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Yang Shao-Horn

Contact Info

room 3-334

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

77 Massachusetts Avenue

Cambridge, Masachusetts 02139


  • 1992


  • 1998



Research Interests

  • Nanomaterials and Nanotechnology

Honors + Awards

  • 2014, AAAS Fellow
  • 2014, Royal Society of Chemistry Fellow
  • 2013, Research Award from the International Battery Association
  • 2011, Gail E. Kendall Chair of Mechanical Engineering
  • 2008, Tajima Prize of the International Society of Electrochemistry
  • 2008, Charles W. Tobias Young Investigator Award of The Electrochemical Society

Professional Service

  • 2011-present, Energy & Environmental Science, Advisory Board
  • 2012-present, ChemElectroChem
  • 2014-present,Journal of Physical Chemistry, Advisory Board
  • 2014-present, Advisory Board, SUNCAT, Stanford University and SLAC

MIT Service

  • Building Technology Faculty Search Committee (Dept.) (2002-2003)
  • Graduate Admission Committee (Dept.) (2002-2005)
  • ME Department Seminar Chair (2004-2005)
  • MIT Presidential Energy Research Council (2005-2006)
  • SOE Energy Search Committee (2008-2009)
  • ME Energy Search Committee (2008-2010)
  • MIT/ei Catalysis Search Committee (2010-2012)
  • ME Communication Officer Search Committee (2011)
  • ME RAS Staff Search Committee (2011)
  • ME Ad-Hoc Committee for AWOT promotion (2011)
  • ME Strategic Planning Committee (2011)
  • ME Junior Faculty Mentoring Committees (2011-2012)
  • Co-Chair, MIT Task Force - Grad. Stud. Prf. Development (2012-2013)
  • ME Graduate Committee (2012-present)
  • ME Professional Dev. Grad Students and Postdocs (2012-2014)
  • Chair, ME Ad-Hoc Committee for AWT Promotion (2014-2015)
  • MPC Advisory Board (2012-present)
  • ME Thermal Search Committee (2013-2014)
  • ME Graduate Admission Committee (2014-present)
  • ME Faculty General Search Committee (2014-present)


  • Measurement and Instrumentation (2.671)
  • Thermal Fluids Engineering I (2.005)
  • Fundamentals of Advanced Energy Conversion (2.996/2.60/2.62)
  • Mechanics of Materials (2.002)
  • Electrochemical Systems: Fundamentals, Materials & Applications (2.625)


  • Hong, W.T., K.A. Stoerzinger, B. Moritz, T.P. Devereaux, W. Yang, and Y. Shao-Horn, Probing LaMO3 Metal and Oxygen Partial Density of States Using X-ray Emission, Absorption, and Photoelectron Spectroscopy, JPCC 2015.
  • Elias, J.S., M. Risch, L. Giordano, A.N. Mansour, and Y. Shao-Horn, Structure, Bonding and Catalytic Activity of Monodisperse, Transition-Metal Substituted CeO2 Nanoparticles, Journal of the American Chemical Society, 136 (49), 17193-17200 December 2014.
  • Grimaud, A., K.J. May, C.E. Carlton, Y.-L. Lee, M. Risch, W. T. Hong, J. Zhou and Y. Shao-Horn, Double Perovskite as a Family of Highly Active Catalysts For Oxygen Evolution in Alkaline Solution, Nature Communications, 4, 2439 September 2013.
  • Lopez, N. , D.J. Graham, R. McGuire, Jr., G.E. Alliger, Y. Shao-Horn, C.C. Cummins and D.G. Nocera, Reversible Reduction of Oxygen to Peroxide Facilitated by Molecular Recognition, Science, 335 (6067), 450 - 453 January 2012.
  • Suntivich, J., K. J. May, J. B. Goodenough, H. A. Gasteiger and Y. Shao-Horn, A perovskite oxide optimized for oxygen evolution catalysis from molecular orbital principles, Science, 334 (6061), 1383-1385 December 2011.
  • Suntivich, J., H.A. Gasteiger, N. Yabuuchi, H. Nakanishi, J. B. Goodenough, Y. Shao-Horn, Design principles for oxygen-reduction activity on perovskite oxide catalysts for fuel cells and metal–air batteries, Nature Chemistry, 3 (7), 546–550 July 2011.
  • Lee, S.W., N. Yabuuchi, G.M. Gallant, S. Chen, B.S. Kim, P.T. Hammond and Y. Shao-Horn, High-power lithium batteries from functionalized carbon nanotube electrodes, Nature Nanotechnology, 5 (7), 531–537 July 2010.


  • Y. Shao-Horn et al, “Fiber Structures Including Catalysts and Methods Associated with the Same” US Patent 7,229,944 B2 filed on July 23rd, 2004 by Wolf, Greenfield & Sacks, P.C.
  • US Patent Application No. 60/931803: Three Dimension Single-Chamber Fuel Cell, G.J. la O’ et al, filed on May 25th, 2008 by Wolf, Greenfield & Sacks, P.C.
  • US Patent Application No. 61/089406: Layer-by-Layer Assemblies of Carbon-based Nanostructures and Their Applications in Energy Storage and Generation Devices, S.W. Lee et al, filed on August 15th, 2008 by Wolf, Greenfield & Sacks, P.C.
  • US Patent Application No. 61/225259: Systems and Methods Related to Strained Materials, G.J. la O’ et al, filed on July 14th, 2009 by Wolf, Greenfield & Sacks, P.C.
  • US Patent Application No. 61/353,190: Catalysts for Promoting Chemical Reactions, Y.C. Lu et al, filed on June 9th, 2010 by Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP.
  • US Patent Application No. 13/097,244: Nanofiber Electrodes for Energy Storage Devices, B.M. Gallant et al, filed on April 29th, 2011 by Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP.
  • US Patent Application No. 13/098,653: Catalysts for Oxygen Reduction and Evolution in Metal-Air Electrochemical Cells, Y.C. Lu et al, filed on May 2nd, 2011 by Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP.
  • US Patent Application No. 13/185,939: Electrochemical Methods and Systems Using Catalytic Materials, J. Suntivich et al, filed on July 19th, 2011 by Steptoe & Johnson LLP.