Kuo-Wei Huang, Ph.D.


Professor of Chemical Science and Associate Vice President for Research

Research Interests

​Prof. Huang’s interests include carbon dioxide utilization, carbonylation and decarbonylation, small molecules activation, kinetic and DFT studies of transition metal and organocatalysis

Selected Publications

  • Electrocatalytic Reduction of Carbon Dioxide with a Well-Defined PN3-Ru Pincer Complex 
    S. Min, S. Rasul, H. Li, D. C. Grills, K. Takanabe, L.-J. Li, K.-W. Huang
    ChemPlusChem, 81, 166-171, (2016)
  • Mechanism and Regioselectivity of Rh(III)-Catalyzed Intermolecular Annulation of Aryl-Substituted Diazenecarboxylat... 
    M.J. Ajitha and K.-W. Huang
    Organometallics, 2016, 35 (4), 450-455, (2016)
  • CO2 activation through silylimido and silylamido zirconium hydrides supported on N-donor chelating SBA15 surface li... 
    F.A. Pasha, A.S. Bendjeriou, E.A. Hamad, K.W. Huang, J.M. Basset
    Chem. Commun., 52, 2577-2580, (2016)
  • N-Heterocyclic Carbene-Catalyzed Vinylogous Mukaiyama Aldol Reaction of α-Keto Esters and α-Trifluoromethyl Ketones 
    Y. Wang, F. Xing, M. Xue, G. F. Du, X.H. Guo, K.W. Huang, B. Dai
    Synthesis  48(01): 79-84, (2016)
  • Z-Shaped Pentaleno-Acene Dimers with High Stability and Small Band Gap 
    G.L. Dai, J.J. Chang, J. Luo, S.Q. Dong, N. Aratani, B. Zheng, K.W. Huang, H. Yamada, C.Y....
    Volume 55, Issue 8, 2693-2696, (2016)
  • Remote C−H Activation of Quinolines through Copper-Catalyzed Radical Cross-Coupling 
    J. Xu, C. Shen, X.L. Zhu, P.F. Zhang, M.J. Ajitha, K.W. Huang, Z.F. An, X.G. Liu
    Volume 11, Issue 6, 882-892, (2016)
  • Octazethrene and Its Isomer with Different Diradical Characters and Chemical Reactivity: The Role of the Bridge Str... 
    P. Hu, S. Lee, K. H. Park, S. Das, T. S. Herng, Théo P. Gonçalves, K-W. Huang, J. Ding, ...
    J. Org. Chem., 2016, 81 (7), 2911-2919 , (2016)
  • A new class of PN3-pincer ligands for metal–ligand cooperative catalysis 
    H. Li, B. Zheng, K.-W. Huang
    Coordination Chemistry Reviews, volumes 293-294, 116-138, (2015)
  • C–H and H–H bond activation via ligand dearomatization/rearomatization of a PN3P-rhodium(I) complex 
    Y. Wang, B. Zheng, Y. Pan, C. Pan, L. He, K.-W. Huang 
    Dalton Transactions, 44, 15111-15115 , (2015)
  • Two-dimensional gold nanostructures with high activity for selective oxidation of carbon–hydrogen bonds 
    W. Liang, Z. Yihan, J.-Q. Wang, L. Fudong, J. Huang, X. Meng, J.-M. Basset, Y. Han, F.-S. ...
    Nature Communications 6, article number: 6957, (2015)


  • Ph.D., Stanford University, United States, 2004
  • B.S., National Taiwan University, Taiwan, 1997

Professional Profile

  • 2018-Present: Professor, Chemical Science, KAUST, Saudi Arabia
  • 2009–2018: Associate Professor, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia
  • 2007-2009:Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, National University of Singapore
  • 2004-2007: Research Fellow, Brookhaven National Laboratory, United States
  • 1999-2000:Teaching Assistant, Department of Chemistry, National Taiwan University
  • 1997-1999:Second Lieutenant, Military Police, Taiwan Army

Scientific and Professional Membership

  • American Chemical Society
  • Singapore National Institute of Chemistry
  • The Chinese Chemical Society in Taipei


  • Rising Stars Lecturership, 41st International Conference on Coordination Chemistry, 2014
  • SABIC Chair Professorship, 2013-2018
  • Asian Rising Stars Lectureship, the 15th Asian Chemical Congress, 2013
  • RIKEN Visiting Fellowship, 2012
  • Asian Core Program Lectureship, 2012
  • Certificate of Appreciation from King Abdulaziz and his Companions Foundation for Giftedness and Creativity (MAWHIBA) and Ministry of Education of Saudi Arabia, 2011
  • KAUST 1st and 2nd Seed Fund Program Awards, 2010
  • United Kingdom-Singapore Partners In Science Collaboration Development Award, 2008
  • Gertrude and Maurice Goldhaber Distinguished Fellow, Brookhaven National Laboratory, United States, 2004-2007
  • Regina Casper Stanford Graduate Fellow, Stanford University, 2002-2004
  • Dr. Yuan T. Lee Fellow in Chemistry, CTCI Foundation, Taiwan, 1993-1997

KAUST Affiliations

  • ​Kaust Catalysis Center (KCC)
  • Division of Physical Science and Engineering (PSE)

Research Interests Keywords

Carbon dioxide utilization Carbonylation and decarbonylation Small molecules activation Kinetic and DFT studies of transition metal and Organocatalysis