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Jie Gao

Jie Gao

Jie Gao

Assistant Professor

Phone: (405) 325-2753
Office: Sarkeys Energy Center, T-233

Ph.D. Pharmaceutical Engineering (2010)
East China University of Science & Technology, Shanghai, China
Joint Ph.D., (2008-2010)
Institute of Chemical Sciences and Engineering, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland
B.S. Pharmaceutical Engineering (2005) 
East China University of Science & Technology, Shanghai, China

Research Focus

  • Advanced materials
  • Membranes
  • Water treatment
  • Biodetection

Experience and Awards

  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Oklahoma (2016-2018)
    Lead Scientist & Research Scientist, GE Global Research (2011-2016)
    Project Management Professional (PMP)® Certification (2016)
    GE Management Award (2012, 2015)
    State scholarship fund sponsored by the China Scholarship Council (CSC) (2008-2010)
    Outstanding graduates in Shanghai awarded by the Shanghai Municipal Education Commission (2005)


My current research focuses on functionalizing and manufacturing advanced materials for energy and water applications. These works include controlling porous morphology of polymer-based materials for membranes, functionalizing polysaccharide for improved rheological properties, as well as developing processes to make well-defined polysaccharide microparticles. One of my major research directions is water treatment. We have extensive expertise in detecting organic and inorganic species in water as well as removing those undesired using state-of-the-art techniques. Leveraging the fundamental knowledge we gained in the labs, we also developed industrial-scale procedures and equipment.

J. Gao, B.P. Grady, Reaction Kinetics and Subsequent Rheology of Carboxymethyl Guar Gum Produced from Guar Splits, Ind. Eng. Chem. Res., 2018, DOI: 10.1021/acs.iecr.8b00782.

J. Gao, S. Rochat, X. Qian, K. Severin, A simple assay for the fluorometric detection of lithium ions in aqueous solution, Chem. Eur. J. 2010, 16, 5013- 5017.

J. Gao, A. Granzhan, X. Qian, K. Severin, Pattern-based sensing of short oligodeoxynucleotides with palladium–dye complexes, Chem. Commun., 2010, 46, 5515–5517.

J. Gao, T. Riis-Johannessen, S. Rosario, X. Qian, K. Severin, A fluorescent sensor for pyrophosphate based on a Pd complex, Dalton Trans., 2010, 39, 7114–7118.

S. Rochat, J. Gao, X. Qian, F. Zaubitzer, K. Severin, Cross-reactive sensor arrays for the detection of peptides in aqueous solution by fluorescence spectroscopy, Chem. Eur. J. 2010, 16, 104-113.