Wei Gao (高伟), PhD 

Email: weigao@berkeley.edu

Postdoctoral Fellow with professor Ali Javey 

Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer Sciences
University of California, Berkeley 
Cory Hall, Berkeley, CA, 94720

Affiliate: Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Ph.D.  Chemical Engineering, University of California, San Diego, 2014. 

Thesis Advisor:  professor Joseph Wang

Research Area: Nanomaterials, Flexible Electronics, Micro/Nanomachines, Nanorobotics, Biosensors, Electrochemistry, Nanomedicine, MEMS. 

Research ID: URL       Google Scholar:URL (Over 2000 citations, H-index: 27)


Year 2016
Feb 3rd, coauthored paper on NIR driven micromotors was featured on Cover of Small. Link

Jan 27th, the paper "Fully integrated wearable sensor arrays for multiplexed in situ perspiration analysis" was published in NatureLink It was reported around the world by Nature, Science, The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Time, Daily Mail, Yahoo!, The Times, LA Times, Newsweek, Forbes, Scientific American, IEEE Spectrum, MIT Technology Review, Chemical & Engineering News, VOA News, Fox News, Wired, Popular Science, Chemistry World, Science News, New Scientist, UC Berkeley NewsSee related News & Views from Nature.

Jan 14th, Wei won the 2016 Sensors Travel Award which will provide the resources to attend any academic conference during 2016.

Year 2015
Aug 25th, the 3D printed microfish paper was highlighted in UCSD News, Washington Post, Forbes, Fortune, Discovery News, BBC Focus, Popular Science, Wired. Link

Aug 16th, 250th ACS National Meeting & Exposition, Wei won the ACS Young Investigator Award (Division of Inorganic Chemistry) and gave an invited talk in Young Investigator Award Symposium Link

April 13th, Wei won the Honorable Mention Award (total 4 awardees) in the 2015 IUPAC-Solvay International Award for Young Chemists competition. Link

Feb 16th, Wei was interviewed by Gizmodo on "What Will the Future of Molecular Manufacturing Really Be Like?" Link

Jan 27th, the in vivo work was press released by UC San Diego and highlighted in Yahoo, ScienceDaily, EurekAlert, PhysOrg, Tech TimesLink 1 and Link 2.

Jan 15-23th, the first in vivo study of synthetic micro/nanomachine work was highlighted in BBC News, Daily Mail, Fox News, Chemical Engineering News, Scientific American, New Scientist, The Guardian, Popular Science, Gizmodo, io9 etcLink 1Link 2Link 3 and Link 4.

Year 2014

Dec 30th, the paper "Artificial Micromotors in the Mouse's Stomach: A Step Towards In Vivo Use of Synthetic Motors" was accepted by ACS Nano. It was also selected as "ACS Editors' Choice" (one paper per day from all ACS Publications). Link

Oct 31st, the TiO2 paper was highlighted in BBC News, ScienceDaily etc. Link

Oct 28th, the nanomotor lithography work was highlighted in Nanowerk, ScienceDaily etc. Link

July 1st, Wei started his new position in professor Ali Javey's lab at UC Berkeley. 

June 3rd, Wei passed the PhD thesis defense "
Synthetic Micro/Nanomachines and Their ApplicationsTowards 'Fantastic Voyage'" at UC San Diego. 

April 21st-24th, 2014 MRS Spring Meeting & Exhibit, Wei 
won the MRS Graduate Student Award Silver Medal for the second time.

Feb 20th, Wei received the
Spring 2014 ACS DIC Travel Award. Link

Jan 24th, the plant microswimmer work was covered by "la Repubblica" (the largest circulation Italian daily general-interest newspaper): "Beautiful Mind: con la Microelica il farMaco arriva dove serve". Link

Jan 8th, plant-based microswimmers listed as top 10 
notable bio-inspired developments of 2013 by GreenBiz. Link

Year 2013

Dec 18th, the plant paper was chosen for ACS Press ReleaseFirst plant-based ‘microswimmers’ could propel drugs to the right location. It also appeared in PhysOrg, ScienceDaily, Nanowerk, R & D Magzazine, EurekAlert, Gizmag etc. Link

Nov 6th, Wei won the 1st place in Bionanotechnology Graduate Student Award session in the 2013 AICHE Annual Meeting.

Aug 5th, Wei gave a seminar "Synthetic Micro/Nanomachines and Their Applications: Towards 'Fantastic Voyage'" at University of Washington, Seattle as part of Distinguished Young Scholars Summer Seminar SeriesLink

July 15th, the potato paper was highlighted in Chemistry World.  Link

June 21st, the Mg paper was chosen and 'HOT article' in Nanoscale and highlighted in RSC magazine Chemistry World. Link

May 28th: Wei's micromotor work was highlighted in Materials World Magazine's June Issue. "Microrockets and micromotors go in vivo - nanomotors for drug deliveryLink

April 7-11th, 245th ACS National Meeting & Exposition, Wei gave a talk on "Hydrogen bubble propelled micromotors: Toward in situ fuels" . The talk was also selected for ACS Press Release "Overcoming a major barrier to medical and other uses of ‘microrockets’ and ‘micromotors’". See press release link, and press conference video. As a result, the work was widely reported in many major scientific websites such as ScienceDaily, TechNewsDaily, IEEE Spectrum etc.

April 1-4th: 2013 MRS Spring Meeting, Wei won the MRS Graduate Student Award and gave a talk on "Polymer-based Catalytic Tubular Microrockets and Their Biomedical Applications". See  Award Link and Video Presentation Online

Feb 6th: Wei received Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Self-financed Students Abroad. Link from CSC. Link1 and Link 2 for Receiving the Award on March 23rd in Los Angeles.

Year 2012
Dec 19th: the ACS Nano microfish paper was highlighted in Nanowerk. Link

Nov 21st: Prof. Robert Langer from MIT highlighted the Zinc Microrockets work in The Economist - The World in 2013. Small is fantastic.

Nov 15th: The mutiple fuel paper was highlighted in Wiley Materials Views. Link

Aug 23rd~28th: The new 'water' ACS Nano paper was highlighted in Nanowerk, Chemical & Engineering News, Lenta (Russia) and Gizmodo

July 25th: Wei was selected as 2012 Howard Hughes Medical Institute International Student Research Fellow!

April-May: the ACS Nano Oil paper was chosen as News Press Release by ACS and received highlights from major scientific media such as BBC News, Wired, New Scientist, Popular Science, The Engineer, Discovery News, ScienceDaily, Chemical & Engineering News.

Jan to Feb: The new work on Hydrogen Propelled Zinc Based Microrockets (which could be able to self-propelled in human stomach, ) was published in JACS and widely reported in many major scientific media (such as Discovery, Chemical & Engineering News, PhyOrg, Popular Science, Science Daily, Huffington Post, The Scientist, New Scientist, American Scientist....), see News & Highlights and Related Video 1 and Video 2.

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