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PhD projects

-Rational Enzyme Engineering of Biocatalysts for Synthetic Biology -Computational Photocatalysis -Computer-Aided Molecular Design and Optimization -Development of Structure-Based Statistical Potentials


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Personal profile


I joined Queen’s University Belfast in 2007 as a lecturer. After obtaining my PhD degree in Computational Chemistry at Zhejiang University in 2003, I was a Welcome Trust research fellow in the Department of Physical and Theoretical Chemistry at University of Oxford in 2004-2005 and research fellow in Department of Medicine, University of British Columbia, Canada in 2006-2007.

I have published over 50 full research articles on high-impact peer-reviewed journals such as J Am Chem Soc, Nature Communications and ACS Catalysis and have accomplished the interdisciplinary biotechnological project “Development of a computational and molecular biology platform between QUB and Almac”.

Research Interests

Computational Chemistry and Biology;

Enzyme Engineering;


Rational Drug Design;


Statistical algorithm and Machine Learning


CHM1015: Skills for Physical Chemistry (Module Coordinator)

CHM3005C: Computational Chemistry in Drug Discovery (Module Coordinator)

CHM3010: Practical Skills in Chemistry (Module Coordinator)

CHM3016: Drug Development



Queen's Student Union Education Award (2017)

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Research Output

  • An Efficient, Full Spectrum-Driven H2 Evolution Z-Scheme Co2P/CdS Photocatalyst with Co-S Bonds

    Li, N., Ding, Y., Wu, J., Zhao, Z., Li, X., Zheng, Y-Z., Huang, M. & Tao, X., 04 Jun 2019, In : ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 4 Citations (Scopus)
    45 Downloads (Pure)

    Artificial cysteine-lipases with high activity and altered catalytic mechanism created by laboratory evolution

    Cen, Y., Singh, W., Arkin, M., Moody, T. S., Huang, M., Zhou, J., Wu, Q. & Reetz, M. T., 19 Jul 2019, In : Nature Communications. 10, 10 p., 3198 .

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 1 Citation (Scopus)
    60 Downloads (Pure)

    Catalytic Mechanism of Mevalonate Kinase Revisited, a QM/MM Study

    McClory, J., Lin, J., Timson, D., Zhang, J. & Huang, M., 07 Mar 2019, In : Organic and Biomolecular Chemistry. 9, p. 2423-2431

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 3 Citations (Scopus)
    18 Downloads (Pure)

    Co(OH)2/BiVO4 photoanode in tandem with a carbon-based perovskite solar cell for solar-driven overall water splitting

    Li, X., Li, N., Jia, M., Lu, Y., Zheng, Y-Z., Tao, X. & Huang, M., 01 Nov 2019, In : Electrochimica Acta.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Prizes

    Education Excellence Award

    Meilan Huang (Recipient), 10 May 2017

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

  • Wellcome Trust International Fellow (01/01/2004-01/01/2006)

    Meilan Huang (Recipient), 2003

    Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively


    The Journal of Physical Chemistry (Journal)

    Meilan Huang (Peer reviewer)
    Jan 2020Feb 2020

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activity

    Environmental Science and Technology (Journal)

    Meilan Huang (Peer reviewer)
    Jan 2020 → …

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPublication peer-review

    Organic and Biomolecular Chemistry (Journal)

    Meilan Huang (Peer reviewer)
    Feb 2020 → …

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activity

    Recruitment Promotional visit to Chinese partner universities

    Meilan Huang (Presenter)
    09 Dec 201918 Dec 2019

    Activity: Other activity typesOther

    Coordinating EPS summer school-CCE programme

    Meilan Huang (Organiser)
    2019 → …

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in Festival/Exhibition