Research interest(s)/area of expertise
Electrocatalysis, electroanalysis, and electrosyntheis.
Research in the Luo group is focused on exploring new frontiers in electrocatalytic and electroanalytical sciences.
The formation and evolution of vapor and gas bubbles in a liquid body is a phenomenon of vast fundamental and applicative interest, for example, in commercial electrolytic processes, in cavitation, in the effervescence of carbonated beverages such as sparkling wine, beer and soft drinks, and in electric power generation during the production of high pressure steam. We are interested in developing new tools and methods to understand the fundamentals of bubble formation process, to evaluate its impacts on electrochemical systems, and to use this phenomenon to improve the performance of sensing devices and electrocatalytic systems.
Electrochemical synthesis is a powerful tool for surface modification, substrate cleaning, and formulation of thin films and bulk materials because it offers an additional level of control over the synthesis relative to its chemical counterpart by fine-tuning mass transfer, potential, or current. In addition, electrochemical synthesis allows the convenient analysis of chemical reaction kinetics using the current signal generated during the synthesis. We are interested in developing new electrochemical methods to synthesize functional materials and to understand the reaction mechanisms.
Electricity not only drives chemical reactions but also the motion of ions and liquid. Common electrokinetic phenomena include electrophoresis, electroosmosis, streaming potential/current, etc. We are interested in the design and use of new electrokinetic phenomena for preconcentration and separation of analytes.
- B.S. Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics (2005-2009)
- Ph.D. the University of Utah (2011-2014)
- Postdoc the University of Texas at Austin (2014-2017)
Awards and grants
• Nanoscale 2022 Emerging Investigators, 2021
• NIH Maximizing Investigators' Research Award (MIRA), 2021
• Wayne State University Academy of Scholars Junior Faculty Award, 2020-21
• NSF CAREER Award, 2020
• The Langmuir inaugural Early Career Advisory Board Member
• Young Professional & Early Career Travel Award, The Electrochemical Society, 2019
• Taylor Young Investigator Travel Award, the Midwestern Universities Analytical Chemistry Conference (MUACC), 2018, 2021
• Ebbing Faculty Development Award, Wayne State University, 2017, 2021
- Rodrigo, S.; Um, C.; Mixdorf, J. C.; Gunasekera, D.; Nguyen, H. M.; Luo, L., Alternating Current Electrolysis for Organic Electrosynthesis: Trifluromethylation of (Hetero)arenes. Org. Lett. 2020, 22 (17), 6719-6723. (Featured on the supplementary journal cover)
- Hewa-Rahinduwage, C. C.; Geng, X.; Silva, K. L.; Niu, X.; Zhang, L.; Brock, S. L.; Luo, L., Reversible Electrochemical Gelation of Metal Chalcogenide Quantum Dots. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2020, 142 (28), 12207-12215. (Featured on the supplementary journal cover)
- Cao, Y.; Lee, C.; Davis, E. T. J.; Si, W.; Wang, F.; Trimpin, S.; Luo, L., 1000-Fold Preconcentration of Per- and Polyfluorinated Alkyl Substances (PFAS) within 10 min via Electrochemical Aerosol Formation. Anal. Chem. 2019, 91 (22), 14352-14358. (Featured on the supplementary journal cover)
- Ranaweera, R.; Ghafari, C.; Luo, L., Bubble Nucleation-Based Method for the Selective and Sensitive Electrochemical Detection of Surfactants. Anal. Chem. 2019, 91 (12), 7744-7748. (Highlighted by C&EN News, Nature Nanotechnology and x-mol.com, Featured on the supplementary journal cover)
- Zhao, X.; Ranaweera, R.; Luo, L., Highly Efficient Hydrogen Evolution of Platinum via Tuning Interfacial Dissolved-Gas Concentration. Chem.Commun. 2019, 55 (10), 1378-1381. (Featured on the back cover)
CHM 2280 General Chemistry 2, fall 2020
- CHM 5570 Instrumental Analytical Chemistry, 3 credits, W2019
- CHM 7120 Electroanalytical Chemistry, 3 credits, F2018
- CHM 8800 Seminar: Analytical Chemistry, 1 credit, F2018