Mi Lu

Mi Lu

Postdoctoral Fellow


Dr. Mi (Aimee) Lu is a postdoctoral research associate in the Applied Catalysis and Emissions Research Group at ORNL. She received her Bachelor in Material Science and Engineering from the Beijing Technology and Business University in 2009. She was also appointed as a visiting student for one semester at the Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Science, worked on the synthesis of grafted functional polymers. Mi received her M.S. (2013) in Materials Science and Engineering from California State University (Northridge) with thesis work on developing advanced corrosion resistant metal alloy material for biosensor and implantable devices. She obtained her Ph.D. degree (2016) from University of Nevada (Reno) in Chemical Engineering for her thesis topic in catalytic conversion of captured CO2. Then she joined Washington State University as a visiting research scholar, working on in-situ characterization of heterogeneous catalysts.

Since January 2017, Dr. Lu’s postdoctoral research at ORNL has been working on the development of nano catalyst and membrane materials for energy related applications e.g., converting biomass feedstocks into valuable biofuels and bioproducts. Her research interests are in developing novel catalyst/membrane and their applications in energy conversion, chemical processing, and water treatment. She is an active member of American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) to give talks and posters. She enjoys outdoor activities, oil painting, and petting rescued cats when she is not in the lab.


Separation Consortium Project (DOE EERE BETO)

DOE success story in July 2017 (https://energy.gov/eere/success-stories/articles/eere-success-story-new-membrane-technology-will-improve-efficiency). 


  • Ji Su, Mi Lu, Hongfei Lin. High Yield Production of Formate by Hydrogenating CO2 Derived Ammonium Carbamate / Carbonate at Room Temperature. Green Chemistry 17, 2769-2773 (2015)
  • Ji Su, Lisha Yang, Mi Lu and Hongfei Lin. Highly Efficient Hydrogen Storage System Based on Ammonium Bicarbonate/Formate Redox Equilibrium over Palladium Nano-catalyst. ChemSusChem, 8, 813-816 (2015)
  • Lisha Yang, Mi Lu, Sarah Carl, Jesse A Mayer, John C Cushman, Elli Tian, Hongfei Lin. Biomass Characterization of Agave and Opuntia as Potential Biofuel Feedstocks. Biomass and Bioenergy, 76, 43-53 (2015)
  • Xiaokun Yang, Teng Li, Kan Tang, Xinpei Zhou,  Mi Lu,  Whalmany L. Ounkham, Stephen M. Spain, Brian J. Frost and Hongfei Lin. Highly efficient conversion of terpenoid biomass to jet-fuel range cycloalkanes in a biphasic tandem catalytic process. Green Chemistry 19, 3566-3573 (2017) 
  • Ji Su, Lisha Yang, Xiaokun Yang, Mi Lu, Bing Luo, and Hongfei Lin. Simultaneously Converting Carbonate/Bicarbonate and Biomass to Value-added Carboxylic Acid Salts by Aqueous-phase Hydrogen Transfer. ACS Sustainable Chem. Eng. 3(1), 195-203 (2015)

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