Professor Wei Gao


Dr. Wei Gao is a Professor of Materials Science and Engineering in the Faculty of Engineering, the University of Auckland.  Received his D. Phil. from Oxford University UK, he worked at MIT, USA for 5 years before coming to New Zealand.  His active research covers Nano-Materials, Thin Films and Coatings, Corrosion and Oxidation, Surface Science and Engineering, and Advanced Materials for Energy and Environmental Applications.  He leads a group of ~25 people, has more than 700 refereed research publications including 410 journal papaers, 11 books/book chapters and 16 patents.  He is the Fellow of the Royal Society NZ, Fellow of IPENZ, sits on a number of Editorial Board of international journals, and received a number of awards, including “RJ Scott Medal”, “James Cook Award”, “RH Cooper Award”, "Shorland Medal", and “Distinguished Materials Scientist of China”.  He is the member of Advisory Committee, Distinguished Overseas Chinese (by Chinese State Department), and also has close academic/research collaborations with a number of Universities and Institutes in China, Korea, Singapore and Japan.

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Wen, R., Zhang, W., Lv, Z., Huang, Z., & Gao, W. (2018). A novel composite Phase change material of Stearic Acid/Carbonized sunflower straw for thermal energy storage. Materials Letters, 215, 42-45. 10.1016/j.matlet.2017.12.008
  • Ariyanti, D., Maillot, M., & Gao, W. (2018). Photo-assisted degradation of dyes in a binary system using TiO<inf>2</inf>under simulated solar radiation. Journal of Environmental Chemical Engineering, 6 (1), 539-548. 10.1016/j.jece.2017.12.031
  • Jia, P., Tan, H., Liu, K., & Gao, W. (2017). Enhanced photocatalytic performance of ZnO/bone char composites. Materials Letters, 205, 233-235. 10.1016/j.matlet.2017.06.099
  • Yao, C., Xu, S., Ye, Y., Jiang, Y., Ding, R., Gao, W., & Yuan, X. (2017). The influence of femtosecond laser repetition rates and pulse numbers on the formation of micro/nano structures on stainless steel. Journal of Alloys and Compounds, 722, 235-241. 10.1016/j.jallcom.2017.06.080
  • Ariyanti, D., Mills, L., Dong, J., Yao, Y., & Gao, W. (2017). NaBH 4 modified TiO 2 : Defect site enhancement related to its photocatalytic activity. Materials Chemistry and Physics, 199, 571-576. 10.1016/j.matchemphys.2017.07.054
  • Han, J., Cao, Z., Qiu, W., Gao, W., Hu, J., & Xing, B. (2017). Probing the specificity of polyurethane foam as a 'solid-phase extractant': Extractability-governing molecular attributes of lipophilic phenolic compounds. Talanta, 172, 186-198. 10.1016/j.talanta.2017.05.020
  • Wang, Y., Cheng, G., Tay, S. L., Guo, Y., Sun, X., & Gao, W. (2017). Effects of Bi Addition on the Microstructure and Mechanical Properties of Nanocrystalline Ag Coatings. Materials (Basel, Switzerland), 10 (8).10.3390/ma10080932
  • Ding, Q., Zhang, A., Zhao, G., Peng, H., & Gao, W. (2017). Effects of La 2 O 3 on the microstructure and tribological properties of plasma-sprayed Cr 2 O 3 –TiO 2 coatings. International Journal of Modern Physics B, 31 (16-19), 1744033-1744033. 10.1142/S0217979217440337


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Level 8, Room 806
New Zealand

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