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Lu Y.



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Prof. Yang Lu joined the University of Hong Kong as "HKU-100 Scholar" Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. He received his BS degree in Physics from Nanjing University and PhD degree in Mechanical Engineering from Rice University, and did his postdoctoral research in the Nanomechanics Lab at MIT. Previously, he joined City University of Hong Kong in 2012 as an Assistant Professor, and was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure in 2017 and full Professor in 2021. Prof. Lu’s research interests focus on experimental nanomechanics and nanomanufacturing. He has published more than 150 journal articles and serves as Associate Editor for Materials Today since 2017. Prof. Lu is a recipient of UGC Early Career Award 2013/14, the inaugural NSFC Excellent Young Scientists Fund (Hong Kong and Macau) 2019 and the RGC Research Fellow scheme (RFS) 2020/21. He is an elected member of the Hong Kong Young Academy of Sciences (YASHK) in 2022.

Research Areas


in situ Electron Microscopy


Mechanical Metamaterial

Strain Engineering

Research Projects


Selected Publications

1 C Dang, JP Chou, B Dai, CT Chou, Y Yang, R Fan, W Lin, F Meng, A Hu*, J Zhu*, J Han, A M Minor, J Li*, Y Lu* “Achieving large uniform tensile elasticity in microfabricated diamond” Science 371 (6524), 76-78, 2021

2 K Cao, S Feng, Y Han, L Gao, TH Ly, Z Xu*, Y Lu* “Elastic straining of free-standing monolayer graphene” Nature Communications 11: 284, 2020

3 A Banerjee, D Bernoulli, H Zhang, M.F. Yuen, J Liu, J Dong, F Ding, J Lu, M Dao*, W Zhang*, Y Lu*, S Suresh* "Ultralarge elastic deformation of nanoscale diamond" Science 360 (6386), 300-302, 2018

4 H Zhang, J Tersoff, S Xu, H Chen, Q Zhang, K Zhang, Y Yang, C-S Lee, K-N Tu*, J Li*, Y Lu* "Approaching the ideal elastic strain limit in silicon nanowires" Science Advances 2: e1501382, 2016

5 Y Lu, JY Huang, C Wang, S Sun, J Lou* "Cold welding of ultrathin gold nanowires" Nature Nanotechnology5 (3), 218-224, 2010

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