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Hongbing Lu
Professor; Louis A. Beecherl Jr. Chair; Associate Department Head-Mechanical Engineering
Office MailstopMail Box: EC38, Room No.: ECSN 2.528 
Email Address    Primary Phone Number 972-883-4647    Media Contact
Keywords Experimental mechanics; nanomechanics; mechanics of time-dependent materials; mechanical behavior of nanomaterials; dynamic behavior of materials; fracture mechanics.   
 Professional Preparation
 PhDAeronauticsCalifornia Institute of Technology1997
 M.S.Engineering MechanicsTsinghua University1988
 B.S.Solid MechanicsHuazhong University of Science and Technology1986
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Major Honors and Awards
  • Associate Fellow, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, 2009.
  • Best Paper Award, the 10th International Conference on Web Handling, Stillwater, OK, 2009.
  • Regents Distinguished Research Award, Oklahoma State University, 2008.
  • CEAT Halliburton Outstanding Faculty Award, College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology (CEAT), Oklahoma State University, 2008.
  • Best Poster Award, the 14th International Sol-Gel Conference, Montpellier, France, 2007.
  • Best Paper Award, the 9th International Conference on Web Handling, Stillwater, OK, 2007.
  • NSF Career Award, National Science Foundation, 2000.
  • CEAT Outstanding Young Faculty Award, Oklahoma State University, 2001.
  • 3M Non-Tenured Faculty Award, 3M, 1999, 2000, 2001.
  • Li Ming Scholarship Award, Caltech, 1993, 1995.
  • Charles Lee Powell Foundation Graduate Fellowship, Caltech, 1991.
Research Interests
Experimental mechanics; nanomechanics; mechanics of time-dependent materials; mechanical behavior of nanomaterials; dynamic behavior of materials; fracture mechanics.
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Fu, B.; Luo, H.; Wang,F.; Churu,G.; Chu, K.T.; Hanan, J.C.; Sotiriou-Leventis, C.; Leventis, N.; Lu, H., 2011, 357, 2063-2074. Simulations of Microstructural Evolution of a Polymer Crosslinked Templated Silica Aerogel under High-strain-rate Compression. Journal of Non-crystalline Solids.
Leventis, N.; Sotiriou-Leventis, C.; Mohite, D.P.; Larimore, Z.J.; Mang, J.; Churu, G.; Lu, H., 2011, 23, 2250-2261. Polyimide Aerogels by Ring Opening Metathesis Polymerization (ROMP). Chemistry of Materials.
Lu, H.; Luo, H.; Leventis, N., Aerogel Handbook, 2011, 499-535, Edited by M. A. Aegerter, N. Leventis, and M. Koebel, Springer.Mechanical Characterization of Aerogels. Aerogel Handbook, Springer.
P. Du, I-K. Lin, H. Lu, and X. Zhang, “Extension of the Beam Theory for the Polymer Bio-Transducers with Low Aspect Ratios and Viscoelastic Characteristics,” Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering, Vol. 20, 095016, 2010
Peer reviewed
H. Luo, Y. Zhang, B. Wang and H. Lu, “Characterization of the Compressive Behavior of Glass Fiber Reinforced Polyurethane Foam at Different Strain Rates,” Journal of Offshore Mechanics and Arctic Engineering– Transactions of ASME, Vol. 132, 021301, 2010.
Peer reviewed
 News Articles
Nanomaterials Researcher Hopes His Work Helps Increase Nuclear Reactor Efficiency
UT Dallas News Center
With renewed attention being given to nuclear power, a UT Dallas researcher has snagged an $875,000 Department of Energy (DOE) grant to explore a means to boost power plant efficiency and reduce nuclear waste.
It’s the biggest research grant yet within the University’s young Mechanical Engineering Department.
Dr. Hongbing Lu, a nanomaterials expert and the first holder of the Louis Beecherl Jr. Chair in mechanical engineering at the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science, will simulate the cracks that form in the metal-alloy surface, or cladding, of nuclear fuel rods. These cracks – which develop in the stressful reactor environment of tremendous heat, corrosion, irradiation and pressure – are microscopic in size but can cause a reduction in the fuel burn-up rate, decreasing power station efficiency and increasing nuclear waste.

Materials Expert Fills Mechanical Engineering Chair
UT Dallas News Center

Demonstrating it will be very much rooted in 21st-century technology, the 3-year-old Department of Mechanical Engineering at UT Dallas chose an expert in nanomaterials as the holder of its first endowed chair.Dr. Hongbing Lu is an expert in the mechanics of materials and a highly productive researcher. He is the first holder of the Louis Beecherl Jr. Chair in the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science.
Lu has received more than 35 contracts and grants totaling over $10 million in the past decade. His research interests include nano-indentation, visco-elasticity, experimental mechanics and the mechanics of nanostructured materials.
Before joining UT Dallas, Lu was the PACCAR Professor of Engineering at the University of North Texas, and prior to that he spent more than 10 years on the faculty of the School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Oklahoma State University.

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