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Dr Zhilun Lu

Post Nominals , MIMMM, MRSC
Biography Dr Zhilun Lu is a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) at School of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment. He obtained his PhD from the University of Sheffield with the High-Quality PhD Thesis Prize. He then held postdoctoral positions at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin for Materials and Energy (member of the largest scientific organisation in Germany-The Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres) and the Henry Royce Institute (The UK's National Institute for advanced materials research and Innovation).

Dr Lu is a member of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3), the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), and the American Chemical Society (ACS). He is on the editorial boards of Materials Today Communications, Journal of Advanced Dielectrics, Advanced Powder Materials, Frontiers in Materials and Crystals. He serves as a peer reviewer for high impact journals, including Nature Physics, Nature Communications, Advanced Functional Materials, Physical Review Letters, Chemistry of Materials, and Acta Materialia. He has also delivered 10+ keynote and invited speeches at international conferences.

Dr Lu has published 60+ journal papers (H-index=25). He has been granted the 2023 RINENG Young Investigator Award. His paper “Superior energy density through tailored dopant strategies in multilayer ceramic capacitors” was selected as a Hot Article (as one of the top 10% of papers) in Energy & Environmental Science. And another paper “Mechanism of enhanced energy storage density in AgNbO3-based lead-free antiferroelectrics” was selected as a Highly Cited Article by Web of Science.

Dr Lu's research group focuses on the structure-composition-property relations of a broad spectrum of advanced functional materials and the translation of novel materials into prototype devices. Dr Lu is an expert in utilising Impedance Spectroscopy to examine "electrical microstructure", as well as Neutron Scattering to analyse atomic and magnetic structures, the dynamic interplay of quasi-particle and charge transport, including phonon excitations in solids and spin waves in magnetic materials.

Research interests include:
1. Ceramic capacitors for energy storage
2. Solid oxide fuel cells for energy conversion
3. Thermoelectric oxides for energy harvesting
4. Flexible materials for sustainable electronics
5. Magnetic materials for quantum computing and data storage
6. Microwave ceramics for 5G/6G telecommunications
7. High entropy oxides for energy production and storage
Research Interests Advanced functional materials
ResearcherID ABC-1343-2021
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