Pitt | Swanson Engineering
Gao, Di
Chem/Petroleum Engineering
Gao, Di
Faculty
Associate Professor
Office: 926 Benedum Hall
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Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, 2004

B.S. in Chemical Engineering, Tsinghua University, 1999

B.S. in Computer Science, Tsinghua University, 1999

(2012) Pitt Innovator Award, Univ. of Pittsburgh.

(2011) AIChE Owens-Corning Early Career Award, American Institute of Chemical Engineers.

(2010) Invited participant, U.S. Frontiers of Engineering Symposium, U.S. National Academy of Engineering.

(2010) Advanced Materials Award, Carnegie Science Center.

(2009) Pitt Innovator Award, Univ. of Pittsburgh.

(2009) 2009 AIChE Youth Council on Sustainable Science and Technology Award, received as the Team Leader of the University of Pittsburgh Team.

(2008) William Kepler Whiteford Faculty Fellowship, Swanson School of Engineering, Univ. of Pittsburgh.

(2008) Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award, National Science Foundation.

(2008) U.S. Environmental Protection Agency P3: People, Prosperity and the Planet for Sustainability Design Competition Award, received as the Team Leader of the University of Pittsburgh Team.

(2006) American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund Type G Award.

(2005) Outstanding Poster Award, Univ. of California System-wide Bioengineering Symposium.

(2003) Applied Materials Graduate Fellow, Applied Materials, Inc..

(2003) Outstanding Presentation Award, Industry Advisory Board Meeting, Berkeley Sensor & Actuator Center, Univ. of California.

(1998) Tsinghua Excellent Student Scholarship, Tsinghua University.

(1997) Petroleum Chemical Engineering Scholarship, SK Global Co. Ltd, Korea.

(1996) Tsinghua Excellent Student Scholarship, Tsinghua University.

(1995) Tsinghua Excellent Student Scholarship, Tsinghua University.

Yeri, A., and Gao, D., 2011, "Chap. 4: Biosensing Using Nanoelectromechanical Systems (NEMS)," in Biomedical Nanotechnology (Methods in Molecular Biology Series), Humana Press (Springer Publishing Group), USA.

Desai, U.V., Xu, C., and Gao, D., 2011, "Hydrothermal Fabrication of Ordered SnO2 Nanotube Arrays for Dye-sesitized Solar Cells," AIChE Annual Meeting, Minneapolis, MN.

Xu, C., Wu, J., Desai, U.V., and Gao, D., 2011, "Multilayer Assembly of Nanowire Arrays for Dye-sensitized Solar Cells," AIChE Annual Meeting, Minneapolis, MN.

Gao, D., 2010, "Durable Superhydrophobic and Superoleophobic Coatings for Green Construction and Anti-Icing," dustry Polymer Surface/Interface (PSI) Consortium Meeting, National Institute of Standard and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD.

Gao, D., 2010, "Transparent Superhydrophobic and Highly Oleophobic Coatings," Faraday Discussion Meetings 146--Wetting Dynamics of Hydrophobic and Structured Surfaces (Faraday Division, Royal Society of Chemistry), Richmond, Virginia.

Cao, L., and Gao, D., 2010, "Transparent Superhydrophobic and Highly Olephobic Coatings," AIChE Annual Meeting, Salt Lake City, UT.

Wu, J.Wu, J., and Gao, D., 2010, "DNA Separation and Sequencing at a Stretch," AIChE Annual Meeting, Salt Lake City, UT.

Xu, C., and Gao, D., 2010, "Long TiO2 Nanotube Arrays Synthesized Directlry On Transparent Conducting Oxide for Efficient Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells," AIChE Annual Meeting, Salt Lake City, UT.

Yeri, A.S., Vats, A., and Gao, D., 2010, "Loop mediated Isothermal Amplification and detection of Escherichia Coli using lateral flow strips," AIChE Annual Meeting, Salt Lake City, UT.

Zhao, S., Gao, D., and Wu, J., 2010, "Fluctuation forces on a tethered DNA chain," AIChE Annual Meeting, Salt Lake City, UT.

Gao, D., 2009, "Superhydrophobic Anti-icing Coatings," 2nd International Functional Coatings Conference, organized by International Surface Coating Association, Guangzhong, China.

Gao, D., and Vats, A., 2009, "Rapid Detection of Infectious Agents Enabled by Nanotechnology," DOD Nanotechnology for Defense conference, San Francisco.

Gao, D., and Wu, J., 2009, "DNA Sequencing at a Stretch," NIH PI meeting, San Diego.

Gao, D., Cao, L., and Jones, A., 2009, "Durable Superhydrophobic Coating for Anti-Icing and Drag Reduction Applications," DOD Nanotechnology for Defense conference, San Francisco.

Gao, L., Wu, J., and Gao, D., 2009, "Cascade catalysis of flucose oxidase and magnetic nanoparticles for a rapid immunoassay," AIChE Annual Meeting, Nashville, TN.

Wu, J., and Gao, D., 2009, "Multistage Enrichment of Particles Using Temperature-Responsive Polymers," AIChE Annual Meeting, Nashville, TN.

Xu, C., Shin, P., Cao, L., and Gao, D., 2009, "Ordered TiO2 Nanotube Arrays on Transparent Conductive Oxide for Dye-sensitized Solar Cells," AIChE Annual Meeting, Nashville,TN.

Xu, C., Shin, P., Cao, L., and Gao, D., 2009, "Preferential Growth of Long ZnO Nanowires and Its Application in Dye-Sesitized Solar Cells," AIChE Annual Meeting, Nashville, TN.

Yeri, A.S., Gao, L., and Gao, D., 2009, "Characterization of Antibody Immobilization methods using the QCM-D," AIChE Annual Meeting, Nashville, TN.

Gao, D., Cao, L., Hu, H.H., and Cao, A., 2008, "Design and Fabrication of Micro-textures for Inducing a Superhydrophobic Behavior on Hydrophilic Materials," American Physical Society March Meeting, New Orleans.

Cao, A., Cao, L., and Gao, D., 2008, "Fabrication of non-aging superhydrophobic surfaces by packing flower-like hematite particles," American Physical Society March Meeting, New Orleans.

Gao, L., Wu, J., Wu, J., and Gao, D., 2008, "Separation of long DNA molecules through cleavage of hydrogen bonds under a stretching force," American Physical Society March Meeting, New Orleans.

Gao, L.Z., Wu, J.M., Cao, L.L., and Gao, D., 2008, "Magnetite Nanoparticle-Linked Immunosorbent Assay," AIChE Annual Meeting, Philadelphia.

Gao, L.Z., Wu, J.M., Wu, J.Z., and Gao, D., 2008, "Separation of Long DNA Molecules through Cleavage of Hydrogen Bonds Under a Stretching Force," AIChE Annual Meeting, Phildelphia.

Wu, J.M., Gao, L.Z., and Gao, D., 2008, "Solution-Phase ELISA Enabled by Magnetic Nanoparticles and Vc-Containing Chitosan Nanocapsules," AIChE Annual Meeting, Philadelphia.

Yeri, A., Gao, L.Z., and Gao, D., 2008, "Rapid Screening of DNA Based on Differences In the Viscoelastic Properties," AIChE Annual Meeting, Philadelphia.

Gao, D., and Schultz, J.S., 2007, "Novel high-throughput surface plasmon resonance methodology for proteomics," Society for Bioengineering First International Conference on Biomolecular Engineering, Coronado Island, California.

Cao, A., Cao, L., and Gao, D., 2007, "Fabrication of Non-ageing Superhydrophobic Surfaces by Packing Flower-like Hermatite Particles," AIChE Annual Meeting, Salt Lake City, Utah.

Cao, L., Hu, H., and Gao, D., 2007, "Design and fabrication of micro-textures for inducing a superhydrophobic behavior on hydrophilic materials," Engineering Sustainability, Pittsburgh.

Cao, L., Weiss, M., and Gao, D., 2007, "Fabrication of nanoporous silicon optical filters via galvanic displacement processes in water-in-oil microemulsions," AIChE Annual Meeting, Salt Lake City, Utah.

Gao, L., and Gao, D., 2007, "Label-free colorimetric detection of matrix metalloproteinases on nanoporous silicon photonic crystals," AIChE Annual Meeting, Salt Lake City, Utah.

Jenikova, G., Lao, U., Gao, D., Mulchandani, A., and Chen, W., 2007, "Elastin-Calmodlin Scaffold for Protein Microarray Fabrication," American Chemical Society Annual Meeting, San Francisco.

Shan, Z.W., Cao, L.L., Gao, D., Minor, A., Syed Asif, S.A., and Warren, O.L., 2007, "Quantitatively exploring the mechanical behavior of Si nanowire inside a TEM," Microscopy & Microanalysis, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

Cao, L., and Gao, D., 2006, "Superhydrophobic porous silicon surfaces," AIChE Annual Meeting, San Francisco, California.

Cao, L., Hu, H., and Gao, D., 2006, "Biomimetic superhydrophobic silicon surfaces," AIChE Annual Meeting, San Francisco, California.

Thomas, K., Lao, U.L., Mulchandani, A., Chen, W., and Gao, D., 2006, "Direct monitoring of the conformational change of elastin-like polypeptides upon changing ionic strength using dual polarization interferometry," AIChE Annual Meeting, San Francisco, California.

Gao, D., Cooke, J., McBean, N., Schultz, J.S., Mulchandani, A., and Chen, W., 2005, "Fabrication of A Microarray Sensor Using A Thermally Responsive Elastin Fusion Proteing For Detection of E. Coli O157:H7," AIChE Annual Meeting, Cincinnati, Ohio.

Gao, D., He, R., Carraro, C., Howe, R.T., Yang, P., and Maboudian, R., 2005, "Galvanic Displacement Process for Selective Growth of Si Nanowire Arrays," AIChE Annual MEeting, Cincinnati, Ohio.

Gao, D., McBean, N., Schultz, J.S., Mulchandani, A., and Chen, W., 2005, "Fabrication of A Microarray Sensors Using Temperture-Responsive Elastin Fusion Proteins For Simultaneous Detection of Multiple Tumor Markers," AIChE Annual Meeting, Cincinnati, Ohio.

Gao, D., Schultz, J.S., Mulchandani, A., and Chen, W., 2005, "Fabrication of Microarray Sensors using Temperature-Responsive Elatin Fusion Proteins for Simultaneous Detection of Multiple Tumor Markers," UC Systemwide Bioengineering, Symposium, Santa Cruz, California.

Joshi, K.A., Gao, D., Chen, W., and Mulchandani, A., 2005, "Bionanotechnology-based Direct Detection of Vx Chemical Warfare Agents," AIChE Annual Meeting, Cincinnati, Ohio.

Gao, D., Ashurst, W.R., Carraro, C., Howe, R.T., and Maboudian, R., 2004, "Silicon Carbide for Enhanced MEMS Reliability," Solid-State Sensor, Actuator and Microsystems Workshop, Hilton Head Island, SC.

Gao, D., Wijesundara, M.B., Carraro, C., Howe, R.T., and Maboudian, R., 2003, "Selective Reactive Ion Etching of Polycrystalline 3C-SiC Films for MEMs Applications," AIChE Annual Meeting, San Francisco, California.

Gao, D., Wijesundara, M.B., Carraro, C., Low, C.W., Howe, R.T., and Madoudian, R., 2003, "High Modulus Polycrystalline 3C-SiC Technology For RF MEMS," Transducers'03, 12th International Conference on Solid-state Sensors, Actuators and Microsystems, Boston, MA.

Radmilovic, V., Gao, D., Dahmen, U., and Maboudian, R., 2003, "Growth Mechanism of (111)-textured 3C-SiC Films on Si(100) Substrates," Microscopy & Microanalysis, San Antonio, TX.

Gao, D., Wijesundara, M.B., Carraro, C., Howe, R.T., and Maboudian, R., 2002, "Transofrmer Coupled Plasma Etching of Polycrystalling 3C-siC Films using Fluorinated Chemistry for MEMS Applications," AVS 49th International Symposium, Denver, CO.

Gao, D., Stoldt, C.R., Ashurst, W.R., Carraro, C., Howe, R.T., and Maboudian, R., 2001, "Silicon Carbide Films by Low Temperature CVD for MEMS Applications," IUVSTA 15th International Vacuum Congress (IVC-15), AVS 48th International Symposium (AVS-48), San Francisco, CA.

Gao, D., 2009, "DNA sequencing at a stretch," Cambridge Healthtech Institute's 3rd Annual Conferences, Providence, RI.

Gao, D., 2009, "Durable Superhydrophobic Coatings for Anti-icing and Drag Reduction," Chemical Engineering Department, Univ. of Connecticut.

Gao, D., 2009, "Durable Superhydrophobic Coatings for Anti-icing Applications," Bayer Materials, Corp.

Gao, D., 2009, "Superhydrophobic Anti-icing Coatings," PPG Industries.

Gao, D., 2009, "Virtual Reality: Durable Superhydrophobic Coatings for Anti-icing and Drag Reduction," Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Department, The Ohio State University.

Gao, D., 2010, "Durable Superhydrophobic Coatings for Anti-icing and Drag Reduction," Biomedical and Chemical Engineering Department, Syracuse University.

Gao, D., 2010, "Durable Superhydrophobic Coatings for Anti-icing Applications," Alcoa, Inc..

Gao, D., 2010, "Durable Superhydrophobic Coatings for Anti-icing," Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Massachusetts, Lowell.

Gao, D., 2010, "Evolving from Superhydrophobic to Superoleophobic Surfaces," Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Science, Beijing.

Gao, D., 2010, "Nanotechnology: novel anti-icing and everyday examples," AIChE Pittsburgh Section student night.

Gao, D., 2010, "Superhydrophobic and Superoleophobic Coatings," Boeing Coatings Natural Work Group, Boeing Research & Technology, Boeing Company.

Gao, D., 2010, "Superhydrophobic and Superoleophobic Coatings," Chemical Engineering Department, Virginia Tech.

Gao, D., 2010, "Superhydrophobic and Superoleophobic Surface Phenomena and Their Applications," United States Department of Energy, National Energy Technology Laboratory, Pittsburgh.

Gao, D., 2011, "Superhydrophobic and Superoleophobic Coatings," AIChE Annual Meeting, Minneapolis, MN.

Gao, D., 2011, "Superhydrophobic and Superoleophobic Coatings," Material Science and Engineering Department, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Gao, D., 2011, "Superhydrophobic and Superoleophobic Coatings," Owens Corning, Newark, OH.

Gao, D., 2011, "Superhydrophobic and Superoleophobic Coatings," SUR/FIN 11 Manufacturing and Technology Conference, National Association for Surface Finishing (NASF), Rosemont, IL.

Gao, D., 2012, "Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells Based on Vertically Ordered 1-D Nanostructures," AIChE Annual Meeting, Pittsburgh, PA.

Gao, D., 2012, "Superhydrophobic and Superoleophobic Coatings," 11th Chinese Surface Engineering Conference, Chongqing.

Gao, D., 2012, "Superhydrophobic and Superoleophobic Surfaces for Textiles," annual innovation conference-RISE (Research, Innovation & Science for Engineered Fabrics), INDA, Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, Baltimore, MD.

Desai, U., Xu, C., and Gao, D., 2012, "Hybrid Tin Oxide Nanotube Arrays as Anodes for Lithium Ion Batteries," AIChE Annual Meeting, Pittsburgh, PA.

Xu, C., Wu, J., Desai, U.V., and Gao, D., 2012, "Multilayer Assembly of Nanowire Arrays for Dye-sensitized Solar Cells," AIChE Annual Meeting, Pittsburgh, PA.

Gao, D., 2012, "Ice Release Coatings and the method for making the Same," 61/602,395.

Gao, D., 2011, "Superoleophobic and Superhydrophilic Fabric Filters for Rapid Water-Oil Separation," 13/157,879.

Gao, D., 2010, "Superhydrophobic Coating and Method for Making Same," 61/360,618.

Gao, D., 2010, "Superhydrophobic Treatment for Vitreoretinal Surgical Instruments."

Gao, D., and Cao, L., 2010, "Durable Superhydrophobic Coatings," 12/906,509.

Gao, D., Jones, A., and Sikka, V., 2010, "Anti-icing Superhydrophobic Coatings," 12/815,535.

Gao, D., and Xu, C., 2010, "Ordered TiO2 Nanotube Arrays on Transparent Conductive Oxide for Dye-sensitized Solar Cells."

Gao, D., Howe, R.T., and Maboudian, R., "High-Selectivity Dry Etching Process for Silicon Carbide," 7,151,277.