MSE Seminar Series: Yun Hang Hu, MI Tech U.
Friday, April 21, 2017
1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m.
2110 Chemical & Nuclear Engineering Building
Carbon Nano-Materials for Energy Application
Because of the bonding flexibility of carbon, carbon-based materials exhibit various structures with a large variety of physical and chemical properties. Three-dimensional carbon allotropes (graphite and diamond) have been known from the earliest history. The zero-dimensional carbon fullerenes and one-dimensional carbon nanotubes were discovered within the last 30 years. Furthermore, isolated two-dimensional graphene, which is a one-atom thick carbon layer with hexagonal ‘‘honeycomb” lattice, was experimentally obtained 12 years ago. Actually, the discovery of those nano-structured carbon materials is one of the most important developments in science and engineering. In this lecture, Prof. Hu is going to discuss his research for (a) the defect structures and the endohedral complexes of C60, (b) the stability and structure of atomic carbon chains, and (c) the synthesis and application of three dimensional graphene sheets for energy.
Dr. Yun Hang Hu is the inaugural Charles and Carroll McArthur Endowed Chair Professor at Michigan Technological University. He is a fellow of American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), a fellow of American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), and a fellow of Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC). He was elected as the chair of the Energy and Fuels Division of the American Chemical Society (ACS) in 2014 and the president of the Hydrogen Storage Division of International Association of Hydrogen Energy (IAHE) in 2015. He is an editor for four ACS series books and an editorial board member for 8 international journals. He gave more than 100 invited talks to international conferences, universities, and research centers. He received his Ph. D. in physical chemistry from Xiamen University in China. His main research interests range from nanomaterials, clean fuels, hydrogen storage materials, CO2 conversion, catalysis, quantum chemistry calculations to solar energy. He has published more than 150 papers in prestigious journals.