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:

  • Modeling-guided photocatalytic reactor engineering
  • Probing photocatalyst microenvironments for rational design
  • Corrosion mitigation, repair, and regeneration for liquid interfaces
  • C-H activation and partial oxidation using new photochemical pathways

  • Negative emission technology: Direct air capture of CO2 and CH4 combined with their utilization

Selected Awards & Honors:

  • 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)
  • Ross N. Tucker Memorial Award (2011)

Selected Publications:

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