Dr. Peng Gao

Peng GAO 高鹏

Assistant Professor, PI

School of Physics, Peking University, China

E-mail: p-gao@pku.edu.cn, Tel:+1-10-6274 5365

Group website: http://www.phy.pku.edu.cn/~pgao/home.html

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v  July-2010, Ph.D. of physics, in Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China

v  July-2005, B.S. of physics, in University of Science and Technology of China


Professional Experience

v  2015–now, Assistant Professor, in School of Physics, Peking University, China

v  2014–2015, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) foreign researcher fellow, in The University of Tokyo, Japan

v  2013–2014, Research Associate, in Sustainable Energy Technologies, Brookhaven National Laboratory, USA

v  2010 –2013, Research Fellow, in Department of Materials Science & Engineering, University of Michigan, USA


Honors and awards

v  Recruitment Program for Young Professionals (“the Thousand Talents Plan”), China, 2015

v  JSPS foreign researcher fellow, The University of Tokyo, Japan, 2015

v  Outstanding graduates (top 5%), Chinese Academy of Sciences, 2010.

v  Director Awards for excellent research, Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 2009-2010.

v  Proctor & Gamble Prize for excellent research, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 2009.


Research interests and background

My primary area of interest is statically and dynamically characterizing functional (nano)-materials and devices through various transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and spectroscopy techniques.


Selected Publications (Total 42, including 9 Nat. Commun./Mater./Nano., 1 Science,  8 JACS/Nano Lett./ACS Nano, 3 Adv.Mater., 1000+SCI citation, “*”denotes corresponding author)

1.       P.Gao*, L.P.Wang, Y.-Y. Zhang*, Y. Huang, L. Liao, P. Sutter, K. H. Liu, D.P. Yu., and E.-G. Wang, “High-Resolution Tracking Asymmetric Lithium Insertion and Extraction and Local Structure Ordering in SnS2”, Nano Letters DOI: 10.1021/acs.nanolett.6b02136 (2016).

2.       P. Gao*,H.-J. Liu, Y.-L. Huang, Y.-H. Chu, R.Ishikawa, B. Feng, Y. Jiang, N. Shibata, E.-G. Wang, Y. Ikuhara, “Atomic Mechanism of Polarization-Controlled Surface Reconstruction in Ferroelectric Thin Films”, Nature Communications7, 11318 (2016).

3.       P. Gao*,L.P. Wang, Y.Y. Zhang,Y. Huang,K.H. Liu, “Atomic-Scale Probing of the Dynamics of Sodium Transport and Intercalation Induced Phase Transformations in MoS2”, ACS nano DOI: 10.1021/acsnano.5b04950 (2015).

4.       P. Gao, J. Britson, C. T. Nelson, J. R. Jokisaari, C. Duan, M. Trassin, S-H. Baek, H. Guo, L. Li, Y. Wang, Y.-H. Chu, A. M. Minor, C-B. Eom, R. Ramesh, L-Q. Chen, and X.Q. Pan*, “Ferroelastic domain switching dynamics under electrical and mechanical excitations”, Nature Communications 5:3801 | DOI: 10.1038/ncomms4801 (2014).

5.       Y. Yang, P. Gao, L.Z. Li, X. Q. Pan, S. Tappertzhofen, S. H. Choi, R. Waser, I. Valov, W. D. Lu*, “Electrochemical dynamics of nanoscale metallic inclusions in dielectrics”, Nature Communications 5: 4232 doi:10.1038/ncomms5232 (2014).

6.       P. Gao, J. Britson, J. R. Jokisaari, C. T. Nelson, S.-H. Baek, Y. Wang, C.-B. Eom,L.-Q. Chen and X.Q. Pan*, “Atomic Scale Mechanisms of Ferroelastic Domain Wall Mediated Ferroelectric Switching”, Nature Communications4:2791 doi: 10.1038/ncomms3791 (2013).7.       S. Lee, C. Tarantini, P. Gao, J. Jiang, J. D. Weiss,       F. Kametani, C. M. Folkman, Y. Zhang, X. Q. Pan,    E. E. Hellstrom,D. C. Larbalestier and C. B. Eom* “Artificially engineered superlattices of pnictide superconductors”, Nature Materials 12, 392-396 (2013).

8.       P. Gao, C. T. Nelson, J. R. Jokisaari, Y. Zhang, S-H. Baek, C. W. Bark, E-G Wang, Y. M. Liu, J. G. Li, C-B Eom, and X. Q. Pan* “Direct observations of retention failure in ferroelectric memories”. Advanced Materials 24, 1106-1110 (2012).

9.       Y. Yang, P. Gao, S. Gaba, T. Chang, X. Q. Pan, and W. Lu*, “Observation of Conducting Filament Growth in Nanoscale Resistive Memories”. Nature Communications 3,732 (2012).

10.   C. T. Nelson, P. Gao, J. R. Jokisaari, K. Zhang, C. Heikes, C. Adamo, A. Melville, B. Winchester, Y. J. Gu, Y. M. Liu, S-H Baek, C. M. Folkman, E-G. Wang, C-B Eom, J. Y. Li, L-Q. Chen, D. G. Schlom, and X. Q. Pan*, “Domain dynamics during ferroelectric switching”. Science 334, 968 (2011).

11.   P. Gao, C. T. Nelson, J. R. Jokisaari, S-H Baek, C. W Bark, Y. Zhang, E-G. Wang, D. G. Schlom, C-B. Eom, and X. Q. Pan*, “Revealing the role of defects in ferroelectric switching with atomic resolution”. Nature Communications 2, 591 (2011).

12.   P. Gao, Z. C. Kang, W. Y. Fu, W. L. Wang, X. D. Bai* and E. G. Wang*, “Electrically driven redox process of cerium oxides”. J. Am. Chem. Soc 132, 4197-4201 (2010).