Dr. Lu

Luyao Lu

Assistant Professor
SEH 6665 | Office Hours: R: 1:00 - 3:00 pm
Phone: 202-994-3758
[email protected]

Areas of Expertise

  • Bio-integrated electronics
  • Biophotonics
  • Cardiovascular and neuroengineering



Professor Lu’s Advanced Bio-integrated Electronics Lab explores the next-generation soft, lightweight, and bio-compatible materials and devices with an emphasis on creating inorganic and organic classes of optoelectronic systems, such as photodetectors, solar cells, and light emitting diodes. The goal is to provide advanced healthcare platforms that can seamlessly integrate with biological systems to facilitate personalized medicine design and accurate disease diagnosis. Current research projects include advanced soft implantable optoelectronic systems for optical stimulation and recording of cell activity, and high-performance wireless power supplies for various biomedical applications.



  • B.S., Chemistry, Nanjing University
  • Ph.D., Chemistry, University of Chicago


  • Luyao Lu†, Philipp Gutruf†, Li Xia†, Dionnet L. Bhatti†, Xinying Wang, Abraham Vazquez-Guardado, Xin Ning, Xinru Shen, Tian Sang, Rongxue Ma, Grace Pakeltis, Gabriel Sobczak, Hao Zhang, Dong-oh Seo, Mantian Xue, Lan Yin, Debashis Chanda, Xing Sheng, Michael R. Bruchas, John A. Rogers, “Wireless optoelectronic photometers for monitoring neuronal dynamics in the deep brain”, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, 2018, 115, E1374-E1383. †Equal Contributions
  • Luyao Lu†, Zijian Yang†, Kathleen Meacham, Caroline Cvetkovic, Elise A Corbin, Abraham Vázquez-Guardado, Mantian Xue, Lan Yin, Javaneh Boroumand, Grace Pakeltis, Tian Sang, Ki Jun Yu, Debashis Chanda, Rashid Bashir, Robert W. Gereau, IV, Xing Sheng, John A. Rogers, “Biodegradable monocrystalline silicon photovoltaic microcells as power supplies for transient biomedical implants”, Advanced Energy Materials, 2018, 8, 1703035. †Equal Contributions
  • Haoran Fu†, Kewang Nan†, Wubin Bai, Wen Huang, Ke Bai, Luyao Lu, Chaoqun Zhou, Yunpeng Liu, Fei Liu, Juntong Wang, Mengdi Han, Zheng Yan, Haiwen Luan, Yijie Zhang, Yutong Zhang, Jianing Zhao, Xu Cheng, Moyang Li, Jung Woo Lee, Yuan Liu, Daining Fang, Xiuling Li, Yonggang Huang, Yihui Zhang, John A. Rogers, “Morphable 3D Mesostructures and Microelectronic Devices by Multistable Buckling Mechanics”, Nature Materials, 2018, 17, 268-276. †Equal Contributions
  • Luyao Lu, Tianyue Zheng, Qinghe Wu, Alexander M Schneider, Donglin Zhao, Luping Yu, “Recent advances in bulk heterojunction polymer solar cells”, Chemical Reviews, 2015, 115, 12666-12731.
  • Luyao Lu, Allison Kelly, Wei You, Luping Yu, “Status and prospects for ternary organic photovoltaics”, Nature Photonics, 2015, 9, 491-500.
  • Luyao Lu, Wei Chen, Tao Xu, Luping Yu, “High performance ternary blend polymer solar cells involving both energy transfer and hole relay processes”, Nature Communications, 2015, 6, 7327.
  • Luyao Lu†, Tianyue Zheng†, Tao Xu, Donglin Zhao, Luping Yu, “Mechanistic studies of effect of dispersity on the photovoltaic performance of PTB7 polymer solar cells”, Chemistry of Materials, 2015, 27, 537-543. †Equal Contributions
  • Alexander M Schneider†, Luyao Lu†, Eric Manley, Tianyue Zheng, Tao Xu, Tobin J. Marks, Lin X. Chen, Luping Yu, “Wide bandgap OPV polymers based on pyridinonedithiophene unit with efficiency >5%”, Chemical Science, 2015, 6, 4860-4866. †Equal Contributions
  • In Hwan Jung†, Donglin Zhao†, Jaeyoung Jang, Wei Chen, Erik S. Landry, Luyao Lu, Dmitri V. Talapin, Luping Yu, “Development and structure/property relationship of new electron accepting polymers based on thieno[2',3':4,5]pyrido [2,3-g]thieno[3,2-c]quinoline-4,10-dione for all-polymer solar cells”, Chemistry of Materials, 2015, 27, 5941-5948. †Equal Contributions
  • Luyao Lu, Tao Xu, In Hwan Jung, Luping Yu, “Match the interfacial energy levels between hole transport layer and donor polymer to achieve high solar cell performance”, The Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 2014, 118, 22834-22839.
  • Luyao Lu, Tao Xu, Wei Chen, Erik S. Landry, Luping Yu, “Ternary blend polymer solar cells with enhanced power conversion efficiency”, Nature Photonics, 2014, 8, 716-722.
  • Luyao Lu, Luping Yu, “Understanding low bandgap polymer PTB7 and optimizing polymer solar cells based on it”, Advanced Materials, 2014, 26, 4413-4430.
  • Tao Xu†, Luyao Lu†, Tianyue Zheng, Jodi M. Szarko, Alexander Schneider, Lin X. Chen, Luping Yu, “Tuning the polarizability in donor polymers with thiophenesaccharin unit for organic photovoltaic applications”, Advanced Functional Materials, 2014, 24, 3432-3437. †Equal Contributions
  • Tianyue Zheng, Luyao Lu, Nicholas E. Jackson, Sylvia J. Lou, Lin X. Chen, Luping Yu, “Roles of quinoidal character and regioregularity in determining the optoelectronic and photovoltaic properties of conjugated copolymers”, Macromolecules, 2014, 47, 6252-6259.
  • In Hwan Jung, Wai-Yip Lo, Jaeyoung Jang, Wei Chen, Donglin Zhao, Erik S. Landry, Luyao Lu, Dmitri V. Talapin, Luping Yu, “Synthesis and search for design principles of new electron accepting polymers for all-polymer solar cells”, Chemistry of Materials, 2014, 26, 3450-3459.
  • Yu-Che Hsiao, Huidong Zhang, Ilia lvanov, Tao Xu, Luyao Lu, Luping Yu, Bin Hu, “Dielectric interface effects on surface charge accumulation and collection towards high-efficiency organic solar cells”, Journal of Applied Physics, 2014, 115, 154506.
  • Uyen Huynh, Tek Basel, Tao Xu, Luyao Lu, Tianyue Zheng, Luping Yu, Valy Vardeny, “Optical properties of low bandgap copolymer PTB7 for organic photovoltaic applications”, SPIE NanoScience and Engineering, 2014, 9165, 91650Z.
  • Luyao Lu, Tao Xu, Wei Chen, Ju Min Lee, Zhiqiang Luo, In Hwan Jung, Hyung Il Park, Sang Ouk Kim, Luping Yu, “The role of N-doped multiwall carbon nanotubes in achieving highly efficient polymer bulk heterojunction solar cells”, Nano Letters, 2013, 13, 2365-2369.
  • Luyao Lu, Zhiqiang Luo, Tao Xu, Luping Yu, “Cooperative plasmonic effect of Ag and Au nanoparticles on enhancing performance of polymer solar cells”, Nano Letters, 2013, 13, 59-64.
  • Hae Jung Son, Luyao Lu, Wei Chen, Tao Xu, Tianyue Zheng, Bridget Carsten, Joseph Strzalka, Seth B. Darling, Lin X. Chen, Luping Yu, “Synthesis and photovoltaic effect in dithieno[2,3-d:2ˈ,3ˈ-dˈ]benzo[1,2-b:4,5-bˈ]dithiophene-based conjugated polymers”, Advanced Materials, 2013, 25, 838-843.
  • Bridget Carsten, Jodi M. Szarko, Luyao Lu, Hae Jung Son, Feng He, Youssry Y. Botros, Lin X. Chen, Luping Yu, “Mediating solar cell performance by controlling the internal dipole change in organic photovoltaic polymers”, Macromolecules, 2012, 45, 6390-6395.
  • Haythem A. Saadeh, Luyao Lu, Feng He, Joseph E. Bullock, Wei Wang, Bridget Carsten, Luping Yu, “Polyselenopheno[3,4-b]selenophene for highly efficient bulk heterojunction solar cells”, ACS Macro Letters, 2012, 1, 361-365.
  • Bridget Carsten, Jodi M. Szarko, Hae Jung Son, Wei Wang, Luyao Lu, Feng He, Brian S. Rolczynski, Sylvia J. Lou, Lin X. Chen, Luping Yu, “Examining the effect of the dipole moment on charge separation in donor-acceptor polymers for organic photovoltaic applications”, Journal of the American Chemical Society, 2011, 133, 20468-20475.