Yatao Hu

Director, Silica Catalyst Product Development

PQ Corporation

Dr. Yatao Hu received her BS in geochemistry from the University of Science and Technology of China in 1986 and her PhD in materials science and engineering from the University of Pennsylvania, under Professor Peter Davies, in 1994. She also held a postdoctoral fellowship at Princeton University with Professor Alexandra Navrotsky (1994-95). Initially employed as a research engineer with W.R. Grace (Columbia, MD), she moved to PQ Corporation

(Conshohocken, PA) as a research chemist in 1996 and has held a number of research and management positions until becoming Director of Product Development and Applications in 2011. In this role she leads R&D efforts involving silica-based supports and catalysts for use in polyolefin and chemical synthesis, alternative energy production, and environmental control.

She can be reached at Yatao.Hu@PQCorp.com.