Professor Max Lu has recently been appointed President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Surrey, following a stellar academic career at the University of Queensland, Australia. He has served as Provost and Senior Vice-President, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) since 2009. As Foundation Director, Professor Lu led the Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre of Excellence for Functional Nanomaterials from 2003 to 2009.
Max’s research expertise is in the fields of materials chemistry and nanotechnology. He has made seminal contributions to science and innovation in nanomaterials including carbons and their applications in clean energy and environmental technologies. With over 500 papers in high impact journals such as Nature, J. Am. Chem. Soc., Angew. Chem., Adv. Materials (having over 37000 citations and an h-index of 98), he is also co-inventor of more than 20 international patents. He is Highly Cited Researcher in both Materials Science and Chemistry as listed in “World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds 2014” and in 2015 by Thomson Reuters. He has received numerous awards nationally and internationally including, ARC Federation Fellowship twice (2003 and 2008), China International Science and Technology Award, Orica Award, RK Murphy Medal, Le Fevre Prize, ExxonMobil Award, Chemeca Medal, and Top 100 Most Influential Engineers in Australia, and Queensland Great. Professor Lu is elected Fellow of several academies and institutions including the Australian Academy of Science, Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE, UK), Engineers Australia, and the Royal Society of Chemistry.
Mark Biggs is the Dean of Science and Professor of Interfacial Science and Engineering at Loughborough University (UK), and Visiting Professor at The University of Adelaide (Australia) where he was Professor of Chemical Engineering (2008-2014) and Head of the School of Chemical Engineering (2010-13). Prior to this he held a number of academic posts in the UK, including at The University of Edinburgh (2001-2008) and Surrey University (1996-2000), as well as being a long-standing visiting lecturer at the University of Stuttgart (2000-2007). Prof. Biggs is a recipient of a Royal Academy of Engineering/Leverhulme Senior Research Fellowship (2007-2008) and has been a long-standing member of the EPSRC’s Peer Review College as well as a former member of the ARC College of Experts (2010-12). He was the founding Chair of the Australian Carbon Society, which incorporates the Carbon Division of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI). Professor Biggs research interests are focused on understanding – through both experiment and modelling – and exploiting interfacial phenomena, including those involving carbons.
Dr. John Zhu is a Professor in School of Chemical Engineering, the University of Queensland. His research interests and expertise exist in advanced catalysis, gas/liquid adsorption and separation, direct carbon fuel cells and solid oxide fuel cells with strong application focus on clean energy and environment. His publications include one edited book, 8 book chapters, over 190 journal papers and many international conference papers. He holds 5 patents, and 3 patents have been licensed to the industrial sponsor. He has won and successfully led 20 ARC (Australian Research Council) grants with himself as sole or first chief investigator, with a total funding from government and industries in excess of $18 million. He is the recipient of a number of awards and fellowships, including RK Murphy Medal 2013, Freehills Award IChemE 2011, 2nd place Innovator of the Year Award Global IChemE 2011 (announced in Birmingham UK), the University of Queensland Foundation Research Excellence Award in 2007, an ARC Queen Elizabeth II Fellowship from 2008 to 2012, an ARC Postdoctoral Fellowship from 2003 – 2005. In May 2012, John Zhu’s long term collaborative research with Eden Energy since 2005 was recognised by Thomson Reuters Innovation Award for Innovative Collaboration between the University of Queensland and Eden Energy. In July 2012 John Zhu was awarded the prestigious ARC Future Fellowship (level 3, the highest level of ARC Future Fellowship). John Zhu is currently a member of ARC College of Experts (2014-2016).