Xu Hou was born in 1983 and raised in Chengdu, China. He obtained BSc degree in biomedical engineering from Sichuan University in 2006. He then moved to Beijing and finished his PhD research on Physical Chemistry under the supervision of Prof. Lei Jiang at National Center for Nanoscience and Technology, China in 2011.

He conducted his postdoctoral research in bioinspired systems with Prof. Joanna Aizenberg at Harvard University in Boston, USA from 2012. In 2015, Dr. Hou returned back to China, and started his independent research at Xiamen University. His bioinspired porous systems bring a new generation of chemical design ideas for biological sensing, chemical detection, and membrane separation, etc.

As a chemist, he has published 2 Academic Books and more than 55 research papers, such as Nature, Chem. Soc. Rev., J. Am. Chem. Soc., Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., Chem. Commun., etc. H-index: 28, Total Citations > 3300. In 2018, as the leading guest editor, he organized a special issue on bio-inspired multi-scale pores/channels on the famous academic journal (Small, 2018, 14[18]), and researchers from 37 top international scientific research institutions (Princeton University, Stanford University, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Delft University of Technology, Tokyo University of Technology, etc.) from 11 countries (USA, UK, Germany, Japan, Argentina, Saudi Arabia, Ukraine, China, etc.) contributed to this special issue.

Based on his outstanding achievements in chemistry research, Dr. Hou has received many academic awards including: 2018 Chinese Chemical Society Award for Outstanding Young Chemist, China; 2014 SciFinder Future Leaders in Chemistry Program, USA; 2014 Harvard University Postdoctoral Awards for Professional Development, USA; 2013 Springer Theses Prize; 2011 First Prize of the 9th “Colloid Awards of China”, etc.