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Xiao Hua



+41 (0) 26 300 9225

2015- current : Postdoc, Soft Matter Physics, Adolphe Merle Institute, Fribourg, Switzerland

2014 - 2015 : Postdoc, EPSRC Doctorate Prize Fellowship

2010 - 2014 : PhD, St Edmund's College, University of Cambridge

2008 - 2010 : MSc, Stony Brook University

2004 - 2008 : BSc, Fudan University  



My research focuses on:

1. Structure engineering of intercalation metal oxides and polyanionic phosphate as LIB electrode materials.

2. Fundamental understanding of the electrode materials with nanostructured or disordered complex structures via in situ / operando synchrotron-based X-ray techniques:

- X-ray Scattering:

using SAXS to study morphology of nanomaterials

using XRD to probe long-range average crystal structure

using PDF via total scattering to study short-range atomic structure

- X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy:

using XANES to study average local geometry of transition metal ions

using EXAFS to probe atomic local structure


  1. Hua, X.; Liu, Z.; Bruce, P. G.; Grey, C. P., The Morphology of TiO2 (B) Nanoparticles. Journal of the American Chemical Society 2015, 137 (42), 13612-13623 (JACS Spotlights, October 21, 2015).
  2. Hua, X.; Robert, R.; Du, L.-S.; Wiaderek, K. M.; Leskes, M.; Chapman, K. W.; Chupas, P. J.; Grey, C. P., Comprehensive Study of the CuF2 Conversion Reaction Mechanism in a Lithium-ion Battery, The Journal of Physical Chemistry C 2014, 118 (28), 15169-15184 (ACS Editors’ Choice, July 03, 2014).
  3. Pourpoint, F.#; Hua, X.#; Middlemiss, D. S.; Adamson, P.; Wang, D.; Bruce, P. G.; Grey, C. P., New Insights into the Crystal and Electronic Structures of Li1+xV1–xO2 from Solid State NMR, Pair Distribution Function Analyses, and First Principles Calculations, Chemistry of Materials 2012, 24, 2880-2893 (#Authors contributed equally to this manuscript).
  4. Hu, Y.-Y.; Liu, Z.; Nam, K.-W.; Borkiewicz, O. J.; Cheng, J.; Hua, X.; Dunstan, M. T.; Yu, X.; Wiaderek, K. M.; Du, L.-S.; Chapman, K. W.; Chupas, P. J.; Yang, X.-Q.; Grey, C. P., Origin of Additional Capacities in Metal Oxide Lithium-ion Battery Electrodes, Nature Materials 2013, 12, 1130-1136.
  5. Britto, S.; Leskes, M.; Hua, X.; Hébert, C.-A.; Shin, H. S.; Clarke, S.; Borkiewicz, O.; Chapman, K. W.; Seshadri, R.; Cho, J.; Grey, C. P., Multiple Redox Modes in the Reversible Lithiation of High-Capacity, Peierls-Distorted Vanadium Sulfide. Journal of the American Chemical Society 2015, 137 (26), 8499-8508.
  6. Wang, F.; Robert, R.; Chernova, N. A.; Pereira, N.; Omenya, F.; Badway, F.; Hua, X.; Ruotolo, M.; Zhang, R.; Wu, L.; Volkov, V.; Su, D.; Key, B.; Whittingham, M. S.; Grey, C. P.; Amatucci, G. G.; Zhu, Y.; Graetz, J.,Conversion Reaction Mechanisms in Lithium Ion Batteries: Study of the Binary Metal Fluoride Electrodes, Journal of the American Chemical Society 2011, 133 (46), 18828–18836.


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