Dr. Michael Hu is a Senior Research Staff Member at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). Meanwhile, he is appointed as the Bredesen Center Faculty Professor and CBE Department Adjunct Professor at the University of Tennessee. He is the Founder Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Nanomaterials. He is a team leader for a Department of Energy (DOE) program that has recent won ORNL a 2014 R&D100 Award based on advanced nanomembranes work.
Over the past 20 years or so, Dr. Hu has served as Principal Investigator and Project Team Leader for a variety of fundamental and applied nanomaterials and nanotechnology research programs and projects that develop materials chemistry and chemical process engineering for applications in clean renewable efficient energy and nanomaterials devices. He has been leading or supporting multiple programs in nanoscience, engineering, and materials research sponsored by U.S. Department of Energy and other federal agencies. Industry sponsored programs are also an important part of his research and development portfolio, with the goal to provide engineering materials and processes solutions to problems facing to private industries today. Since 1995, Dr. Hu has successfully developed, managed, and conducted multidisciplinary R&D projects that require integration of nanomaterials chemistry, (bio)molecular sciences, colloid & interface sciences, and chemical nanomanufacturing engineering relevant to nanoparticles, nanocrystals, membranes, graphene, advanced ceramics, films/coatings, self-assembled nanostructures, and other nanomaterials for energy (e.g., solid-state lighting, solar cells, supercapacitors, biofuel processing), medical, detectors or sensors, national/homeland security, and other nanotechnology applications. Hu enjoys playing guitar-singing, violin, and tennis at his leisure time.