Assistant Professor College of Science, Department of Chemistry

Dr. Rui Hao received the B.Sc. degree in Chemistry from Tsinghua University (2007) and Ph.D. degree in Adv. Mater. and Mech. under the supervision of Professor Yanglong Hou from Peking University (2012). He worked as a research associate for a year in Professor Liming Dai’s group at the Case Western Reserve University (2012-2013). He was a postdoc researcher in Professor Bo Zhang’s group at the University of Washington (2013-2019). He joined Southern University of Science and Technology in 2019 as an assistant professor.

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Developing new tools for high spatiotemporal imaging of nanoscale electrochemical processes and interfaces;

Developing new electrochemically based methods for detection and analysis of single ions, atoms, molecules and nanoparticles;

Developing new strategy for brain-machine interface

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1. Hao, R. ǂ; Fan, Y.S. ǂ; Anderson, T.; Zhang, B., Imaging Single Nanobubbles of H2 and O2 During the Overall Water Electrolysis with Single-Molecule

Fluorescence Microscopy. Anal. Chem. 2020, 92, 3682-3688

2. Hao, R. ; Peng, Z.; Zhang, B., Single-Molecule Fluorescence Microscopy for Probing the Electrochemical Interface. ACS Omega. 2020, 5, 89-97

3. Hao, R. ǂ; Fan, Y.S. ǂ; Zhang, B, Observation of Nanobubble Generation at the Electrode/Solution Interface. PNAS, 2018, 115, 5878-5883

4. Hao, R.; Fan, Y.S.; Han, C.; Zhang, B, Bipolar Electrochemistry on a Nanopore-Supported Platinum Nanoparticle Electrode. Anal. Chem.,2017, 89,


5. Hao, R. ǂ; Fan, Y.S. ǂ; Zhang, B, Imaging Dynamic Collision and Oxidation of Single Silver Nanoparticles at the Electrode/Solution Interface. J. Am.

Chem. Soc., 2017, 139,12274–12282

6. Hao, R.; Zhang, B, Observing Electrochemical De-alloying by Single Nanoparticle Collision. Anal. Chem., 2016, 88, 8728-8734

7. Hao, R.; Fan, Y.S.; Zhang, B., Electrochemical Detection of Nanoparticle Collision by Reduction of Silver Chloride. J. Electrochem. Soc. 2016,163,


8. Hao, R.; Zhang, B, Nanopipette-based, Electroplated Nanoelectrodes. Anal. Chem., 2016, 88, 414-430

9. Hao, R.; Yu J; Ge Z. G.; Zhao L. Y.; Sheng F. G.; Xu L. L.; Li G. J.; Hou Y. L., Developing Fe3O4 Nanoparticles into an Efficient Multimodality Imaging

and Therapeutic Probe. Nanoscale, 2013, 5, 11954-11963

10. Hao, R.; Hou, Y. L.; Yu, J.; Sun, S. H., One-Pot Synthesis of Hollow/Porous Mn-Based Nanoparticles via a Controlled Ion Transfer Process. Chem.

Commun. 2011, 47, 9095-9097.

11. Hao, R.; Xing, R.; Xu, Z.; Hou, Y.; Gao, S.; Sun, S., Synthesis, Functionalization, and Biomedical Applications of Multifunctional Magnetic

Nanoparticles. Adv. Mater. 2010, 22, 2729-2742.

12. Hao, R. ǂ; Qian, W. ǂ; Zhang, L. H.; Hou, Y. L., Aqueous dispersions of TCNQ-anion-stabilized graphene sheets. Chem. Commun. 2008, 6576-6578.

13. Hao, R.; Yuan, J.; Peng, Q., Fabrication and Sensing Behavior of Cr2O3 Nanofibers via in situ Gelation and Electrospinning. Chem. Lett. 2006, 35, 1248-


14. Han, C.; Hao, R.; Fan, Y.; Edwards, M.; Gao, H.; Zhang. B., Observing Transient Bipolar Electrochemical Coupling on Single Nanoparticles

Translocating through a Nanopore. Langmuir 2019, 35, 22, 7180-7190

15. Fan, Y.ǂ; Hao, R. ǂ; Zhang, B. Counting Single Redox Molecules in a Nanoscale Electrochemical Cell. Anal.Chem. 2018, 90, 13837-13841

16. Barlow, S. T.; Louie, M.; Hao, R.; Defnet, P. A.; Zhang, B. Electrodeposited Gold on Carbon-Fiber Microelectrodes Enhances Amperometric Detection

of Dopamine Release from PC12 Cells. Anal. Chem.2018,.90, 10049-10055

17. Zhang, F.; Defnet, P.; Fan, Y.; Hao, R.; Zhang, B, Transient Electrocatalytic Water Oxidation in Single-Nanoparticle Collision. J. Phys. Chem. C. 122, 11,


18. Zhang, F.; Edwards, M.; Hao, R.; White, H.; Zhang, B, Collision and Oxidation of Silver Nanoparticles on a Gold Nanoband Electrode. J. Phys. Chem. C.

121, 42, 23564-23573

19. Chen T.; Hao, R.; Peng H.; Dai L., High-Performance, Stretchable, Wire-Shaped Supercapacitors, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2015, 54, 618-622

20. Zhang, H; Hao, R.; Jackson, J; Chiao, M; Yu, H., Janus Ultrathin Film from Multi-Level Self-Assembly at Air–Water Interfaces. Chem. Commun.,


21. Zhang H.; Hao, R.; Ren X.; Yu L.; Yang H.; Yu H., PEG/Lecithin–Liquid-Crystalline Composite Hydrogels for Quasi-Zero-Order Combined Release of

Hydrophilic and Lipophilic Drugs. RSC Adv., 2013,3, 22927-22930.

22. Wu, W.; Hao, R.; Liu, F.; Su, X.; Hou, Y., Single-Crystalline Alpha-Fe2O3 Nanostructures: Controlled Synthesis and High-Index Plane-Enhanced

Photodegradation by Visible Light. J. Mater. Chem. A 2013, 1, 6888-6894.

23. Zhang, C.; Hao, R.; Liao, H.; Hou, Y., Synthesis of Amino-Functionalized Graphene as Metal-Free Catalyst and Exploration of The Roles of Various

Nitrogen States in Oxygen Reduction Reaction. Nano Energy 2013, 2, 88-97.

24. Qian, W.; Hao, R.;Zhou, J.; Eastman, M.; Manhat, B. A.; Sun, Q.; Goforth, A. M.; Jiao, J., Exfoliated Graphene-Supported Pt And Pt-Based Alloys as

Electrocatalysts for Direct Methanol Fuel Cells. Carbon 2013, 52, 595-604.

25. Yu, J.; Hao, R.;Sheng, F.; Xu, L.; Li, G.; Hou, Y., Hollow manganese phosphate nanoparticles as smart multifunctional probes for cancer cell targeted

magnetic resonance imaging and drug delivery. Nano. Res. 2012, 5, 679-694.

26. Zhang, C.; Hao, R.;Yin, H.; Liu, F.; Hou, Y., Iron Phthalocyanine and Nitrogen-Doped Graphene Composite as a Novel Non-Precious Catalyst for the

Oxygen Reduction Reaction. Nanoscale 2012, 4, 7326-7329.

27. Qian, W.; Cui, X.; Hao, R.;Hou, Y. L.; Zhang, Z. Y., Facile Preparation of Nitrogen-Doped Few-Layer Graphene via Supercritical Reaction. ACS Appl.

Mater. Interfaces 2011, 3, 2259-2264.

28. Cui, X.; Zhang, C. Z.; Hao, R.;Hou, Y. L., Liquid-Phase Exfoliation, Functionalization and Applications of Graphene. Nanoscale 2011, 3, 2118-2126.

29. Zeng, Y.; Hao, R.; Xing, B.; Hou, Y.; Xu, Z., One-Pot Synthesis of Fer3O4 Nanoprisms with Controlled Electrochemical Properties. Chem. Commun.

2010, 46, 3920-3922.

30. Qian, W.; Hao, R.; Hou, Y. L.; Tian, Y.; Shen, C. M.; Gao, H. J.; Liang, X. L., Solvothermal-Assisted Exfoliation Process to Produce Graphene with High

Yield and High Quality. Nano. Res. 2009, 2, 706-712.

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