Weiwei Gao
Mailing Address: 239 Fonczak Hall, Buffalo, NY 14260-1500
Email: weiweiga@buffalo.edu
Website: http://www.acsu.buffalo.edu/ weiweiga/index.html
Education
Bachelor of Science, Huazhong University of Science and Technology (September, 2007
– June, 2011)
Major: Physics
Ph.D, SUNY University at Buffalo (September 2011 – Now)
Expected to graduate in Spring 2017.
Major: Physics (GPA: 3.91/4.00)
Advisor: Prof. Peihong Zhang
Publications: 3 first-author; 4 co-author; 1 submitted; 3 in preparation; times cited: 40
1. W. Gao, W. Xia, X. Gao, P. Zhang, High-accuracy Quasiparticle Band Structures of
CuCl, CuBr, AgCl, and AgBr with LDA+U/G
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W
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Approach, Submitted
2. W. Gao, W. Xia, X. Gao, P. Zhang, Speeding up GW Calculations to Meet the Chal-
lenge of Large Scale Quasiparticle Predictions, Scientific Reports 6, Article number: 36849
(2016)
3. X. Gao, L. Chen, R. Valencia, W. Xia, W. Gao, X. Han, J. Li, and P. Zhang, Ab Initio Study
of Thermodynamically Consistent Equation of State of Warm Dense Aluminum Plasma,
Physics of Plasmas 23, 092710 (2016)
4. W. Gao, X. Gao, T. A. Abtew, Y. Sun, S. Zhang, P. Zhang, Quasiparticle Band Gap
of Organic-inorganic Hybrid Perovskites: Crystal Structure, Spin-orbit Coupling, and Self-
energy Effects, Phys. Rev. B 93, 085202 (2016)
5. W. Gao, T. A. Abtew, T. Cai, Y. Sun, S. Zhang, P. Zhang, On the Applicability of Hybrid
Functionals for Predicting Fundamental Properties of Metals, Solid State Communications
234, 10 (2016)
6. Y. Y. Sun, J. Shi, J. Lian, W. Gao, ML. Agiorgousis, P. Zhang, S. Zhang, Discovering
Lead-free Perovskite Solar Materials With a Split-anion Approach, Nanoscale (2016)
7. T. A. Abtew, W. Gao, X. Gao, Y. Sun, S. Zhang, and P. Zhang, Theory of Oxygen-Boron
Vacancy Defect in Cubic Boron Nitride: A Diamond NV Isoelectronic Center, Phys. Rev.
Lett. 113, 136401 (2014)
8. Y. Zhang, J. Zhang, W. Gao, T. A. Abtew, Y. Wang, P. Zhang, and W. Zhang, Near-edge
Band Structures and Band Gaps of Cu-based Semiconductors Predicted by the Modified
Becke-Johnson Potential Plus an On-site Coulomb U, J. Chem. Phys. 139, 184706 (2013)
9. Y. Wu, W. Gao, P. Zhang, and W. Ren, Engineering the electronic structure of SnSe
through strains, in preparation
10. W. Gao, W. Xia, Y. Wu, and P. Zhang, Efficient large-scale GW calculations for 2D
materials, in preparation
11. Y. Wu, W. Gao, W. Xia, W. Ren, and P. Zhang, GW Calculations of Bulk and Few-layer
SnO, in preparation
Awards and certificates
1. College of Arts and Sciences Dissertation Fellowship, 2016, University at Buffalo
2. Advanced Graduate Certificate in Computational Science, 2016, University at Buffalo
3. Frank B. Silvestro Scholarship, 2014 and 2015, University at Buffalo
4. Full Scholarship, 2011 2016, University at Buffalo
5. Second Prize in Mathematical Modeling Competition of College Students in Central
China Region, 2010, Huazhong University of Science and Technology
Conferences and Workshops
1. GW Calculations of Bulk and Few-layer SnO, Y. Wu, W. Gao, W. Xia, W. Ren, and P.
Zhang. 2017 APS March Meeting
2. Efficient large-scale GW calculations for 2D materials, W. Xia, W. Gao, Y. Wu, and P.
Zhang. 2017 APS March Meeting
3. Speeding up GW Calculations for Large Scale Quasiparticle Predictions, W. Gao, W.
Xia, X. Gao, and P. Zhang. 2017 APS March Meeting
4. Quasiparticle band gap of organic-inorganic hybrid perovskites: Crystal structure, spin-
orbit coupling, and self-energy effects, W. Gao, X. Gao, T. A. Abtew, Y. Sun, S. Zhang, P.
Zhang. 2016 APS March Meeting
5. Electronic and structural phase transitions induced by uniaxial strains in monolayer
SnSe, Y. Wu, W. Gao, P. Zhang, W. Ren. 2016 APS March Meeting
6. Cold melting of Li under pressure: Perspectives from first-principles molecular dynamics
simulations, W. Xia, W. Gao, X. Gao, P. Zhang. 2016 APS March Meeting
7. Inaccurate prediction of metal properties by hybrid functionals, W. Gao, T. Abtew, P.
Zhang. 2015 APS March Meeting
8. Oxygen-Boron Vacancy Defect in Cubic Boron Nitride: A Diamond NV-Isoelectronic
Center, T. Abtew, W. Gao, X. Gao, Y. Sun, S. Zhang, P. Zhang. 2015 APS March Meeting
9. Workshop: ”Structural and Electronic Instabilities in Oxide Nanostructures”. May 2015,
University at Buffalo
10. Workshop: ”Physics at the Falls: Recent Progress in Nonequilibrium Quantum Many-
Body Theory”. May 2013, University at Buffalo
Teaching Experience
Teaching Assistant: College physics labs. Fall 2011 to spring 2013, University at
Buffalo
Teaching Assistant: College physics recitations. Summer 2012 and summer 2013,
University at Buffalo
Work Experience
Research Assistant. Fall 2013 to now, University at Buffalo
Visiting scholar at Beijing Computational Science Research Center. May to July,
2016, Beijing
Quantitative Research Summer Internship at QUANTLAB FINANCIAL, LLC: studied
high-order correlations between various events in securities markets and designed
high frequency trading strategies. June to September, 2015, Boston
Professional Activities
Refereed papers for Physical Review B, Scientific Reports, Nanoscale, and Applied
Physics Letter
Participated in 2 projects funded by the National Science foundation, 1 project funded
by the SUNY Networks of Excellence and 1 project funded by the National Natural
Science Foundation of China
Skills
Softwares: Quantum Espresso, PARATEC, BerkeleyGW, Wannier90
Programming Languages: Fortran, Python, C, Bash, AWK, parallel programming with
MPI and openMP