Professor Max Lu FREng

Professor Lu is President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Surrey. He is a member of the UK Prime Minister’s Council for Science and Technology and a Director of the Board of National Physical Laboratory. He chairs the UK Forum for Responsible Research Metrics, served on the Boards of Universities UK and until recently, UKRI.

Professor Lu founded the Australian Research Council’s Centre of Excellence for Functional Nanomaterials and served as its director for eight years. A pre-eminent chemical engineer and nanotechnologist, Professor Lu has published over 500 journal papers (h=129, and 68,000 citations). He is co-inventor of more than 20 granted international patents. 

He was awarded the Medal of the Order (Officer) of Australia in 2017 for his distinguished service to education and international research. Professor Lu has served on many government committees and advisory boards including the Australian Prime Minister’s Science, Engineering and Innovation Council (2004, 2005 and 2009) and Australian Research Council College of Experts (2002–2004).

He is Fellow of Royal Academy of Engineering, Institution of Chemical Engineers, Australian Academy of Science, Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering, World Academy of Science, National Academy of Inventors, and a Foreign Fellow of the Chinese Academy of Sciences.