Pu-Xian Gao

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Ph.D., Georgia Institute of Technology (2005)

Department of Materials Science & Engineering
25 King Hill Road, Unit 3136
Storrs, CT 06269-3136
Office: SCI-1 1010
Phone: (860) 486-9213
Email: puxian.gao@uconn.edu  



Research Interests

  • Hierarchical nanostructure integration, manipulation and scalable manufacturing;
  • Nanocatalysis for vehicle emission control and relevant energy and environmental applications;
  • Nanosensors for power plants and vehicles; Energy conversion, storage and utilization using nanomaterials;
  • Magneto-(opto-)electronics of nanomaterials;
  • Cell-nanomaterials interfaces.

Selected Awards & Honors

2017 Founding Member, UConn Chapter of National Academy of Inventors
2017 Elected Member, Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering
2015 United Technologies Corporation Professorship in Engineering Innovation, UConn
2014 Honoree, Boston Patent Law Association’s (BPLA) Invented Here! Event, US patent #8,704,210 Boston, MA
2013 Outstanding Faculty Award, Department of Materials Science & Engineering, University of Connecticut
2013 Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Fellowship
2008 New Faculty Grant, ACS-Petroleum Research Funds
2008 Junior Faculty Summer Fellow, University of Connecticut
2007 Honda Initiation Grant Award

Recent Publications

X. Lu, W. Tang, M. Li, Y. Dang, N. Campbell, Z. Li, S.L. Suib, and P.X. Gao, “Mass Transport in Nanoarray Monolithic Catalysts: An Experimental-Theory Study,” Chemical Engineering Journal,2020, 405, 126906.

B. Zhang, Y. Huang, R.D. Vinluan III, S. Wang, C. Cui, X. Lu, C. Peng, M. Zhang, J. Zheng, and P.X. Gao, “Enhancinig ZnO Nanowire Gas Sensors using Au/Fe2O3Hybrid Nanoparticle Decoration” 2020, Nanotechnology, 31 325505.

J. Yang, W. Xiao, X. Chi, X. Lu, S. Hua, Z. Wu, W. Tang, Z. Ren, S. Wang, X. Yu, L. Zhang, A. Rusydi, J. Ding, Y. Guo, and P.X. Gao, “Solar-driven efficient methane catalytic oxidation over epitaxial ZnO/La0.8Sr0.2CoO3 heterojunctions,” Appl. Cat. B: Environmental, 2020, 265, 118469.

J. Weng, P.X. Gao, Z. Gao, J.A. Pihl, T. LaClair, M. Zhang, K. Gluesenkamp, and A. Momen, “Nanoarray-based Monolithic Adsorbers for SO2Removal Application,” Emission Control Sci. Tech., 2020, DOI: 10.1007/s40825-020-00161-3.

B. Zhang, H.-J. Lin, H.Y. Gao, X.X. Lu, C.-Y. Nam, P.X. Gao, “Perovskite-nanoparticle-sensitized Ga2O3nanorod arrays for highly selective and sensitive NO2detection over O2at high temperature,” 2020, J. Mater. Chem. A, 8, 10845-10854.

M. Liu, L. Jin, Y. Zhu, L. Zhang, X. Lu, P. Kerns, X. Su, S. Cao, P.X. Gao, S. Suib, B. Liu, and J. He, “Self-Limiting Growth of Ligand-Free Ultrasmall Bimetallic Nanoparticles on Carbon through Under Temperature Reduction,” Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, 2020, 264, 118553.

B. Zhang, J.Y. Sun, and P.X. Gao, “Single Bimodular Sensor for Differentiated Detection of Multiple Oxidative Gas Analytes,” 2020, Adv. Mater. Technologies,1901152.

B. Zhang, J.Y. Sun, U. Salahudin, and P.X. Gao, “Hierarchical and Scalable Integration of Nanostructures for Energy and Environmental Applications: A Review of Processing, Devices, and Economic Analyses,” Nano Futures, 2020, 4, 012002.

X. Lu, M. Li, S. Hoang, S. Suib, and P.X. Gao, “Solvent Effects on the Heterogeneous Growth of TiO2Nanostructure Arrays on Cordierite Honeycombs by Solvothermal Synthesis,” Cat. Today, 2020, DOI: 10.1016/j.cattod.2020.02.044.

S. Hoang, Y. Guo, A.J. Binder, W. Tang, S. Wang, H. Tran, J.J. Liu, X. Lu, Y. Wang, Y. Ding, E.V. Kyriakidou, J. Yang, T.R. Toops, T.R. Pauly, R. Ramprasad, and P.X. Gao, “Activating Low-temperature Diesel Oxidation by Single-Atom Pt on TiO2Nanowire Array” Nature Communications, 2020, 11, 1062.

Y. Fang, X. Chi, L. Li, S. Hua, X. Lu, W. Xiao, L. Wang, W. Yang, J. Yang, J. Xiong, S. Hoang, H. Deng, Z. Luo, L. Zhang, P.X. Gao, J. Ding, and Y. Guo, “Elucidating the Nature of Cu(I) Active Site in CuO/TiO2for Excellent Low-Temperature CO Oxidation,” ACS Applied Mater. Interf., 2020, 12, 7091–7101.

M. Liu, L. Jin, X. Su, S. Bamonte, X. Lu, P.X. Gao, S. Suib, B. Liu, and J. He, “Polymer-assisted co-assembly towards synthesis of mesoporous titania encapsulated monodisperse PdAu for highly selective hydrogenation of phenylacetylene,” ChemCatChem, 2020, 12, 1476-1482.

W. Tang, J. Weng, X. Lu, L.Y. Wen, and P.X. Gao, “Alkali-Metal Poisoning Effect of Total CO and Propane Oxidation over Co3O4Nanocatalysts,” Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, 2019, 256, 117859.

J.K. He,S.-Y. Chen, W. Tang, Y. Dang, P. Kerns, R. Miao, B. Dutta, P.X. Gao, and S.L. Suib “Microwave-Assisted Integration of Transition Metal Oxide Nanocoatings on Manganese Oxide Nanoarray Monolith for Low Temperature CO Oxidation,” Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, 2019, 255, 117766.

N. Tian, X. Lu, T. Ma, K. Xie, P.X. Gao, Y. Zhang, and H. Huang, “Reactive sites rich porous tubular yolk-shell g-C3N4via precursor recrystallization mediated microstructure engineering for photoreduction,” Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, 2019, 253, 196-205.

X. Lu, W. Tang, S. Du, L. Wen, J. Weng, Y. Ding, W.S. Willis, S.L. Suib, and P.X. Gao, “Ion-Exchange Promoted Hydrothermal Stability of Platinum Catalysts Supported on Layered Protonated Titanate Nanowire Arrays,” 2019, ACS Applied Materials & Interf., 11 (24) 21515-21525.

B. Zhang, and P.X. Gao, “Metal Oxide Nanoarrays for Chemical Sensing: A Review of Fabrication Methods, Sensing Modes, and Their Inter-correlations,” Frontiers in Materials, 2019, 6, 55.

L.Y. Wen, R. Xu, C. Cui, W. Tang, Y. Mi, X.X. Lu, Z. Zeng, S.L. Suib, P.X. Gao, and Y. Lei, “Template-guided programmable Janus hetero-nanostructure arrays for efficient plasmonic photocatalysis” 2018, Nano Letters, 18(8), 4914-4921.

X. Lu, S. Hoang, W. Tang, S.C. Du, S. Wang, W. Zhong, S.L. Suib, and P.X. Gao, “Direct Synthesis of Conformal Layered Protonated Titanate Nanoarray Coatings on Various Substrate Surfaces Boosted by Low-Temperature Microwave-Assisted Hydrothermal Synthesis” 2018, ACS Applied Mater. & Interf., 10(41):35164-35174.  

S. Du, W. Tang, X. Lu, S. Wang, Y. Guo, and P.X. Gao, “Cu-supported ZnO Nanoarray Integrated Structured Catalysts for Low-pressure CO2Hydrogenation to Methanol,” 2018, Adv. Mater. Interf.,5(3) 1700730.