• Associate Professor
  • Sallie and Don Davis ’61 Faculty Fellow II
Choongho Yu

Educational Background

  • Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering, University of Texas at Austin, 2004
  • M.S. Mechanical Engineering, Korea University, Korea, 1999
  • B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Korea University, Korea, 1997

Research Interests

    • Soft robots capable of freeform motions: Actuator design, fabrication, and testing with ion polymer membrane composites
    • Energy harvesting and storage for wearable electronics/sensors/actuators and IoT
    • Energy storage
      • Supercapacitors: Thermally self-chargeable flexible energy storage
      • Li-S batteries: High capacity and low-cost carbon nanotube sponge based batteries
      • Li-Air batteries: Porous multi-dimensional carbon electrodes with solid electrolytes for stable and safe operation
    • Energy conversion
      • Thermoelectric energy harvesting and cooling: Flexible organic and inorganic material synthesis, characterization, device fabrication, and theoretical calculation
      • Fuel cells: Microbial fuel cell and wastewater treatment
    • Novel and facile energy-saving manufacturing of composite materials
    • Water desalination membranes for reverse osmosis and pressure-retarded osmosis
    • Thermal and electrical transport and thermal management

Selected Publications

  • G. Yang, J. Tan, H. Jin, Y. H. Kim, X. Yang, D. H. Son, S. Ahn, H. Zhou, C. Yu, “Creating effective nanoreactors on carbon nanotubes with mechanochemical treatments for high‐areal‐capacity sulfur cathodes and lithium anodes,” Adv. Funct.Mater., https://doi.org/10.1002/adfm.201800595 (2018).
  • S. L. Kim, J.-H. Hsu, C. Yu, “Intercalated graphene oxide for flexible and practically large thermoelectric voltage generation and simultaneous energy storage,” Nano Energy, 48, 582-589 (2018).
  • Y. Liu, J. Tan, W. Choi, J.-H. Hsu, D. S. Han, A. Han, A. Abdel-Wahab, C. Yu, “Influence of nanoparticle inclusions on the performance of reverse osmosis membranes,” Environ. Sci.: Water Res. Technol., 4, 411–420 (2018).
  • W. Choi, K. Choi, C. Yu, “Ultrafast nanoscale polymer coating on porous 3D structures using microwave irradiation,” Adv. Funct. Mater., 28, 1704877 (2018).
  • H. Wang, J.-H. Hsu, G. Yang, C. Yu, “Novel organic Schottky barrier diode created in a single planar polymer film,” Adv. Mater., 28, 9545–9549 (2016).