Haifeng Gao

Associate Professor

305C Mccourtney Hall
Notre Dame, IN 46556
+1 574-631-8023


Research Areas

  • Organic Chemistry

Research Specialties

  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Synthesis

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Year Title
2023-present Adjunct Associate Professor, University of Notre Dame
2017-2023 Associate Professor, University of Notre Dame
2011-2017 Assistant Professor, University of Notre Dame
2009-2011 Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California at Berkeley and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
2008 Ph.D. in Chemistry, Carnegie Mellon University
2003 M.S. in Polymer Chemistry, Fudan University, China
2000 B.S. in Polymer Chemistry, Fudan University, China

Selected Awards

2016   NSF CAREER Award

2014   Army Young Investigator Program (YIP) Award

2013   UMass MRSEC Young Investigator Award

2010   AzkoNobel Award for Outstanding Graduate Research in Polymer Chemistry, American Chemical Society

2008   Guy C. Berry Graduate Research Award, Carnegie Mellon University

2007   McWilliams Fellowship, Carnegie Mellon University

Research Interests

The Gao research group focuses on synthesizing functional polymer materials with controlled nanostructures and understanding their fundamental structure-property relationships. These materials will meet critical needs in the fields of biofunctional materials, environmental remediation and energy conversion. A number of approaches ranging from modern organic synthesis to biomimetic programmed self assembly will be applied to construct these functional materials. By building soft polymer materials ranging in size and complexity from oligomers, to multi-segmented block copolymers, and to shape-persistent hierarchical nanocomposites, various functionalities will be incorporated into these polymers in a predetermined manner. Interesting research projects include:

  1. Developing new methodologies for efficient polymer synthesis and functionalization.
  2. Biomimetic assembly of synthetic polymer chains into shape-persistent nanostructures.
  3. Exploiting nanostructured polymer materials for gas separation and selective adsorption.
  4. Electro-active polymers and nanocomposites.

Selected Publications

  • Ma, K. L.; Jin, X. Y. and Gao, H. F. "Monodisperse Hyperbranched Polytriazoles as Unimolecular Nanocontainers for Encapsulation of Functional Payloads" 2023 Macromolecular Rapid Communications, in press. DOI: 10.1002/marc.202300121.
  • Kipkorir, A.; Jin, X. Y.; Gao, H. F. and Kamat, P. V. "Photoinduced Electron Transfer Across the Polymer-Capped CsPbBr3 Interface in a Polar Medium" 2023 Journal of Chemical Physics, 158 (14), 144702. DOI: 10.1063/5.0143920.
  • Ye, Q. H.; Jin, X. Y.; Zhu, B. T.; Gao, H. F. and Wei, N. "Lanmodulin-Functionalized Magnetic Nanoparticles as a Highly Selective Biosorbent for Recovery of Rare Earth Elements" 2023 Environmental Science & Technology, 57 (10), pp.4276-4285. DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.2c08971.
  • Ye, Q. H.; Jin, X. Y.; Gao, H. F. and Wei, N. "Site-Specific and Tunable Co-Immobilization of Proteins Onto Magnetic Nanoparticles Via Spy Chemistry" 2022 ACS Applied Bio Materials, 5 (12), pp.5665-5674. DOI: 10.1021/acsabm.2c007095665.
  • Jin, X. Y.; Ma, K. L. and Gao, H. F. "Tunable Luminescence and Enhanced Polar Solvent Resistance of Perovskite Nanocrystals Achieved by Surface-Initiated Photopolymerization" 2022 Journal of the American Chemical Society, 144 (44), pp.20411-20420. DOI: 10.1021/jacs.2c08622.
  • Ma, K. L.; Jin, X. Y.; Gan, W. P.; Fan, C. K. and Gao, H. F. "Chain-Growth Click Copolymerization for the Synthesis of Branched Copolymers with Tunable Branching Densities" 2022 Polymer Chemistry, 13 (7), pp.891-897. DOI: 10.1039/d1py01635k.

Researcher ID: D-1610-2016; Scopus Author ID: 9234610300; ORCID: 0000-0001-9029-5022