Prof. Feng Gao is leading a research group focusing on organic and perovskite semiconductors at Linköping University. He works as a full professor at Linköping since 2020. 

Before 2020, Feng Gao was associate professor (2017-2020), assistant professor (2015-2017), and Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellow (2013-2015) at Linköping. He received his Docent from Linköping in 2016, his PhD degree from the University of Cambridge in 2011, and his B.S. and M.S. degrees from Nanjing University in 2004 and 2007, respectively. He works at the interfaces between physics, chemistry, and materials science, focusing on the development of novel optoelectronic devices for energy technologies.Research

Prof. Gao’s group dedicates its efforts to energy devices, with the ambition to both improve device performance and understand the underlying fundamentals. Their current investigations include organic semiconductors and metal halide perovskites, with research focuses such as:

Fullerene-free organic solar cells, including low voltage losses, green solvent processing and new applications.

Nature Energy 2016
Nature Materials 2018
Nature Materials (review) 2018
Nature Energy 2019
Nature Energy 2021
Nature Energy 2021
Nature Energy 2023
Nature Photonics 2023

Perovskite solar cells, with a focus on understanding and improving the stability:

Nature 2019
Science 2022

Perovskite LEDs, with the motivation to improve the device performance and also explore new applications:

Nature Photonics 2019
Nature Electronics 2020
Nature Materials (Review) 2021
Nature Communications 2021

Lead-free perovskites, aiming to tune the optoelectronic properties and explore their magnetic properties:

Advanced Materials (Review) 2019
Science Advances 2020

Perovskites for other applications, e.g. X-ray detection and lasers:

Nature Photonics 2022
Advanced Materials 2023

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Organic semiconductors

Organic semiconductors have a large potential in low-cost and large-area device applications, benefiting from cheap manufacturing processes such as solution-based roll-to-roll printing.

All device applications previously dominated by inorganic semiconductors have presented opportunities for their organic counterparts. Such applications include solar cells, LEDs, field-effect transistors, lasers, and memory devices.

Metal halide perovskites

Metal halide perovskites have emerged as one of the most popular semiconducting materials since 2009. They have shown unique properties, including:

  • Tunable bandgap
  • High absorption coefficient
  • Broad absorption spectrum
  • High charge carrier mobility
  • Long charge diffusion lengths

These properties enable metal halide perovskites to be used in a broad range of photovoltaic and other optoelectronic applications.

Solar cells

Although the current solar cell market is dominated by silicon-based devices, the recent emergence of solution-processed solar cells based on organic semiconductors and metal halide perovskites has shown great potential for commercial applications. For example, the power conversion efficiency of perovskite solar cells has soared from a few percent to over 25% within the past few years. Such a quick development has never before happened in the history of photovoltaics.


LEDs, which emit light by a solid-state process called electroluminescence, are considered the most promising energy-efficient technologies for future lighting and displays. Metal halide perovskites demonstrate strong photoluminescence and tunable emission energy, making them a promising candidate for the next generation of highly efficient LEDs.


Electrically pumped lasers are considered as a holy grail in the field of optoelectronics. Recent breakthroughs on optically pumped perovskite lasers and high-performance perovskite LEDs indicate great potential of developing perovskites into a new generation of materials for electrically pumped lasers.


Prof. Gao's research group is mainly supported by the following funding agencies:

Group and Supervision

Prof. Feng Gao is deeply involved in both the scientific and career development of his group members. The senior researchers in his group have been awarded the prestigious VR (Starting) Grants, Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship, VINNMER Fellowship. He also values the exchange of ideas: he has sponsored members of his group in exchanges to Cambridge, Oxford, Imperial College and EPFL, and his group has hosted visiting students and scholars from Cambridge, Oxford, Zhejiang University, Nanjing University, Nanjing Tech University, Shenzhen University, Queen Mary University of London, and more.


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Publication list


Lixiu Zhang, Luyao Mei, Kaiyang Wang, Yinhua Lv, Shuai Zhang, Yaxiao Lian, Xiaoke Liu, Zhiwei Ma, Guanjun Xiao, Qiang Liu, Shuaibo Zhai, Shengli Zhang, Gengling Liu, Ligang Yuan, Bingbing Guo, Ziming Chen, Keyu Wei, Aqiang Liu, Shizhong Yue, Guangda Niu, Xiyan Pan, Jie Sun, Yong Hua, Wu-Qiang Wu, Dawei Di, Baodan Zhao, Jianjun Tian, Zhijie Wang, Yang Yang, Liang Chu, Mingjian Yuan, Haibo Zeng, Hin-Lap Yip, Keyou Yan, Wentao Xu, Lu Zhu, Wenhua Zhang, Guichuan Xing, Feng Gao, Liming Ding (2023) Advances in the Application of Perovskite Materials NANO-MICRO LETTERS, Vol. 15, Article 177 Continue to DOI