Jennifer Q. Lu


Lab: (209) 228-2503, SE2-080, SE2-230P. SE2-001

Jennifer Lu is one of the first three faculty members who established the Materials Science and Engineering program at UC Merced ‐‐  Californiaʹ s newest research university. Prior to joining UC Merced, she acquired ten years industry experience at IBM and Agilent Technologies. She holds 18 patents related to device fabrication, and consistently publishes her work  in high impact factor journals. She is a recipient of the DARPA Young Investigator award. She was an invited participant in the Frontiers of Science and Engineering workshop cosponsored by NAE, NAS, and the Brazilian Academy of Sciences. She is the PI and also serves as the Center Director for Merced Nanomaterials Center for Energy and Sensing (MACES) sponsored by NASA. 


  • Ph.D. in Macromolecular Science and Engineering, University of Michigan
  • M.S. in Macromolecular Science and Engineering, University of Michigan
  • M.S. in Materials Science and Engineering, Drexel University
  • B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering, Shanghai University


  • 2014-present,  Associate professor, University of California, Merced
  • 2007-2013, Assistant professor, University of California, Merced
  • 2001-2006, Research staff member, Agilent Technologies
  • 1996-2001, Advisory Engineer, International Business Machine Corporation


The core research interest is to develop functional material platforms for energy transduction (e.g. thermal energy to mechanical energy), energy conversion and energy storage.   Interdisciplinary approaches involve molecular design, synthesis, processing and characterization, are being undertaken for gaining in-depth scientific knowledge and in the mean time creating high-performance devices for green energy, artificial intelligence and biomedical applications.