Principal Investigator

Shoji Hall

Assistant Professor
B.S. Chemistry, UCLA, 2010
Ph.D. Chemistry, Penn State, 2014
Postdoc, MIT, 2014-2016
Office: 107 Maryland Hall
Phone: (410) 516-6078
E-mail: [email protected]

Ph.D. Students

Tianyao (Ty) Gong

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B.E. Materials Science and Engineering, Beihang University, 2017
M.S. Materials Science and Engineering, Columbia University, 2019

Before joining the Hall lab in 2019 fall, Ty worked on synthesis & morphology control of nano-sized amorphous materials and engineering the interfaces within solid-state lithium-ion batteries. As for now, his research focuses on phase transformation under electrochemical dealloying in intermetallic alloy systems and electrocatalytic performances. In his free time, Ty likes playing tennis, having jam sessions with friends, and re-watching and quoting the TV show “Friends” (already over 10 times for all 236 episodes).

Hao (Nick) Zhang

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B.S. Chemical Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, 2018
NSF Graduate Research Fellow

Prior to attending Hopkins, Nick conducted research in the bioimaging field at Berkeley. His research entailed enhancing NMR signals through catalytic hyperpolarization. Later, he joined Brookhaven National Laboratory to work on in situ/operando characterization of battery materials using National Synchrotron Light Source-II (NSLS-II). Nick joined the Hall group in Fall 2020 as a Ph.D. student. He is currently investigating the effect of ionic liquids on electrocatalytic performance. He aims to investigate the electrolyte interface and reaction intermediates with a combination of characterization techniques. In his free time, Nick enjoys hiking, baking, traveling, and practicing the ukulele.

Jiaxin Gao

E-mail: [email protected]
B.S. Chemistry, Sun Yat-sen University, 2018
M.S. Materials Science and Engineering, Johns Hopkins University, 2021

Jiaxin joined Hall research group as a masters student in Fall 2019. His research interests include CO2/CH4 conversion and nanomaterials. Outside the lab, Jiaxin will be cooking and karting.


Masters Students

Baichuan (Anson) Guo

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B.S. Materials Science and Engineering, University of California, Davis, 2020

Baichuan(Anson) joined Hall group as a master student in Fall 2021. His research interest involves in synthesizing novel materials using electrochemical deposition for CO2 reduction reactions. In his spare time, Anson enjoys working out in the gym.

Yi Liu

B.S. Chemical Engineering, China University of Petroleum, 2019

Yi Joined Hall group in Fall 2021 as a masters student. His research interest focus on how ionic liquid decomposes on catalyst. In his spare time, Yi likes traveling, playing badminton, tennis and PC games.

Yinan Lu

B.S. Materials Science and Engineering, University of Californiam, Berkeley, 2019

Yinan joined Hall group as a masters student in Fall 2021. He is currently focusing on the electrocatalytic transformation and valorization of furfural under acidic condition. In his free time, he enjoys photography, traveling, and watching anime series.

Undergraduate Students

Jenna Cartron

E-mail: [email protected] 
B.S. Materials Science and Engineering, Johns Hopkins University, 2022

Jenna has been doing research in the Hall lab involving alloy synthesis via electrodeposition and dealloying, as well as CO2 reduction for renewable fuel production. In her free time, she also enjoys hiking, baking, and crochet. 



Yunfei Wang  

B.Sc. Materials Science and Engineering, University of Science and Technology Beijing, 2016
Ph.D. Materials Science and Engineering, Johns Hopkins University, 2021
Current Position: PTD Module Integration and Yield Engineer, Intel



Zhuoqun (Zoey) Zhang

B.S. Chemistry, University of Science of Technology of China, 2014
Ph.D. Materials Science and Engineering, Johns Hopkins University, 2021
Current Position: Post-doctoral Fellow, Chemistry, University of Wisconsin-Madison


Matthew Lee

Undergraduate Student – Materials Science and Engineering




Hamdan Alghamdi

Graduate Student – Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
B.S. Chemical Engineering, Texas A&M, 2013



Hyun Woo Chung

Masters Student
B.S. Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, New York University, 2014
M.S. Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Johns Hopkins University, 2018
Current Position: Process Engineer, Appied Materials          


Du Sun

Postdoctoral Research Associate
B.S. Chemistry, Beihang University, 2011
Ph.D. Chemistry, Pennsylvania State University, 2016
Current Position: Assistant Professor – Shanghai Institute of Ceramics