Dr. Gao is an Assistant Professor at Department
of Chemistry & Biochemistry, University of Notre Dame. He
obtained his B.S. and M.S. at Fudan University (China) in 2000
and 2003, respectively. His M.S. research focused on the synthesis
of functional polymeric microparticles by polymerization in heterogeneous
media. In 2004, he joined Professor Krzysztof Matyjaszewski's
research group at Carnegie Mellon University and obtained his
doctorate in December 2008. His Ph.D. work focused on the development
and application of controlled radical polymerization techniques
for the synthesis of functional polymeric materials. In January
2009, he joined the research group of Professor Jean M. J. Frechet
at the University of California, Berkeley as a postdoctoral researcher.
His research at Berkeley focused on the fundamental design of
novel polymeric materials with a broad range of applications including
catalysis and energy conversion.
Dr. Gao's research focuses on the design and synthesis of functional
polymers with controlled nanostructures by determining of their
fundamental structure-property relationships. These materials
will meet critical needs in the fields of environmental remediation,
energy conversion and biofunctional materials.