Chris Lorenz received a combined BS/MS in chemical engineering at the University of Michigan in 1997. Chris continued on to earn his PhD in chemical engineering in 2001 at the University of Michigan, under the supervision of Prof. Robert Ziff, with whom he investigated 'Chemical Engineering Applications of Percolation Theory.'
In 2001, Chris moved to Albuquerque, NM to work as a postdoc in Multi-scale Materials and Molecular Biology Simulations group at Sandia National Laboratories with Gary Grest, Mark Stevens and Michael Chandross. In Dec. 2005, Chris moved to Ames, IA where he worked as a research fellow in the Physics Department of Iowa State University and Ames National Laboratory with Prof. Alex Travesset. Chris was appointed as a lecturer in the Department of Engineering at King's College London in May 2007. He then joined the Department of Physics in January 2011.