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Xiliang Luo

Xiliang Luo


Research Interests

The focus of my research has been the preparation and application of different nanomaterials, especially conducting polymer-based nanomaterials, which including nanoparticles, nanowires, nanocomposites, nanoporous materials and nanostructures. Taking advantage of the special properties of conducting polymers and nanomaterials, I have been working on the development of electrochemical sensors and actuators, such as hydrogen peroxide sensors, glucose biosensors and nanofingers, based on these materials. My current research interest is focused on the construction of conducting polymer scaffold for functional tissue engineering based on stem cells, and the controlled drug release using nanostructured conducting polymers.


Doctor of Philosophy 
Electroanalytical Chemistry 
Nanjing University, Nanjing China 

Master of Science 
Analytical Chemistry 
Quingdao University of Science and Technology, Quingdao China 

Bachelor of Science 
Industrial Analysis 
Quingdao University of Science and Technology, 
Quingdao China 

Research Experience

Bioengineering, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, USA

Electrically controlled drug release based on nanostructured conducting polymers. Construction of conducting polymer-hydrogel scaffold for functional tissue engineering based on stem cells.

Biodesign Institute, Arizona State University, Arizona, USA

Electrochemical synthesis of metal and conducting polymer nanowires using hard template method. 
Development of electrochemically controllable actuators (nanofingers) and sensors based on multisegmented nanowires. Enzyme assisted AFM nanolithography of conducting polymer patterns.

National Centre for Sensor Research, Dublin City University, Dublin, Ireland

Electrochemically synthesized conducting polymer-based nanocomposites, core/shell nanoparticles and nanoporous materials, and investigated their sensing and biosensing applications. Developed a novel method for the electrochemical preparation of distinct conductive polymer nanostructures using polystyrene nanoparticle template. 



  • X. L. Luo , X. T. Cui. Sponge-like nanostructured conducting polymers for electrically controlled drug release. Electrochemistry Communications , Accepted.
  • X. L. Luo , V. A. Pedrosa, J. Wang. Enzymatic nanolithography of polyaniline nanopatterns by using peroxidase-modified atomic force microscopy tips. Chemistry-A European Journal 15 (2009) 5191-5194.
  • X. L. Luo , X. T. Cui. Electrochemically controlled release based on nanoporous conducting polymers. Electrochemistry Communications 11 (2009) 402-404.
  • V. A. Pedrosa, X. L. Luo , J. Burdick, J. Wang. Nanofingers based on binary gold-polypyrrole nanowires. Small 4 (2008) 738-741.
  • X. L. Luo , A. J. Killard, A. Morrin, M. R. Smyth. Electrochemical preparation of distinct polyaniline nanostructures by surface charge control of polystyrene nanoparticle templates. Chemical Communications (2007) 3207-3209.
  • X. L. Luo , A. J. Killard, M. R. Smyth. Nanocomposite and nanoporous polyaniline conducting polymers exhibit enhanced catalysis of nitrite reduction. Chemistry-A European Journal 13 (2007) 2138-2143.
  • X. L. Luo , G. D. Vidal, A. J. Killard, A. Morrin, M. R. Smyth. Nanocauliflowers: a nanostructured polyaniline-modified screen-printed electrode with a self-assembled polystyrene template and its application in an amperometric enzyme biosensor, Electroanalysis 19 (2007) 876-883
  • X. L. Luo , A. J. Killard, A. Morrin, M. R. Smyth. In-situ electropolymerised silica-polyaniline core-shell structures: electrode modification and enzyme biosensor enhancement. Electrochimica Acta 52 (2007) 1865-1870.
  • Y. Du, X. L. Luo , J. J. Xu, H. Y. Chen. A simple method to fabricate a chitosan-gold nanoparticles film and its application in glucose biosensor. Bioelectrochemistry 70 (2007) 342-347.
  • X. L. Luo , A. J. Killard, M. R. Smyth. Reagentless glucose biosensor based on the direct electrochemistry of glucose oxidase on carbon nanotube-modified electrodes. Electroanalysis 18 (2006) 1131-1134.
  • X. L. Luo , A. J. Killard, A. Morrin, M. R. Smyth. Enhancement of a conducting polymer-based biosensor using carbon nanotube-doped polyaniline. Analytica Chimica Acta 575 (2006) 39-44.
  • X. L. Luo , A. Morrin, A. J. Killard, M. R. Smyth. The application of nanoparticles in electrochemical sensors and biosensors. Electroanalysis 18 (2006) 319-326 (Top three most downloaded articles of the journal Electroanalysis in 2006 and 2007).
  • X. L. Luo , J. J. Xu, J. L. Wang, H. Y. Chen. Electrochemically deposited nanocomposite of chitosan and carbon nanotubes for biosensor application. Chemical Communications (2005) 2169-2171.
  • J. J. Xu, W. Zhao, X. L. Luo , H. Y. Chen. A sensitive biosensor for lactate based on layer-by-layer assembling MnO2 nanoparticles and lactate oxidase on ion-sensitive field-effect transistors. Chemical Communications(2005) 792-794.
  • X. L. Luo , J. J. Xu, Q. Zhang, G. J. Yang, H. Y. Chen. Electrochemically deposited chitosan hydrogel for horseradish peroxidase immobilization through gold nanoparticles self-assembly. Biosensors & Bioelectronics 21 (2005) 190-196.
  • J. J. Xu, X. L. Luo , H. Y. Chen. Analytical aspects of FET-based biosensors. Frontiers in Bioscience 10 (2005) 420-430.
  • X. L. Luo , J. J. Xu, Y. Du, H. Y. Chen. A glucose biosensor based on chitosan "glucose oxidase"gold nanoparticles biocomposite formed by one-step electrodeposition. Analytical Biochemistry 334 (2004) 284-289.
  • X. L. Luo , J. J. Xu, W. Zhao, H. Y. Chen. A novel glucose ENFET based on the special reactivity of MnO2 nanoparticles. Biosensors & Bioelectronics 19 (2004) 1295-1300.
  • J. J. Xu, X. L. Luo , Y. Du, H. Y. Chen. Application of MnO2 nanoparticles as an eliminator of ascorbate interference to amperometric glucose biosensors. Electrochemistry Communications 6 (2004) 1169-1173.
  • X. L. Luo , J. J. Xu, H. Y. Chen. Biosensors based on field-effect transistors. Chinese Journal of Analytical Chemistry 32 (2004) 1395-1400 (in Chinese).
  • X. L. Luo , J. J. Xu, W. Zhao, H. Y. Chen. Glucose biosensor based on ENFET doped with SiO2 nanoparticles. Sensors and Actuators B 97 (2004) 249-255.
  • X. L. Luo , J. J. Xu, W. Zhao, H. Y. Chen. Ascorbic acid sensor based on ion-sensitive field-effect transistor modified with MnO2 nanoparticles. Analytica Chimica Acta 512 (2004) 57-61

National Excellent PhD Thesis Nomination 2007

Excellent PhD Thesis- Jiangsu Province 2006

Excellent PhD Thesis- Nanjing Univ. 2006

Excellent Postgraduate Fellowship- Nanjing Univ. 

Special Scholarship for PhD Candidate 
Nanjing Univ. 2003 

Book Chapters

Xiliang Luo , Aoife Morrin, Anthony J. Killard, Malcolm R. Smyth. Nanoparticles in Electrochemical Biosensors, in Encyclopedia of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Ed: Hari Singh Nalwa, 2nd edition, American Scientific Publishers, in press