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Ping Lu

Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry

B.S., Donghua UniversityM.S., Donghua UniversityPh.D., University of California Davis


Dr. Ping Lu received his Ph.D. in Agricultural & Environmental Chemistry with a focus on polymer and materials chemistry from the University of California Davis. He then worked as a postdoctoral fellow in Washington University in St. Louis and Georgia Institute of Technology. His research involves the synthesis and characterization of polymeric and inorganic nanostructures for energy, environmental and health applications, as well as the preparation and application of biopolymers from sustainable biomass resources. Dr. Lu has published a lot of peer-reviewed research papers in leading journals in chemistry and materials science such as Journal of the American Chemical Society, Angewandte Chemie International Edition, and Nano Letters. Dr. Lu is actively serving the scientific community by acting as an Editorial Board Member of Carbohydrate Polymers and as a regular Reviewer for a number of top scientific journals in chemistry and materials science. He has closely collaborated with industrial partners including BASF and Toyota in developing new catalysts. These findings have been used to guide the design and synthesis of commercial catalysts for environmental applications.


Materials and Analytical Chemistry, Nanotechnology, and Surface Science


  • P. Lu, B. Qiao, N. Lu, D. Hyun, J. Wang, M. Kim, J. Liu and Y. Xia. Photochemical deposition of highly dispersed Pt nanoparticles on porous CeO2 nanofibers for the water-gas shift reaction. Advanced Functional Materials 2015, 25, 4153-4162.
  • P. Lu, C. T. Campbell and Y. Xia. A sinter-resistant catalytic system fabricated by maneuvering the selectivity of SiO2 deposition onto TiO2 surface versus Pt nanoparticle surface. Nano Letters 2013, 13, 4957-4962.
  • P. Lu, Q. Huang, B. Liu, Y. Bando, Y. L. Hsieh and A. Mukherjee. Macroporous silicon oxycarbide fibers with luffa-like superhydrophobic shells. Journal of the American Chemical Society 2009, 131, 10346-10347.

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Professional Affiliations

Member, American Chemical Society (ACS)