Postdoctoral Scholar


Center for the Built Environment
390 Wurster Hall #1839, Berkeley CA 94720-1839

Maohui Luo, PhD, is a postdoctoral scholar at the Center for Built Environment (CBE) at UC Berkeley. His research interests cover the topics of adaptive thermal comfort, personal comfort devices, and indoor air movement, with the goal of creating sustainable, comfort and healthy buildings efficiently. At CBE, he is working on two projects: the personal comfort devices project (Heating and Cooling Human Body with Wirelessly-Powered Devices), supported by the U.S. Department of Energy; and the human metabolic rate project (Human Metabolic Rate and Thermal Comfort in Buildings), supported by the China Postdoctoral Science Foundation.

Maohui received his Ph.D. in 2017 from Tsinghua University, China, with the honor of “Best Ph.D. Dissertation” of the year. His Ph.D. research topic was human thermal adaptation in buildings. In specific, his dissertation included: (1) indoor thermal environment and occupants’ thermal comfort expectations; (2) indoor thermal environment and occupants’ physiological acclimation; and (3) personal comfort opportunities and thermal adaptation. During his doctoral study, he was an active researcher of the IEA-EBC (International Energy Agency – Energy in Buildings and Communities) Annex 69 project, and funded by the China National Science Foundation. He was also an active student member of ISIAQ and ASHRAE.