Dr. Luo received her B. Eng. Degree from University of Science and Technology Beijing, China, in 1982 and her Ph.D from McMaster University, Canada in 1992. She joined the Materials Department at the University of Alberta in 1995 with the Women’s Faculty Award by Natural Sciences & Engineering Research Council of Canada.
Dr. Luo has conducted extensive research on corrosion, mechanism of erosion corrosion , corrosion control and prevention. Her team developed a theoretical model that is able to quantitatively evaluate the synergism of electrochemical and mechanical factors in erosion-corrosion based on non-equilibrium thermodynamics, electrochemistry and dislocation kinetics of erosion-corrosion of carbon steels in flowing slurry. The other models her team developed include the one based on kinetic analysis for predicting electrochemical response of passive systems to solid particle impingement and a phenomenological model that can quantitatively evaluate the non-Faradaic material loss of metallic materials, both in flowing slurry.
Dr. Luo's group has developed methods for manufacturing the nano-materials with enhanced electrocatalytic activity towards fuel oxidations, ORR, OER, CO2RR and HER. Her research led to the invention of several new fuel cell SOFC that can generate electricity and produce value-added products using non-conventional fuels such as H2S, industrial syngas and greenhouse gases.
She has served as an International Corrosion Council Member since 2005, and has published over 300 papers in refereed journals and holds six US patents. She co-edited three proceedings of the national and international symposiums and contributed one book chapter. Dr. Luo is a Follow of Canadian Academy of Engineering and the recipient of a number of awards including Canadian Research Chair in Alternative Fuel Cells (2004-2015); Canadian Metal Chemistry Award in 2014; McCalla Professorship University of Alberta in 2003; and Morris Cohen Award in 2002.