The critical issues of fossil fuels are their limited natural sources and contribution to the increase of atmospheric greenhouse gases. To solve those issues, hydrogen is being developed as a promising alternative fuel, and the conversion of CO2 into valuable materials is considered as an effective approach to control the emission of greenhouse gases. Furthermore, solar energy is the largest energy source and technologies are being developed to exploit solar energy efficiently. In this talk, Prof. Hu will discuss his research on: (1) design and synthesis of 3D graphene from CO2 for solar energy conversion and electrical energy storage and (2) efficient visible light photocatalytic production of hydrogen from water.
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. from Xiamen University in China. His main research interests range from advanced materials for energy conversion and storage, solar cells, supercapacitors, CO2 conversion, heterogeneous catalysis, photocatalysis to memristive materials. He has published more than 150 papers in prestigious journals.