Welcome to the PEC Interface and Materials Lab!

New Postdoc Position Available!

Hu lab studies focuses on photoelectrochemical interfaces and coating materials for applications in light-induced chemicals conversion. We mainly  understand and manipulate charge dynamics and charge-transfer processes at solid/liquid interfaces. We discover design principles for efficient and stable photocatalysts that coevolve fuels and oxidants. We also build various solar-fuel devices that enable distributed, sustainable and low-cost chemical production.  We believe it is key to understanding non-equilibrium, reversible light-driven processes of chemical catalysis or materials synthesis, at a photoelectrochemical (PEC) interface.

Many applications rely on this PEC functional interface: converting sunlight, water, and air into energy-dense fuels; guiding additive materials growth or subtractive photo-corrosion; or even making the PEC interface self-repair. Therefore, we consider a light-driven PEC device as an open, living system especially with free and abundant sunlight in our macroscopic world as the energy inputs.

Our group is part of Department of the Chemical & Environmental Engineering at Yale School of Engineering and Applied Science. Our lab is located at the Energy Sciences Institute at Yale West Campus

We are interested in finding out the governing rules of running a light-driven artificial photosynthesitic system efficiently. We also build photoelectrochemical devices that simultaneously achieve energy storage and water treatment, for a clean and sustainable world! 

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August 9, 2021
Congrats! Exciting news! Thanks to the entire Hu group for the innovative ideas and the hard work to make it real!  https://seas.yale.edu/news-events/news/shu-hu-wins-doe-...
July 15, 2021
We welcome to the Hu group, Atsu! It will be lots of fun! Enjoy! (group members)
July 6, 2021
Congratulations to our group for being recognized by the Yale Planetary Solutions! They shared our recent Joule paper featuring former visiting student Junying , former...
June 3, 2021
Congratulations to Junying, Tianshuo, and Devan for getting published in Joule. The title is “Selective hydrogen peroxide conversion tailored by surface, interface, and...
February 23, 2021
Great new, tianshuo’s new paper “A Coating Strategy to Achieve Effective Local Charge Separation for Photocatalytic Coevolution” has been covered by Yale daily news....