Academic Credentials
  • Ph.D., Chemistry, Hong Kong University of Science and Tech, 2021
  • M.S., Analytical Chemistry, Hong Kong University of Science and Tech, 2017
Professional Honors
  • First-, Second-, and Third-Class Scholarship, China Pharmaceutical University, 2012-2016
Professional Affiliations
  • American Chemical Society

Dr. Lu's expertise is in material chemistry, nanoscience and biochemistry. He has over six years of research and practical experience in luminescent materials, optical sensing and imaging, and integration of luminescent materials with functional devices. During his doctoral studies, his research was focused on the synthesis and application of perovskite-polymer composites on microfluidic chips for real-time thermal mapping.

Dr. Lu developed water resistant and thermally stable variants of perovskite nanomaterials for use as optical temperature probes in aqueous environment. His work also involved the design and fabrication of microfluidic chips and optical setup for chemical and biological sensing.

As a researcher and consultant, Dr. Lu routinely utilizes a variety of material characterization techniques, such as fluorescence microscopy, confocal microscopy, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), atomic force microscopy (AFM), energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), and X-ray diffraction techniques (XRD). He is also experienced in synthesis of perovskite nanocrystals by hot-injection and ligand-assisted reprecipitation method, and preparation of perovskite-polymer composite films with an integration of microfluidic chips. 

Prior to joining Exponent, Dr. Lu worked as a postdoctoral fellow in Department of Chemistry, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. There he investigated and developed luminescent nanomaterials with aggregation-induced emission properties used in bioimaging, photothermal therapy and photodynamic therapy.