Minhua SHAO

The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology


Invited Speaker


Minhua Shao is Cheong Ying Chan Professor of Energy Engineering and Environment, Chair Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST). He is also the Director of the HKUST Energy Institute. He earned BS and MS degrees in Chemistry from Xiamen University, and a PhD degree in Materials Science and Engineering from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. Dr. Shao joined UTC Power in 2007 leading the development of advanced electrocatalyts for fuel cells, and was promoted to UTC Technical Fellow in 2012. In 2013, he joined Ford Motor Company to conduct research on lithium-ion batteries. He then joined HKUST in 2014. He is an Associate Editor of Journal of the Electrochemical Society. He has published over 230 peer-reviewed articles, 1 edited book and filed over 30 patent applications (19 issued). He has also received a number of awards, including the International Outstanding Young Chemical Engineer Award (2022), Supramaniam Srinivasan Young Investigator Award from the ECS Energy Technology Division (2014). He is one of the founding members of Young Academy of Science of Hong Kong.

Development of High Performance and Durable Fuel Cell Electrocatalysts

Minhua SHAO

Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Energy Institute, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology


Low temperature fuel cells are electrochemical devices that convert chemical energy directly to electricity. They have great potential for both stationary and transportation applications and are expected to help address the energy and environmental problems that have become prevalent in our society. Despite their great promise, commercialization has been hindered by lower than predicted efficiencies and high loading of Pt-based electrocatalysts in the electrodes. For more than five decades, extensive work has being focused on the development of novel electrocatalysts for fuel cell reactions. In this talk, I will present recent progress in developing advanced electrocatalysts and their fuel cell performance in my group, with an emphasis on core-shell and non-previous metal materials.

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