Lu's collaboration with Princeton material scientist Nan Yao led to two other significant publications, the lead chapter of Handbook of Microscopy for Nanotechnology, and a paper on the "Earliest Use of Corundum and Diamond in Prehistoric China. This research showed that diamond, not quartz (as had been long-thought), was the polishing agent used by Chinese artisans on jade axes, dated to between 4000 and 2500 BC, pushing the date of the first use of diamond over two thousand years earlier than the previously thought.
Further interest in the intersection of technology and Chinese art led to a paper in the "Brevia" section of Science, this time regarding the earliest established compound machine (as opposed to a simple machine). Prior to this paper, the earliest compound machines were thought to be of Greek origin (e.g., Archimedes' screw); this work found them in China, pre-dating Archimedes by several centuries.
Continued interest in Paleontology and collaboration with his college roommate Motohiro Yogo led to a landmark paper in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Leveraging vector autoregression analysis upon an established marine fossil record, the authors found that a "speed limit," which was previously thought to restrict the reemergence of biodiversity following a mass extinction, does not in fact appear. According to paleontologist Douglas Erwin of the National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C., "This is the battle line for the next decade in paleontology.
Lu's work with medieval Islamic tilings received substantial worldwide news coverage for its timely scientific and political implications. Quasi-crystalline patterns, not widely known to the West until the discovery of Penrose tilings in 1973, were found on mausoleums and mosques dating to around 1500 A.D. in Iran and Turkey. Lu's research proposed the utilization of girih tiles in decorating the structures, which would allow common workers the ability to create such otherwise-complicated patterns.
Lu's doctoral thesis research at Harvard University, in the experimental soft condensed matter group of David Weitz, concerns the behavior of colloidal particles in the laboratory and in zero-gravity situations. The laboratory work has led to new techniques for observing and modeling colloidal behavior, while the latter environment has comprised experiments on the International Space Station.
Interview: Peter Lu discusses his study into how ancient Chinese stone objects could have been polished to such a remarkably high finish
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Words from a team member.(STUDENT NEWS / NOUVELLES DES ETUDIANTS)(Guang Yi (Peter) Lu gold medalist Canadian team member International Chemistry Olympiad )(Personal account)(Brief article)
Oct 01, 2006; I first heard about the International Chemistry Olympiad (IChO) from my high school chemistry teacher at the end of my grade 10...
Wipo Publishes Patent of British American Tobacco (Investments), Branton Peter, Lu An-Hui, Li Wen-Cui for "Preparing Porous Carbon" (Chinese, British Inventors)
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