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Jing Tao



  • Fundamental exploration of electronic and crystal structures in strongly correlated materials and functional nanomaterials using transmission electron microscopy (TEM)
  • Find the structure-property relationship and a better understanding of the underlying physics in those materials.


  • Ph.D., Materials Science and Engineering, (2005) - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL
  • M.A., Physics, (2001) - Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ
  • B.S., Physics, (1997) - Peking University, Beijing, China

Professional Experiences

  • Physicist, 10/2014 - Present
  • Associate Physicist, 10/2011 - 10/2014
  • Assistant Physicist, 6/2009 – 9/2011
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, 6/2007-6/2009
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, 5/2005-5/2007 - Oak Ridge National Laboratory
  • Graduate Research Assistant, 06/2001-05/2005 - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Intern Research Assistant, 06/2004-08/2004 - Proctor & Gamble Co., Cincinnati, OH
  • Graduate Research Assistant, 08/1997-05/ 2001 - Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ

Honors & Awards

  • Outstanding Teaching Assistant, Department of Physics & Astronomy, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, May 2001.
  • Spotlight Award, Brookhaven National Laboratory, September 2009.
  • Spotlight Award, Brookhaven National Laboratory, September 2010.


  • Spontaneous formation of zigzag chains at the metal-insulator transition in the beta - pyrochlore CsW2O6 Hirai, D.; Bremholm, M.; Allred, J. M.; Krizan, J.; Schoop, L. M.; Huang, Q.; Tao, J.; and Cava, R. J., Phys. Rev. Lett., 110, 166402 (2013)
  • Anisotropic Seeded Growth of Cu-M (M=Au, Pt, or Pd) Bimetallic Nanorods with Tunable Optical and Catalytic Properties Chen, S.; Jenkins, S.; Tao, J.; Zhu, Y.; Chen, J., J. Phys. Chem. C, 117, 8924 (2013)
  • Effect of Ceria on Gold-Titania Catalysts for the Water-Gas Shift Reaction: Fundamental Studies for Au/CeOx/TiO2(110) and Au/CeOx/TiO2 Powders Si, R.; Tao, J.; Evans, J.; Park, J. B.; Barrio, L.; Hanson, J. C.; Zhu, Y.; Hrbek, J.; Rodriguez, J. A., Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 116, 23547 (2012)
  • Synthesis and characterization of Pd@MxCu1-x (M=Au, Pd, and Pt) nanocages with porous walls and a yolk-shell structure through galvanic replacement reactions Xie, S.; Jin, M.; Tao, J.; Wang, Y.; Xie, Z.; Zhu, Y. and Xia, Y. Chemistry: A European Journal, 18, 14974-14980 (2012) (highlighted on the cover).
  • Kinetically controlled overgrowth of Ag or Au on Pd nanocrystal seeds: From hybrid dimers to non-concentric and concentric bimetallic nanocrystals Zhu, C.; Zeng, J.; Tao, J.; Johnson, M.; Schmidt-Krey, I.; Blubaugh, L.; Zhu, Y.; Gu, Z. and Xia, Y. Journal of the American Chemical Society, 134, 15822 (2012).
  • Nanoclusters in manganites Tao J., Nanotechnology Reviews, vol 1, issue 4, 301-311 (2012) (invited review article)
  • Mixed-valence-driven heavy-fermion behavior and superconductivity in KNi2Se2 Neilson, J. R.; Llobet, A.; Stier, A. V.; Wu, L.; Wen, J.; Tao, J.; Zhu, Y.; Tesanovic, Z. B.; Armitage, N. P.; McQueen, T. M., Phys. Rev. B 86, 054512 (2012)
  • Bulk intergrowth of a topological insulator with a room-temperature ferromagnet Ji, H.; Allred, J. M.; Ni, N.; Tao, J.; Neupane, M.; Wray, A.; Xu, S.; Hasan, M. Z.; and Cava, R. J., Phys. Rev. B 85, 165313 (2012)
  • Controlling nucleation and growth of silver on palladium nanocubes by manipulating the reaction kinetics Zeng, J.; Zhu, C.; Tao, J.; Jin, M.; Zhang, H.; Li, Z.-Y.; Zhu, Y. and Xia, Y. Angewandte Chemie International Edition, 51, 2354-2359 (2012) (highlighted on the cover)
  • The role of structurally and magnetically modified nanoclusters in colossal magnetoresistance Tao, J. (corresponding author); Niebieskikwiat N.; Jie Q.; Schofield M. A.; Wu L.; Li Q.; Y. Zhu, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci., 108, 20941 (2011)
  • Selective Sulfuration at the Corner Sites of a Silver Nanocrystal and Its Use in Stabilization of the Shape Zeng J.; Tao J.; Su D; Zhu YM; Qing. D and Xia Y, Nano Lett. 11(7), 3010-3015 (2011)
  • Facile synthesis of gold nanorice enclosed by high-index facets and their application for CO oxidation Zheng, Y.; Tao, J.; Liu, H.; Zeng, J.; Yu, T.; Ma, Y.; Wu, L.; Zhu, Y.; Liu, J. and Xia, Y. Small, 7, 2307-2312 (2011).
  • A Mechanistic Study on the Formation of Ag Nanoplates in the Presence of Ag Seeds and Citric Acid or Citrate Ions Zeng J.; Tao J.; Li W; Grant J.; Zhu Y. and Xia Y, Chemistry - An Asian Journal 6, 376-379 (2011)
  • Controlling the nucleation and growth modes of Pt in seed-mediated syntheses of Pd-Pt bimetallic nanocrystals Jiang, M.; Lim, B.; Tao, J.; Camargo, P. H. C.; Ma, C.; Zhu, Y. and Xia, Y., Nanoscale 2, 2406-2411 (2010).
  • Controlling the shapes of silver nanocrystals with different capping agrents doped manganites Zeng J.; Zheng Y.; Rycenga M.; Tao J.; Li Z-Y.; Zhang Q.; Zhu Y., and Xia Y., J. Am. Chem. Soc. Communications 132 (25), pp 8552–8553 (2010).
  • Ferromagnetic domain structures and spin configurations measured in doped manganites He J. Q.; Volkov V. V.; Beleggia M.; Asaka T.; Tao J.; Schofield M. A.; Zhu Y., Phys. Rev. B 81, 094427 (2010).
  • Multiple electronic transitions and superconductivity in PdxTiSe2 Morosan E.; Wagner K. E.; Zhao Liang L.; Hor Y.; Williams A. J.; Tao J.; Zhu Y.; and Cava R. J., Phys. Rev. B 81, 094524 (2010) (highlighted as an Editor’s suggestion of Phys. Rev. B).
  • Spontaneous growth of ZnCO3 nanowires on ZnO nanostructures in normal ambient environment: unstable ZnO nanostructures Pan Z. W.; Tao J.; Zhu Y.; Huang J-F. and Paranthaman M. P., Chemistry of Materials 22, 149 (2010).
  • Direct imaging of nanoscale phase separation in La0.55Ca0.45MnO3: relationship to colossal magnetoresistance
    Tao J. (corresponding author); Niebieskikwiat D.; Varela M.; Luo W.; Schofield M. A; Zhu Y.; Salamon M. B.; Zuo J. M.; Pantelides S. T.; Pennycook S. J., Phys. Rev. Lett., 103 097202 (2009) (selected by Virtual Journal of Nanoscale Science & Technology; highlighted in Physics Today, Nov. issue, p20-23; highlighted in Parity (in Japanese), )
  • Tetragonal-to-Orthorhombic Structural Phase Transition at 90Kin the Superconductor Fe1.01Se
    McQueen, T. M.; Williams, A. J.; Stephens, P. W.; Tao, J.; Zhu, Y.; Ksenofontov, V.; Casper, F.; Felser, C.; and Cava, R. J., Phys. Rev. Lett. 103, 057002 (2009)
  • Pd-Pt bimetallic nanodendrites with high activity for oxygen reduction Lim, B.; Jiang, M.; Camargo P. H. C; Cho E. C.; Tao, J.; Lu X.; Zhu, Y. and Xia, Y. Science 324, 1302 (2009)
  • Electronic and crystal-field effects in the fine structure of electron energy-loss spectra of manganites Luo W.; Varela M.; Tao J.; Pennycook S. J.; Pantelides S. T., Phys. Rev. B 79, 052405 (2009).
  • Atomic resolution imaging of oxidation states in manganites Varela M.; Luo W.; Tao J.; Oxley M. P.; Lupini A. R.; Pantelides S. T.; Pennycook S. J.; Phys. Rev. B 79, 085117 (2009).
  • Shape-controlled synthesis of Pd nanocrystals in aqueous solutions Lim, B.; Jiang, M.; Tao, J.; Camargo, P. H. C.; Zhu, Y. and Xia, Y., Advanced Functional Materials 19, 189 (2009) (feature article).
  • Selective patterned growth of single-crystal Ag–TCNQ nanowires for devices by vapor–solid chemical reaction
    Xiao K; Tao J.; Puretzky A. A.; Ivanov I. N.; Retterer S. T.; Pennycook S. J.; Geohegan D. B. Advanced Functional Materials 18, 3043 (2008).
  • Time-dependent phenomena in phase-separated electron-doped manganites Niebieskikwiat D.; Tao J.; Zuo J. M; Salamon M. B. Phys. Rev. B 78, 014434 (2008)
  • Tuning the charge density wave and superconductivity in CuxTaS2
    Wagner K. E.; Morosan E.; Hor Y. S.; Tao J.; Zhu Y.; Sanders T.; McQueen T. M.; Zandbergen H. W.; Williams A. J.; West D. V. and Cava R. J. Phys. Rev. B 78, 104520 (2008)
  • Facile synthesis of ultrathin Au nanorods by aging the AuCl(oleylamine) complex with amorphous Fe nanoparticles in chloroform
    Li Z.; Tao J.; Lu X.; Zhu Y.; Xia Y. Nano Lett. 8(9), 3052-3055 (2008)
  • Coordination-dependent surface atomic contraction in nanocrystals revealed by coherent diffraction
    Huang W. J.; Sun. R.; Tao J.; Menard L. D.; Nuzzo R. G.; & Zuo J. M. Nature Materials 7, 308 (2008). (cover article)
  • Orbital-occupancy versus charge ordering and the strength of electron correlations in electron-doped CaMnO3 Luo W.; Franceschetti A.; Varela M.; Tao J.; Pennycook S. J. and Pantelides S. T. Phys. Rev. Lett., 99, 036402 (2007)
  • One-dimensional electron transport in Cu-tetracyanoquinodimethane organic nanowires
    Zhou Z. X.; Xiao K.; Jin R.; Mandrus D.; Tao J.; Geohegan D. B.; Pennycook S. J. Appl. Phys. Lett. 90 (19): Art. No. 193115 (2007)
  • Single-crystal organic nanowires of copper-tetracyanoquinodimethane: Synthesis, patterning, characterization, and device applications
    Xiao K.; Tao J.; Pan Z. W.; Puretzky A. A.; Ivanov I. N.; Pennycook S. J.; Geohegan D. B.; Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 46 (15), 2650-2654 (2007).
  • Quantitative structural analysis of individual nanotubes by electron diffraction
    Zuo J. M.; Kim T.; Celik-Aktas A.; Tao J. Zeitschrift Fur Kristallographie 222, 625-633 (2007)
  • Lamellar phase separation and dynamic competition in La0.23Ca0.77MnO3
    Tao J.; Niebieskikwiat D.; Salamon M. B.; Zuo J. M. Phys. Rev. Lett., 94, 147206 (2005)
  • Nanoscale phase competition during charge ordering in intrinsically strained La0.33Ca0.67MnO3
    Tao J.; Zuo J. M. Phys. Rev. B 69, 180404(R) (2004)
  • Coherent nano-area electron diffraction
    Zuo J. M.; Gao M.; Tao J.; Li B. Q.; Twesten R.; Petrov I. Microscopy Research and Technique 64, 347 (2004).
  • Nanometer-sized regions of charge ordering and charge melting in La0.67 Ca0.33MnO3 revealed by electron microdiffraction
    Zuo J. M.; Tao J. Phys. Rev. B 63, 060407(R) (2001).
  • Microstructure of La1-xCaxMnO3 studied by transmission electron microscopy
    Chen Q.; Tao J.; Zuo J. M.; Spence J. C. H. Journal Of Materials Research 16 (10): 2959-2965 (2001).