Weiran (Sasha) Gao
Undergraduate Student, B.S. ’17
Graduate Student, M.S. ’18
Department of Chemical Engineering
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
100 Institute Road
Worcester, MA

2nd Floor Gateway Park
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Sasha studied the surface chemistry of the perovskite material CsSnBr3. She produced some bulk CsSnBr3 crystals using different methods, and performed reactions on the surface of these bulk crystals to study what species are on the surface, what the reactivity of these species is, and how this reactivity can be utilized for surface passivation. If you think this project sounds interesting and would like to work on a similar project, then contact Prof. Grimm to join now!

What brought you to WPI?

I came to WPI mainly because of its small community, which makes the professors really approachable for students. I was also attracted by the fantastic projects program that allows me to apply what I learn to the real world before I step out of school.

What are your research interests?

I am interested in researching anything that could make the world a better place. I am particularly interested in energy-related research.

What will you be doing immediately following your time at WPI?

After the BS/MS program at WPI, I will be pursuing my Ph.D. in the Department of Chemical Engineering at MIT.

What are your long term professional goals?

After obtaining my Ph.D., I am planning on going into industry and be a researcher at a company. I might start a startup at one point if possible.