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Yang Shao-Horn

Contact Info

room 3-334

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

77 Massachusetts Avenue

Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139


  • 1992


  • 1998



Honors + Awards

  • 2022, Highly Cited Researcher, Clarivate
  • 2022, Falling Walls Finalist, Physical Sciences Category
  • 2021, Humboldt Research Award
  • 2020, National Academy of Inventors Fellow
  • 2018, Royal Society of Chemistry Faraday Medal
  • 2018, International Society of Electrochemistry Fellow
  • 2018, Elected to the National Academy of Engineering
  • 2017, Electrochemical Society Fellow
  • 2016, Thomson Reuters Web of Science Highly Cited Researcher
  • 2016, Battery Research Award of the Electrochemical Society
  • 2015, Thomson Reuters Web of Science Highly Cited
  • 2014, AAAS Fellow
  • 2014, Royal Society of Chemistry Fellow
  • 2013, Research Award of 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


  • International Society of Electrochemistry
  • National Academy of Engineering

Professional Service

  • 2015-present, Energy & Environmental Science, Editorial Board
  • 2014-present, SUNCAT, Stanford University and SLAC, Advisory Board
  • 2014-present, Journal of Physical Chemistry, Advisory Board
  • 2012-present, ChemElectroChem
  • 2011-2015, Energy & Environmental Science, Advisory Board

MIT Service

  • Co-Director, Center for Energy Storage, MIT/ei (2016-present)
  • ME Energy Area Head (2016-2017)
  • ME Faculty General Search Committee (2014-2016)
  • ME Graduate Admission Committee (2014-present)
  • ME Thermal Search Committee (2013-2014)
  • ME Professional Dev. Grad Students and Postdocs (2012-2014)
  • Co-Chair, MIT Task Force - Grad. Stud. Prf. Development (2012-2013)
  • ME Strategic Planning Committee (2011)
  • ME RAS Staff Search Committee (2011)
  • ME Communication Officer Search Committee (2011)
  • MIT/ei Catalysis Search Committee (2010-2012)
  • ME Energy Search Committee (2008-2010)
  • SOE Energy Search Committee (2008-2009)
  • MIT Presidential Energy Research Council (2005-2006)


  • 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)


  • Qiao, B. S, Mohapatra, J. Lopez, G.M. Leverick, R. Tatara, Y. Shibuya, Y. Jiang, A. France Lanord, J.C. Grossman, R. Gomez Bombarelli, J.A. Johnson and Y. Shao-Horn, Quantitative Mapping of Molecular Substituents to Macroscopic Properties Enables Predictive Design of Oligoethylene Glycol-Based Lithium Electrolytes, ACS Central Science, DOI: 10.1021/acscentsci.0c00475, June 2020
  • Charles, N., Y. Yang, L. Giordano, R. Jung, F. Maglia and Y. Shao-Horn, Towards Establishing Electronic and Phononic Signatures of Reversible Lattice Oxygen Oxidation in Lithium Transition Metal Oxides for Li-Ion Batteries, Chemistry of Materials, 32, 5502-5514, May 2020.
  • Zhang, Y., Y. Katayama, R. Tatara, L. Giordano, Y. Yu, D. Fraggedakis, J. Sun, F. Maglia, R. Jung, M.Z. Bazanat and Y. Shao-Horn,  Revealing Electrolyte Oxidation via Carbonate Dehydrogentation on Ni-Based Oxides in Li-Ion Batteries by in situ Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy, Energy and Environmental Science, 13, 183-199, November 2019.
  • Wei, C., R. R. Rao, J. Peng, B. Huang, I.E. Stephens, M. Risch, Z. J. Xu and Y. Shao-Horn, Recommended Practices and Benchmark Activity for Hydrogen and Oxygen Electrocatalysis in Water Splitting and Fuel Cells, Advanced Materials, 2019, 31, 180296, January 2019.
  • Hopkins, B.J., Y. Shao-Horn, and D. P. Hart, Suppressing Corrosion In Primary Aluminum–Air Batteries Via Oil Displacement, Science, 362, 658-661, November 2018.
  • Yu, Y., P. Karayaylali, Y. Katayama, L. Giordano, M. Gauthier, F. Maglia, R. Jung, I. Lund, and Y. Shao-Horn, Decomposition and Carbonate Dehydrogenation Enhanced by Highly Covalent Metal Oxides in High-Energy Li-Ion Batteries, Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 122, 27368-27382, October 2018.
  • Kuznetsov, D., B. Han, Y. Yu, R.R. Rao, J. Hwang, Y. Román-Leshkov, and Y. Shao-Horn, Tuning of redox transitions via inductive effect in transition metal complexes and oxides and implications in catalyzing oxygen reduction and oxygen evolution, Joule, 2, 1-20, February 2018.
  • Hwang, J., R.R. Rao, L. Giordano, Y. Katayama, Y. Yu, and Y. Shao-Horn, Perovskites in Catalysis and Electrocatalysis, Science, 358, 751-756 November 2017.
  • Rao, R.R., M.J. Kolb, N.B. Halck, A.F. Pedersen, A. Mehta, H. You, K.A. Stoerzinger, Z. Feng, H.A. Hansen, H. Zhou, L. Giordano, J. Rossmeisl, T. Vegge, I. Chorkendorff, I.E.L. Stephens, and Y. Shao-Horn, Towards identifying the active sites on RuO2(110) in catalyzing oxygen evolution, Energy & Environmental Science, 10, 2626-2637 December 2017.
  • Feng, S., M. Chen, L. Giordano, M. Huang, W. Zhang, C.V. Amanchukwu, R. Anandakathir, Y. Shao-Horn, and J.A. Johnson, Mapping a stable solvent structure landscape for aprotic Li–air battery organic electrolytes, Journal of Materials Chemistry A, 5, 23987-23998, November 2017.
  • Tulodziecki, M., G.M. Leverick, C.V. Amanchukwu, Y. Katayama, D.G. Kwabi, F. Bardé, P.T. Hammond and Y. Shao-Horn, The role of iodide in the formation of lithium hydroxide in lithium-oxygen batteries, Energy & Environmental Science, 10, 1828-1842 August 2017.
  • Hong, W., K.A. Stoerzinger, Y-L. Lee, L. Giordano, A.J.L. Grimaud, A.M. Johnson, J. Hwang, E. Crumlin, W. Yang, Y. Shao-Horn, Charge-transfer-energy-dependent oxygen evolution reaction mechanisms for perovskite oxides, Energy & Environmental Science, 10, 2190-2200, October 2017.
  • Giordano, L., P. Karayaylali, Y. Yu, Y. Katayama, F. Maglia, S. Lux, and Y. Shao-Horn, Chemical Reactivity Descriptor for the Oxide-Electrolyte Interface in Li-Ion Batteries, Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters, 8, 3881-3887, August 2017.
  • Risch, M., K. A. Stoerzinger, B. Han, T.Z. Regier, D. Peak, S. Y. Sayed, C. Wei, Z. Xu, and Y. Shao-Horn, Redox Processes of Manganese Oxide in Catalyzing Oxygen Evolution and Reduction: An in Situ Soft X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy Study, Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 121, 17682-17692, August 2017.
  • Grimaud, A., O. Diaz-morales, B.H. Han, W. T. Hong, Y.L. Lee, L. Giordano, K. A. Stoerzinger, M.T.M. Koper, Y. Shao-Horn, Activating lattice oxygen redox reactions in metal oxides to catalyze oxygen evolution, Nature Chemistry, 9, 457-465 May 2017.
  • Han, B., K.A. Stoerzinger, V. Tileli, A.D. Gamalski, E.A. Stach, and Y. Shao-Horn, Nanoscale Structural Oscillations in Perovskite Oxides Induced by Oxygen Evolution, Nature Materials, 16, 121-126, January 2017.  
  • Bachman, J., S. Muy, Grimaud, A., H.H. Chang, N. Pour, S. Lux, O. Paschos, F. Maglia, S. Lupart, P. Lamp, L. Giordano and Y. Shao-Horn, Inorganic Solid-State Electrolytes for Lithium Batteries: Mechanisms and Properties Governing Ion Conduction, Chemical Reviews, 116, 140-162, January 2016.
  • Kwabi, D., V.S. Bryantsev, T.P. Batcho, D. Itkis, C.V. Thompson and Y. Shao-Horn, Experimental and Computational Analysis of the Solvent-Dependent O2/Li+-O2- Redox Couple: Standard Potentials, Coupling Strength and Implications for Lithium-Oxygen Batteries, Angewandte Chemie International Edition, 128, 3181-3186, February 2016.
  • Gauthier, M., T.J. Carney, A. Grimaud, L. Giordano, N. Pour, H.-H. Chang, D.P. Fenning, S.F. Lux, O. Paschos, C. Bauer, F. Maglia, S. Lupart, P. Lamp, and Y. Shao-Horn, The Electrode-Electrolyte Interface in Li-ion Batteries: Current Understanding and New Insights, Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters, 6, 4653-4672, October 2015.
  • Hong, W.T., M. Risch, K.A. Stoerzinger, A. Grimaud, J. Suntivich, and Y. Shao-Horn, Toward the Rational Design of Non-precious Transition Metal Oxides for Oxygen Electrocatalysis, Energy & Environmental Science, 8, 1404-1427, 2015.
  • Stoerzinger, K.A., W.T. Hong, G. Azimi, L. Giordano, Y.L. Lee, E.J. Crumlin, M.D. Biegalski, H. Bluhm, K.K. Varanasi, and Y. Shao-Horn, Reactivity of Perovskites with Water: Role of Hydroxylation in Wetting and Implications for Oxygen Electrocatalysis, Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 119, 18504-18512, 2015.
  • Hong, W.T., K.A. Stoerzinger, B. Mortiz, 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, Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 119, 2063-2072, 2015.
  • Han, B., C.E. Carlton, A. Kongkanand, R.S. Kukreja, B.R.C. Theobald, L. Gan, R. O'Malley, P. Strasser, F.T. Wagner, and Y. Shao-Horn, Record Activity and Stability of Dealloyed Bimetallic Catalysts for Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cells, Energy & Environmental Science, 8, 258-266, 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, 17193-17200, 2014.
  • Feng, Z., Y. Yacoby, M.J. Gadre, Y.L. Lee, W.T. Hong, H. Zhou, M.D. Biegalski, H.M. Christen, S.B. Adler, D. Morgan, and Y. Shao-Horn, Anomalous Interface and Surface Strontium Segregation in (La1-ySry)2CoO4±ō/La1-xSrxCoO3-ō Heterostructured Thin Films, Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters, 5, 1027-1034, 2014.
  • Grimaud, A., K.J. May, C.E. Carlton, Y.L. Lee, M. Risch, W. 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, 2013.
  • Suntivich, J., Z. Xu, C.E. Carlton, J. Kim, B. Han, S.W. Lee, N. Bonnet, N. Marzari, L.F. Allard, H.A. Gasteiger, K. Hamad-Schifferli, Yang Shao-Horn, Surface Composition Tuning of Au-Pt Bimetallic Nanoparticles for Enhanced Carbon Monoxide and Methanol Electro-oxidation, Journal of the American Chemical Society, 135, 7985-7991, 2013.
  • Mutoro, E., E.J. Crumlin, H. Pöpke, B. Luerssem, M. Amati, M. K. Abyaneh, M.D. Biegalski, H. M. Christen, L. Gregoratti, J. Janek and Y. Shao-Horn, Reversible Compositional Control of Oxide Surfaces by Electrochemical Potentials, Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters, 3, 40 – 44, 2012.
  • Suntivich, J., H.A. Gasteiger, N. Yabuuchi, H. Nakanishi, J.B. Goodenough and Y. Shao-Horn, Design Principles for Oxygen Reduction Activity on Perovskite Oxide Catalysts for Fuel Cells and Metal-Air Batteries, Nature Chemistry, 3, 546–550, 2011.
  • Suntivich, J., K.J. May, H.A. Gasteiger, J.B. Goodenough and Y. Shao-Horn, A Perovskite Oxide Optimized for Oxygen Evolution Catalysis from Molecular Orbital Principles, Science, 334, 1383-1385, 2011.
  • Lee, Y. L., J. Kleis, J. Rossmeisl, Y. Shao-Horn and D. Morgan, Prediction of Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Cathode Activity with First-Principles Descriptors, Energy & Environmental Science, 4, 3966-3970, 2011.
  • Crumlin, E.J, E. Mutoro, S.J. Ahn, G.J. la O’, D. N. Leonard, A. Borisevic, M. D. Biegalski, H. M. Christen, Y. Shao-Horn, Oxygen Reduction Kinetics Enhancement on a Hetero-Structured Oxide Surface for Solid Oxide Fuel Cells, Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters, 1, 3149–3155, 2010.
  • 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, 531–537, 2010.
  • Chen, S., W.C. Sheng, N. Yabuuchi, P.J. Ferreira, L.F. Allard and Y. Shao-Horn, The Origin of Oxygen Reduction Activity of “Pt3Co” Nanoparticles: Atomically Resolved Chemical Compositions and Structures, Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 113, 1109–1125, 2009.
  • Ferreira, P.J., G.J. la O’, Y. Shao-Horn, D. Morgan, R. Makharia, S. Kocha and H. Gasteiger, Instability of Pt/C Electrocatalysts in Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cells: A Mechanistic Investigation, Journal of the Electrochemical Society, 152, A2256–A2271, 2005.