Gang Wu


Gang Wu.

Gang Wu


Gang Wu


Research Topics

Functional materials for electrochemical energy storage and conversion; electrocatalysis for renewable energy and environmental science; materials electrochemistry; batteries; fuel cells

Contact Information

309 Furnas Hall

Buffalo NY, 14260

Phone: (716) 645-8618

Fax: (716) 645-3822

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Gang Wu’s current research topics are electrochemical energy and environmental applications with an emphasis on the development of functional materials for catalysts and energy storage.

For the precious-metal-free catalyst technologies, Dr. Wu and his group discovered a breakthrough for low-temperature fuel cell and metal-air battery, enabling the use of earth-abundant elements (C, N, Fe, Co) to catalyze the direct electrochemical energy conversion processes for sustainable and clean energy technologies. This work was reported in Science in 2011 receiving a citation up to 2400 times to date.

Dr. Wu is an Associate Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at the University at Buffalo (UB), SUNY. He obtained his PhD at the Harbin Institute of Technology in 2004 followed by extensive postdoctoral training at Tsinghua University (2004–2006), the University of South Carolina (2006–2008), and Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) (2008–2010). He was then promoted as a staff scientist at LANL (2010-2014). He joined UB in fall of 2014 when he started his academic career. He was promoted as a tenured professor in 2018, which is two years earlier than the regular tenure track. His electrochemical engineering background origin from his undergraduate education. He has written over 190 scientific articles (14200 citations, h-index = 58), 9 invited book chapters, and holds 6 U.S. patents. Dr. Wu is internationally recognized as one of the leading researchers in the field. Dr. Wu was acknowledged by Clarivate Analytics as one of 2018 Highly Cited Researchers, in recognition of exceptional research performance demonstrated by production of multiple highly cited papers that ranked in the top 1% in Web of Science.

Currently, he is leading and participating in multiple fuel cell, battery, and renewable fuel (e.g., NH₃) related projects supported by U.S. DOE EERE Office, APRA-e Office, and National Science of Foundation. At UB, he is teaching two courses: CE433/CE534: Materials Science and Corrosion and CE422/CE522 Electrochemical Energy and Environment.


  • PhD, Environmental (Chemical) Engineering, Harbin Institute of Technology, 2004
  • MS, Applied Chemistry, Harbin Institute of Technology, 1999
  • BS, Electrochemical Engineering, Harbin Institute of Technology, 1997