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Why Science?

ORNL is proud of its role in fostering the next generation of scientists and engineers. We bring in talented young researchers, team them with accomplished staff members, and put them to work at the lab’s one-of-a-kind facilities. The result is research that makes us proud and prepares them for distinguished careers. 

We asked some of these young researchers why they chose a career in science, what they are working on at ORNL, and where they would like to go with their careers.

Lu Han

Postdoc, Chemical Sciences Division
Ph.D., Macromolecular Science and Engineering, Case Western Reserve University
Hometown: Baoding, China

What are you working on at ORNL?

My research in ORNL focuses on polymer chemistry and polymer engineering for various applications, including binder development for binder jet additive manufacturing toward high-mechanical-property, low-carbon-content 3D printed parts; polymer nanocomposites; self-healing materials; and complex architecture polymer synthesis.

What would you like to do in your career?

I would love to continue research into polymer chemistry, where my passion is and where I can make a contribution to society.

Why did you choose a career in science?

Science helped me understand the world as a kid. I love to explore the unknown, to help people understand the world and make it a better place. I am always fascinated by the beauty of chemistry. The colors, crystals and symmetry are the most beautiful things in the world!