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)

  • 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
  • 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
  • Mukhtar, S., Liu, M., Han, J., & Gao, W. (2017). Removal of rhodamine B from aqueous solutions using vanadium pentoxide/titanium butyl oxide hybrid xerogels. Chinese Physics B, 26 (5), 058202-058202. 10.1088/1674-1056/26/5/058202
  • Huang, S., Huang, Z., Cao, P., Zujovic, Z., Price, J. R., Avdeev, M., ... Ouyang, X. (2017). "114"-Type Nitrides LnAl(Si4-x Alx )N7 Oδ with Unusual [AlN6 ] Octahedral Coordination. Angewandte Chemie (International ed. in English), 56 (14), 3886-3891. 10.1002/anie.201612488
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Tilo Söhnel, Saifang Huang, Peng Cao, Zoran Zujovic
  • Huang, S., Li, Y., Wei, S., Huang, Z., Gao, W., & Cao, P. (2017). A novel high-strength lithium disilicate glass-ceramic featuring a highly intertwined microstructure. Journal of the European Ceramic Society, 37 (3), 1083-1094. 10.1016/j.jeurceramsoc.2016.10.020
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Shanghai Wei, Peng Cao, Saifang Huang
  • Huang, S., Zujovic, Z., Huang, Z., Gao, W., & Cao, P. (2017). Crystallization of a high-strength lithium disilicate glass-ceramic: An XRD and solid-state NMR investigation. Journal of Non-Crystalline Solids, 457, 65-72. 10.1016/j.jnoncrysol.2016.11.015
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Peng Cao, Zoran Zujovic, Saifang Huang


Contact details

Primary location

Level 8, Room 806
New Zealand

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