Anthony Shoji Hall is an assistant professor of materials science and engineering. His research group investigates chemical reactions catalyzed by solid surfaces to address problems in renewable energy storage and utilization.
The Hall Group is interested in enhancing the field of electrocatalysis, with a particular focus on renewable energy storage and conversion reactions, by studying electrified solid-solution interfaces. By using ordered intermetallic materials, known for their distinct compositions and long-range atomic-scale ordering, they aim to develop insights into electrocatalyst structure and function. Intermetallics serve as an unparalleled platform for an in-depth examination of material structure and functionality, distinctly differentiating them from more conventional material systems that are poorly defined. Synthesizing intermetallic nanomaterials is challenging; to address this, they are developing methods to produce nanostructured ordered intermetallic compounds under ambient conditions. Concurrently, they are engaged in understanding the role of water in modulating proton transport and how the interfacial water structure influences electrochemical reactivity.
A member of the American Chemical Society, Materials Research Society, and the International Society of Electrochemistry, Hall has received several awards and scholarships, including being named a Scialog Fellow in 2017 and 2018 by the Research Corporation for Science Advancement.
Hall received his bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the University of California, Los Angeles, in 2010, and a PhD in chemistry from the Pennsylvania State University in 2014. He then completed postdoctoral work in chemistry at Massachusetts Institute of Technology before joining the Whiting School of Engineering faculty in 2016.