Jun Qu

Distinguished R&D Staff Scientist

Dr. Jun Qu currently is a Distinguished R&D Staff Scientist in the Materials Science and Technology Division at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. He earned his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from North Carolina State University in 2002. Dr. Qu’s research interests include: advanced lubrication for energy efficiency, surface engineering for wear and corrosion protection, nanostructured energy materials, nuclear tribology, and advanced manufacturing. He has published 3 book chapters and 70+ peer-reviewed journal papers, and owns 5 U.S. patents. Dr. Qu received a R&D 100 Award (team lead) in 2014, DOE Vehicle Technologies Office R&D Award in 2014, and SME Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award in 2009. He currently serves as a committee member for the U.S. DOE Lubricant Working Group, steering committee member for Wear of Materials, an Associate editor for Frontiers in Mechanical Engineering.


• R&D 100 Award (Team lead), jointly among ORNL, GM, Shell, and Lubrizol, Ionic liquid anti-wear additives for fuel-efficient engine lubricants, R&D Magazine, 2014.
• U.S. DOE Vehicle Technologies Office R&D Award, for research achievements in ionic liquid lubricants and additives, 2014.
• John Bollinger Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award, Conferred in recognition of significant achievement and leadership in manufacturing engineering, Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), 2009.
• Invited attendee to U.S. Frontiers of Engineering Symposium, National Academy of Engineering (NAE), 2015.
• ORNL Significant Event Award, Discovery and fundamental understanding of incompatibility between diamond-like-carbon coatings and lubricant additives provide new insights for future materials development, 2015.
• ORNL Significant Event Award, Development of lubricant that meets DOE goal of 2 percent vehicle fuel economy improvement, 2014.
• ORNL Significant Event Award, Breakthrough in ionic liquid lubricants recognized by a major DOE program award, 2011.


1. C. Higdon, A.A. Elmoursi, J. Goldsmith, B. Cook, P.J. Blau, J. Qu, R. Milner, “Ion beam sputter target and method of manufacture,” U.S. Patent #8,821,701, August 13, 2014.
2. J. Qu, H.T. Lin, P.J. Blau, V.K. Sikka, “Titanium aluminide intermetallic alloys with improved wear resistance,” U.S. Patent #8,771,439 B2, July 8, 2014.
3. J.A. Ambrose, G. Mackiewicz-Ludtka, V.K. Sikka, J. Qu, “Oven rack having integral lubricious, dry porcelain surface,” US Patent #8,739,773 B2, June 3, 2014.
4. J. Qu, S. Dai, and H. Luo, "Method for synthesis of titanium dioxide nanotubes using ionic liquids," U.S. Patent #8,585,886, November 19, 2013.
5. J. Qu, J.J. Truhan, S. Dai, H. Luo, P.J. Blau, “Lubricants or lubricant additives composed of ionic liquids containing ammonium cations,” U.S. Patent #7,754,664, July 13, 2010.− The first granted U.S. patent in the topic of ionic liquid lubrication.
6. J. Qu, H. Luo, Y. Zhou, J. Dyck, T. Graham, “Ionic liquids containing quaternary phosphonium cations and carboxylate anions, and their use as lubricant additives,” U.S. Patent Application 14/444,029, Jul. 28, 2014.
7. J. Qu, H. Luo, “Ionic liquids containing symmetric quaternary phosphonium cations and phosphorus-containing anions, and their use as lubricant additives,” U.S. Patent Application 14/184,754, Feb. 20, 2014.
8. J. Qu, H. Luo, “Corrosion prevention of magnesium surfaces via surface conversion treatments using ionic liquids,” U.S. Patent Application 14/044,248, Oct. 2, 2013.
9. J. Qu, S. Dai, “Composite nanowire compositions and methods of synthesis,” U.S. Patent Application 12/904,559, Oct. 14, 2010.− Elected as one of the six top potential ORNL technologies for “Bridging the Gap 2011.”
10. J. Qu, T.M. Besmann, S. Dai, X. Zhang, “Multijunction hybrid solar cell incorporating vertically-aligned silicon nanowires with thin-films,” U.S. Patent Application 12/907,476, Oct. 19, 2010.