Shu Hu

Assistant Professor of Chemical & Environmental Engineering
Office Address:
9 Hillhouse Avenue, New Haven, CT; Lab Address: Energy Science Center II, 810 West Campus Drive, West Haven, CT 06516
Phone: (203) 436-4764
Fax: (203) 432-4387
  • Ph.D., Stanford University
  • B.S., Tsinghua University


The Hu research group at Yale synthesize chemicals or fuels from light by using small molecules like water, CO2, and methane or ions like carbonates. We design efficient particle-based photocatalysts by combining coating protection, bio-inspired active sites, and corrosion mitigation. We use modeling to guide nano-materials and device approaches to eventually enable sunlight to everything. We specialize in developing multifunctional coatings for catalyst tuning, color switching, membrane separation, and quantum information processing.

We are currently investigating the following areas:

  • Probing energetics, kinetics, and local environments of photocatalysts
  • Negative emission science: Indirect ocean capture and utilization of CO2
  • Reactive-Transport modeling for design and engineering of photocatalytic reactors
  • Multi-Functional coatings for corrosion mitigation, interface repair, and regeneration
  • Light-driven C-H activation, dehydrogenation, and partial oxidation

Selected Awards & Honors:

  • Brown & Williamson Chemistry Lectureship (2022)
  • Future Chemical Engineering Scholar, Global Academy of Chinese Chemical Engineers (2022)
  • DOE Early Career Award (2021)
  • Fellow, International Association of Advanced Materials (2021)
  • Scialog Fellow, Negative Emissions Science (2020)
  • Electrochemical Society, Division Young Investigator Award (2019)
  • Journal of Materials Chemistry Emerging Young Investigator (2018)
  • Gold Award, Materials Research Society (2011)
  • TMS Ross N. Tucker Memorial Award (2011)

Selected Publications:

     For a full list, visit Prof. Hu's Google Scholar profile.