Fei Gao



2943 Cooley Bldg

T: (734) 615-0697



Ph.D. (Materials Science) University of Liverpool, 1995
M.S. (Condensed Matter Physics) Lanzhou University, 1987
B.S. (Physics) Lanzhou University, 1983


  • Fundamental understanding of ion-solid interaction and radiation effects in ceramics and reactor materials, interfacial and nanostructure evolution of semiconductors, radiation detector materials, and development and application of multi-scale computer simulation for materials modeling.
  • Multi-scale computer simulations of microstructure evolution of solids under irradiation employing various computational methods, including density functional theory (DFT), ab initio molecular dynamics, time-dependent DFT, and tight-binding calculations, molecular dynamics simulations, long-time dynamics, kinetic Monte Carlo, and cluster dynamics.
  • Degradation of spent nuclear fuel canisters
  • Swift heavy ion damage in materials
  • Ceramics for nuclear waste forms, fuels and fusion reactor applications
  • Radiation response and signal generation in detector materials


  • 2014-present: Professor, University of Michigan, Nuclear Engineering & Radiological Sciences
  • 2010-2014: Adjunct Professor, Washington State University
  • 2008-2014: Chief Scientist, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
  • 2004-2008: Senior Research Scientist IV, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
  • 2001-2003: Senior Research Scientist III, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
  • 2000-2001: Research Scientist, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
  • 1997-1999: Senior Research Fellow, University of Liverpool, UK, Materials Science and Engineering
  • 1994-1997: Research Associate, University of Liverpool, UK
  • 1991-1994: Research Assistant (PhD study), University of Liverpool, UK
  • 1987-1990: Lecturer, Lanzhou University, China


  • Selected FZD (Forschungs zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf) Fellow, Institute of Ion Beam
  • Physics and Materials Research, Forschungs Zentrum Rossendorf, Germany (2008-2009)
  • Outstanding Research Award of Basic Energy Science, U.S. Department of Energy (2004)
  • Outstanding Performance Awards, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (2001-2003)
  • Research Student Award, CVCP, UK (1992)
  • Research Scholarship, Sino-British Friendship Scholarship Scheme, UK (1991)


  • International Committee for Computer Simulations of Radiation Effects in Solids
  • Program Committee: SPIE Hard X-Ray, Gamma-Ray, and Neutron Detector Physics
  • General Secretariat, 16th International Conference on Fusion Reactor Materials
  • Guest Senior Scientist, Institute of Ion Beam Physics and Materials Research, Forschungs Zentrum Rossendorf, Germany, 2002-2007
  • Guest Professor, University of Electronic Science and Technology, China
  • Honor Professor, University of Liverpool, UK
  • Academic Editor, American Institute of Physics Advances (2010-2013); Editorial Board, Dataset Papers in Physics, Atomic and Molecular Physics (2011-present) and Conference Papers in Physics (2012-present)