Professor Lu, Yi-Chun

Associate Professor
B.S., National Tsing Hua University, 2007
Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2012
Founding Member of Young Academy of Science of Hong Kong
Member of Electrochemical Society (ECS)
Member of International Society of Electrochemistry (ISE)
Member of Materials Research Society (MRS)
MIT Martin Family Fellows for Sustainability
Mechanical and Automation Engineering
Room 205, William M.W. Mong Engineering Building
Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shatin, N.T.
Hong Kong SAR, China
(852) 3943 8339
(852) 2603 6002


Dr. Yi-Chun Lu received her B.S. degree in Materials Science & Engineering from the National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan, in 2007. She received her Ph.D. degree in Materials Science & Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, USA in 2012. After her graduate study, she worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Chemistry at the Technische Universität München, Germany.

Dr. Lu has been appointed as a research affiliate of MIT since 2013. She is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Automation Engineering at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Dr. Lu currently serves as an editorial board member for Scientific Reports (Nature Publishing Group) and an advisory board member of Materials Today.


Dr. Lu's research interest centers on developing fundamental understanding and functional materials for clean energy storage and conversion. Her field of expertise includes electrochemistry, charge transfer and transport kinetics, electrocatalysis, solid-state chemistry, materials synthesis and chemistry by design. Her research group, Electrochemical Energy & Interfaces Laboratory, has extensive efforts on:

  • Electrode and electrolyte design for high-energy metal-air and metal sulfur batteries.
  • Redox-active components and solution chemistry for redox-flow batteries.
  • Electrocatalysts and electrode design for low-temperature fuel cells and electrolyzers
  • Mechanistic understanding of interfacial phenomena governing electrochemical energy conversion and storage processes.

Teaching by Years


  • ENER3030 Engineering Materials
  • ENER4050 Energy Storage Devices and Systems
  • MAEG3100 Energy Systems

  • ENER3030 Engineering Materials
  • ENER4050 Energy Storage Devices and Systems

  • ENER3030 Engineering Materials
  • ENER4050 Energy Storage Devices and Systems

  • ENER3030 Engineering Materials
  • ENER4040 Energy Storage and Distribution

  • MAEG3090 Advanced Energy Technology
  • MAEG3100 Energy Systems

Honors & Awards

  • Founding Member of Young Academy of Science of Hong Kong
  • United College Early Career Research Excellence Award (2018)
  • University Education Award (2016)
  • Young Researcher Award (2016)
  • Dean's Exemplary Teaching Award (2014)
  • Hong Kong SAR Research Grants Council Early Career Award (2014)
  • European Materials Research Society (E-MRS) Graduate Student Award (2011)
  • Electrochemical Society (ECS) Battery Division Student Research Award (2010)
  • MIT Martin Family Society of Fellows for Sustainability (2009)
  • Taiwan National Science Council Outstanding Research Innovation Award (2007)

Journal Papers
  • Cong G., Wang W., Lai N.C, Liang Z. and Lu Y.C.*, "A high-rate and long-life organic-oxygen battery" Nature Materials, Online, 2019
  • Li Z., Zhou Y., Wang Y. and Lu Y.C.*, "Solvent-Mediated Li2S Electrodeposition: A Critical Manipulator in Lithium-Sulfur Batteries" Advanced Energy Materials, 9, 1802207
  • Liang Z., Zhou Y. and Lu Y.C.*, "Dynamic Oxygen Shield Eliminates Cathode Degradation in Lithium-Oxygen Batteries" Energy & Environmental Science, 2018, 11, 3500-3510
  • Wang Y., Lai N.C., Lu Y.R., Zhou Y., Dong C.L. and Lu Y.C.*, "A Solvent-Controlled Oxidation Mechanism of Li2O2 in Lithium-Oxygen Batteries" Joule, 2018, 2(11), 2018, 2364-2380
  • Zou Q., Liang Z., Du Q., Liu C., Li, E.Y. and Lu Y.C.*, "Cation-Directed Selective Polysulfide Stabilization in Alkali Metal-Sulfur Batteries" Journal of the American Chemical Society, 2018, 140 (34), 10740-10748
  • Chen N., Zhou Y., and Lu Y.C.*, "Lithium-Organic Nanocomposite Suspension for High-Energy-Density Redox Flow Batteries" ACS Energy Letters, 2018, 3, 1991-1997
  • Lai N.C., Cong G., Liang Z. and Lu Y.C.*, "A Highly Active Oxygen Evolution Catalyst for Lithium-Oxygen Batteries Enabled by High-Surface-Energy Facets" Joule, 2018, 2, 8, 1511-1521
  • Chen H., Lai N.C. and Lu Y.C.*, "Silicon-Carbon Nanocomposite Semi-Solid Negolyte and its Application in Redox Flow Batteries" Chemistry of Materials, 29, 2017, 7533-7542
  • Wang W., Lai N.C., Liang Z. Wang Y. and Lu Y.C.*, "Superoxide stabilization and a universal KO2 growth mechanism in potassium-oxygen batteries" Angewandte Chem. Int. Ed, 2018, 57, 5042-5046
  • Chen H., Cong G. and Lu Y.C.*, "Recent progress in organic redox flow batteries: Active materials, electrolytes and membranes" Journal of Energy Chemistry, 2018 in press
  • Lai N.C., Cong G., Liang Z. and Lu Y.C.*, "A Highly Active Oxygen Evolution Catalyst for Lithium-Oxygen Batteries Enabled by High-Surface-Energy Facets" Joule, 2018, In press
  • Zhou Y., Li Z., and Lu Y.C.*, "A stable lithium-selenium interface via solid/liquid hybrid electrolytes: Blocking polyselenides and suppressing lithium dendrite" Nano Energy, 39, 2017, 554-561
  • Liang Z, Zou. Q, Wang Y. and Lu Y.C.*, "Recent Progress in Applying In Situ/Operando Characterization Techniques to Probe the Solid/Liquid/Gas Interfaces of Li-O2 Batteries" Small Methods, 2017, 1700150
  • Cong G., Zhou Y., Li Z., and Lu Y.C.*, " A Highly Concentrated Catholyte Enabled by a Low-Melting-Point Ferrocene Derivative" ACS Energy Letter, 2017, 2, pp 869-875
  • Weng G.M., Li Z., Zhou Y., Cong G., and Lu Y.C.*, "Unlocking the capacity of iodide for high-energy-density zinc/polyiodide and lithium/polyiodide redox flow batteries" Energy & Environmental Science, 2017,10, 735-741
  • Weng G.M., Tam L.Y., and Lu Y.C.*, "High-performance LiTi2(PO4)3 anodes for high-areal-capacity flexible aqueous lithium-ion batteries" Journal of Materials Chemistry A , Theme Collection in Emerging Investigators 2017
  • Li Z., Weng G.M., Zou Q., Cong G., and Lu Y.C.*, "A high-energy and low-cost polysulfide/iodide redox flow battery" Nano Energy, 30, 283-292, 2016
  • Liang Z., and Lu Y.C.*, "Critical Role of Redox Mediator in Suppressing Charging Instabilities of Lithium-Oxygen Batteries" J. Am. Chem. Soc., 138 (24), 7574-7583 (2016).
  • Zou Q., and Lu Y.C.*, "Solvent-Dictated Lithium Sulfur Redox Reactions: An Operando UV-vis Spectroscopic Study" J. Phys. Chem. Lett., 7, 1518-1525 (2016).
  • Wang Y., Liang Z., Zou Q., Cong G. and Lu Y.C.*, "Mechanistic Insights into Catalyst-Assisted Non-Aqueous Oxygen Evolution Reaction in Lithium-Oxygen Batteries" J. Phys. Chem. C, 120 (12), 6459-6466 (2016).
  • Chen H., and Lu Y.C*, "A High-Energy-Density Multiple Redox Semi-Solid-Liquid Flow Battery" Adv. Energy Mater., 6(8), 2183, (2016).
  • Quinlan R.A, Lu Y.C., Kwabi D. Shao-Horn Y. and Mansour A.N. "XPS Investigation of the Electrolyte Induced Stabilization of LiCoO2 and "AlPO4"-Coated LiCoO2 Composite Electrodes" J. Electrochem. Soc. 163, 2, A300-A308, (2016).
  • Chen H., Zou Q., Liang Z., Liu H., Li Q., and Lu Y.C.*, "Sulphur-Impregnated Flow Cathode to Enable High-Energy-Density Lithium Flow Batteries" Nat. Commun., 6, 5877, (2015).
  • Huang Y., Liu H., Lu Y.C., Hou Y., Li Q., "Electrophoretic Lithium Iron Phosphate/Reduced Graphene Oxide Composite for Lithium Ion Battery Cathode Application" J. Power Source 284, 236-244 (2015).
  • Lin X., Kavian R., Lu Y.C., Hu Q., Shao-Horn Y., and Grinstaff M.W., "Thermally-responsive, nonflammable phosphonium ionic liquid electrolytes for lithium metal batteries: operating at 100 degrees celsius" Chem. Sci., 6, 6601-6606 (2015).
  • Lu Y.C., He Q., Gasteiger H.A., "Probing the Lithium-Sulfur Redox Reactions: A Rotating-Ring Disk Electrode Study" J. Phy. Chem. C 118, 5733-5741 (2014).
  • Yao K.P.C., Lu Y.C., Amanchukwu C.V., Kwabi D.G., Risch M., Zhou, J., Grimaud A., Hammond P.T., Bardé F., and Shao-Horn Y., "The influence of transition metal oxides on the kinetics of Li2O2 oxidation for Li-O2 batteries: high activity of chromium oxides" Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 16, 2297-2304 (2014)
  • Lu Y.C., Gallant B.M., Kwabi D.G., Harding J.R., Mitchell R.R., Whittingham S.M., and Shao-Horn Y., "Lithium-Oxygen Batteries: Bridging Mechanistic Understanding and Battery Performance" Energy Environ. Sci. 6(3) 750-768 (2013)
  • Lu Y.C., and Shao-Horn Y., "Probing the Reaction Kinetics of the Charge Reactions of Nonaqueous Li-O2 Batteries" J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 4(1) 93-99 (2013)
  • Quinlan R.A., Lu Y.C., Shao-Horn Y., and Mansour A.N., "XPS Studies of Surface Chemistry Changes of LiNi0.5Mn0.5O2 Electrodes during High-Voltage Cycling" J. Electrochem. Soc. 160 (4) A669-A677 (2013)
  • Yao, K.P.C., Kwabi D.G., Quinlan R.A., Mansour A.N., Grimaud A., Lee Y.-L., Lu Y.C., and Shao-Horn Y., "Thermal Stability of Li2O2 and Li2O for Li-Air Batteries: In Situ XRD and XPS Studies" J. Electrochem. Soc. 160 (6) A1-A7 (2013)
  • Lu Y.C., Crumlin E., Carney J.T., Baggetto L., Veith G.M., Dudney N.J., Liu Z., and Shao-Horn Y. "Influence of Hydrocarbon and CO2 on the Reversibility of Li-O2 Chemistry Using In Situ Ambient Pressure X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy" J. Phy. Chem. C, 117, 25948-25954 (2013)
  • Oh D., Qi J., Lu Y.C., Zhang Y, Shao-Horn Y., and Belcher A.M. "Biologically enhanced cathode design for improved capacity and cycle life for lithium-oxygen batteries" Nat. Commun., 4, Article number: 2756 (2013)
  • Lu Y.C., Crumlin E., Veith G.M., Harding J.R., Mutoro E., Baggetto L., Dudney N.J., Liu Z., and Shao-Horn Y., "In Situ Ambient Pressure X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy Studies of Lithium-Oxygen Redox Reactions" Sci. Rep. 2, Article #715 (2012)
  • Harding R.J., Lu Y.C., Tsukada Y., and Shao-Horn Y., "Evidence of Catalyzed Oxidation of Li2O2 for Rechargeable Li-Air Battery Applications" Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 14 (30) 10540-10546 (2012)
  • Lu Y.C., Gasteiger H.A., and Shao-Horn Y., "Catalytic Activity Trends of Oxygen Reduction Reaction for Nonaqueous Li-Air Batteries" J. Am. Chem. Soc. 133(47) 19048-19051 (2011)
  • Lu Y.C., Kwabi D.K., Yao K.P.C., Harding J.R., Zhou J., Zuin L., and Shao-Horn Y., "The Discharge Rate Capability of Rechargeable Li-O2 Batteries" Energy Environ. Sci. 4(8) 2999-3007 (2011)
  • Lu Y.C., Gasteiger H.A., and Shao-Horn Y., "Method Development to Evaluate the Oxygen Reduction Activity of High-Surface-Area Catalysts for Li-Air Batteries" Electrochem. Solid State Lett. 14(5) A70-A74 (2011)
  • Yabuuchi N., Lu Y.C., Mansour A.N., Chen S., and Shao-Horn Y., "The Influence of Heat-Treatment Temperature on the Cation Distribution of LiNi0.5Mn0.5O2 and Its Rate Capability in Lithium Rechargeable Batteries" J. Electrochem. Soc. 158(2) A192-A200 (2011)
  • Lu Y.C., Xu Z., Gasteiger H.A., Chen S., Hamad-Schifferli K., and Shao-Horn Y., "Platinum-Gold nanoparticles: A Highly Active Bifunctional Electrocatalyst for Rechargeable Lithium-Air Batteries" J. Am. Chem. Soc. 132(35) 12170-12171 (2010)
  • Lu Y.C., Gasteiger H.A., Parent M., Chiloyan V., and Shao-Horn Y., "The Influence of Catalysts on Discharge and Charge Voltages of Rechargeable Li-Oxygen Batteries" Electrochem. Solid State Lett. 13(6) A69-A72 (2010)
  • Lu Y.C., Gasteiger H.A., Crumlin E., McGuire R., and Shao-Horn Y., "Electrocatalytic Activity Studies of Select Metal Surfaces and Implications in Li-Air Batteries" J. Electrochem. Soc. 157(9) A1016-A1025 (2010)
  • Yabuuchi N., Lu Y.C., Mansour A.N., and Shao-Horn Y., "The Influence of Surface Chemistry on the Rate Capability of LiNi0.5Mn0.5O2 for Lithium Rechargeable Batteries" Electrochem. Solid State Lett. 13(11) A158-A161 (2010)

  • B. M. Gallant, Y.C. Lu, R.R. Mitchell, D.G. Kwabi, T.J. Carney, C.V. Thompson and Y. Shao-Horn, " The Kinetics and Product Characteristics of Oxygen Reduction and Evolution in Li-O2 Batteries," N. Imanishi, A.C. Luntz and P. Bruce (eds.), The Lithium Air Battery - Fundamentals, Springer, pp. 121-158, 2014.