• Professor, Mechanical Engineering
  • G. Paul Pepper ’54 Professor
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

    • Energy Storage
      • Rechargeable Li batteries: High capacity and low-cost carbon nanotube sponge based batteries for electric vehicles and mobile applications
      • Low-cost rechargeable metal batteries for stationary applications
      • Thermal energy storage: composites with phase change materials
    • Energy Conversion and Harvesting
      • Thermal-to-electrical energy conversion based on thermo-diffusion of electrons and ions
      • Simultaneous energy conversion and storage with thermally chargeable supercapacitors
      • Hydrogen generation with electrochemical cells

Awards & Honors

  • 2020-2021 TEES Faculty Fellow Award
  • 2020 National Academy of Inventors Senior Member
  • 2019-2022 Sallie and Don Davis '61 Faculty Fellow
  • 2016 William O. & Montine P Head Faculty Fellow, Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station
  • 2014-2018 Gulf/Oil Thomas A. Dietz Career Development Professor, Texas A&M University
  • 2012 TEES Select Young Faculty Award, Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station

Selected Publications

  • Y. Zhang, A. Sohn, A Chakraborty, C. Yu, “Colossal thermo-hydro-electrochemical voltage generation for self-sustainable operation of electronics, Nature Comm. In press (2021).
  • J. Tan, F. A. Soto, J. Noh, P. Wu, D. Rajendra, P. B. Balbuena, K. Xie, C. Yu, “Large areal capacity and dendrite-free anodes with long lifetime enabled by distributed lithium plating with mossy manganese oxides,” J. Mater. Chem. A, 9, 9291-9300 (2021).
  • J. Noh, J. Tan, D.R. Yadav, P. Wu, K. Xie, C. Yu, “Understanding of lithium insertion into 3D porous carbon scaffolds with hybridized lithiophobic and lithiophilic surfaces by in-operando study,” Nano Lett., 20, 3681-3687 (2020).
  • 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., 28, 1800595 (2018).
  • S. L. Kim, H. T. Lin, C. Yu, “Thermally chargeable solid-state supercapacitor,” Adv. Energy Mater., 6, 1600546 (2016).