• Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering
  • 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

    • Energy conversion
      • Thermoelectric energy harvesting and cooling: Flexible organic and inorganic material synthesis, characterization, device fabrication, and theoretical calculation
      • Electrochemical cells: Microbial electrochemical cell and wastewater treatment
      • Electrochemical conversion of CO2 and others
    • 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
    • Thermal and electrical transport and thermal management
    • Energy harvesting and storage for wearable electronics, sensors/actuators, and IoT
    • Novel and facile energy-saving manufacturing and 3D printing
    • Water desalination membranes for reverse osmosis and pressure-retarded osmosis
    • Soft robots capable of freeform motions: Actuator design, fabrication, and testing with ion polymer membrane composites

Awards & Honors

  • 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

  • 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).
  • 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).
  • 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).
  • G. Yang, W. Choi, X. Pu, C. Yu, “Scalable synthesis of bi-functional high-performance carbon nanotube sponge catalysts and electrodes with optimum C-N-Fe coordination for oxygen reduction reaction,” Energy Environ. Sci., 8, 1799-1807 (2015).