Hui Zhang

Research Scientists

Research Scientist

Research Interests

My research interests at KAUST mainly focus on the atomic-scale characterization of various extremely beam-sensitive nanomaterials with advanced transmission electron microscopy, in hope of unraveling the novel topological, energetic and dynamic features of multi-dimensional crystal defects significantly affecting the properties and performances.

Selected Publications

  • Atomic perspective on the serpentine-chlorite solid-state transformation; Hui Zhang, Benjamin Gilbert, Jillian F. Banfield; Chemistry of Materials (2021).

  • Structural defects in MAX phases and their derivative MXenes: A look forward; Hui Zhang, Tao Hu, Xiaohui Wang, Yanchun Zhou ; Journal of Materials Science & Technology (2020).

  • Atomic repartition in MXene by electron probes; Hui Zhang, Tao Hu, W Sun, Minmin Hu, Rengfei Cheng, Xiaohui Wang; Chemistry of Materials (2019).

  • Revisiting building block ordering of long-period stacking ordered structures in Mg‒Y‒Al alloys; Hui Zhang, Chaoqiang Liu, Yuman Zhu, Houwen Chen, Laure Bourgeois, Jianfeng Nie; Acta Materialia (2018)

  • Insights into high-temperature uniaxial compression deformation behavior of Ti3AlC2; Hui Zhang, Xiaohui Wang, Peng Wan, Xun Zhan and Yanchun Zhou; Journal of the American Ceramic Society (2015)


  • Ph.D, Institute of Metal Research, China, 2010-2016
  • B.Sc., Wuhan University, China, 2006-2010

Professional Profile

  • 2016-2018, Postdoc Fellow, Monash University, Australia.
  • 2018-2021, Postdoc Fellow, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, USA.
  • 2021-current, Research Scientist, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia.

KAUST Affiliations

  • ​Advanced Membranes and Porous Materials Center (AMPMC)
  • Division of Physical Science and Engineering (PSE)