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Wei Gao

Associate Professor, University Faculty Scholar

Textiles Complex 3117



As an Associate Professor and University Faculty Scholar in the Fiber and Polymer Science program, Dr. Gao’s research interests lie at the interface between materials chemistry, textile engineering and renewable energy-related technologies, such as supercapacitors, batteries and fuel cells. Her current research directions include:

  1. Fiber-extrusion processes from two-dimensional materials for various applications
  2.  Yarn-shaped energy-storage devices and textile-based triboelectric nanogenerators
  3. Two-dimensional adsorbents for PFAS, orthophosphate, and heavy metals in wastewater.

For more details of her current research activities, please check


  • 301 – PCC: Textile Dyeing and Finishing, Spring
  • 414 – PCC: Textile Chemical Analysis, Spring
  • 763 – TMS: Characterization of Fiber-Forming Polymers, Fall
  • 464 – PCC: Polymer Chemistry Laboratory, Fall

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Postdoctoral Materials Physics & Applications Los Alamos National Laboratory 2014

PhD Chemistry Rice University 2012

MS Chemistry and Analytical Chemistry Nanjing University

BS Chemistry and Analytical Chemistry Nanjing University

Area(s) of Expertise

Dyeing and Finishing
Educational Innovation
Fiber Science
Functional Textile Design
Performance Textiles
Polymer Science
Polymer/Fiber/Textile Processing
Textile Chemistry