Haifeng Gao

Haifeng Gao

Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Notre Dame

University of Notre Dame


Haifeng Gao obtained his Ph.D. degree in 2008 from Krzysztof Matyjaszewski group at Carnegie Mellon University before joining Prof. Jean M. J. Frechet group at UC Berkeley as a postdoctoral researcher. His current research focuses on developing robust methods to synthesize highly branched polymer nanostructures and exploiting them for applications as unimolecular containers. Recent research achievements include 1) development of two synthetic methods for production of structurally defined hyperbranched polymers and highly branched hyperstar polymers in one pot; 2) exploration of these hyperbranched polymers as unimolecular containers in drug delivery and polymer-based catalysis, 3) construction of hierarchically porous materials for ion separation and CO2 capture. So far, Haifeng has co-authored more than 70 peer-reviewed papers and 6 book chapters. His publications so far have been cited for more than 3800 times. Haifeng the recent recipient of 2010 AkzoNobel Award for Outstanding Graduate Research in Polymer Chemistry from ACS, 2014 Army Young Investigator Program (YIP) award, 2016 NSF CAREER award.

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