Mei-Rong Huang received her BS and MS in polymer materials science from China Textile University in Shanghai in 1985 and 1988, respectively. She was appointed as an associate professor in 1998 and promoted to a full professorship in 2003 of Tongji University, Shanghai, China.
As well as her current roles, she has been an academic visitor at the Chemical Research Laboratory of University of Oxford in 2009, a visiting scholar at the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry of University of California at Los Angeles in 2014, a visiting professor at the Department of Chemistry of Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2016, and a visiting scholar at the Department of Molecular Engineering of Kyoto University in 2018.
She has published around 200 articles in international leading journals including Chemical Reviews, Chemistry of Materials, Chemical Science, Small, Chem. Eur. J., Anal. Chem., J. Mater. Chem., and ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces. She is the author of a technical book entitled Advanced Materials Engineering of Liquid Crystalline Polymers, published in 2000, and holds ten US patents and more than 50 Chinese patents for her research. Her articles and book have been cited around 9000 times in international journals including Chemical Reviews, Progress in Materials Science, Chemical Society Review, Progress in Polymer Science, Advanced Materials, J. Am. Chem. Soc, Angew. Chem., and Energy & Environmental Science by scientists including a Nobel Prize Winner, Professor Alan G. MacDiarmid. Her research interests are focused on the molecular design, synthesis, preparation, characterization, properties, functionalities, and applications of novel aromatic polymers, polypropylene, and natural macromolecules like intrinsically electric conducting/p-conjugated polymers, green polymers, liquid crystalline polymers, cellulose derivatives, silk fibroin, graphene, and their nanomaterials (nanoparticles, nanorods, nanofibers, nanocomposites) that will be greatly used as ultra-sensitive fluorescent chemosensors, powerful adsorbents toward heavy-metal(Ag+, Pb2+, Hg2+, Cr3+, Cu2+) ions, high-performance Pb2+ and Ca2+-ion-selective electrodes, electrochemical sensors, supercapacitors, and sensing and separation membranes.
She was awarded the Citation Classic Award by the ISI in 2000, and has received the Natural Science Prize of Shanghai four times during the period from 2007 to 2015. Furthermore, she has won a Natural Science Prize from the Ministry of Education in China.