Assistant Research Scientist
Division of Quantum State of Matter
Dr. Gao obtained his bachelor's degree at Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech) as the first generation of graduates in 2015, and obtained his PhD degree at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST), Physics department in Prof. Nian Lin's group in 2020.
Dr. Gao’s research interest is design and synthesis of 2D metal-organic quantum materials by using scanning tunneling microscope (STM) and molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) technology. One of the highlights of his research work is, for the first time, he and the coauthors used an on-surface assembly protocol to synthesize a single layer of a two-dimensional conjugated network (Ni3(HITP)2) on a Au(111) surface. This work demonstrates that single layer 2D metal-organic frameworks adsorbed on surfaces are a new class of 2D materials that host quantum phases.
First author or joint first author
1. Self-assembly of metal–organic coordination structures on surfaces, L. Dong, Z.A. Gao, N. Lin, Progress in Surface Science, 91 (2016) 101-135.
2. Synthesis and characterization of a single-layer conjugated metal–organic structure featuring a non-trivial topological gap, Z.A. Gao, C.H. Hsu, J. Liu, F.C. Chuang, R. Zhang, B.W. Xia, H. Xu, L. Huang, Q. Jin, P.N. Liu, N. Lin, Nanoscale, 11 (2019) 878-881.
3. Design and Synthesis of a Single-Layer Ferromagnetic Metal-Organic Framework with Topological Nontrivial Gaps, Z.A. Gao, Y.F. Gao, M.Q. Hua, J. Liu, L. Huang, N. Lin, J. Phys. Chem. C, (2020)
4. Design and Synthesis of a Metal-Organic Framework X3(HAT)2 (X=Fe, Ni, Cu), Z.A. Gao, B.W. Xia, Y.F. Gao, M.Q. Hua, L. Huang, H. Xu, N. Lin, Manuscript.