Prof. Xile Hu


Xile Hu (胡喜乐) was born in 1978 in a small village in Putian, southeastern China. He studied chemistry at Peking University and obtained a B.S. degree in June 2000. Shortly thereafter, he moved to the United States and began his doctoral study under the guidance of Prof. Karsten Meyer at the University of California, San Diego. His dissertation research focused on the coordination chemistry of tripodal N-heterocyclic carbene ligands. After receiveing a Ph.D. degree in inorganic chemistry in December 2004, he became a postdoctoral scholar in the group of Prof. Jonas C. Peters at the California Institute of Technology in February 2005. At Caltech, he worked on the development of molecular hydrogen evolution catalysts.

In July 2007, he was appointed as a tenure-track assistant professor of chemistry in the Institute of Chemical Sciences and Engineering at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland. He is the founder and director of the Laboratory of Inorganic Synthesis and Catalysis. His laboratory is developing catalysts made of  earth-abundant elements for chemical transformations pertinent to synthesis, energy, and sustainability. He was promoted to associate professor in January 2013 and full professor in June 2016.

Selected awards:
2010   European Research Council (ERC) Starting Grant
2011   Thieme Chemistry Journal Award
2011   Werner Prize of the Swiss Chemical Society
2012   Extraordinary Young Scientist, World Economic Forum
2012   Member of the Young Academy of Europe 
2013   Chemical Society Reviews Emerging Investigator Lectureship, Royal Society
          of Chemistry
2014   Rising Star, International Conference on Coordination Chemistry 
2014   Organometallics Young Investigator Fellowship, American Chemical Society 
2014   European Medal for Bio-Inorganic Chemistry (Eurobic Medal)
2014   Fellow, Royal Society of Chemistry (UK)
2015   Young Researcher Award, European Federation of Catalysis Societies
2015   European Research Council (ERC) Consolidator Grant
2016   Bau Family Award in Inorganic Chemistry
2016, 2018   European Research Council (ERC) Proof-of-Concept Grants
2017   Organic Letters Outstanding Publication of the Year Lectureship Award, ACS
2017   Tajima Prize, International Society of Electrochemistry
2017, 2018   Highly Cited Researcher (Web of Science)
2017   National Latsis Prize, the Swiss National Science Foundation and the International
           Latsis Foundation
2018   Resonate Award, Caltech

Curriculum Vitae of Xile Hu (pdf)      A Shorter version of CV (2 pages)

Academic Family Tree of Xile Hu

Author Profile of Xile Hu in Angewandte Chemie International Edition (pdf)