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About the Guest Lecturer

Peter Lu, Ph.D.

Peter Lu, Ph.D. is a physics research fellow in the Department of Physics in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard University. Lu received his Bachelor’s degree in Physics from Princeton University. He went on to earn his master’s and Ph.D. from Harvard, where he is currently a post-doctoral research fellow. He has conducted a series of experiments aboard the International Space Station, examining phase separation and gelation of colloid mixtures in the absence of gravity. His research focuses on the physics of attractive colloids and the integration of high-performance imaging and analysis techniques.

His published work includes modern quasicrystal geometry in medieval Islamic architectural tilings; the first precision compound machines from ancient China; the first use of diamond in prehistoric China; and the first quasi-crystalline mineral found in nature.

For more information, visit Peter Lu, Ph.D.'s website.