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Ganhua Lu

Assistant Professor
Office: ENGR 319
Phone: 907-786-1106


Ganhua Lu is currently an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Alaska Anchorage.  He received his Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2007.  His research is focused on the synthesis of hybrid nanostructures consisting of nanocarbons (i.e., graphene and carbon nanotubes) decorated with functional nanocrystals and their use for environmental and energy devices. 


Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI
M.E., Thermal Engineering, Tongji University, China
B.E., Thermal Engineering, Tongji University, China

Career History

Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering, University of Alaska Anchorage, 2013-present
Research Associate, Mechanical Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 2008-2012

Teaching Responsibilites

  • ME A313 Mechanical Engineering Thermodynamics
  • ES A341 Fluid Mechanics
  • ES A341L Fluid Mechanics Laboratory

Professional and Departmental Service

Reviewer for over 20 journals, including ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, ACS Nano, Advanced Materials, Chemistry of Materials, Chemical Communications, Journal of Materials Chemistry, Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters, Nanotechnology, Nanoscale, Nanoscale Research letters, Physical Chemistry, Chemistry Physics, Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter, Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics, Journal of Nanoparticle Research.

Research Interests

Synthesis, characterizations, and applications of nanomaterials (particularly hybrid nanostructures) for sustainable energy and environment.  Current research is focused on the development of chemical sensors based on hybrid nanoparticle-graphene/carbon nanotube structures, nanomaterials-based Li-ion batteries, supercapacitors, and solar cells.


Selected Journal Papers:

  1. S. M. Cui†, S. Mao†, G. H. Lu†, and J. H. Chen, "Graphene Coupled with Nanocrystals: Opportunities and Challenges for Energy and Sensing Applications," Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters, 4(15),2441–2454, 2013.(†equal contribution)
  2. G. H. Luand J. H. Chen, "Enhancing Undergraduate Student Learning and Research Experience through Hands-on Experiments on Novel Nanohybrid Devices and Systems,"Journal of Nano Education, 5(1), 61-69, 2013.
  3. G. H. Lu,K. H. Yu, Z. H. Wen, and J. H. Chen, "Semiconducting Graphene: Converting Graphene from Semimetal to Semiconductor," Nanoscale,5, 1353–1368, 2013.
  4. K. H. Chen†, G. H. Lu†, J. B. Chang†, S. Mao, K. H. Yu, S.M. Cui, and J. H. Chen, "Hg(II) Ion Detection Using Thermally Reduced Graphene Oxide Decorated with Functionalized Gold Nanoparticles," Analytical Chemistry, 84(9), 4057–4062, 2012.(†equal contribution)
  5. G. H. Lu,K. H. Yu, L. E. Ocola, and J. H. Chen, "Ultrafast Room-Temperature NH3Sensing with Positively-Gated Reduced Graphene Oxide Field-Effect Transistors,"Chemical Communications, 47(27), 7761–7763, 2011.
  6. G. H. Lu, S. Park, K. H. Yu, R. S. Ruoff, L. E. Ocola, D. Rosenmann, and J. H. Chen, "Toward Practical Gas Sensing with Highly Reduced Graphene Oxide: A New Signal Processing Method to Circumvent Run-to-Run and Device-to-Device Variations,"ACS Nano, 5(2), 1154–1164, 2011.
  7. G. H. Lu, L. E. Ocola, and J. H. Chen, "Room-Temperature Gas Sensing Based on Electron Transfer between Discrete Tin Oxide Nanocrystals and Multiwalled Carbon Nanotubes," AdvancedMaterials, 21(24), 2487–2491, 2009.(Frontispiece featured)
  8. G. H. Lu,L. E. Ocola, and J. H. Chen, "Gas Detection Using Low-Temperature Reduced Graphene Oxide Sheets," AppliedPhysics Letters, 94(8), 083111, 2009.
  9. G. H. Lu,S. Mao, S. Park, R. S. Ruoff, and J. H. Chen, "Facile, Noncovalent Decoration of Graphene Oxide Sheets with Nanocrystals," Nano Research, 2(3), 192–200, 2009.
  10. G. H. Lu,L. Y. Zhu, P. X. Wang, J. H. Chen, D. A. Dikin, R. S. Ruoff, Y. Yu, and Z. F.Ren, "Electrostatic-Force-Directed Assembly of Ag Nanocrystals onto Vertically Aligned Carbon Nanotubes," Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 111(48),17919–17922, 2007.