Geyou Ao, Ph.D.
 Title: Associate Professor
 Dept: Chemical & Biomedical Engineering
 Office: FH 461
 Phone: 216-687-3522
 Address: 2121 Euclid Ave. FH 461, Cleveland, OH 44115

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Research Keywords:
Liquid Phase Processing of Nanomaterials, Liquid Crystals of Nanorods, Fluorescent Quantum Defects, Glyconanomaterials, Carbohydrate-Protein Interactions, Biosensors, Aligned Films and Fibers, Phase Behavior and Rheology of Nanomaterials
Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, Auburn University, 2012
M.S., Chemical Engineering, Myongji University, 2008
B.S., Chemical Engineering, Dalian Nationalities University, 2006
National Research Council NIH/NIST Postdoctoral Fellow, National Institute of Standards and Technology, 2013
Brief Bio:
Dr. Geyou Ao joined Cleveland State University in fall 2016 as an assistant professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering. She received her Ph.D. in chemical engineering while working with Professor Virginia A. Davis with a focus on liquid crystalline phase behavior and rheology of carbon nanotubes in 2012 from Auburn University. Prior to joining CSU, Dr. Ao was a Resident Research Associate in the National Research Council Joint NIH/NIST Postdoctoral Program while working with Dr. Ming Zheng at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

Dr. Ao studies the structure-processing-property relationships in nanomaterials, with a special interest in structure selection and self-assembly of bio/nano hybrid molecules. She is especially interested in post-synthesis separation of 1D tubular nanostructures such as carbon nanotubes (CNTs) and boron nitride nanotubes (BNNTs) with specific atomic structures using DNA recognition sequences. She also studies the phase behavior and rheology of nanostructures in a liquid medium to predict and control their macroscopic properties. Dr. Ao is developing applications for structurally controlled nanomaterials such as using intrinsic near-infrared photoluminescence of CNTs for biological imaging and sensing, exploring advanced flame retardant coatings, and providing temperature and corrosion protection for aerospace applications using BNNTs. She is a member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, the American Chemical Society, and the Society of Rheology.
Honors and Awards:
2023-2024 Faculty Merit Recognition Award, Cleveland State University
2023 Distinguished Faculty Award for Research in the Washkewicz College of Engineering
2022-2027 National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award
2021-2024 NSF Research Award, Division of Civil, Mechanical, and Manufacturing Innovation (CMMI)
2020-2022 TeCK Fund (a joint technology commercialization and startup fund co-managed by Cleveland State University and Kent State University), Ohio Third Frontier Commission
2020-2021 Faculty Research and Development Award, Cleveland State University
2019-2022 NSF Research Award, Division of Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental, and Transport Systems (CBET)
2019-2020 Faculty Merit Recognition Award, Cleveland State University
2019, 2020-2021 Two teams completing the I-Corps@Ohio program
2017-2018 Faculty Research and Development Award, Cleveland State University
2017-2021 Undergraduate Summer Research Award, Cleveland State University
2013-2015 National Research Council Joint Research Associateship Award at NIH/NIST, The National Academies
Teaching Areas:
Fluid Mechanics
Transport Phenomena