Luo graduated from Tsinghua University in 1994 with dual Bachelor’s degrees, one in Materials Science and Engineering and another in Electronics and Computer Technology. He received a M.S. degree in Materials Science and Engineering in 1999, and a Ph.D. degree in Ceramics in 2001, both from M.I.T. Luo worked in the industry with Lucent Technologies and OFS/Fitel from 2001 to 2003, before he joined the Clemson faculty, where he served as an Assistant/Associate/Full Professor of Materials Science and Engineering for 2003-2012; subsequently, he moved to UCSD. He served as the Chair of the Basic Science Division of ACerS for 2012-2013. Luo was selected as a National Security Science and Engineering Faculty Fellow in 2014.
Luo’s research group is investigating solid interfaces and their roles in controlling the fabrication and properties of a broad range of ceramic and metallic materials. One of the current research goals is to develop grain boundary “phase” (complexion) diagrams as a new materials science tool and a useful component for the Materials Genome Initiative. A second, more recent, research focus of his group is on designing and tailoring materials for energy-related applications, including batteries, supercapacitors, solid electrolytes, photocatalysts, and materials for uses in nuclear and clean-coal technologies. In addition, his group is currently conducting active research on high-entropy ultra-high-temperature ceramics and flash sintering. Luo’s research interests also include high-temperature alloys, nanostructured multilayers and thin films, nanocrystalline alloys, materials characterization methods, thermodynamic modeling, optical fibers, and a range of other structural and functional ceramics.