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(Peizhen) Kathy Lu


309A Holden Hall

Virginia Tech           

Blacksburg, VA 24061


Phone: (540) 231-3225


Fax: (540) 231-8919  





Research Interests
  • Material synthesis, processing, and fundamental studies with focus on particulate materials
  • Energy material selection, design, processing, and fundamental understanding
  • Composites, hybrids, functionally/structurally graded materials, porous materials
  • Polymer derived ceramics and composites
  • Ultrahigh surface area materials, coatings
  • Diversity in engineering education

 Read my books

Nanoparticulate Materials: Synthesis, Characterization, and Processing

Materials in Energy Conversion, Harvesting, and Storage

Honors and Awards
  • 2017 Fellow, American Ceramic Society
  • 2016 Virginia Tech Alumni Award for Research Excellence
  • 2015 Associate Editor, Journal of the American Ceramic Society
  • 2014 Editorial Review Board of Frontiers in Energy Research, section Fuel Cells
  • 2014 Editorial Board Member of Annals of Materials Science & Engineering
  • 2012 Virginia Tech College of Engineering Faculty Fellow Award
  • 2011 Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation
  • 2008 Karl Schwartzwalder- Professional Achievement in Ceramic Engineering Award
  • 2005 Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award, Oak Ridge Associated Universities
  • 2001 P/M Metallography Competition Award, APMI International 


Professional Affiliations
  • TMS, The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society
  • Alpha Sigma Mu International Professional Honor Society
  • National Institute of Ceramic Engineers




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