Michael Z. Hu is a chemical engineer and biochemical engineer by education, serving as a Senior Research Staff Member at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Meanwhile, he is appointed by the University of Tennessee as a Joint Faculty Professor at the UT Bredesen Center and an Adjunct Professor at the Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering Dept. He is the Founder Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Nanomaterials. Dr. Hu's research is in advanced nanomaterials and chemical processing technologies for separations and catalysis. He is a team leader for a Department of Energy (DOE) program that has won a 2014 R&D100 Award based on advanced nano-membranes research.