Academic Profile

Hu obtained his BEng degree from the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Tsinghua University in Beijing in 1985. He went on to receive his MSc and PhD degrees from the Materials Science Centre, University of Manchester in the United Kingdom in 1998 and 1990 respectively. He worked as an SERC (UK) postdoctoral associate at Manchester University from December 1990, before joining Nanyang Technological University in April 1992 as a founding faculty member of the Materials Science & Engineering program. He co-founded the Polymer Laboratory in the School of Materials Science & Engineering, and served as Director of Graduate Programs in the School and as its inaugural Head of Division of Materials Technology. He is now a full professor in the School of Materials Science and Engineering.
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Prof Hu Xiao
Professor, School of Materials Science & Engineering

Composites and Nanocomposites
Functional Polymers: Synthesis and Assembly
Nanocrystals Synthesis and Modification (including rods, dots and tubes)
Organic-inorganic Hybrid Materials
  • Advanced Sustainable Materials for Targeted Nutrient Delivery in Urban Farming

  • Bioengineering-enabled Precision Farming: A Semi-closed Agri-food System

  • Catalytic Active Catalyst Support Using Incineration Ash

  • Development of SiC precursors with near stoichiometric variations and investigation of these precursors for electrospinning SiC fibers

  • Functional Material Programme (FMP)

  • Materials and Process Development for High Performance,Green and Sustainable Flexible Food Packaging

  • Nano-encapsulation of agrichemicals for sustainable agriculture

  • RGE-NTU Sustainable Textile Research Centre

  • RGE-NTU Sustainable Textile Research Centre (PI- Dalton Tay)
  • Chen, X., J.S.K. Lim, W. Yan, F. Guo, Y.N. Liang, H. Chen, A. Lambourne, and X.M. Hu. (2020). Salt Template Assisted BN Scaffold Fabrication Towards Highly Thermal Conductive Epoxy Composites. ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, .

  • Tay, Y.S., Liu, M., Lim, J.S.K., Chen, H., Hu, X. (2020). Phthalonitrile prepolymer and PAN blends: New strategy for precursor stabilization and pyrolytic char yield enhancement. Polymer Degradation and Stability, 172.

  • Jacob Song Kiat Lim, Xiao Hu. (2019, December). Dielectric Characterization of Epoxy Degradation in Hydrochloric Acid. Paper presented at The 16th Pacific Polymer Conference, Singapore.

  • Nupur Gupta, Yen Nan Liang, Jacob Song Kiat Lim, Xiao Hu. (2019, December). Determination of Swelling/deswelling Characteristics and Kinetics of Thermally Responsive Hydrogel. Paper presented at The 16th Pacific Polymer Conference, Singapore.

  • Chanaka Udayanga W.D., Veksha A., Giannis A., Liang Y.N., Lisak G., Hu X., Lim T.-T. (2019). Insights into the speciation of heavy metals during pyrolysis of industrial sludge. Science of the total environment, 691, 232-242.