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Lui is a physical chemist working at the interface between physics, chemistry and engineering at the University of Bristol. Lui's research goal is to uncover materials that will help us decarbonize our society, with a keen interest in technologies to aid the hydrogen economy.

Lui completed his PhD at the School of Chemistry in Bristol searching for new superconductive families in organic, inorganic and hybrid nanomaterials, attaining a wealth of synthesis, crystallization, physical characterization device construction and analysis techniques to his repertoire. Currently, Lui is a Senior Research Associate in the Ting group investigating functional porous materials, exploiting their properties for applications in hydrogen storage/carbon capture, superconductivity, pesticide and drug delivery. 

Lui's research is interested in understanding phenomena and physics that occur inside nanoscale pore environments, at the interface between materials and in certain crystal structures. Lui has recently shown how nanoscale environments can be used to manipulate the phase diagram of hydrogen, accessing crystalline phases at higher temperatures than possible in bulk - a positive step for hydrogen storage applications.

In 2020, Lui won the Cavendish gold medal for physics at the Houses of Parliament "STEM for Britain" event, communicating his research to MPs and learned societies. 

 

Keywords

  • porous materials
  • hydrogen
  • Superconductivity
  • polymorph
  • pressure
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Neutron diffraction
  • Materials science
  • neutron scattering
  • Hydrogen energy
  • hydrogen permeation

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