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 From left to right: Arvind, Xuan, Shuhao, Kyle, Brian, Clara, Kasun

In the back: Prof. Albert Michelson (‘s portrait)

(Gao group, CWRU, 3/20/2018. )

Principal Investigator

Xuan Gao (高翾)

Associate Professor of Physics
Office: Rock 104C, Phone (216) 368-4031
Lab: A.W. Smith 419, Phone (216) 368-2578
Email: xuan.gao

Google Scholar webpage.


Honors and Awards
2013 Lee Hsun Young Scientist Award Lectureship, Chinese Academy of Sciences;2012 Outstanding Young Researcher Award, the International Organization of Chinese Physicists and Astronomers (OCPA); 2012 NSF CAREER Award; 2010 Glennan Fellowship, CWRU; 2004 Robert Simon Memorial Prize, Columbia University; 2003 Director’s Funded Postdoc Fellowship, Los Alamos National Lab.

A brief biography of Xuan can be found here at the OCPA website.

A more detailed CV of Xuan Gao.


Postdoctoral Scholar


Chieh-Wen (Clara) Liu

Ph.D., National Taiwan University (2017)

Joined group in Oct. 2017

Research: quantum liquid-solid transition in correlated 2D systems


Graduate Students




Shuhao Liu

5th year Ph.D. student
(joined group in 2014)
Research: oxide heterointerface, halide perovskite, scanning photocurrent microscopy
Email: sxl799




Kasun Premasiri

3rd year Ph.D. student
(joined group in 2016)
Research: nanostructured topological materials (Dirac semimetal etc)
Email: kxn162




Kyle Crowley

3rd year Ph.D. student
(joined group in 2016)
Research: 2D oxide, nanoelectronic devices
Email: kmc170




Arvind Shankar

2nd year Ph.D. student
(joined group in 2017)
Research: Correlated 2D systems




Undergraduate Students



Derek Tang

Physics major, senior

Research: CVD growth of III-VI 2D semiconductors





Axel Gross
Math&Physics Major, junior
Research: simulation of transport in 2D semiconductor devices


Mingyuan Wang
Physics Major, junior
Research: 2D semiconductor devices







Runtian Miao

Physics Major, junior
Research: 2D semiconductor devices





Other Research Personnel

Prof. Hongyan Yue from Harbin University of Science and Technology
Amelia Seger, Hathaway Brown School


Group Alumni


CheeHuei Lee, Lecturer at Singapore University of Technology and Design
Guodong Li, Research associate at Leibniz Institute for Solid State and Materials Research, Dresden
Juan Du, Professor at Chinese Academy of Sciences, Ningbo Institute of Materials
Mohammed Sakr, Associate Professor at Alexandria University, Egypt
Hao Tang, Assistant Professor at Wuhan University of Science and Technology


Graduate Students

Sukrit Sucharitakul, Ph.D., 6/2013-5/2017, (Thesis: 2D Electronic Systems in Layered Semiconducting Materials), now postdoc at RIKEN, Japan.

Nicholas Goble, Ph.D., 9/2012-1/2016, (Thesis: Electronic Transport at Semiconductor and Perovskite Oxide Interfaces), now at Chatham Financial.

Lei (Richard) Qiu, Ph.D., 6/2010-1/2014, (Thesis: Exploring 2D Metal-Insulator Transition in p-GaAs Quantum Well with High r_s), now postdoc at Cleveland Clinic

Dong Liang, Ph.D., 6/2008-1/2012, (Thesis: Semiconductor Nanowires: Synthesis and Quantum Transport), now process development engineer at Micron Technology.

Chris Reed, M.S., 2015-2016. now a computer engineer.

Undergraduate Students

Nic Vogel, now an engineer
Shichen Wang, now graduate student at Georgetown University
Ethan Huang, now graduate student at CWRU
Hongyu Chen, now graduate student at Brown.
Jacob Marx, now graduate student at NCSU.
Jacob Arwe, now Physics teacher at Lowell Catholic High School.
Andrew Richenderfer, now PhD student at MIT (DOE fellowship winner).
Meng (Calvin) Shi, now working at Bloomberg.
Stephen Fleming, PhD student at Harvard University (NSF fellowship and Churchill Scholarship winner).
Mike MacDonald, PhD , Univ of Michigan, Ann Arbor (NSF fellowship winner), now postdoc at UC Berkeley.
Alex Bunkofske, REU student from St. Olaf College. Project: top gated nanowire devices (summer 2010).
Jason Mast, REU student from Missouri University of Science and Technology. Project: fabrication of suspended nanowire devices (summer 2009), now PhD student at University of South Florida.
Zach Tobin, PhD student, Caltech Applied Physics.
Corbett Walsh, MD student, NYU.
Lily Stanley, PhD student, Florida State Univ.
Chris Wagner, flight operation planner for the International Space Station at GHG Corporation.


High School Students

Chris Tung, Hawken School (2016)
Isabel Sands, Orange High School (2014-2015).

Al Shumyatcher, high school student from Hawken School (2015).
Kareem Danan, high school student from Hawken School (2015).
Matthew Zhu, high school student from Hawken School (2014).
Zach Bogorad, high school student from Solon High School (2014), Gold Medalist in the 46th International Physics Olympiad, now a student at MIT.
Brian Gao, high school student from Shaker Heights High School (2014). Now student at CWRU.
Tim Foster, student from Hawken School (2013).
Abby Cho, student from Hathaway Brown School (2011-2013). Now student at Carnegie Mellon U.
Miles Bloomenkranz, student from Hawken School, (summer 2010).
Peter Mintun, (Hawken School). Project:assembly of nanowires (summer 2009). Grand Prize winner of 2010 Northeast Ohio Science and Engineering Fair. Now student at Cornell University.


Other Visitors

Prof. Naikun Sun from Shenyang Institute of Science and Technology

Prof./Mrs. Mei Liu from Shandong Normal University.
Dr./Mrs. Zhenhua Wang, visiting scholar from Institute of Metal Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences.
Ms. Yuan Tian, student from Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Ms. YanYuan Zhao, Ph.D. student from Nanyang Technology University, Singapore. Now engineer at Intel.

Page last modified: March 22, 2018