Associate professor of mechanical engineering and materials science
areas of expertise: material and system design for batteries, fuel cells and electrochemical sensors, application of transmission electron microscopy techniques, synthesis of nanomaterials by electrochemical techniques, rechargeable lithium batteries, mechanics and materials, fuel cells
Yang Shao-Horn is an associate professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Department of Materials Science and Engineering. She works with graduate students and postdocs on materials for electrochemical energy storage and conversion, which is centered on understanding and altering the crystal, surface and electronic structures of thin films and nanomaterials, and applying fundamental understanding to design new materials for lithium storage and electrocatalysis of small molecules such as oxygen reduction, water splitting and methanol oxidation.
She obtained her PhD in metallurgical and materials engineering from Michigan Technological University in 1998. She then worked as a staff scientist at Eveready Battery Company until 2000. She joined MIT in August 2002 after a two-year NSF International Research Fellowship at the Institute of Condensed Matter Chemistry in Bordeaux, France.
Her select honors include Charles W. Tobias Young Investigator Award of the Electrochemical Society 2008; Dupont Young Faculty Award 2006; MIT Presidential Energy Research Council 2005; Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award 2003.
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