HKIAS Senior Fellow Professor Ke Lu receives the 2022 Institute of Metals/Robert Franklin Mehl Award

25 March 2022


Professor Ke Lu

Professor Ke Lu, Hong Kong Institute for Advanced Study (HKIAS) Senior Fellow, was awarded the prestigious 2022 Institute of Metals/Robert Franklin Mehl Award from The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS). TMS bestowed the honour to Professor Lu for “his seminal contribution to the understanding of the mechanical behaviors of nanostructured metals and his world-class leadership of materials research”.

This award is one of the most influential awards in the field of international materials and enjoys a high international reputation. Over the past 100 years, a total of 100 internationally renowned experts in the field of materials science and engineering have been awarded, including many Nobel Prize winners.

As a leading researcher in nanostructured materials, Professor Lu contributed to the advancement of materials science and engineering with world-class, trend-setting research. His significant scientific accomplishments include discovering nano-twinned materials and development of nano-twin strengthening methodology; development of surface nanocrystallization technology; discovery of unique behaviors of gradient nano-grained structures in metals and alloys; and stabilization and plastic deformation of nano-grained metals at extreme sizes.

Professor Lu is currently the Director of the Shenyang National Laboratory for Materials Science in China. Besides, he is a member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the World Academy of Sciences for Developing Countries, the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, and the National Academy of Engineering of USA (foreign member).

In addition, Professor Lu is the second Chinese scientist and the third HKIAS Senior Fellow who was awarded this honour. Two HKIAS Senior Fellows, Professor Herbert Gleiter and Professor Robert Ritchie (Emeritus Senior Fellow) were received this honour in 2009 and 2010.

Established in 1921 by the Institute of Metals Division, this lecture award was also to honour the memory of Robert Franklin Mehl, an internationally renowned professor of metallurgy at Carnegie Mellon University. This award is the highest award granted by the TMS. It appreciates the achievements of highly outstanding scientists in natural and engineering sciences: Originality and brilliance of thinking, combined with scientific visions that reach beyond the borders of individual disciplines.

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