- Fellowship in 2017 at Yale University
Dr. Xu Lu obtained his BEng (1st Class Honor and Dean's List), and MSc (with Distinction) in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Hong Kong (HKU), where he continued his PhD in microfluidics-based electrochemical CO2 utilization.
Dr. Lu was awarded HKU University Postgraduate Fellowship, Lee Shau Kee Scholarship, and Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions Seal of Excellence. He has 20+ journal/conference publications/presentations and achieved research highlights as below:
(1) A new type of microfluidic regenerative H2/O2 fuel cell with super performance and efficiency. The cell outperformed the best up-to-date proton exchange membrane (PEM) water electrolyzer and rivaled the state-of-the-art performance of PEM fuel cells, but with a much cheaper and lighter unitized configuration.
(2) An innovative microfluidic pH-differential CO2 reduction reactor. Firstly reported by Dr. Lu, the electrode equilibrium potentials were halved and the reactivity was tripled by this brand-new reactor compared with a conventional PEM cell.
(3) The first experimentally validated numerical model for in-depth understanding of the intrinsic CO2-related electrochemical mechanisms.
(4) A novel electrolyte recycling scheme to improve the electrolyte utilization efficiency and enhance the economical aspect of a microfluidic network.
Currently, Dr. Lu works at Department of Chemistry, Yale University. His research focus is to develop a microfluidic electrochemical CO2-to-fuel/chemical conversion (or known as Power-to-Liquid) platform to facilitate fast-screen of new catalysts, carbon conversion efficiency enhancement, and eventually eco-attractive mass production of the low-carbon fuels/chemicals.