kaviany and K. Najafi, “A multistagein-plane micro-thermoelectric cooler”, MEMS 2008, IEEE 21st International Conference on Micro ElectroMechanical Systems, 840, 2008.
  • B.L. Huang, A.J.H. McGaughey and M.Kaviany, "Thermal conductivity of metal-organic framework 5 (MOF-5): Part1. Molecular dynamics simulations", International Journal of Heat and MassTransfer 50, 393-404, 2007.
  • B.L. Huang, Z. Ni, A. Millward,A.J.H McGaughey, C. Uher, M. Kaviany and O. Yaghi, "Thermal conductivityof a metal-organic framework (MOF-5): Part 2. Measurement", InternationalJournal of Heat and Mass Transfer 50, 405, 2007.
  • B.L.Huang and M. Kaviany,"Structural metrics of high-temperature lattice conductivity", Journalof Applied Physics 100, 123507-1-12, 2006.
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