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Yuanfeng Gao, Ph.D.

Student Associate
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Yuanfeng Gao, Ph.D., is a student associate in Sterne Kessler’s Electronics Practice Group. Yuanfeng is experienced in drafting and prosecuting patent applications utilizing a wide range of electrical technologies. He also assists in litigation matters at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board. Yuanfeng has particular expertise in semiconductor devices, photolithography systems, thin film growth/characterization, microfabrication techniques, superconducting material and devices, and cryogenic systems.

Yuanfeng received his M.S. and Ph.D. in physics from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. His doctoral research focused on low-loss superconducting quantum bits. He was directly involved with designing and fabricating Josephson phase qubits incorporating crystalline silicon nanomembrane, superconducting through-silicon vias, and microwave resonators with low-loss dielectric material. He also has seven years of microfabrication experience, including hands-on experience with material deposition/etching and photolithography processes. He is a member of the American Physical Society and IEEE.

Yuanfeng earned his B.S. in microelectronics from Nankai University in Tianjin, China and is currently a J.D. Candidate (2020) at the Antonin Scalia Law School, George Mason University.

Technical Publications

  • U. Patel, Y. Gao, D. Hover, G. J. Ribeill, S. Sendelbach, and R. McDermott. "Coherent Josephson phase qubit with a single crystal silicon capacitor", Appl. Phys. Lett. 102, 012602, Jan 2013.
  • K.-H. Cho, U. Patel, J. Podkaminer, Y. Gao, C. M. Folkman, C. W. Bark, S. Lee, Y. Zhang, X. Q. Pan, R.McDermott, and C. B. Eom. "Epitaxial Al2O3 capacitors for low microwave loss superconducting quantum circuits", APL Mat. 1, 042115, Oct. 2013.


  • Y.Gao, U.Patel, K-H.Cho, C.Eom, R.McDermott, et al. “Microwave loss of novel epitaxial superconductor-insulator-superconductor (SIS) trilayers”, APS March Meeting, Dallas, Texas, March 21-25, 2011.
  • Y.Gao, L. Maurer, D.Hover, U.Patel, R.McDermott, “Improved Josephson qubits incorporating crystalline silicon dielectrics”, APS March Meeting, Portland, Oregon, March 15-19, 2010. 

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Candidate (2020)
Antonin Scalia Law School, George Mason University
University of Wisconsin - Madison
University of Wisconsin - Madison
Nankai University, Tianjin, China


  •  American Physical Society
  • IEEE

Languages Spoken

Chinese (Mandarin)