Matthew Lu

Matthew Y. Lu, Ph.D.

Associate
Materials & Corrosion Engineering
Menlo Park

Dr. Lu specializes in materials engineering, focusing on electrochemical energy storage and conversion technologies including lithium-ion batteries and solid oxide fuel cells. His experience links together design and processing with materials characterization to investigate degradation and failure mechanisms of these electrochemical devices. Dr. Lu’s characterization experience spans classical materials science and electrochemical techniques including scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS/EDX), X-ray diffraction (XRD), thermal gravimetric analysis (TGA), inductively coupled plasma-optical emission spectroscopy (ICP-OES), electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS), potentiostatic intermittent titration technique (PITT), and more.

Prior to Exponent, Dr. Lu worked as a Graduate Research Assistant at Northwestern University where his research focused on identifying and mitigating degradation and failure mechanisms in solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) oxygen electrodes by characterizing cell performance, microstructure, and material parameters. Previously, he studied the physical and electrochemical properties of a stabilized phosphate electrode material with high charge and discharge rates for lithium-ion batteries (LIBs) without the use of conductive nanocomposites.

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Materials Science and Engineering, Northwestern University, 2019
  • M.S., Materials Science and Engineering, Rutgers University, 2015
  • B.S., Materials Science and Engineering, Rutgers University, 2015
  • Rutgers University Presidential Scholar

    James Jeremiah Slade Scholar

    Chester Gulick Scholarship in Ceramics

Publications

M.Y. Lu, R. Scipioni, B.-K. Park, T. Yang, Y.A. Chart, S.A. Barnett. Mechanisms of PrOx Performance Enhancement of Oxygen Electrodes for Low and Intermediate Temperature Solid Oxide Fuel Cells. Materials Today Energy (In Press).

M.Y. Lu, J.G. Railsback, H. Wang, Q.Liu, Y.A. Chart, S.-L. Zhang, S.A. Barnett. Stable High Current Density Operation of La0.6Sr0.4Co0.2Fe0.8O3-δ Oxygen Electrodes.” Journal of Materials Chemistry A 7 (2019): 233-241.

S. Zhang, H. Wang, M.Y. Lu, C.-X. Li, C.-J. Li, S.A. Barnett. "Electrochemical Performance and Stability of SrTi0.3Fe0.6Co0.1O3-δ Infiltrated La0.8Sr0.2MnO3-Zr0.92Y0.16O2-δ Oxygen Electrodes for Intermediate-Temperature Solid Oxide Electrochemical Cells." Journal of Power Sources 426 (2019): 233-241.

S. Zhang, H. Wang, M.Y. Lu, A. Zhang, L.V. Mogni, Q. Liu, C. Li, C. Li, S.A. Barnett. "Cobalt-substituted SrTi0.3Fe0.7O3: a stable high-performance oxygen electrode material for intermediate-temperature solid oxide electrochemical cells." Energy & Environmental Science 11 (2018): 1870-1879.

J.G. Railsback, H. Wang, Q. Liu, M.Y. Lu, S.A. Barnett. "Degradation of La0.6Sr0.4Fe0.8Co0.2O3-δ Oxygen Electrodes on Ce0.9Gd0.1O2-δ Electrolytes During Reversing Current Operation." Journal of the Electrochemical Society 164.10 (2017): F3083-F3090.

N. Pereira, M.C. Ruotolo, M.Y. Lu, F. Badway, G.G. Amatucci. "Elevated Temperature Performance of High Voltage Li1+yMn1.5Ni0.5O4-xFx Spinel in Window-Shifted Li-ion Cells." Journal of Power Sources 338 (2017):145-154.

M.Y. Lu, F. Badway, J.R. Kim, and G.G. Amatucci. "Investigation of Physical and Electrochemical Properties of β-TaxNb1-xPO5 as an Electrode Material for Lithium Batteries." Chemistry of Materials 28.9 (2016): 2949-2961.

Presentations

M.Y. Lu, S. Zhang, B.-K. Park, Y.A. Chart, S.A. Barnett. “Degradation of High-Performance Oxygen Electrodes for Solid Oxide Cells.” Oral presentation, 235th Electrochemical Society Meeting. Dallas, Texas. May 2019. Supported by a grant from the High-Temperature Energy, Materials, and Processes Division.

M.Y. Lu, J.G. Railsback, S.A. Barnett. “Effect of Temperature and Overpotential on Degradation of LSM-YSZ and LSCF Electrodes during Reversing Current Operation.” Oral presentation, 42nd International Conference and Exposition on Advanced Ceramics and Composites. 15th International Symposium on Solid Oxide Fuel Cells (SOFC): Materials, Science and Technology. Daytona Beach, Florida. January 2018. Supported by a grant from The Engineering Ceramics Division of ACerS.

Patents

U.S. Provisional Pat. Ser. No. 62/637,630: Cobalt-substituted Perovskite Compounds for Solid Oxide Electrochemical Cells, March 2018 (S.A. Barnett, S. Zhang, M.Y. Lu).

E.U. Patent Application 16813328.8 – 1103: Electrode Material for Lithium Batteries, December 2016 (G.G. Amatucci, M.Y. Lu, F. Badway).

U.S. Provisional Patent Ser. No. 62/263,933: Electrode Material for Lithium Batteries, December 2015 (G.G. Amatucci, M.Y. Lu, F. Badway).

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Materials Science and Engineering, Northwestern University, 2019
  • M.S., Materials Science and Engineering, Rutgers University, 2015
  • B.S., Materials Science and Engineering, Rutgers University, 2015
  • Rutgers University Presidential Scholar

    James Jeremiah Slade Scholar

    Chester Gulick Scholarship in Ceramics