Andy Kuo-Wei Huang

Professor of Chemical Science

Research Interests

Professor Huang’s research interests at KAUST focus on catalysis, including renewable energy (water splitting), carbon dioxide utilization, carbonylation and decarbonylation, fluorination, kinetic and DFT studies of transition metal and organocatalysis. He is a co-author of over 240 peer-reviewed international publications and a co-inventor of 18 patents and patent applications. He also serves as an Associate Editor of Journal of Saudi Chemical Society (JSCS) and a consultant and trainer for the Saudi Team for International Chemistry Olympiad (STIChO).

Selected Publications

  • The insignificant role of dry reforming of methane in CO2emission relief. Parsapur, R.K., Chatterjee, S., Huang, K.-W. ACS Energy Letters, 5(9), 2881-2885, (2020).
  • Ligand-centered reactivity of a pseudo-dearomatized phosphorus-nitrogen PN3P rhodium complex towards molecular oxygen at room temperature. Zhou, C., Munkerup, K., Wang, Y., Das, P.K., Chakraborty, P., Hu,...Huang, K.-W. Inorganic Chemistry Frontiers, 7(10), 2017-2022, (2020).
  • PN 3 (P)-Pincer Complexes: Cooperative Catalysis and beyond. Li, H., Gonçalves, T.P., Lupp, D., Huang, K.-W. ACS Catalysis, 9(3), 1619-1629, (2019).
  • Computationally guided design of a new Rh catalyst for selective formic acid dehydrogenation: Validation with caution. Guan, C., Zhang, D.-D., Zhang, T., Huang, M.-H., Chakraborty, P., Li, H.,...Huang, K.-W. International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 44(53), 28421-28429, (2019).
  • Conversion of CO2 from air into formate using amines and phosphorus-nitrogen PN3P-Ru(ii) pincer complexes. Guan, C., Pan, Y., Ang, E.P.L., Hu, J., Yao, C., Huang, M.-H.,... Huang, K.-W. Green Chemistry, 20(18), 4201-4205, (2018).
  • Diverse catalytic reactivity of a dearomatized PN3P-nickel hydride pincer complex towards CO2 reduction. Li, H., Gonçalves, T.P., Zhao, Q., Gong, D., Lai, Z., Wang, Z.,...Huang, K.-W. Chemical Communications, 54(81), 11395-11398, (2018).
  • Single-Site Ruthenium Pincer Complex Knitted into Porous Organic Polymers for Dehydrogenation of Formic Acid. Wang, X., Ling, E.A.P., Guan, C., Zhang, Q., Wu, W., Liu, P.,...Huang, K.-W. ChemSusChem, 11(20), 3591-3598, (2018).


  • 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

KAUST Affiliations

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