Jun Qu

Group Leader of Surface Engineering & Tribology; Distinguished R&D Staff

Dr. Jun Qu currently is the Group Leader of Surface Engineering & Tribology and a Distinguished R&D Staff in the Materials Science and Technology Division at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. His research interests include: advanced lubrication, surface engineering, materials tribology, nanostructured materials, and manufacturing. He has developed 2 ASTM standards, published 3 book chapters and 120+ peer-reviewed journal papers, and filed 17 U.S. patent petitions (9 granted so far). Dr. Qu’s publications have received 6600+ citations (h index 44) and was among the top 100,000 of the most-cited scientists across all fields and top 1% in the field of Mechanical Engineering & Transports in 2019 according to the standardized citation metric author database. Dr. Qu has received multiple national awards including 2020 UT-Battelle Distinguished Researcher Award, 2014 DOE Vehicle Technologies Office R&D Award, and three R&D 100 Awards or Finalists. He is a Fellow of the Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers (STLE) and serves in the Board of Directors for Wear of Materials.


• Fellow, Society of Tribologists & Lubrication Engineers (STLE) since 2017
• 2022 R&D 100 Award Finalist (Team Lead), jointly with Danfoss, A high-efficiency carbon nanotube-coated mesh seal
• 2020 Distinguished Researcher Award, Recognition of sustained and distinguished accomplishments with high impact in science and engineering, ORNL/UT-Battelle Awards Night.
• 2020 R&D 100 Award Finalist (Team Lead), A superlubricity coating composed of vertically aligned carbon nanotubes.
• 2014 R&D 100 Award (Team lead), jointly among ORNL, GM, Shell, and Lubrizol, Ionic liquid anti-wear additives for fuel-efficient engine lubricants.
• 2014 U.S. DOE Vehicle Technologies Office R&D Award, for research achievements in ionic liquid lubricants and additives.
• 2009 John Bollinger Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award, Conferred in recognition of significant achievement and leadership in manufacturing engineering, Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME).
• 2015 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.
• 2014 ORNL Significant Event Award, Development of lubricant that meets DOE goal of 2 percent vehicle fuel economy improvement.
• 2011 ORNL Significant Event Award, Breakthrough in ionic liquid lubricants recognized by a major DOE program award.


C. Kumara, J. Qu, “Metal nanoparticles as lubricant additives,” U.S. Patent #11,370,988, Jun. 28, 2022.
J. Qu, H.M. Luo, “Ionic liquids containing symmetric quaternary phosphonium cations and phosphorus-containing anions, and their use as lubricant additives,” U.S. Patent #10435642, October 8, 2019. [Licensed to Driven Racing Oil in 2019]
J. Qu, H.M. Luo, “Corrosion prevention of magnesium surfaces via surface conversion treatments using ionic liquids,” U.S. Patent #9,435,033, September 6, 2016.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
J. Qu, H.M. Luo, X. He, “Ionic liquids containing quaternary ammonium and phosphonium cations, and their use as environmentally friendly lubricant,” U.S. Patent Application 17/078,668, October 23, 2020.
J. Qu, C. Kumara, P.A. Menchhofer, “Superlubricity coating containing carbon nanotubes,” U.S. Patent Application, 17/090,216, November 5, 2020.