Qingye (Gemma) Lu

Assistant Professor

Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering

PhD - Analytical Chemistry

University of Alberta

MSc - Physical Chemistry

Wuhan University

BSc - Chemistry

Wuhan University

Contact information


Office: 403.210.7645

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CNRL Engineering Complex : EN D 204A

Office hours

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Courses I teach or have taught:


Wastewater Issues for the Oil and Gas Industry (ENCH 665)

Wastewater Issues for the Oil and Gas Industry (ENEN 665)

Electrochemical Engineering (ENCH 630)

Special Projects (ENCH 699)


Chemical Engineering Process Development (ENCH 423)

Oil and Gas Engineering Process Development (ENPE 423)

Engineering Design and Economics (ENER 400)

Chemical Engineering Laboratory (ENCH 551)

Electrochemical Engineering (ENCH 530)

Preferred method of communication

Accepting applicants

Dr. Lu is accepting applicants for postdocs, as well as PhD and MSc students in interfacial science and material science (early start date in September 2019).

Job posting: Postdoctoral fellow

Dr. Lu is currently accepting applications for a postdoctoral fellow who will be working on a funded project, available immediately. The successful applicant is expected to have obtained his/her PhD degree within the last one to two years or will successfully obtain his/her PhD degree by the time the project starts. The applicants should have strong expertise in analytical chemistry, water and wastewater treatment, colloid and interfacial science or a related subject area with a strong track record in academic research. Interested applicants should send a detailed CV, a description of their research expertise, two to three representative journal publications and contact information for three referees to Dr. Lu at qingye.lu@ucalgary.ca.

Research and teaching

Research areas

  • Interfacial and surface sciences
  • Biomimetic materials
  • Nanomaterials/nanotechnology
  • Microfluidic systems applications in energy, environment and biomedical fields

Research activities

Interfacial and surface science applicable in energy and environment

Research focuses on using advanced analytical techniques including QCM-D, AFM, SFA, etc. to fundamentally understand interfacial and surface science.

  • Surface and interfacial phenomena involved in SAGD produced water treatment
  • Interfacial behaviour and surface chemistry of 2-D and 3-D metal organic frameworks (MOFs) materials
  • Molecular interaction mechanisms of membrane fouling
  • Molecular interactions of contaminants of interest with surrounding natural environment

Biomimetic materials and naturally derived polymer materials for energy and environment

Research focuses on developing bioinspired nanocomposite materials and naturally derived polymer materials for environmental and energy applications.

  • Nanocellulose based materials for CO2 capture
  • Lignin based materials for wastewater treatment
  • Bioinspired nanocomposite materials for oil sands produced water and tailings treatment
  • Chitosan based materials for wastewater treatment

Nanomaterials (2D, 3D, composites) and nanotechnology for energy and environment

Research focuses on developing nanomaterials and nanotechnology for environmental and energy applications.

  • 2D and 3D MOFs-based nanomaterials and composites for water and wastewater treatment
  • Materials and technology for environmental sensing, detection and monitoring
  • Microfluidic and nanofluidic platforms
  • CO2 conversion


Dr.  Lu is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering at the University of Calgary. Her research is focused on bioadhesion, colloid and interfacial chemistry, polymers, nanomaterials/nanotechnology and their applications in biomedical and industrial processes such as anti-fouling, oil sands process water treatment, tailings settling enhancement, emission controls, soil remediation, etc. She also has strong expertise in microfluidics, fuel cells and electrocatalysis obtained from her graduate studies. She did both her BSc and MSc in Chemistry at Wuhan University, China under the supervision of Prof. Juntao Lu and Prof. Lin Zhuang, and obtained her PhD in Analytical Chemistry at University of Alberta, under the supervision of Professor Jed Harrison. After her PhD, she was trained as a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering in Prof. Yang Liu’s group, the Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering in Prof. Hongbo Zeng’s group at the University of Alberta. Dr. Lu has published one book chapter and over 30 papers in top journals such as Angewandte Chemie International Edition, Biomaterials, Soft Matter, Water Research, Advanced Materials Interfaces, etc.


Selected publications

P. Song, G. Natale, J. Wang, T. Bond, H. Hejazi, H. Siegler, I. Gates*, Q. Lu*, 2D and 3D metal-organic framework nanosheets at the oil/water interface: a case study of copper-benzenedicarboxylate. Adv. Mater. Inter. 2018, in press (Cover page of the journal) (IF 4.834).

O. Maan, J. Huang, H. Zeng, Q. Lu*, Probing Molecular interactions between humic acid and surface-grafted polyacrylamide using quartz crystal microbalance with dissipation and atomic force microscopy: implication for environmental remediation. Environ. Chem. 2018, 15, 336-350 (IF 3.500).

Q. Lu*, J. Huang, O. Maan, Y. Liu*, H. Zeng*, Probing molecular interaction mechanisms of organic fouling on polyamide membrane using a surface forces apparatus: implication for wastewater treatment. Sci. Total Environ. 2018, 622-623, 644 (IF 4.900).

J. Feng, G. Yang, Y. Mei, X. Cao, Y. Wang, H. Li*, Q. Lu*, Macroscopic visual detection of phoxim by calix[4]arene-based host-guest chemistry. Sens. Actuators, B 2018, 271, 264-270 (IF 5.667).

K. Deng, B. Hu, Q. Lu*, X. Hong*, Cu/g-C3N4 modified ZnO/Al2O3 catalyst: methanol yield improvement of CO2 hydrogenation. Catal. Commun. 2017, 100, 81 (IF 3.420).

Y. Yu, Q. Yang, X. Yu, Q. Lu*, X. Hong*, Highly efficient metal-free visible light driven photocatalyst: graphene oxide/polythiophene composite. Chem. Select 2017, 2, 5578 (IF 1.505).

Q. Lu, D. X. Oh, Y. Lee, Y. Jho, D. S. Hwang*, H. Zeng*,Nanomechanics of cation-π interactions in aqueous solution. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2013, 52, 3944 (selected as a hot paper by the journal) (IF 12.102).

Q. Lu, E. Danner, J. H.Waite, J. N. Israelachvili, H. Zeng*, D. S. Hwang*, Adhesion of mussel foot proteins to different substrate surfaces. J. Royal Soc. Inter. 2012, 10, 20120759 ((IF 3.355).

Q. Lu, D. S. Hwang, Y. Liu* and H. Zeng*, Molecular interactions of mussel protective coating protein, mcfp-1, from Mytilus californianus. Biomaterials 2012, 33, 1903 (IF 8.402).

Q. Lu, J. Wang, A. Faghihnejad, H. Zeng*, Y. Liu*, Understanding the molecular interactions of lipopolysaccharides during E. coli initial adhesion with a surface forces apparatus. Soft Matter 2011, 7, 9366 (IF 3.889).


Selected awards

2011 – Excellence in Oral Presentation, 2011 PDF Research Day, University of Alberta

2008, 2009 – Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarship, University of Alberta

2007, 2008 – GSA Professional Development Grants, University of Alberta

2006 – Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award, University of Alberta

2001, 2002, 2003 – Outstanding Graduate Students Scholarship, Wuhan University

2001 – Excellent BSc Thesis, Wuhan University

1997, 1998, 1999, 2000 – Outstanding Undergraduate Students Scholarship, Wuhan University