Contact Dr Jerry Luo

Areas of expertise

  • Manufacturing of Functional Materials
  • Nanomaterials
  • Nanotechnology
  • Renewable Energy
  • Sensor Technologies


Dr Jerry Luo is a lecturer in Energy Storage and Harvesting at Cranfield University. His current research focuses on: (i) environmental energy harvesting; (ii) IoT sensor network; (iii) wearable sensor and (iv) functional nanomaterials. He has expertise in energy harvesting technologies (piezoelectric and thermoelectric), functional materials development and characterisations, IoT sensors and network, and wearable health monitoring. Within this context his research focuses on the development of advanced functional materials and energy harvesting/sensing devices. 

Dr Luo is the Cranfield's PI in a £780k Innovate UK project on the development of an agriculture sensor platform, and the EPSRC Researcher in Residence in the UK Catapults of High Value Manufacturing and Energy Systems. He is the awardee of EPSRC eFutures award and Innovate UK ICURe award.

Dr Luo completed his PhD at the University of New South Wales (Australia), focusing on the development and characterization of lead-free piezoelectric materials. During PhD he was awarded a fellowship and worked at Technical University Darmstadt (Germany) as a visiting researcher. Based on his research on functional materials, he designed an energy harvesting device and was granted a patent. He then joined a start-up company to lead a R&D team on energy harvesting technology, and later on joined University of Southampton as a post-doctoral research fellow in 2013. In the post at Southampton he contributed to six research projects and led two of them, also provided consultancy in several company contracts. He took up the current post at Cranfield University from November 2016.

Research opportunity

PhDs, MSc by Research, visiting academics and exchanged Phds are welcome and will be involved in my current research projects (3 projects). My current research activities focus on these topics:

- Energy Harvesting (Piezoelectric and Thermoelectric)

- Wearable Sensors

- Sensors and IoT

- Smart Agriculture

- Renewable Energies

Current activities

1. PI - Demonstration of Thermo- Foil- Generator for Industrial Waste Heat Recovery (The Higher Education Innovation Fund ), 2019 - 2020

2. PI - Renewable Energy Integrated Intelligent Charging System (EPSRC grant EP/T517306/1),  2019 - 2020

3. PI - Development of a shortlist-and-test diagnostic platform for brucellosis in livestock (Innovate UK grant 104989 ), 2019 - 2021



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The Higher Education Innovation Fund


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