DepartmentDepartment of Chemistry, Physics and Engineering (CPE)
Biola AffiliationsFaculty
Office LocationLim Center 318



  • B.S. Chemistry UC Berkeley
  • Ph.D. Chemistry, Virginia Tech, analytical, physical and atmospheric chemistry


Jessica Lu’s teaching interests are in the areas of analytical, physical, and environmental chemistry. She teaches in the undergraduate B.S. program in Chemistry. Her courses include Analytical Chemistry lecture and lab, where students learn how to detect and quantify chemicals in laboratory and real-world samples, and Physical Chemistry, where students study the underlying physical principles that describe chemical systems. She enjoys integrating the Christian faith with stewardship of the environment through chemistry. Recent examples of environmental concern are: the Great Pacific Garbage Patch and the Flint Michigan Water Crisis.

Lu is interested in research into the chemical and physical properties of organic compounds in their journey through the environment, building from a molecular-level picture and extending to surfaces and microdroplets. Specific projects have focused on the collection and chemical analysis of tropospheric aerosols, the study of pesticide degradation on environmental surfaces, and the properties of aerosol particles in the atmosphere. She has published in peer-reviewed journals, such as Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics.  Lu completed post-doctoral research at Virginia Tech, the University of British Columbia, and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, Switzerland (ETH Zurich).


  • American Chemical Society
  • Royal Society of Chemistry
  • American Geophysical Union


  • 2013 - 2015: Marie Curie International Incoming Fellowship: ETH Zürich
  • 2011: Graduate Research Award, Virginia Tech
  • 2009 - 2010: Fulbright Research Grant: Israel, Weizmann Institute of Science
  • 2006: National Science Foundation, East Asia and the Pacific Summer Institutes, Taiwan
  • 2006: Graduate Teaching Assistant Award, Virginia Tech
  • 2004: National Science Foundation, Research Experiences for Undergraduates
  • 2000: UC Regent’s Scholarship, UC Berkeley
  • 2000: Riviera Rotary Club Scholarship

Publications (Selected)

  • Can Optical Trapping be used for Freezing Studies? Lu, J. W., Corsetti, S., McGloin, D., Signorell, (In prep)
  • Low-temperature Bessel beam trap for single submicron aerosol particle studies, Lu, J. W., Isenor, M., Chasovskikh, E., Stapfer, D., Signorell, R. (Rev. Sci. Instrum. 2014)
  • Gas-Surface Reactions of Nitrate Radicals with Vinyl-terminated Self-Assembled Monolayers, Zhang, Y. F., Chapleski, Jr., R. C., Lu, J. W., Rockhold, Jr., T., Troya, D., Morris, J. R., (2014)
  • Timescales of water transport in viscous aerosol: measurements on sub-micron particles and dependence on conditioning history Lu, J. W., Rickards, A. J., Walker, J. S., Knox, K. J., Miles, R. E. H., Reid, J. P., Signorell, R., (2014)
  • Interfacial Energy Exchange and Reaction Dynamics in Collisions on Model Organic Surfaces, Lu, J. W., Day, B. S., Fiegland, L. R., Davis, E. D., Alexander, W. A., Troya, D., Morris, J. R., (2012)
  • The Initial Reaction Probability and Dynamics of Ozone Collisions with a Vinyl-Terminated Self-Assembled Monolayer Lu, J. W., Fiegland, L. R., Davis, E. D., Alexander, W. A., Wagner, A., Gandour, R. D., and Morris, J. R. T. J., (2011)
  • Gas-surface scattering dynamics of CO2, NO2, and O3 in collisions with model organic surfaces, Lu, J. W., Morris, J. R., (2011)
  • Changes in the Optical Properties of Benzo[a]pyrene-Coated Aerosols upon Heterogeneous Reactions with NO2 and NO3 Lu, J. W., Flores, J. M., Lavi, A., Abo-Riziq, A., and Rudich, Y., (2011)
  • Gas-Surface Energy Exchange and Thermal Accommodation of CO2 and Ar in Collisions with Methyl, Hydroxyl, and Perfluorinated Self-Assembled Monolayers, Lu, J. W., Alexander, W. A., and Morris, J. R., (2010)
  • Surface Plasmon Resonance Studies of Pullulan and Pullulan Cinnamate Adsorption onto Cellulose, Kaya, A., Du, X., Liu, Z., Lu, J. W., Morris, J. R., Glasser, W. G., Heinze, T., and Esker, A. R., (2009)
  • Collisions of Polar and Non-Polar Gases with Hydrogen-Bonding and Hydrocarbon Self-Assembled Monolayers, Bennett, M. E., Alexander, W. A., Lu, J. W., Troya, D., Morris, J. R., (2008)


  • Spring 2015 American Chemical Society National Meeting, Denver, CO. Presented on “Homogeneous freezing of single submicron to micron-sized water and hydrocarbon aerosol droplets levitated in a Bessel beam trap.” March 2015.
  • Fall 2011 American Chemical Society National Meeting, Denver, CO. Presented on “Reaction dynamics of ozone with unsaturated organic surfaces: Energy exchange, accommodation, and direct reactions.” August 2011.
  • Department of Chemistry, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN (Zwier Group). Presented on “Dynamics of Atmospherically Important Triatomics in Collisions with Model Organic Surfaces.” July 2011.
  • Student Lunch Seminar, Department of Environmental Science and Energy Research, Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel. Presented on “Dynamic Relationship between Chemical Transformation and Optical Properties of Aerosols.” July 2010.
  • Southeastern Regional American Chemical Society Meeting, Greenville, SC. Presented on “Energy Transfer and Scattering Dynamics of Ar and CO2 on Methyl- and Perfluorinated Self-Assembled Monolayers.” October 2007.

Research Interests

  • Chemistry
  • Earth Science
  • Environment
  • Science


  • CHEM 350 Analytical Chemistry
  • CHEM 105 and CHEM 106 General Chemistry I and II
  • CHEM 332 Environmental Chemistry
  • CHEM 380 Intro to Physical Chemistry
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