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)

  • Zhang, T., Christopher, T. D., Huang, S., Liu, Y., Gao, W., Sohnel, T., & Cao, P. (2019). Pressureless sintering of Al-free Ta-doped lithium garnets Li7-xLa3Zr2-xTaxO12 and the degradation mechanism in humid air. CERAMICS INTERNATIONAL, 45 (16), 20954-20960. 10.1016/j.ceramint.2019.07.085
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Peng Cao, Saifang Huang, Timothy Christopher
  • Neena, D., Kondamareddy, K. K., Humayun, M., Mohan, V. B., Lu, D., Fu, D., & Gao, W. (2019). Fabrication of ZnO/N-rGO composite as highly efficient visible-light photocatalyst for 2,4-DCP degradation and H-2 evolution. APPLIED SURFACE SCIENCE, 488, 611-619. 10.1016/j.apsusc.2019.05.302
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Velram Mohan
  • Wang, Y., Cao, D., Gao, W., Qiao, Y., Jin, Y., Cheng, G., ... Zhi, Z. (2019). Microstructure and properties of sol-enhanced Co-P-TiO2 nano-composite coatings. JOURNAL OF ALLOYS AND COMPOUNDS, 792, 617-625. 10.1016/j.jallcom.2019.04.047
  • Liu, Y., Wu, Y., Ma, Y., Gao, W., Yang, G., Fu, H., ... Chen, H. (2019). High temperature wear performance of laser cladding Co06 coating on high-speed train brake disc. APPLIED SURFACE SCIENCE, 481, 761-766. 10.1016/j.apsusc.2019.02.235
  • Nawaz, M., Yusuf, N., Habib, S., Shakoor, R. A., Ubaid, F., Ahmad, Z., ... Gao, W. (2019). Development and Properties of Polymeric Nanocomposite Coatings. POLYMERS, 11 (5)10.3390/polym11050852
  • Xie, Z., Yao, R., Zhang, Y., Zhang, Z., Zhang, Y., Gao, W., & Duan, L. (2019). Effect of Au2Cl6 doping on stability and work function of graphene. PHYSICA B-CONDENSED MATTER, 558, 1-4. 10.1016/j.physb.2018.12.008
  • Tang, H., Li, Y., Yang, R., & Gao, W. (2019). Phase formations and red-luminescence enhancement of Eu3+-activated NaBaY(BO3)(2) phosphors. JOURNAL OF LUMINESCENCE, 208, 253-258. 10.1016/j.jlumin.2018.12.058
  • Fu, Z. H., Li, T., Shan, M. L., Gou, G. Q., Zhu, Z. Y., Ma, C. P., ... Hu, Y. C. (2019). Hydrogen atoms on the SCC behavior of SUS301L-MT stainless steel laser-arc hybrid welded joints. CORROSION SCIENCE, 148, 272-280. 10.1016/j.corsci.2018.12.023


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