Yang Shao-Horn

JR East Professor of Engineering, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Professor of Materials Science and Engineering

Primary Impact, Materials, Research Type

Contact Info

Office Phone: 617-253-2259
Office: 3-334


Assistant Name: Molly Cooke
Assistant Email: mkcooke@mit.edu
Assistant Phone: 617-253-7449


Professor Yang Shao-Horn studies materials for electrochemical and photoelectrochemical energy storage and conversion. Her research exploits physical and materials chemistries to understand and control the kinetics and dynamics for storing electrons, critical to enable clean energy and mitigate climate change. She develops universal design principles of materials to enhance functions in a number of applications, from sustainable chemicals and fuels to rechargeable lithium-ion and lithium-air batteries.


Professor Shao-Horn received a BS in metallurgical and materials engineering from Beijing University of Technology in 1992 and a PhD in the same discipline from Michigan Technological University in 1998. Before coming to MIT in 2002, she was a staff scientist at the Eveready Battery Company in Westlake, Ohio, where she researched materials for various types of batteries. She later received a National Science Foundation International Research Fellowship to work with Claude Delmas at the Institute of Condensed Matter Chemistry in Bordeaux, France. Outside of her professorial duties, she serves as senior editor for accounts of Materials Research of the American Chemical Society and on advisory and editorial boards for several leading journals.

Awards & Honors

Hans Fischer Senior Fellow, Technical University of Munich
Humboldt Research Award
Fellow, National Academy of Inventors
Faraday Medal, Royal Society of Chemistry
Member, National Academy of Engineering