Hua Tang, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellows

Postdoctoral Fellow in Laquai Group

Research Interests

Hua’s research interests lie in manufacturing technology innovation for next-generation photovoltaics, including device architecture design, printing technique development, and recipe innovation of organic ink for highly efficient and stable organic photovoltaics (OPV). He is also interested in the fundamental photo-physic mechanism investigation and photo, thermal, and outdoor degradation study.

Selected Publications

  • H. Tang*, Z. Liao, S. Karuthedath, S. Chen, H. Liu, J. Khan, M. Babics, W. Yang, M. Alqurashi, Y. He, J. Gorenflot, J. Huang, G. Li, S. D. Wolf, X. Lu, C. J. Brabec, F. Laquai, and S. Lu* Rationale for Highly Efficient and Outdoor-Stable Terpolymer Solar Cells. Energy Environ. Sci. 2023
  • H. Tang, J. Lv, K. Liu,* Z. Ren, H. T. Chandran, J. Huang, Y. Zhang, H. Xia, J. Khan, D. Hu, C. Yan, J. Oh, S. Chen, S. Chu, P. W. K Fong, H. Chen, Z. Xiao, C. Yang, Z. Kan, F. Laquai, S. Lu,* G. Li* Self-assembly enables simple structure organic photovoltaics via green-solvent and open-air-printing: Closing the lab-to-fab gap. Mater. Today 2022, 55, 46-55
  • 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. Adv. Energy Mater. 2020, 10, 2001076
  • 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. 2020, 3, 1403-1432
  • 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. Adv. Sci. 2019, 6, 1901613
  • 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. Sol. RRL. 2020. 4. 201900528
  • H. T. Chandran #, H. Tang # (co-first author), T. Liu, S. Mahadevan, K. Liu, Z. Lu, J. Huang, Z. Ren, F. Liao, Y. Chai, P. W. K Fong, S. W. Tsang, S. Lu, Gang Li * Architecturally Simple Organic Photodiodes with Highly Competitive Figures of Merit via Facile Self-Assembly Strategy. Mater. Horiz. 2023, 10, 918-927
  • D. Hu #, H. Tang # *(co-first/corresponding author), S. Karuthedath, Q. Chen, S. Chen, J. I. Khan, H. Liu, Q. Yang, J. Gorenflot, C. E. Petoukhoff, T. Duan, X. Lu, F. Laquai, * S. Lu * A Volatile Solid Additive Enables Oligothiophene All‐Small‐Molecule Organic Solar Cells with Excellent Commercial Viability. Adv. Funct. Mater. 2022. 32. 221873
  • 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 Environ. Sci., 2021,14, 3044-3052
  • 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. Adv. Sci. 2020. 7. 202000149
  • 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, 2019, 7, 2541–2546
  • 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 2021, 5, 3593-3597


  • 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