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Associate Professor

Chemical and Biological Engineering

3036 NERC
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  • Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, Louisiana State University, 2004
  • B.S., Chemical Engineering, Zhejiang University, China, 1997


Dr. Qiang Huang’s group focuses on developing electrochemical technologies to fabricate new materials and structures for applications in microelectronics, renewable energy, and biomedical devices. Interconnect is a network of metal wires in integrated circuits, which enables the communication between semiconductor devices.

The state-of-the-art Cu interconnects is currently facing a big challenge, where Cu resistivity increases exponentially as the dimension of wires decreases. We are exploring the chemistry and process to enable the fabrication of interconnects with other metals, which do not suffer the same resistivity increase. In addition, we are investigating the electrodeposition of novel interconnects for quantum computers.

Chalcogenide compounds of transition metals find a variety of applications, including phase change memory, piezoelectric switches, thin film solar cells as well as electro- and photo catalysts. Our group is developing electrodeposited chalcogenide nanomaterials including thin films, nanowires and nanoparticles for those applications. Our research focuses on the understanding of nucleation and growth of such nanomaterials with a long term goal to make electrodeposition the viable process to fabricate memory devices.

Other focuses of our research include the development of a 3-D printing technology for metals based on electrodeposition. In addition, we are developing a biomedical device using electrochemically created nanomaterials. Anodization methods to create nanopore templates with controlled pore location and size are investigated. Furthermore, nanowires with compositional modulation at nanometer scale are fabricated.

Honors and Awards

  • LSU Outstanding Dissertation Award, 2004
  • IBM Invention Achievement Plateau Awards, 2006-2015
  • IBM Outstanding Technical Achievement Award, IBM, 2014
  • IBM Research Division Accomplishment Award, IBM, 2013
  • NSF CAREER Award, National Science Foundation, 2020

Areas of Research

Latest Publications

  • Electrodeposition of Rhenium with Suppressed Hydrogen Evolution from Water-in-salt Electrolyte, Huang and T. W. Lyons, Electrochemistry Communication, 93, 53 (2018).
  • Chemically Strengthened Glasses and the Method of Making the Same, Huang, K. Rodbell, and A. Sahin, US Patent 9,890,075 (2018).
  • Electrodeposition of Manganese Thin Films on a Rotating Disk Electrode from Choline Chloride – Urea Based Ionic Liquids, W. D. Sides and HuangElectrochimica Acta, 266, 185 (2018).
  • Electrochemical Formation of Freestanding 3D Structures using Injection of Additives, Huang, R. Gyorgak, R. Pak, Journal of the Electrochemical Society, 164, D737, (2017).
  • Effects of Cyclohexane- Monoxime and Dioxime on the Electrodeposition of Cobalt, T. W. Lyons and HuangElectrochimica Acta, 245, 309 (2017).