Yun Hang Hu Elected an AAAS Fellow

Yun Hang Hu, new AAAS Fellow.
Yun Hang Hu, new AAAS Fellow.

Yun Hang Hu, Charles and Carroll McArthur Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, has been elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the world's largest general scientific society and publisher of the journal Science.

Most recently, Hu has received international recognition for his development of a new, inexpensive material that could replace the platinum in solar cells without degrading their efficiency: 3D graphene.

Hu joins 400 other members of the AAAS who have been named Fellows this year. Fellowship is awarded in recognition of their efforts toward advancing science applications that are deemed scientifically or socially distinguished. They will receive certificates and pins at the AAAS Fellows Forum during the 2015 AAAS Annual Meeting in San Jose, Calif. on Feb. 14, 2015.

“I am deeply honored by this election as an AAAS Fellow,” said Hu.

The AAAS was founded in 1848 and includes 254 affiliated societies and academies of science, serving 10 million individuals. Its journal, Science, has the largest paid circulation of any peer-reviewed general science journal in the world. The organization says he was chosen for "distinguished contributions to the field of novel materials and catalysts, particularly for molecular design and synthesis of nanomaterials for energy conversion, storage and utilization."

Hu is Michigan Tech’s inaugural Charles and Carroll McArthur Professor. His research interests include nano-structured materials, solar energy conversion, clean fuels, hydrogen storage materials, CO2 conversion, catalysis and quantum chemistry calculations.

He has published more than 120 papers in prestigious journals such as the Journal of the American Chemical Society, Angewandte Chemie International Edition, and Advanced Materials. . He is an editorial board member for Scientific Report (published by the Nature Group), Journal of Materials Chemistry A (published by the Royal Society of Chemistry), International Journal of Energy Research (published by Wiley) and Catalysis Today (published by Elsevier).

Hu has also been elected a chair for the Energy and Fuels Division of the American Chemical Society (ACS) and a fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (United Kingdom).

Michigan Technological University is a public research university founded in 1885 in Houghton, Michigan, and is home to more than 7,000 students from 55 countries around the world. Consistently ranked among the best universities in the country for return on investment, the University offers more than 125 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in science and technology, engineering, computing, forestry, business and economics, health professions, humanities, mathematics, social sciences, and the arts. The rural campus is situated just miles from Lake Superior in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, offering year-round opportunities for outdoor adventure.