Since 10.2019 Head of department for Electrochemical Energy Storage, HZB

Since 04.2017 Professor, Institute of Chemistry, University of Potsdam

09.2009 -09.2019 Group leader, Institute of  Soft Matter and Functional Materials, Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie

09.2006 - 08.2009 Staff Scientist, Physical Chemistry I, University of Bayreuth

04.2005 – 08.2006  Postdoc in the group of Prof. M. Ballauff, Physical Chemistry I,  University of Bayreuth

07.2001 – 02.2005 Ph.D study in Institute for Macromolecular Chemistry and Textile Chemisty, Dresden University of Technology

09.1998 – 04.2001 M.S. in Material Science in College of Material Science and Engineering, Donghua University, Shanghai, P. R. China


Research area: 

  • Design and synthesis of colloidal particles with tailored mesoscopic structures
  • Organic/inorganic hybrid particles and their application as energy storage materials, catalyst, sensor and solar cells


2015: Selected as top female researchers (W2/W3-Programme) in Helmholtz Association.

2013: Fudan University (Shanghai, China) Key Laboratory Senior Visiting Scholarship.

2013: Selected in Helmholtz Akademie and finished with success.

2011: “Dr. Hermann-Schnell-Stipendium” by the German Chemical Society (GDCh).

2005: “APi-Prize” as the best dissertation in 2005 by the German Chemical Society (GDCh) Division of Coatings and Pigments.


Selected publications 

[1] S. Mei, C. Jafta, I. Lauermann, Q. Ran, M. Kärgell, M. Ballauff, Y. Lu, Adv. Funct. Mater. 27, (2017), 1701176.

[2] J. Cao, C. Jafta, J. Gong, Q. Ran, X. Lin, R. Félix, R. Wilks, M. Bär, J. Yuan, M. Ballauff, Y. Lu, ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces 8, (2016), 29628.

[3] Y. Lu, M. Ballauff, Prog. Polym. Sci. 59, (2016) 86. 

[4] W. Zhang, Z. Kochovski, Y. Lu, B. V. K. Schmidt, M. Antonietti, J. Yuan, ACS Nano 10, (2016) 7731.

[5] H. Jia, D. Schmitz, A. Ott, A. Pich, Y. Lu, J. Mater. Chem. A 3, (2015), 6187.  

[6] K. Henzler, P. Gutmann, Y. Lu, F. Polzer, G. Schneider, M. Ballauff, Nano Lett. 13, (2013), 824.

[7] S. Wu, J. Dzubiella, J. Kaiser, M. Drechsler, X. Guo, M. Ballauff, Y. Lu, Angew. Chem. 51, (2012), 2229.

[8] P. Hervés, M. Pérez-Lorenzo, L. M. Liz-Marzán, Y. Lu, J. Dzubiella, M. Ballauff, Chem. Soc. Rev. 41 (2012), 5577.

[9] Y. Lu, J. Yuan, F. Polzer, M. Drechsler, J. Preussner, ACS Nano 4, (2010), 7078.

[10] Y. Lu, Y. Mei, M. Ballauff, M. Drechsler, Angewandte Chemie Int. Ed. Engl. 45, (2006) 813.