Dr Xunyu Lu
Senior Lecturer

Dr Xunyu Lu


  • Ph.D. in Chemistry (School of Chemistry, UNSW Sydney, Oct 2014)
School of Chemical Engineering

Professional Experience

  •   Senior Lecturer, UNSW Sydney (01 July 2019 - now).
  •   Scientia Fellow, UNSW Sydney (01 Jan 2019 - now)
  •   Discovery Early Career Researcher Award, UNSW Sydney (01 Jan 2017 - now)
  •   Postdoctoral Research Fellow, UNSW Sydney (01 Jan 2015 - 31 Dec 2016)


  • CEIC2009 Materials and Energy Balances in the Chemical Process Industry.
  • CEIC2000 Materials and Energy Systems.
+61 2 93859793
Faculty of Engineering Rm 352, Tyree Energy Technology Building
  • Journal articles | 2019
    Zhao S; Lu X; Wang L; Gale J; Amal R, 2019, 'Carbon-Based Metal-Free Catalysts for Electrocatalytic Reduction of Nitrogen for Synthesis of Ammonia at Ambient Conditions', Advanced Materials, vol. 31, pp. e1805367, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/adma.201805367

Awards and Honours

  • Bloom-Gutmann Prize (2012) from Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI).
  • ARC DECRA Fellow (2017-2019).
  • UNSW Scientia Fellow (2019-2022).

Research Activities and Current Projects 

  • 1. Development of cost-effective and active catalyst for electrochemical energy conversion reactions. 
  • 2. Fundamental study of electrocatalysis with combined computational and experimental techniques. 
  • 3. Design and fabrication of energy devices (water/CO2 electrolysers, fuel cell stacks, metal-air batteries) for potential industrial applications.
  • 4. Control the geometric and electronic effects of single atom catalysts for selectivity and activity enhancements. 
  • 5. Integration of the energy devices with state-of-the-art photovoltaic (PV) cells to produce renewable chemicals and fuels.

Recent Selected Publications:

  • Y. Zhao, P.V. Kumar, X. Tan, X.X. Lu, X. Zhu, J. Jiang, J. Pan, S. Xi, H. Y. Yang, Z. Ma, T. Wan, D. Chu, W. Jiang, S.C. Smith, R. Amal, Z. Han, X. Lu, Modulating Pt-O-Pt atomic clusters with isolated cobalt atoms for enhanced hydrogen evolution catalysis, Nature Communications, 2022, 13, 2430.
  • Z. Lin, Q. Zhang, J. Pan, C. Tsounis, A.A. Esmailpour, S. Xi, Y.H. Yang, Z. Han, J. Yun, R. Amal, X. Lu, Atomic Co decorated free-standing graphene electrode assembly for efficient hydrogen peroxide production in acid, Energy & Environmental Science, 2022, 15, 1172-1182. 
  • Q. Zhang, P. Kumar, X. Zhu, R. Daiyan, N.M. Bedford, K. Wu, Z. Han, T. Zhang, R. Amal, X. Lu, Electronically Modified Atomic Sites Within a Multicomponent Co/Cu Composite for Efficient Oxygen Electroreduction, Advanced Energy Materials, 2021, 11, 2100303. 
  • Y. Zhao, W.-J. Jiang, J. Zhang, E.C. Lovell, R. Amal, Z. Han, X. Lu, Anchoring Sites Engineering in Single-Atom Catalysts for Highly Efficient Electrochemical Energy Conversion Reactions, Advanced Materials, 2021, 33, 2102801.
  • X. Zhu, X. Tan, K.-H. Wu, S.-C. Haw, C.-W. Pao, B.-J. Su, J. Jiang, S.C. Smith, J.-M. Chen, R. Amal, X. Lu, Intrinsic ORR Activity Enhancement of Pt Atomic Sites by Engineering the d-Band Center via Local Coordination Tuning, Angewandte Chemie-International Edition, 2021, 60, 21911-21917.
  • Q. Zhang, X. Tan, N.M. Bedford, Z. Han, L. Thomsen, S. Smith, R. Amal, X. Lu, Direct insights into the role of epoxy groups on cobalt sites for acidic H2O2 production, Nature Communications, 2020, 11, 4181. 
  • X. Zhu, C. Hu, R. Amal, L. Dai, X. Lu, Heteroatom-doped carbon catalysts for zinc-air batteries: progress, mechanism, and opportunities, Energy & Environmental Science, 2020, 13, 4536-4563.

Ph.D. positions and Honours projects are available, please contact Dr. Lu for further discussions.