Postdoctoral Research Associate
Dr. Qiang Gao obtained his PhD in Chemistry from French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), Orleans, France in 2013. The projects were carbons and electrolytes for advanced supercapacitors. It dealt with carbon synthesis from a variety of biomass precursors, using various synthesizing methods (hydrothermal treatment, etc) and tremendous chemical as well as electrochemical characterizations techniques. Projects involved electrochemical capacitor in aqueous and organic electrolytes development, also developments of pouch cell real devices collaborated with industry. After that, he joined Max-Planck Institute for Chemical Energy Conversion in Germany as scientist/Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiter, the projects involved spectroscopic platform developments for a variety of catalysts/electrocatalysts. The development of operando techniques included home-made small volume cell combined MS, electrochemical flow cell combined ICP-OES, Raman, spectroscopic platform for polymer solid electrolyte electrocatalytic water splitting. Projects target hydrogen production by electrolyzer. In 2016, he joined scanning probe microscopy group in ORNL as postdoctoral researcher. Projects are to develop operando scanning probe microscopy in liquid for energy storage devices, for instance, MXene Ti3C2 or similar, he developed the instrumentation into achieving the detection of liquid-solid interfacial chemistry and physics, targeting lots of applications, including, batteries, supercapaictors, and heterogeneous catalysis, etc. He has published 30 papers including Energy & Environmental Science, ACS Catalysis, Faraday Discussions, ACS Nano, Applied Catalysis B, ChemSusChem, Carbon, Journal of Catalysis, EST Letters, ChemCatChem, Dalton Transactions, Journal of Energy Chemistry, etc. and been appointed to managing editor for Journal engineered science since 2018. His research interests include electrochemical energy storage and conversion materials and operando microscopic as well as spectroscopic characterizations.