Hua Tang, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellows

Postdoctoral Fellow in Laquai Group

Research Interest

Hua's research interests lie in the innovative manufacturing technologies for high-performance printable organic devices, including device architecture design, printing technique innovation and recipe optimization of organic ink. He is also interested in the photophysics study of organic semiconductors, such as exciton dissociation, charge carrier generation, transport and recombination in high-performing organic photovoltaics. 

Selected Publications

  • H. Tang. C. Yan, * J. Huang, Z. Kan, K. Sun, Z. Xiao, G. Li * and S. Lu* Benzodithiophene-based small-molecule donors for the next-generation all-small-molecule organic photovoltaics. Matter, 3, 1403-1432 (2020). DOI: 10.1016/j.matt.2020.09.001
  • H. Tang, H. Chen, C. Yan, * J. Huang, P. W. K. Fong, J. Lv, D. Hu, R. Singh, M. Kumar, Z. Xiao Z. Kan, S. Lu,* G. Li* Delicate morphology control triggers 14.7% efficiency all-small-molecule organic solar cells. Advanced Energy Materials, 10, 2001076 (2020).
  • H. Tang, T. Xu, C. Yan, J. Gao, H. Yin, J. Lv, R. Singh, M. Kumar, T. Duan, Z. Kan,* S. Lu,* G. Li* Donor derivative incorporation: An effective strategy toward high-performance all-small-molecule ternary organic solar cells. Advanced Science, 6, 1901613 (2019).
  • H. Tang, C. Yan, S. Karuthedath, H. Yin, Y. Gao, J. Gao, L. Zhang, J. Huang, S. So, Z. Kan, * F. Laquai, G. Li * and S. Lu * Deciphering the role of fluorination: morphological manipulation prompts charge separation and reduces carrier recombination in all-small-molecule photovoltaics. Solar RRL. 4. 201900528 (2020).
  • J. Lv,# H. Tang,#( co-first author) J. Huang, C. Yan, K. Liu, Q. Yang, D. Hu, R. Singh, J. Lee, S. Lu,* G. Li* Z. Kan Additive-induced miscibility regulation and hierarchical morphology enable 17.5% binary organic solar cell. Energy & Environmental Science,14, 3044-3052 (2021). DOI: 10.1039/D0EE04012F
  • C. Yan,# H. Tang,#( co-first author) R. Ma,# M. Zhang, T. Liu,* J. Lv, J. Huang, Y. Yang, T. Xu, Z. Kan, H. Yan, F. Liu,* S. Lu,* G. Li* Synergy of liquid-crystalline small-molecule and polymeric donors delivers uncommon morphology evolution and 16.6% efficiency organic photovoltaics. Advanced Science, 7. 202000149 (2020).
  • T. Duan,# H. Tang,#(co-first author) R. Liang,* J. Lv, Z. Kan,* R. Singh, M. Kumar, Z. Xiao, S. Lu,* F. Laquai Terminal Group Engineering for Small-molecule Donors Boosts the Performance of Nonfullerene Organic Solar Cell. J. Mater. Chem. A, 7, 2541–2546 (2019). DOI: 10.1039/C8TA11420J
  • D. Hu,# H. Tang,#(co-first author) H. Chen, J. Lv, Z. Liao, Q. Chen, S. Lu,* 14.7% all-small-molecule organic solar cells enabled with fullerene derivative incorporation, Sustainable Energy & Fuels, 5, 3593-3597 (2021) DOI: 10.1039/D1SE00501D


  • Ph.D., Optical Engineering, University of Chinese Academy of Sciences. Beijing. China, 2021 (Training unit: Chongqing Institute of Green and Intelligent Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences./The Hong Kong Polytechnic University)
  • M.S., Material Science and Engineering. Stevens Institute of Technology, New Jersey, U.S. 2014
  • B.S., Material Science and Engineering. Chongqing University of Technology, Chongqing, China. 2012 

Professional Profile

  • 2019-2021: Joint-Supervision/Research Assistant, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, China
  • 2018-2018: Research Intern, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia
  • 2017-2018: Assistant Research Fellow, CIGIT, Chongqing, China
  • 2014-2017: Process Designer, CMCU Engineering Co., Ltd, Chongqing, China 


  • 2021-2022 Outstanding Graduate Award of Beijing.
  • 2021-2022 Outstanding Graduate Award of University of Chinese Academy of Sciences (UCAS)
  • 2020-2021 National Scholarship for Excellent Ph.D. Students
  • 2020-2021 President Scholarship of Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) for Excellent Ph.D. Students
  • 2019-2020 National Scholarship for Excellent Ph.D. Students
  • 2019-2021 “Tang Lixin” Scholarship for Excellent Ph.D. Students
  • 2019-2020 Pacemaker to Merit Ph.D. Students

KAUST Affiliations

  •   KA​UST Solar Center (KSC)
  •   Division of Physical Science and Engineering (PSE)​​​​

Research Interests Keywords

Printable electronics Organic photovoltaics Photophysics of Organic Semiconductors