• Professor, Mechanical Engineering
  • G. Paul Pepper ’54 Professor
  • Affiliated Faculty, Materials Science & Engineering
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 Commun., 12, 5269 (2021).
  • P. Wu, M. Dong, D. Kang, J. Tan, C. Yu, “Revamping lithium-sulfur batteries for high cell-level energy density by synergistic utilization of polysulfide additives and artificial solid-electrolyte interphase layers,” Adv. Mater., 2104246 (2021).
  • J. Noh, W. Chen, P. Wu, Y. Huang, J. Tan, H.-C. Zhou, C. Yu, “Large cumulative capacity enabled by regulating lithium plating with metal-organic framework layers on porous carbon nanotube scaffolds,” Adv. Funct. Mater., 2104899 (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, 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).