Researcher Portfolio

Huang Zhaohong (Dr)
Group Manager
6419 7410
Surface Technology

Since joining Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology (SIMTech) in 1995, Dr Huang Zhaohong has been engaged in surface engineering related research areas such as rapid prototyping and tooling, design and fabrication of thin film devices for display and photonics, surface micro/nano structuring, high procession manufacturing, surface and interface property enhancement, new materials and processes for environmental engineering. The involved surface technologies/processes include physical vapour deposition, photolithography, chemical/electrochemical etching and polishing, electroforming, electroless and electrolytic deposition, surface passivation, conversion coatings, plastic plating and high speed jet plating. By collaborating with universities and industries, he has been working on (selective) metallisation of high performance  polymer composites used in electronics and structural engineering, diamond turnable hard metals, oxide anode materials used in advanced oxidation process (AOP) for wastewater treatment, photo and electro catalytic materials for clean energy, micro-sized metal sieves for solid/liquid separation, metal-matrix composite coatings for anti-corrosion and anti-erosion, dry lubricant coatings for threaded joints, as well as passivation treatments and conformal coatings of metal traces on 3D Moulded Interconnect Devices.


Research Interest:
  • Thin film electronics device physics

  • Physics and chemistry at metal/polymer interface and techniques for adhesion improvements
  • Metal surface modification and passivation for anti-corrosion
  • Technology for selective metallisation of 3D polymer components
  • Micro-Nano photo chemical/electrochemical manufacturing
  • Advanced oxidation process (AOP) and its applications for wastewater treatment
  • Chemical and electrochemical processes for water reclaim and valuable material recovery

PhD, Electrochemical Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering, National University of Singapore, June 2010.

MBA, Accountancy, School of Accountancy and Business, Nanyang Technological University. August 1994.

MEng, Physics of Materials, Institute of Metal Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences

September 1989.

BEng, Material Science and Engineering, Department of Materials Science and Engineering Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, July 1983.


Filed Patents:



  1. Huang Zhaohong, Qi Guojun and He Wei, Filter devices and filtering methods, WO2015137878A1, publication date: 17 September 2016

  2. Huang Zhaohong, Zhou Yujie, High Phosphorus Nickel Alloy Coatings by Electrolytic Plating for Diamond Turning, SG Provisional Patent Application IPOS10201601817P, Filling date: 9 March 2016

  3. Dong Xuecheng, He Wei, Huang Zhaohong, Growing, Detaching, and Back-supporting Process for Anodized Aluminum Oxide (AAO) Membrane, SG Provisional Patent Application IPOS 10201510514U, Filing date: 21 December 2015

  4. Huang Zhaohong, Qi Guojun, and He Wei, Electromechanical Filters and Electromechanical Filtering Methods, PCT Patent Application SIM/P/07981/01/PCT, Filing Date: 09 March, 2015

  5. Huang Zhaohong, Qi Guojun, and He Wei, A Multi-Functional Screen Filter Unit, SG Provisional Application 10201400583S, Filing Date: 12 March, 2014

  6. Huang Zhaohong, Qi Guojun, and Zeng Xianting, Integrated Mask, PCT Patent Application No.: PCT/SG2006/000051, Filing Date: 09 March, 2006; Publication No.: WO2006096138A1, Publication Date: 14 Nov. 2006, Publication No.: SG125973A, Publication Date: 30 Oct., 2006

  7. Huang Zhaohong, Qi Guojun, Zeng Xianting, An integrated shadow mask and method of fabrication thereof, PCT Patent Application No.: PCT/SG2006/000148, Filing Date: 9 June 2006






  1. H Feng, L L  Liang, Y Liu, Z H Huang, L  Li, Efficient nano-regional photocatalytic heterostructure design via the manipulation of reaction site self-quenching effect, App. Catal. B: Environ. 243 (2019) 220–228

  2. X Zhao, J Y  Feng, N  Wang, X  Yao, W Chen, S Chen, Z H Huang, and Z Chen, The influence of Ti doping on morphology and photoelectrochemical properties of hematite grown from aqueous solution for water splitting, Energy Technol. 6 (2018) 2188–2199

  3. W C J Ho, Q L Tay, H Qi, Z H Huang, J  Li, Z  Chen, Photocatalytic and Adsorption Performances of Faceted Cuprous Oxide (Cu2O) Particles for the Removal of Methyl Orange (MO) from Aqueous Media, Molecules 22 (2017) 677

  4. Z H Huang, Y J Zhou, W He, A combination of self-assembled monolayer and hydrophobic conformal coating for anti-corrosion of Cu/NiP/Au 3D circuitry in artificial sweat solution, Surf Coat Technol 320 (2017) 126–131

  5. Y J  Zhou, Z H Huang, T T Nguyen, Rapid electrolytic deposition of diamond turnable nickel phosphorus alloy coating, Surf Coat Technol 320 (2017) 23–27

  6. W Y  Wu, Z H Huang, Z T Hua, C He, T T Lim, High performance duplex-structured SnO2-Sb-CNT composite anode for bisphenol A removal, Sep Purif Technol 179 (2017) 25–35

  7. W Y Wu, Z H  Huang, T T Lim, A comparative study on electrochemical oxidation of bisphenol A by boron-doped diamond anode and modified SnO2-Sb anodes: Influencing parameters and reaction pathways, J  Environ Chem Eng 4(3) (2016) 2807-2815

  8. Z H Huang, Y J  Zhou and W He, Anti-Corrosion of Cu/Ni/Au 3D Circuitry in Artificial Sweat Solution, ThinFilms2016, 12-15 July 2016, Singapore

  9. Y J Zhou and Z H Huang, Rapid Electrolytic Deposition of Diamond Turnable Nickel Phosphorus Alloy Coating, ThinFilms2016, 12-15 July 2016, Singapore

  10. W Wu, Z H Huang, T T Lim, Enhanced electrochemical oxidation of phenol using hydrophobic TiO2-NTs/SnO2-Sb-PTFE electrode prepared by pulse electrodeposition, RSC Advances 5 (2015)32245-32255

  11. W Y Wu, Z H Huang and T T Lim, Recent development of mixed metal oxide anodes for electrochemical oxidation of organic pollutants in water, App Catal A: General, 480 (2014) 58-78

  12. Z H Huang, B C Lim and Z F Wang, Process development for high precision metal patterning on low glass transition polymer substrates, Microelectronic Eng 98 (2012) 528-531

  13. J K Feng, B H Song, M O Lai, L  Lu, X T Zeng, Z H Huang, Electrochemical property of LiMn2O4 in over-discharged conditions, Funct Mater  Lett 5(3) (2012) 1250028

  14. A K K  Kyaw, Y Wang, D W Zhao, Z H Huang, X T Zeng, and X W Sun, The properties of sol–gel processed indium-doped zinc oxide semiconductor film and its application in organic solar cells, Phys  Status  Solidi A 208(11) (2011)2635-2642

  15. A K K Kyaw, H Tantang, T Wu, L Ke, C Peh, Z H Huang, X T Zeng, H V Demir, Q Zhang, X W Sun, Dye-sensitized solar cell with a titanium-oxide-modified carbon nanotube transparent electrode, Appl  Phys  Lett 99 (2011) 021107

  16. Z H Huang, G J  Qi,  X T Zeng, D Lukito, and W M Su,  Design and Fabrication of a Novel Integrated Shadow Mask for Passive Matrix OLED Devices, Thin Solid Films 517 (2009) 5280-5283

  17. Z H Huang,  X T Zeng, X Y Sun, E T Kang, Jerry Y H Fuh, and L Lu, Influence of electrochemical treatment of ITO surface on nucleation and growth of OLED hole transport layer, Thin Solid Films 517 (2009) 4810-4813

  18. Z H  Huang,  X T Zeng, X Y Sun, E T Kang, Jerry Y H Fuh, and L Lu, Influence of plasma treatment of ITO surface on the growth and properties of hole transport layer and the device performance of OLEDs, Organic Electronics 9 (2008) 51-62

  19. Z H Huang, G J Qi,  X T Zeng, D Lukito, and W M Su,  Design and Fabrication of Integrated Shadow Mask for Full Angle Deposition Processes, Thin Films 2008, 13-Jul-2008 to 16-Jul-2008, SMU, Singapore

  20. Z H  Huang,  X T. Zeng, X Y Sun, E T Kang, Jerry Y H Fuh, and L Lu, Influence of electrochemical treatment of ITO surface on nucleation and growth of OLED hole transport layer, Thin Films 2008, 13-Jul-2008 to 16-Jul-2008, SMU, Singapore

  21. T Cahyadi, J N  Tey, S G Mhaisalkar, F Boey, V R Rao, R Lal, Z H Huang, G J Qi, Z  K Chen, C M Ng, Investigations of enhanced device characteristics in pentacene-based field effect transistors with sol-gel interfacial layer, App Phys Lett 90 (2007) 122112

  22. Z R Hong, Z H Huang, W M  Su, X T Zeng, “Utilisation of copper phthalocyanine and bathocuproine as an electron transport layer in photovoltaic cells with copper phthalocyanine/buckminsterfullerene heterojunctions: thickness effects on PV performances, Thin Solid Films, 515(5) (2007) 3019-3023

  23. Z R Hong, Z H Huang, X T Zeng, Investigation into effects of electron transporting materials on organic solar cells with copper phthalocyanine/C60 heterojunction, Chem Phys  Lett 425 (2006) 62-65

  24. Z H  Huang, X T  Zeng, E T Kang, Jerry Y H  Fuh and L  Lu, X  Y Sun, Electrochemical Treatment of ITO Surface for Performance Improvement of Organic Light-emitting Diode, Electrochem  Solid State Lett 9(6) (2006) H39-H42

  25. Z H  Huang, G J  Qi, X T  Zeng, and W  M Su, A method for undercut formation of integrated shadow mask used in passive matrix displays, Thin Solid Films 503(1-2) (2006) 246-249

  26. J  F  Li, X W  Sun, G J  Qi, Johnny K O  Sin, Z H  Huang, and X T Zeng, Geometric effect of nickel on low-temperature polycrystalline silicon thin-film transistors by metal-induced lateral crystallisation, Electron Device Lett IEEE, 26(11) (2005) 814-816

  27. Z H Huang, X  T Zeng, E T  Kang, Y H Fuh, and L Lu, Ultra-Thin Sol-gel Titanium Oxide Hole Injection Layer in OLEDs, Surf  Coat  Technol 198(1-3) (2005) 357-361.




    Grants and Awards:


    • March, 2017 GSK-Singapore Partnership for Green and Sustainable Manufacturing 4th Round Award – Energy recovery from concentrated organic wastewater ($1.009M, Y2017-2021)

    • January, 2006 SIMTech Awards 2005 (Research Category), 1st prize, awarded by Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology

    • December, 1997 National Natural Science Award, 4th prize, awarded by the State Scientific and Technological Commission of China

    • November, 1996 The CAS Natural Science Award, 2nd  prize, awarded by the Chinese Academy of Sciences