Hui Zhu and His Favorite Element

Academic professional in the School of Chemistry and Biochemistry shares his favorite element

September 5, 2019

The monthly series "My Favorite Element" is part of Georgia Tech's celebration of 2019 as the International Year of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements, #IYPT2019GT. Each month a member of the Georgia Tech community will share his/her favorite element via video.

The September edition features Hui Zhu, an academic professional in the School of Chemistry and Biochemistry.

Zhu was born in Beijing, China. He received a B.S. in chemistry from Peking University and a Ph.D. in organic chemistry from the University of California, Merced.

Zhu joined Georgia Tech in 2015. What attracted him to Tech?

"Georgia Tech provided me a position to fully utilize my talents in the fields of chemistry and biochemistry," he says. "I also enjoy the city of Atlanta for its diverse culture."

As an academic professional, he coordinates organic chemistry and biochemistry labs and promotes career development for undergraduate students. He researched and co-authored a recent story on chemistry alumnae in the Georgia Bureau of Investigations.

Zhu's favorite element is europium. Find out why in the video. 

Renay San Miguel, communications officer in the College of Sciences, produced and edited the videos in this series. 

Other videos in this series are available at

August 2019, Jasmine Au Howard, graduate student in the Scheller College of Business

July 2019, Jennifer Leavey, principal academic professional, director of the Georgia Tech Urban Honeybee Project, and much more

June 2019, Benjamin Breer, undergraduate double major in physics and aerospace engineering 

May 2019, G. P. "Bud" Peterson, president of Georgia Tech

April 2019: Kimberly Short, Ph.D. candidate

March 2019: Elayne Ashley, scientific glass blower

February 2019: Amit Reddi, assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry

January 2019: Jeanine Williams, biochemistry major and track star