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Xiang (Michael) Gao

Xiang (Michael) Gao

Postdoctoral Research Scholar, LightWorks®

Arizona State University
PO Box 875402
Tempe, AZ 85287-5402


  • Postdoctoral Research Scholar, LightWorks®


Xiang (Michael) Gao is a postdoctoral research scholar in ASU LightWorks®. He acquired his PhD from Australian National University in 2019 with his research focused on metal oxides for solar thermochemical H2O/CO2 splitting. His current projects continue the research on renewable fuel production via solar thermochemical processes, with particular interests in synthesis of novel energy materials and design of thermochemical reactors.


  • PhD, Australian National University, 2019

Journal Articles


Hamidi, M., V. M. Wheeler, X. Gao, J. Pye, K. Catchpole and A. W. Weimer. 2020. Reduction of iron–manganese oxide particles in a lab-scale packed-bed reactor for thermochemical energy storage. Chemical Engineering Science 221(Aug):115700. DOI: 10.1016/j.ces.2020.115700. (link )


Cai, X., K. Chen, X. Gao, C. Xu, M. Sun, G. Liu, X. Guo, Y. Cai, B. Huang, J. Deng, J. Zhe Liu, A. Tricoli, N. Wang, C. Dwyer and Y. Zhu. 2019. Revealing atomic structure and oxidation states of dopants in charge-ordered nanoparticles for migration-promoted oxygen-exchange capacity. Chemistry of Materials 31(15):5769-5777. DOI: 10.1021/acs.chemmater.9b01785. (link )

Gao, X., I. Di Bernardo, P. Kreider, T. Tran-Phu, X. Cai, N. Wang, Y. Zhu, M. Brahmadesham Venkataraman, J. Lipton-Duffin, A. Bayon, W. Lipinski and A. Tricoli. 2019. Lattice expansion in optimally doped manganese oxide: An effective structural parameter for enhanced thermochemical water splitting. ACS Catalysis 9(11):9880-9890. DOI: 10.1021/acscatal.9b03205. (link )


Gao, X., G. Liu, Y. Zhu, P. Kreider, A. Bayon, T. Gengenbach, T. Lu, Y. Liu, J. Hinkley, W. Lipinski and A. Tricoli. 2018. Earth-abundant transition metal oxides with extraordinary reversible oxygen exchange capacity for efficient thermochemical synthesis of solar fuels. Nano Energy 50(Aug):347-358. DOI: 10.1016/j.nanoen.2018.05.045. (link )

Wong, W. S., T. Gengenbach, H. Nguyen, X. Gao, V. S. Craig and A. Tricoli. 2018. Dynamically gas-phase switchable super(de)wetting states by reversible amphiphilic functionalization: A powerful approach for smart fluid gating membranes. Advanced Functional Materials 28(2):1704423. DOI: 10.1002/adfm.201704423. (link )


Gao, X., A. Vidal, A. Bayon, R. Bader, J. Hinkley, W. Lipinski and A. Tricoli. 2016. Efficient ceria nanostructures for enhanced solar fuel production via high-temperature thermochemical redox cycles. Journal of Materials Chemistry A 4:9614-9624. DOI: 10.1039/C6TA02187E. (link )