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)

  • Dong, J., Ye, J., Ariyanti, D., Wang, Y., Wei, S., & Gao, W. (2018). Enhancing photocatalytic activities of titanium dioxide via well-dispersed copper nanoparticles. Chemosphere, 204, 193-201. 10.1016/j.chemosphere.2018.04.012
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Shanghai Wei
  • Xi, N., Liu, Y., Zhang, X., Liu, N., Fu, H., Hang, Z., ... Gao, W. (2018). Steady anti-icing coatings on weathering steel fabricated by HVOF spraying. APPLIED SURFACE SCIENCE, 444, 757-762. 10.1016/j.apsusc.2018.03.075
  • Jia, P., Tan, H., Liu, K., & Gao, W. (2018). Synthesis, characterization and photocatalytic property of novel ZnO/bone char composite. MATERIALS RESEARCH BULLETIN, 102, 45-50. 10.1016/j.materresbull.2018.02.018
  • Wen, R., Jia, P., Huang, Z., Fang, M., Liu, Y., Wu, X., ... Gao, W. (2018). Thermal energy storage properties and thermal reliability of PEG/bone char composite as a form-stable phase change material. JOURNAL OF THERMAL ANALYSIS AND CALORIMETRY, 132 (3), 1753-1761. 10.1007/s10973-017-6934-8
  • Wen, R., Zhang, X., Huang, Z., Fang, M., Liu, Y., Wu, X., ... Huang, S. (2018). Preparation and thermal properties of fatty acid/diatomite form-stable composite phase change material for thermal energy storage. SOLAR ENERGY MATERIALS AND SOLAR CELLS, 178, 273-279. 10.1016/j.solmat.2018.01.032
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Saifang Huang
  • Tang, H., Yang, R., & Gao, W. (2018). Optical absorption and multivalent characteristics of ferrotitanate semiconductor FeNaTi3O8. PHYSICA B-CONDENSED MATTER, 534, 120-124. 10.1016/j.physb.2018.01.047
  • 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
  • Ahmed, N., Mukhtar, S., Gao, W., & Ilyas, S. Z. (2018). Ab-initio calculations of structural, electronic, and optical properties of Zn-3(VO4)(2). CHINESE PHYSICS B, 27 (3)10.1088/1674-1056/27/3/033101


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Level 8, Room 806
New Zealand

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