Wenpei Gao

Assistant Professor

Prof. Wenpei Gao received his B.S. in Physics from Peking University in China and his Ph.D. in Materials Science Engineering from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He was a postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of California, Irvine, and a visiting scholar in Oak Ridge National Laboratory, prior to joining the NC State faculty.


Ph.D. 2015

Materials Science and Engineering

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

B.S. 2010


Peking University

Research Description

Wenpei Gao's research focuses on developing correlative in situ imaging techniques in state-of-the-art advanced Scanning/Transmission Electron Microscopy to study the dynamics of nanostructured catalyst, which bridges the atomic scale mechanisms with reaction and transformation in chemistry. His expertise also includes advancing and applying four-dimensional electron microscopy at heterogeneous interfaces in functional oxide materials. Gao’s work has been recognized by numerous awards, including the Racheff-Intel Award for Graduate Research from the Univ. of Illinois, the 2012 Eric Samuel Award from the Microscopy Society of America, an Award of an Invited Student Talk award at the 2013 Argonne National Laboratory Annual User Meeting, the Racheff/Burnett Teaching Fellowship at Univ. of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and the Presidential Postdoctoral Award of 2019 from Microscopy Society of America.