Newcastle University Academic Track Fellowships NUAcT

Dr Erli Lu

Dr Erli Lu

Dr Erli Lu

My name is Erli and I’m investigating chemistry of alkali metals, which everyone interacts with, from lithium battery powering your phone and laptop, to salt flavouring your dishes. The alkali metals, lithium, sodium and potassium, have ‘split-personality’. On one hand, they can be as mild and tamed as salt. On the other hand, their ‘wild-side’ is far less understood in term of chemistry, and lead to high-profile safety issues such as Li-battery fire and explosion. My research is looking at understanding, and taming, the ‘wild personality’ of the elements, by synthesising compounds which would not like to exist, and challenging traditional definition of alkali metal chemistry.

I obtained my PhD degree in Rare-Earth metal chemistry from Chinese Academy of Sciences in January 2012, then moved to the UK as a Marie Curie International Incoming Fellow. Before joining Newcastle University, I had spent 7 years (2012-2019) as a postdoc researcher working on actinide chemistry at Nottingham and Manchester Universities. Outside of lab and office, I am passionate about travelling, sky diving and cat as much as chemistry.