Prof. Jin-Song Hu received his Ph.D. degree in Physical Chemistry in 2005 at Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences (ICCAS) under the supervision of Prof. Chun-Li Bai and Prof. Li-Jun Wan, then joined in ICCAS as an Assistant Professor and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2007. He worked with Professor's Shuit-Tong Lee in the Center Of Super-Diamond and Advanced Films (COSDAF), City University of Hong Kong in Dec. 2007-Mar. 2008. Since June 2008 to June 2011, he worked in Professor Charles M. Lieber's group at Harvard University as a Research Associate. After that, he moved back to ICCAS as a Full Professor and started an independent research group at the CAS Key Laboratory of Molecular Nanostructure and Nanotechnology. He is currently working on the development of efficient nanocatalysts for electrochemical energy conversion such as fuel cells, water splitting, and electrocatalytic conversion of small molecules. He also works on the low-cost thin film solar cells. He pioneered the research in GeSe-based solar cells and developed efficient perovskite solar cells.

Professor Hu authored/co-authored more than 170 papers in peer-reviewed journals such as Nature, Nat. Commun., Acc. Chem. Res., J. Am. Chem. Soc., Angew. Chem., Chem, Joule, and Adv. Mater. etc. These papers have received more than 22,000 citations with an H-index of 65. Over 30 papers were selected as Hot Paper and/or Highly Cited Paper by Essential Science Indicators. He is the principal inventor on over 30 patents. His work has been recognized by a number of awards, including Chinese Chemical Society Prize for Young Scientists (2006), Chinese Society of Electrochemistry Prize for Young Investigators (2017), Recipient for Chinese National Science Fund for Distinguished Young Scholars (2020) etc.

Research Areas

1) Electrochemistry

2) Photovoltaics


Undergraduate:           B.A. in Chemistry, Chang’an University, 1998

Graduate:                    M.A. in Chemistry, Hebei Normal University/Peking University, 2002

                                   Ph.D. in Chemistry, Institute of Chemistry, CAS, 2005


Work Experience

2005.07-2008.05:        Assistant/Associate Professor in Chemistry, Institute of Chemistry, CAS

2007.12-2008.03:        Visiting Scholar, City University of Hong Kong

2008.06-2011.5           Research Associate, Harvard University

2011.6-present             Professor of Chemistry, Institute of Chemistry, CAS

Selected Publications

Selected Publications since 2016

1)       Liu, S.-C.; Dai, C.M.; Min, Y.M.; Hou, Y.; Proppe, A.H.; Zhou, Y.; Chen C.; Chen, S.Y.; Tang, J.; Xue, D.-J.; Sargent, E.H.; Hu, J.-S. An antibonding valence band maximum enables defect-tolerant and stable GeSe photovoltaics. Nat. Commun. 2021, 12, Accepted.

2)       Meng, X.; Li, Y.; Qu, Y.; Chen, H.; Jiang, N.; Li, M.; Xue, D.-J.; Hu, J.-S.; Huang, H.; Yang, S. Crystallization Kinetics Modulation of FASnI3 Films with Pre-nucleation Clusters for Efficient Lead-free Perovskite Solar Cells. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2021, 60, anie.202012280.

3)       Li, M.-H.; Sun, T.-G.; Shao, J.-Y.; Wang, Y.-D.; Hu, J.-S.; Zhong, Y.-W., A Sulfur-Rich Small Molecule as a Bifunctional Interfacial Layer for Stable Perovskite Solar Cells with Efficiencies Exceeding 22%. Nano Energy 2021, 79, 105462.

4)       Li, M.-H.; Liu, S.-C.; Qiu, F.-Z.; Zhang, Z.-Y.; Xue, D.-J.; Hu, J.-S., High-Efficiency Cspbi2br Perovskite Solar Cells with Dopant-Free Poly(3-Hexylthiophene) Hole Transporting Layers. Adv. Energy Mater. 2020, 10 (21), 2000501.

5)       Xue, D.-J.; Hou, Y.; Liu, S.-C.; Wei, M.; Chen, B.; Huang, Z.; Li, Z.; Sun, B.; Proppe, A. H.; Dong, Y.; Saidaminov, M. I.; Kelley, S. O.; Hu, J.-S.; Sargent, E. H., Regulating Strain in Perovskite Thin Films through Charge-Transport Layers. Nat. Commun. 2020, 11 (1), 1514.

6)       Zhao, L.; Zhang, Y.; Zhao, Z.; Zhang, Q.-H.; Huang, L.-B.; Gu, L.; Lu, G.; Hu, J.-S.; Wan, L.-J. Steering Elementary Steps towards Efficient Alkaline Hydrogen Evolution via Size-Dependent Ni/NiO Nanoscale Heterosurfaces. Natl. Sci. Rev. 2020, 7, 27-36.

7)       Zhang, J.; Jiang, W.-J.; Niu, S.; Zhang, H.; Liu, J.; Li, H.; Huang, G.-F.; Jiang, L.; Huang, W.-Q.; Hu, J.-S.; Hu, W. Organic Small Molecule Activates Transition Metal Foam for Efficient Oxygen Evolution Reaction. Adv. Mater. 2020, 32, 1906015.

8)       Tang, T.; Jiang, W.-J.; Liu, X.-Z.; Deng, J.; Niu, S.; Wang, B.; Jin, S.-F.; Zhang, Q.; Gu, L.; Hu, J.-S.; Wan, L.-J. Metastable Rocksalt Oxide Mediated Synthesis of High-Density Dual-Protected M@NC for Long-life Rechargeable Zinc-Air Batteries with Record Power Density. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2020, 142, 7116-7127.

9)       Jiang, W.-J.; Tang, T.; Zhang, Y.; Hu, J.-S. Synergistic Modulation of Non-Precious-Metal Electrocatalysts for Advanced Water Splitting. Acc. Chem. Res. 2020, 53, 1111-1123.

10)    He, C.; Zhang, Y.; Zhang, Y.; Zhao, L.; Yuan, L.-P.; Zhang, J.; Ma, J.; Hu, J.-S. Molecular Evidences for Metallic Cobalt Boosting CO2 Electroreduction on Pyridinic Nitrogen. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2020, 59, 4914-4919.

11)    Liu, S.-C.; Li, Z.; Yang, Y.; Wang, X.; Chen, Y.-X.; Xue, D.-J.; Hu, J.-S. Investigation of Oxygen Passivation for High-Performance All-Inorganic Perovskite Solar Cells. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2019, 141, 18075-18082.

12)    Wang, Y.; Wan, J.; Ding, J.; Hu, J.-S.; Wang, D. A Rutile TiO2 Electron Transport Layer for the Enhancement of Charge Collection for Efficient Perovskite Solar Cells. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2019, 58, 9414-9418.

13)    Zhao, L.; Zhang, Y.; Huang, L.-B.; Liu, X.-Z.; Zhang, Q.-H.; He, C.; Wu, Z.-Y.; Zhang, L.-J.; Wu, J.; Yang, W.; Gu, L.; Hu, J.-S.; Wan, L.-J. Cascade anchoring strategy for general mass production of high-loading single-atomic metal-nitrogen catalysts. Nat. Commun. 2019, 10, 1278.

14)    Niu, S.; Jiang, W.-J.; Wei, Z.; Tang, T.; Ma, J.; Hu, J.-S.; Wan, L.-J. Se-Doping Activates FeOOH for Cost-Effective and Efficient Electrochemical Water Oxidation. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2019, 141, 7005-7013.

15)    Ding, J.; Han, Q.; Ge, Q.-Q.; Xue, D.-J.; Ma, J.-Y.; Zhao, B.-Y.; Chen, Y.-X.; Liu, J.; Mitzi, D. B.; Hu, J.-S. Fully Air-Bladed High-Efficiency Perovskite Photovoltaics. Joule 2019, 3, 402-416.

16)    Zheng, G.; Zhu, C.; Ma, J.; Zhang, X.; Tang, G.; Li, R.; Chen, Y.; Li, L.; Hu, J.; Hong, J.; Chen, Q.; Gao, X.; Zhou, H. Manipulation of facet orientation in hybrid perovskite polycrystalline films by cation cascade. Nat. Commun. 2018, 9, 2793.

17)    Zhao, B.; Jin, S.-F.; Huang, S.; Liu, N.; Ma, J.-Y.; Xue, D.-J.; Han, Q.; Ding, J.; Ge, Q.-Q.; Feng, Y.; Hu, J.-S. Thermodynamically Stable Orthorhombic gamma-CsPbI3 Thin Films for High-Performance Photovoltaics. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2018, 140, 11716-11725.

18)    Yang, Y.; Liu, S.-C.; Yang, W.; Li, Z.; Wang, Y.; Wang, X.; Zhang, S.; Zhang, Y.; Long, M.; Zhang, G.; Xue, D.-J.; Hu, J.-S.; Wan, L.-J. Air-Stable In-Plane Anisotropic GeSe2 for Highly Polarization-Sensitive Photodetection in Short Wave Region. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2018, 140, 4150-4156.

19)    Wang, Q.; Ming, M.; Niu, S.; Zhang, Y.; Fan, G.; Hu, J.-S. Scalable Solid-State Synthesis of Highly Dispersed Uncapped Metal (Rh, Ru, Ir) Nanoparticles for Efficient Hydrogen Evolution. Adv. Energy Mater. 2018, 8, 1801698.

20)    Sun, J.-K.; Huang, S.; Liu, X.-Z.; Xu, Q.; Zhang, Q.-H.; Jiang, W.-J.; Xue, D.-J.; Xu, J.-C.; Ma, J.-Y.; Ding, J.; Ge, Q.-Q.; Gu, L.; Fang, X.-H.; Zhong, H.-Z.; Hu, J.-S.; Wan, L.-J. Polar Solvent Induced Lattice Distortion of Cubic CsPbI3 Nanocubes and Hierarchical Self-Assembly into Orthorhombic Single-Crystalline Nanowires. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2018, 140, 11705-11715.

21)    Huang, L. B.; Zhao, L.; Zhang, Y.; Chen, Y. Y.; Zhang, Q. H.; Luo, H.; Zhang, X.; Tang, T.; Gu, L.; Hu, J. S. SelfLimited onSite Conversion of MoO3 Nanodots into Vertically Aligned Ultrasmall Monolayer MoS2 for Efficient Hydrogen Evolution. Adv. Energy Mater. 2018, 8, 1800734.

22)    Han, Q.; Ding, J.; Bai, Y.; Li, T.; Ma, J.-Y.; Chen, Y.-X.; Zhou, Y.; Liu, J.; Ge, Q.-Q.; Chen, J.; Glass, J. T.; Therien, M. J.; Liu, J.; Mitzi, D. B.; Hu, J.-S. Carrier Dynamics Engineering for High-Performance Electron-Transport-Layer-free Perovskite Photovoltaics. Chem 2018, 4, 2405-2417.

23)    Ge, Q.-Q.; Shao, J.-Y.; Ding, J.; Deng, L.-Y.; Zhou, W.-K.; Chen, Y.-X.; Ma, J.-Y.; Wan, L.-J.; Yao, J.; Hu, J.-S.; Zhong, Y.-W. A Two-Dimensional Hole-Transporting Material for High-Performance Perovskite Solar Cells with 20% Average Efficiency. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2018, 57, 10959-10965.

24)    Zhang, T.-Q.; Liu, J.; Huang, L.-B.; Zhang, X.-D.; Sun, Y.-G.; Liu, X.-C.; Bin, D.-S.; Chen, X.; Cao, A.-M.; Hu, J.-S.; Wan, L.-J. Microbial-Phosphorus-Enabled Synthesis of Phosphide Nanocomposites for Efficient Electrocatalysts. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2017, 139, 11248-11253.

25)    Xue, D.-J.; Liu, S.-C.; Dai, C.-M.; Chen, S.; He, C.; Zhao, L.; Hu, J.-S.; Wan, L.-J. GeSe Thin-Film Solar Cells Fabricated by Self-Regulated Rapid Thermal Sublimation. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2017, 139, 958-965.

26)    Tang, T.; Jiang, W.-J.; Niu, S.; Liu, N.; Luo, H.; Chen, Y.-Y.; Jin, S.-F.; Gao, F.; Wan, L.-J.; Hu, J.-S. Electronic and Morphological Dual Modulation of Cobalt Carbonate Hydroxides by Mn Doping toward Highly Efficient and Stable Bifunctional Electrocatalysts for Overall Water Splitting. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2017, 139, 8320-8328.

27)    Ren, Z.; Sun, J.; Li, H.; Mao, P.; Wei, Y.; Zhong, X.; Hu, J.; Yang, S.; Wang, J. Bilayer PbS Quantum Dots for High-Performance Photodetectors. Adv. Mater. 2017, 29 (33), 1702055.

28)    Jiang, W.-J.; Niu, S.; Tang, T.; Zhang, Q.-H.; Liu, X.-Z.; Zhang, Y.; Chen, Y.-Y.; Li, J.-H.; Gu, L.; Wan, L.-J.; Hu, J.-S. Crystallinity-Modulated Electrocatalytic Activity of a Nickel(II) Borate Thin Layer on Ni3B for Efficient Water Oxidation. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2017, 56, 6572-6577.

29)    Chen, Y.-Y.; Zhang, Y.; Zhang, X.; Tang, T.; Luo, H.; Niu, S.; Dai, Z.-H.; Wan, L.-J.; Hu, J.-S. Self-Templated Fabrication of MoNi4/MoO3-X Nanorod Arrays with Dual Active Components for Highly Efficient Hydrogen Evolution. Adv. Mater. 2017, 29, 1703311.

30)    Zhong, L.; Yu, F.; An, Y.; Zhao, Y.; Sun, Y.; Li, Z.; Lin, T.; Lin, Y.; Qi, X.; Dai, Y.; Gu, L.; Hu, J.; Jin, S.; Shen, Q.; Wang, H. Cobalt carbide nanoprisms for direct production of lower olefins from syngas. Nature 2016, 538, 84-87.

31)    Zhang, W.; Peng, L.; Liu, J.; Tang, A.; Hu, J.-S.; Yao, J.; Zhao, Y. S. Controlling the Cavity Structures of Two-Photon-Pumped Perovskite Microlasers. Adv. Mater. 2016, 28, 4040-4046.

32)    Jiang, W.-J.; Gu, L.; Li, L.; Zhang, Y.; Zhang, X.; Zhang, L.-J.; Wang, J.-Q.; Hu, J.-S.; Wei, Z.; Wan, L.-J. Understanding the High Activity of Fe–N–C Electrocatalysts in Oxygen Reduction: Fe/Fe3C Nanoparticles Boost the Activity of Fe–Nx. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2016, 138, 3570-3578.

33)    Du, J.; Du, Z.; Hu, J.-S.; Pan, Z.; Shen, Q.; Sun, J.; Long, D.; Dong, H.; Sun, L.; Zhong, X.; Wan, L.-J. Zn–Cu–In–Se Quantum Dot Solar Cells with a Certified Power Conversion Efficiency of 11.6%. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2016, 138, 4201-4209.

34)    Chen, Y.-X.; Ge, Q.-Q.; Shi, Y.; Liu, J.; Xue, D.-J.; Ma, J.-Y.; Ding, J.; Yan, H.-J.; Hu, J.-S.; Wan, L.-J. General Space-Confined On-Substrate Fabrication of Thickness-Adjustable Hybrid Perovskite Single-Crystalline Thin Films. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2016, 138, 16196-16199.

Research Interests

1) Nanomaterials for electrochemical energy conversion such as fuel cells, water splitting, and electrocatalytic conversion of small molecules

2) Thin film solar cells, including perovskite solar cells and GeSe-based solar cells.

Honors & Distinctions

Selected Honors

Chinese Chemical Society Prize for Young Scientists (2006), 

Chinese Society of Electrochemistry Prize for Young Investigators (2017), 

Recipient for Chinese National Science Fund for Distinguished Young Scholars (2020)


Selected services

Editorial board member for Chinese Journal of Catalysis and Nano Materials Science etc.