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 at the 2013 Argonne National Laboratory Annual User Meeting, the Racheff/Burnett Teaching Fellowship at Univ. of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, the MSA Postdoctoral Award of 2019, and the Albert Crewe Award of 2021 from Microscopy Society of America.

Honors and Awards

  • The Eric Samuel Award, 2012
  • Award of Invited Student Talk at Argonne National Laboratory Annual Meeting, 2013
  • The Racheff-Inter Award, 2015
  • MSA Postdoc Award, 2019
  • The Albert Crewe Award, 2021


Atomistic insights into the nucleation and growth of platinum on palladium nanocrystals
Gao, W., Elnabawy, A. O., Hood, Z. D., Shi, Y., Wang, X., Roling, L. T., … Chi, M. (2021), NATURE COMMUNICATIONS, 6. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-021-23290-x
Fast Proton Insertion in Layered H2W2O7 via Selective Etching of an Aurivillius Phase
Wang, R., Sun, Y., Brady, A., Fleischmann, S., Eldred, T. B., Gao, W., … Augustyn, V. (2021), Advanced Energy Materials, 11(1), 2003335.
Stretchable and Multi-Metal-Organic Framework Fabrics Via High-Yield Rapid Sorption-Vapor Synthesis and Their Application in Chemical Warfare Agent Hydrolysis
Morgan, S. E., Andie M. O'Connell, Jansson, A., Peterson, G. W., Mahle, J. J., Eldred, T. B., … Parsons, G. N. (2021), ACS APPLIED MATERIALS & INTERFACES, 7. https://doi.org/10.1021/acsami.1c07366
Strong electrostatic adsorption approach to the synthesis of sub-three nanometer intermetallic platinum--cobalt oxygen reduction catalysts
Ma, Y., Kuhn, A. N., Gao, W., Al-Zoubi, T., Du, H., Pan, X., & Yang, H. (2021), Nano Energy, 79, 105465.
2D metal--organic framework for stable perovskite solar cells with minimized lead leakage
Wu, S., Li, Z., Li, M.-Q., Diao, Y., Lin, F., Liu, T., … others. (2020), Nature Nanotechnology, 15(11), 934–940.
Atomically Resolved Electric Field and Charge Density Imaging via 4D STEM
ADDIEGO, C., GAO, W., & PAN, X. (2020), JEOL News, 55(1), 2–8.
Crystallinity after decarboxylation of a metal--carboxylate framework: indestructible porosity for catalysis
Cheng, S., Tieu, P., Gao, W., Hu, J., Feng, W., He, J., … Xu, Z. (2020), Dalton Transactions, 49(34), 11902–11910.
Fast Proton Insertion in Layered H2W2O7 via Selective Etching of an Aurivillius Phase
Wang, R., Sun, Y., Brady, A., Fleischmann, S., Eldred, T. B., Gao, W., … Augustyn, V. (2020), ADVANCED ENERGY MATERIALS. https://doi.org/10.1002/aenm.202003335
From ion to atom to dendrite: Formation and nanomechanical behavior of electrodeposited lithium
Citrin, M. A., Yang, H., Nieh, S. K., Berry, J., Gao, W., Pan, X., … Greer, J. R. (2020), MRS Bulletin, 45(11), 891–904.
In Situ Observations of Post-Synthesis Modification of a Metal-Organic Framework Using Atomic Resolution S/TEM and EELS
Tieu, P., Gadre, C., Gao, W., Yan, X., Ferrah, D., Li, M., … Pan, X. (2020), Microscopy and Microanalysis, 26(S2), 478–480.

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