Dr. Jingli Luo


Office: 12-370 Donadeo Innovation Centre for Engineering
9211 - 116 Street NW
Edmonton, AB T6G 1H9
Phone: 780.492.2232
Fax: 780.492.2881

Research Areas:

Electrochemistry, corrosion, fuel cell catalysis, nano-structured materials, energy storage and conversion

Research Interests

My interrelated research interests are interdisciplinary studies of corrosion, electrochemistry and surface science. Necessarilly, we investigate materials at the nano scale, and develop methods for production of nano-materials. My research activities involve both fundamental studies of phenomena related to development of designed new materials, electrochemical conversions, and development research directed to providing solutions to problems of significance to power generation, natural resource conversion and transportation industries.

Solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC) require stable and active electrodes, and stable and conductive electrolytes. We invented several such materials, which enabled development of SOFC for use of non-conventional fuels such as H2S and industrial syngas (H2, CO, plus smaller amounts of contaminants). These new materials and processes enable economic use of what is otherwise considered waste or pollution. Thus these technologies are very “green” in their applications. We are developing new technology for manufacture of ethylene and electrical power, more selectively than present processes. A series of new batteries is being developed that proffer high-power density and stable performance. We investigate electrochemical behaviour of materials, develop models and apply them in design of materials for power generation, e.g. nuclear plants, to reduce stress corrosion cracking of materials. We create protocols to reduce costs and improve safety of Canadian industries. We also develop new surface modification methods for biomaterials such as dental implants and joint replacement structures, to improve their biocompatibility.

Current Research

  • Solid oxide fuel cells for utilization of coal, syngas, natural gas, H2S and petroleum resources with high efficiency and low impact on the environment;
  • Dehydrogenation catalysts, proton conducting membranes and fuel cell reactors for co-generation of electric energy and value-added olefins from paraffin;
  • Advanced batteries for electric vehicles and energy storage;
  • Mechanism and model for electrochemical systems;
  • Stress corrosion cracking (SCC) and hydrogen embrittlement;
  • Corrosion of nuclear materials in high temperature water;
  • Investigations of localized corrosion using scanning electrochemical microscopy (SECM) and scanning Kevin probe microscopy;
  • Self-organized nanopatterning on valve metals such as Ti and Zr;
  • Surface modification of biomaterials for biocapatibility