David Huang

Associate Professor David Huang

Associate Professor

School of Physical Sciences

Faculty of Sciences

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.


I use theory and computation to study condensed phase phenomena in chemistry and materials science on the molecular and nano scales. I am particularly interested in devising ways to control the properties of soft matter for applications in renewable energy and functional materials.

Soft Condensed Matter Theory and Computation

Organic Electronics

The performance of organic electronic devices such as solar cells is sensitive to the structural properties of organic semiconductors on a wide range of length scales from the atomic level up to the 100-nm scale. Elucidating these structural properties and how they correlate with electronic properties on all relevant length scales is thus highly challenging. To address this issue, we are developing coarse-grained computational models to study the self-assembly of the nano-scale structure and its impact on functional properties such as energy and charge transport in organic semiconductor materials like conjugated polymers.

exciton transport in conjugated polymers

Porous Functional Materials

Synthetic porous solids such as metal-organic frameworks (MOFs), covalent organic frameworks (COFs), and porous organic cages (POCs) have attracted increasing attention due to their applications in heterogeneous catalysis, gas storage and molecular separation. We are using computational methods to design and screen novel materials for enhanced functional properties, in collaboration with the experimental research groups of Christian Doonan and Chris Sumby at the University of Adelaide.

porous framework assembly

Nanofluidics

The dynamics of liquids when they are confined by surfaces on the nano scale can deviate significantly from those at the macroscopic level. In particular, due to high surface-to-volume ratios, interface effects can dominate flow phenomena. We are using statistical mechanics and fluid dynamics to understand how molecular-scale surface interactions can be exploited to control nano-scale fluid flows, with a focus on applications to electrokinetic energy conversion processes.

transmembrane mixing

 

Dates Funding Agency Scheme Grant Title Investigators Amount
2016–2018 Australian Research Council Discovery Projects X-ray snapshots of chemical transformations in open framework materials CJ Doonan, CJ Sumby, DM Huang, N Champness $314,900
2011–2014 Australian Solar Institute (ASI) Round 2 Upconversion of the solar spectrum for improved PV energy conversion TW Schmidt, MJ Crossley, S Perrier, GJ Conibeer, NJ Ekin-Daukes, S Maier, KW Lips, DM Huang $811,000
2011–2013 Centre for Energy Technology–Adelaide Airport Partnership Generic Fund Solar hydrogen: photocatalytic generation of H 2 from water GF Metha, TW Kee, DM Huang, J Alvino $33,000

 

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  • Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2018 Co-Supervisor Geometric and Morphological Effects on Singlet Fission in Coupled Acene Dimers Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Alexandra Nicole Stuart
    2018 Principal Supervisor Theory and Simulation of Self-Assembly and Charge Transport in Conjugated Polymers Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mrs Belinda Jayne Boehm
    2018 Co-Supervisor Using Spectroscopy and Modelling to Understand Migration of Charges and Energy in the Condensed Phase Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Rohan Joshua Hudson
    2017 Principal Supervisor Designing Organic Semiconductor Interfaces for Advanced Organic Electronics Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Ms Huong Thi Lan Nguyen
    2017 Co-Supervisor Polarisation Effects of Exciton Migration and Singlet Fission in TIPS-Pentacene Nanoparticles Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Miss Elisabeth Schrefl
    2017 Co-Supervisor Biophysical Characterisation of unusual DNA Structures Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Alexander Jacob Begbie
    2015 Co-Supervisor Computational and Experimental Analysis of Porous Materials Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Andrew Tarzia
    2014 Co-Supervisor Modelling and Experimentaion of the Acoustic Absorption Properties of Carbon Nanotubes, in the Audible Frequency Range Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Hywel Anthony Bennett
  • Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2016 - 2018 Co-Supervisor A Kinetic and Spectroscopic Analysis of Distance-dependent Singlet Fission in TIPS-Pentacene Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Ms Alexandra Nicole Stuart
    2016 - 2018 Principal Supervisor A Mechanistic Study of the Stability of Triple-Stranded DNA Structures Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Mrs Belinda Jayne Boehm
    2015 - 2017 Principal Supervisor Interplay of Structural, Dynamical, and Electronic Properties in Doped Semiconducting Polymer Systems Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Ms Sophia Ackling
    2013 - 2017 Co-Supervisor Theoretical and Spectroscopic Studies of Energy and Charge Transport in Organic Semiconductors Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Patrick Charles Tapping
    2013 - 2016 Co-Supervisor Experimental and Numerical Investigation of a Carbon Nanotube Acoustic Absorber Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Md Ayub
    2012 - 2015 Co-Supervisor Simulations of Molecular and Extended Porous Materials Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Jack Evans
    2011 - 2015 Co-Supervisor The Characterisation, Photocatalytic Performance, and Theoretical Investigation of Small Gold Clusters Supported on Titanium Dioxide Nanoparticles Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Jason Frankie Alvino
  • Position: Associate Professor
  • Phone: 83135580
  • Email: david.huang@adelaide.edu.au
  • Fax: 8313 4380
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Badger, floor 1
  • Room: 1 05a
  • Org Unit: Chemistry

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