Gao Chao

Professor, Department of Polymer Science and Engineering


Phone: +86 571 8795 1083
Office: Polymer Building

Zhejiang University, Yuquan Campus
38 Zheda Road
Hangzhou, China 310027



Ph.D.–Shanghai Jiao Tong University, College of Chemistry and Chemical
Engineering, 2001
M.S – Hunan University, College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, 1998
B.S. – Hunan University, College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, 1995

Working Experience

2008-,Full Professor in polymer chemistry and physics, Zhejiang University
2002-2007, Associate Professor, Shanghai Jiao Tong University
2001-2002, Assistant Professor, Shanghai Jiao Tong University
2005-2006, Alexander von Humboldt research fellow, Bayreuth University, Germany
2003 - 2005, Visiting scholar and post-doc research fellow, University of Sussex, UK

Awards and Honors

Qianjiang Talent Program of Zhejiang Province, 2010
National Natural Science Award, Second prize, 2009
Shanghai Science and Technology Award, First prize, 2007
Shanghai Pujiang Talent Program, 2007
National Excellent Doctoral Dissertation Award, 2005
New Century Talent Program of Ministry of Education, 2005
9th Fok Ying Tong Education Foundation, 2004
Shanghai Rising-Star Program, 2003

Research Interests

Carbon nanotubes
Quantum dots and other nanocrystals and nanoclusters
Hyperbranched polymers and other dendritic polymers
Polymer brushes and other nanopolymers
Supramolecular polyrotaxanes and other supramolecular polymers
Living/controlled polymerization and click chemistry

Current Projects

  1. Click chemistry approach to multiblock linear and branched polymers
  2. Cyclodextrin-based supramolecular polyrotaxanes
  3. Multifunctional aqueous nanocrystals
  4. Liquid crystals of functionalized graphene sheets

Selected Publications (2011 – 2009)

  1. Zhen Xu, Chao Gao*. Aqueous Liquid Crystals of Graphene Oxide. ACS Nano 2011, 5(4), 2908-2915.
  2. Li Zhou, Chao Gao,* Xiaozhen Hu, and Weijian Xu*. General Avenue to Multifunctional Aqueous Nanocrystals Stabilized by Hyperbranched Polyglycerol. Chem. Mater. 2011, 23(6), 1461-1470.
  3. Hongkun He, Chao Gao*. Graphene Nanosheets Decorated with Pd, Pt, Au, and Ag Nanoparticles: Synthesis, Characterization, and Catalysis Applications. Sci. China Chem. 2011, 54(2), 397-404.
  4. Liang Kou, Chao Gao*. Making silica nanoparticle-covered graphene oxide nanohybrids as general building blocks for large-area superhydrophilic coatings. Nanoscale 2011, 3(2), 519-528.
  5. Lanyan Kan, Zhen Xu, Chao Gao*. General Avenue to Individually Dispersed Graphene Oxide-Based Two-Dimensional Molecular Brushes by Free Radical Polymerization. Macromolecules 2011, 44(3), 444-452. (Top 10 most read paper in Q1, and commented by Synfacts)
  6. Hongkun He, Chao Gao*. Synthesis of Fe3O4/Pt Nanoparticles Decorated Carbon Nanotubes and Their Use as Magnetically Recyclable Catalysts. J. Nanomater. 2011, No. 193510.
  7. Jin Han, Chao Gao*. Host-Guest Supramolecular Chemistry of Dendritic Macromolecules. Curr. Org. Chem. 2011, 15(1), 2-26.
  8. Jiayan Wu, Hongkun He, Chao Gao*. β-Cyclodextrin-Capped Polyrotaxanes: One-Pot Facile Synthesis via Click Chemistry and Use as Templates for Platinum Nanowires. Macromolecules 2010, 43(5), 2252-2260.
  9. Zhen Xu and Chao Gao*. In situ Polymerization Approach to Graphene-Reinforced Nylon-6 Composites. Macromolecules 2010, 43(16), 6716–6723.
  10. Jiayan Wu and Chao Gao*. Sliding Supramolecular Polymer Brushes with Tunable Amphiphilicity: One-Step Parallel Click Synthesis and Self-Assembly. Macromolecules 2010, 43(17), 7139–7146.
  11. Li Zhou, Chao Gao*, Xiaozhen Hu, Weijian Xu*. One-Pot Large-Scale Synthesis of Robust Ultrafine Silica-Hybridized CdTe Quantum Dots. ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces 2010, 2(4), 1211-1219.
  12. Li Zhou, Chao Gao*, Weijian Xu*. Magnetic Dendritic Materials for Highly Efficient Adsorption of Dyes and Drugs. ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces 2010, 2(5), 1483-1491.
  13. Hongkun He and Chao Gao*. Supraparamagnetic, Conductive, and Processable Multifunctional Graphene Nanosheets Coated with High-Density Fe3O4 Nanoparticles. ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces 2010, 2(11), 3201–3210.
  14. Li Zhou, Chao Gao*, Weijian Xu*. Robust Fe3O4/SiO2-Pt/Au/Pd Magnetic Nanocatalysts with Multifunctional Hyperbranched Polyglycerol Amplifiers. Langmuir 2010, 26(13), 11217-11225.
  15. Hongkun He and Chao Gao*. General Approach to Individually Dispersed, Highly Soluble, and Conductive Graphene Nanosheets Functionalized by Nitrene Chemistry. Chem. Mater. 2010, 22(17), 5054–5064.
  16. Xue Wang, Yongjie He, Jiayan Wu, Chao Gao,* and Yuhong Xu*. Synthesis and Evaluation of Phenylalanine-Modified Hyperbranched Poly(amido amine)s as Promising Gene Carriers. Biomacromolecules 2010, 11(1), 245–251.
  17. Haiyan Sun and Chao Gao*. Facile Synthesis of Multiamino Vinyl Poly(amino acid)s for Promising Bioapplications. Biomacromolecules 2010, 11(12), 3609-3616.
  18. Li Zhou, Chao Gao* and Weijian Xu*. Simultaneous photoluminescence import and mechanical enhancement of polymer films using silica-hybridized quantum dots. J. Mater. Chem. 2010, 20, 5675–5681.
  19. Chao Gao*, Xing Zheng. Facile Synthesis and Self-assembly of Multihetero-arm Hyperbranched Polymer Brushes. Soft Matt. 2009, 5(23), 4788-4796.
  20. Chao Gao*, Hongkun He, Li Zhou, Xing Zheng, Yu Zhang. Scalable Functional Group Engineering of Carbon Nanotubes by Improved One-Step Nitrene Chemistry. Chem. Mater. 2009, 21(2), 360-370.
  21. Li Zhou, Chao Gao*, Weijian Xu*, Xue Wang, Yuhong Xu*. Enhanced Biocompatibility and Biostability of CdTe Quantum Dots by Facile Surface-Initiated Dendritic Polymerization. Biomacromolecules 2009, 10(7), 1865-1874.
  22. Li Zhou, Chao Gao*, Weijian Xu*. Amphibious Polymer-Functionalized CdTe Quantum Dots: Synthesis, Thermo-responsive Self-assembly, and Photoluminescent Properties. J. Mater. Chem. 2009, 19, 5655-5664.
  23. Hongkun He, Yu Zhang, Chao Gao*, Jiayan Wu. “Clicked” Magnetic Nanohybrids with a Soft Polymer Interlayer. Chem. Commun. 2009, (13), 1655-1657.
  24. Yu Zhang, Hongkun He, Chao Gao*, Jiayan Wu. Covalent Layer-by-Layer Functionalization of multiwalled Carbon Nanotubes by Click Chemistry. Langmuir 2009, 25(10), 5814-5824.
  25. Li Zhou, Chao Gao*, Dandan Zhu, Weijian Xu,* Fanqing Frank Chen, Amit Palkar, Luis Echegoyen, Eric Siu-Wai Kong*. Facile Functionalization of Multilayer Fullerenes (Carbon Nano-Onions) by Nitrene Chemistry and "Grafting from" Strategy. Chem.-Eur. J. 2009, 15(6), 1389-1396.

Conference Presentation List (2011-2010)

  1. Chao Gao. “All-Click Chemistry Approach to Fast Production of Hyperbranched Polymers”. Hangzhou International Polymer Forum 2011, May 22-25, Hangzhou, China
  2. Chao Gao. “Nanopolymers and Nanomaterials: Synthesis, Functionalization, and Composites.” Invited lecture at Customer Innovation Center of Dow Company (Shanghai), Nov. 29, 2010.
  3. Chao Gao. “Graphene-Based 2D Macromolecules: Enhanced Solubility and Integrated Functions”. Unilever-RSC International Symposium on Functional Materials Science (Hangzhou), Nov. 10, 2010.
  4. Chao Gao. “Controlled Functionalization of Graphene and Graphene Oxide”. IUPAC 6th International Symposium on Novel Materials and Synthesis (NMS-VI) & 20th International Symposium on Fine Chemistry and Functional Polymers (FCFP-XX), Wuhan, Oct. 11, 2010.
  5. Chao Gao. “Hyperbranched Polyglycerol-Based Multifunctional Nanocrystals: from Synthesis to Applications”. Frontier Research in Chemistry, Biology and Medicine, Shanghai, Sep. 18, 2010.