Dr. Kathy Lu


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


Honors and Awards:

  • 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
  • 2017 Fellow of the American Ceramic Society
  • 2005 Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award, Oak Ridge Associated Universities
  • 2001 P/M Metallography Competition Award, APMI International  

Professional Affiliations:

  • 117 Surge Building(0237)
    Virginia Tech
    Blacksburg, VA | 24061 
  • Phone: (540) 231-3225
  • Fax: (540) 231-8919
  • E-mail: klu@vt.edu


Recent Publications

Research Group Page

Read My Books!

Nanoparticulate Materials: Synthesis, Characterization, and Processing

Materials in Energy Conversion, Harvesting, and Storage