Jian-Luo_photoJian Luo is a Professor of Nano Engineering and Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of California, San Diego, U.S.A.

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.