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​Dr. Chaoliang Tan is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (EEE) at The University of Hong Kong (HKU), HKSAR, China. He received his PhD degree under the supervision of Prof. Hua Zhang in Materials Science from Nanyang Technological University (Singapore) in 2016. After working as a Research Fellow in the same place for about one year, then he worked as a Postdoc Research Fellow with Prof. Ali Javey in Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences at University of California, Berkeley for two years. He was an Assistant Professor at City University of Hong Kong from 2020 to 2023 before joining HKU. His current research interests are highly interdisciplinary including 2D materials, electronics, optoelectronics, neuromorphic devices, biomaterials and nanomedicine. He has authored or co-authored over 180 SCI papers (40 ESI Highly Cited Papers) on journals like Nature (1)Nat. Nanotechnol. (1), Nat. Mater. (1), Nat. Chem. (1), Nat. Catal. (1), Nat. Rev. Mater. (1), Nat. Rev. Chem. (1), Nat. Commun. (2), Chem. Rev. (2)Chem. Soc. Rev. (6)J. Am. Chem. Soc. (12)Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. (11)Adv. Mater. (28), etc. The total citation of his published papers is over 31,000 with a H-index of 81. Among them, more than 90 are first-authored or corresponding-authored papers, including Nat. Nanotechnol.Nat. Rev. Mater.Chem. Rev.Chem. Soc. Rev.Nat. Commun.J. Am. Chem. Soc.Angew. Chem. Int. Ed.Adv. Mater.Adv. Funct. Mater.ACS Nano, Nano-Micro Lett. and Small. He has been elected as a Fellow of International Association of Advanced Materials (FIAAM) in 2024. He has been listed as the “Highly Cited Researcher” (Clarivate Analytics) in the last six years (2018-2023) as well as “Top 2% Scientists in the world” by Stanford University in last four years (2020-2023). He also received the NSFC Excellent Young Scientist Fund (HK & Macau) in 2021. He sites on the Editorial Board of Science Bulletin (since 2023), Acta Physico-Chimica Sinica (since 2022), Nanomaterials (since 2023) and Energies (since 2021).

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  Selected Publications (Click here to see Full Publications; Equal Contribution, *Corresponding Author

  1. Y. Xia, N. Lin, J. Zha*, H. Huang, Y. Zhang, H. Liu, J. Tong, S. Xu, P. Yang, H. Wang, L. Zheng, Z. Zhang, Z. Yang, Y. Chen, H. P. Chan, Z. Wang*, C. Tan*, 2D Reconfigurable Memory Device Enabled by Defect Engineering for Multifunctional Neuromorphic Computing, Adv. Mater., 2024, 36, 2403785. Link
  2. Z. Zhou, T. Wang, T. Hu, H. Xu, L. Cui, B. Xue, X. Zhao, X. Pan, S. Yu, H. Li, Y. Qin, J. Zhang*, L. Ma*, R. Liang*, C. Tan*, Synergistic Interaction Between Metal Single-Atoms and Defective WO3-x Nanosheets for Enhanced Sonodynamic Cancer Therapy, Adv. Mater., 2024, 36, 2311002. Link
  3. J. Zha, Y. Xia, S. Shi, H. Huang, S. Li, C. Qian, H. Wang, P. Yang, Z. Zhang, Y. Meng, W. Wang, Z. Yang, H. Yu, J. C. Ho*, Z. Wang*, C. Tan*, A 2D Heterostructure-Based Multifunctional Floating Gate Memory Device for Multimodal Reservoir ComputingAdv. Mater., 2024, 362308502 (Rising Star Series). Link
  4. Q. Gu, J. Zha, C. Chen, X. Wang, W. Yao, J. Liu, F. Kang, J. Yang, Y. Y. Li, D. Lei, Z. Tang*, Y. Han*, C. Tan*, Q. Zhang*, Constructing Chiral Covalent-Organic Frameworks for Circular Polarized Light DetectionAdv. Mater.202436, 2306414.  Link
  5. W. He, J. Zha, Z. Zhou*, Y. Cui, X. Luo, P. Luo, L. Ma, C. Tan*, S.-Q. Zang*, Atomically Precise Chiral Metal Nanoclusters for Circularly Polarized Light Detection. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2024, 63, e202407887. Link
  6. X. Lu, K. Zhang, X. Niu, D. Ren, Z. Zhou, L. Dang, H. Fu*, C. Tan*, L. Ma*, S.-Q. Zang*, Encapsulation Engineering of Porous Crystalline Frameworks for Delayed Luminescence and Circularly Polarized Luminescence. Chem. Soc. Rev., 2024, 53, 6694-6734. Link
  7. H. Huang, J. Zha, S. Xu, P. Yang*, Y. Xia, H. Wang, D. Dong, L. Zheng, Y. Yao, Y. Zhang, Y. Chen, J. C. Ho, H. P. Chan, C. Zhao*, C. Tan*, Precursor-Confined Chemical Vapor Deposition of 2D Single-Crystalline SexTe1-x Nanosheets for p-Type Transistors and Inverters, ACS Nano, 2024, 18, 17293-17303. Link
  8. D. Zhu, Y. Lu, S. Yang, T. Hu, C. Tan*, R. Liang*, Y. Wang*, PAD4 Inhibitor-Functionalized Layered Double Hydroxide Nanosheets for Synergistic Sonodynamic Therapy/Immunotherapy of Tumor Metastasis. Adv. Sci., 2024, 11, 2401064. Link
  9. Y. Bian, K. Zhao, T. Hu, C. Tan*, R. Liang*, X. Weng*, A Se Nanoparticle/MgFe-LDH Composite Nanosheet as a Multifunctional Platform for Osteosarcoma Eradication, Antibacterial and Bone Reconstruction, Adv. Sci., 2024, 11, 2403791. Link
  10. J. Zhao, F. Tan, W. Yan, R. Yang, Q. Zhang, L. Mei, J. Zhou, C. Tan*, Z. Zeng*, Customization of Manganese Oxide Cathodes via Controllable Electrochemical Lithium-Ion Intercalation for High-Performance Flexible Zinc-Ion Batteries. Small, 2024, 20, 2401258. Link
  11. Z. Shi, X. Zhang, X. Lin, G. Liu, C. Ling, S. Xi, B. Chen, Y. Ge, C. Tan, Z. Lai, Z. Huang, X. Ruan, L. Zhai, L. Li, Z. Li, X. Wang, G.-H. Nam, J. Liu, Q. He, Z. Guan, J. Wang, C.-S. Lee, A. R. J. Kucernak*, H. Zhang*, Phase-Dependent Growth of Pt on MoS2 for Highly Efficient H2 Evolution. Nature, 2023, 621, 300-305. Link
  12. J. Zha, S. Shi, A. Chaturvedi, H. Huang, P. Yang, Y. Yao, S. Li, Y. Xia, Z. Zhang, W. Wang, H. Wang, S. Wang, Z. Yuan, Z. Yang, Q. He, H. Tai, E. H. T. Teo, H. Yu, J. C. Ho, Z. Wang*, H. Zhang*, C. Tan*, Electronic/Optoelectronic Memory Device Enabled by Tellurium-Based 2D Van der Waals Heterostructure for In-Sensor Reservoir Computing at Optical Communication BandAdv. Mater., 2023, 35, 2211598. Link
  13. Y. Yang, T. Hu, Y. Bian, F. Meng, S. Yu, H. Li, Q. Zhang, L. Gu, X. Weng*, C. Tan*, R. Liang*, Coupling Probiotics with 2D CoCuMo-LDH Nanosheets as Tumor Microenvironment-Responsive Platform for Precise NIR-II Photodynamic Therapy, Adv. Mater., 2023, 35, 2211205. Link
  14. T. Hu, W. Shen, F. Meng, S. Yang, S. Yu, H. Li, Q. Zhang, L. Gu*, C. Tan*, R. Liang*, Boosting the Sonodynamic Cancer Therapy Performance of 2D Layered Double Hydroxide Nanosheet-Based Sonosensitizers via Crystalline-to-Amorphous Phase Transformation. Adv. Mater., 2023, 35, 2209692. Link
  15. T. Ahmed, J. Zha, K. K. Lin, H.-C. Kuo*, C. Tan*, D.-H. Lien*, Bright and Efficient Light-Emitting Devices Based on Two-Dimensional Transition Metal Dichalcogenides. Adv. Mater., 2023, 35, 2208054. Link
  16. Z. Lv, T. Hu, Y. Bian, G. Wang, Z. Wu, H. Li, X. Liu, S. Yang, C. Tan*, R. Liang*, X. Weng*, A MgFe-LDH Nanosheet-Incorporated Smart Thermo-Responsive Hydrogel with Controllable Growth Factor Releasing Capability for Bone Regeneration. Adv. Mater., 2023, 35, 2206545. Link
  17. X. Cai, Y. Liu, J. Zha, F. Tan, B. Zhang, W. Yan, J. Zhao*, B, Lu, J. Zhou*, C. Tan*, A Flexible and Safe Planar Zinc-Ion Micro-Battery with Ultrahigh Energy Density Enabled by Interfacial Engineering for Wearable Sensing Systems. Adv. Funct. Mater., 2023, 33, 2303009. Link
  18. G. Wang, Z. Lv, T. Wang, T. Hu, Y. Bian, Y. Yang, R. Liang*, C. Tan*, X. Weng*, Surface Functionalization of Hydroxyapatite Scaffolds with MgAlEu-LDH Nanosheets for High-Performance Bone Regeneration. Adv. Sci., 2023, 10, 2204234. Link
  19. Y. Bian, X. Cai, Z. Lv, Y. Xu, H. Wang, C. Tan*, R. Liang*, X. Weng*, Layered Double Hydroxides: A Novel Promising 2D Nanomaterial for Bone Diseases Treatment. Adv. Sci., 2023, 10, 2301806. Link
  20. W. Shen, T. Hu, X. Liu, J. Zha, F. Meng, Z. Wu, Z. Cui, Y. Yang, H. Li, Q. Zhang, L. Gu, R. Liang*, C. Tan*, Defect Engineering of Layered Double Hydroxide Nanosheets as Inorganic Photosensitizers for NIR-III Photodynamic Cancer TherapyNat. Commun.2022, 13, 3384. Link
  21. T. Hu, Z. Gu, G. R. Williams, M. Strimaite, J. Zha, Z. Zhou, X. Zhang*, C. Tan*, R. Liang*, Layered Double Hydroxide-Based Nanomaterials for Biomedical Applications. Chem. Soc. Rev., 2022, 51, 6126-6176. Link
  22. Z. Zhou, Y. Wang, F. Peng, F. Meng, J. Zha, L. Ma, Y. Du, N. Peng, L. Ma, Q. Zhang, L. Gu*, W. Yin*, Z. Gu*, C. Tan*, Intercalation-Activated Layered MoO3 Nanobelts as Biodegradable Nanozymes for Tumor-Specific Photo-Enhanced Catalytic Therapy. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2022, 61, e202115939 ("Hot Paper"). Link
  23. J. Zha, M. Luo, M. Ye, T. Ahmed, X. Yu, D.‐H. Lien, Q. He, D. Lei, J. C. Ho, J. Bullock*, K. B. Crozier*, C. Tan*, Infrared Photodetectors Based on 2D Materials and Nanophotonics. Adv. Funct. Mater., 2022, 32, 2111970. Link
  24. T. Hu, Q. Liu, Z. Zhou, H. Huang, F. Meng, W. Liu*, Q. Zhang, L. Gu, R, Liang*, C. Tan*, Preparation of Dye Molecule-Intercalated MoO3 Organic/Inorganic Superlattice Nanoparticles for Fluorescence Imaging-Guided Catalytic Therapy. Small, 2022, 18, 2200595 (Rising Star Series). Link
  25. P. Yang, J. Zha*, G. Gao, L. Zheng, H. Huang, Y. Xia, S. Xu, T. Xiong, Z. Zhang, Z. Yang, Y. Chen, D.-K. Ki, J. J. Liou, W. Liao*, C. Tan*, Growth of Tellurium Nanobelts on h-BN for p-Type Transistors with Ultrahigh Hole Mobility. Nano-Micro Lett., 2022, 14, 109. Link
  26. C. Chen, S. Mao, C. Tan*, Z. Wang, Y. Ge, Q. Ma, X. Zhang, G. Qi, J. Xu, Z. Fan, Y. Wang*, General Synthesis of Ordered Mesoporous Carbonaceous Hybrid Nanostructures with Molecularly Dispersed PolyoxometallatesAngew. Chem. Int. Ed., 202160, 15556-15562 ("Hot Paper"). Link
  27. W. Zhai, T. Xiong, Z. He, S. Lu, Z. Lai, Q. He, C. Tan*, H. Zhang*, Nanodots Derived from Layered Materials: Synthesis and Applications. Adv. Mater.2021, 33, 2006661. Link

  28. J. Zhao, Z. Xu, Z. Zhou, S. Xi, Y. Xia, Q. Zhang, L. Huang, L. Mei, Y. Jiang, J. Gao*, Z. Zeng*, C. Tan*, A Safe Flexible Self-Powered Wristband System by Integrating Defective MnO2-x Nanosheet-Based Zinc-Ion Batteries with Perovskite Solar Cells. ACS Nano2021, 15, 10597-10608. Link

  29. Z. Zhou, X. Wang, H. Zhang, H. Huang, L. Sun, L. Ma, Y. Du, C. Pei, Q. Zhang, H. Li, L. Ma, L. Gu, Z. Liu, L. Cheng*, C. Tan*, Activating Layered Metal Oxide Nanomaterials via Structural Engineering as Biodegradable Nanoagents for Photothermal Cancer Therapy. Small2021, 17, 2007486 (Front Cover). Link

  30. Z. Lai, A. Chaturvedi, Z. Shi, J. Zhao, T. H. Tran, B. Chen, Y. Huang, X. Cao, Q. He, Z. Zeng, C. Tan*, H. Zhang*, High‐Yield Exfoliation of Ultrathin 2D Ni3Cr2P2S9 and Ni3Cr2P2Se9 Nanosheets. Small2021, 17, 2006866. Link

  31. Z. Lai, Q. He, T. H. Tran, D. V. M. Repaka, Y. Sun, D.-D. Zhou, S. Xi, Y. Li, A. Chaturvedi, C. Tan, B. Chen, G.-H. Nam, B. Li, W. Zhai, Z. Shi, C. Ling, D. Hu, V. Sharma, Z. Hu, Y. Chen, Z. Zhang, Y. Yu, X. R. Wang, R. V. Ramanujan, Y. Ma, K. Hippalgaonkar*, H. Zhang*, Metastable 1T′-Phase Group VIB Transition Metal Dichalcogenide Crystals. Nat. Mater.2021, 20, 1113-1120. Link

  32. Z. Zhou, B. Li*, C. Shen, D. Wu, H. Fan, J. Zhao, H. Li, Z. Zeng, Z. Luo*, L. Ma*, C. Tan*Metallic 1T Phase Enabling MoS2 Nanodots as an Efficient Agent for Photoacoustic Imaging Guided Photothermal Therapy in the Near-Infrared-II Window. Small2020, 16, 2004173. Link

  33. C. Tan, M. Amani, C. Zhao, M. Hettick, X. Song, D.-H. Lien, H. Li, M. Yeh, V. R. Shrestha, K. B. Crozier, M. C. Scott, A. Javey*, Evaporated SexTe1-x Thin Films with Tunable Bandgaps for Short-Wave Infrared Photodetectors. Adv. Mater.2020, 32, 2001329. Link

  34. C. Zhao, C. Tan, D.-H. Lien, X. Song, M. Amani, M. Hettick, H. Y. Y. Nyein, Z. Yuan, L. Li, M. C. Scott, A. Javey*, Evaporated Tellurium Thin Films for p-Type Field Effect Transistors and Circuits. Nat. Nanotechnol.2020, 15, 53-58. Link

  35. Y. Chen, Z. Lai, X. Zhang, Z. Fan, Q. He, C. Tan, H. Zhang*, Phase Engineering of Nanomaterials. Nat. Rev. Chem.2020, 4, 243-256. Link

  36. M. Amani, C. Tan, G. Zhang, C. Zhao, J. Bullock, X. Song, H. Kim, V. R. Shrestha, Y. Gao, K. B. Crozier, M. Scott, A. Javey*, Solution-Synthesized High-Mobility Tellurium Nanoflakes for Short-Wave Infrared Photodetectors. ACS Nano2018, 12, 7253-7263Link

  37. C. Tan, Z. Luo, A. Chaturvedi, Y. Cai, Y. Du, Y. Gong, Y. Huang, Z. Lai, X. Zhang, L. Zheng, X. Qi, M. H. Goh, J. Wang, S. Han, X. Wu, L. Gu, C. Kloc, H. Zhang*, Preparation of High-Percentage 1T-phase Transition Metal Dichalcogenide Nanodots for Electrochemical Hydrogen Evolution. Adv. Mater.2018, 30, 1705509. Link

  38. C. Tan, J. Chen, X. Wu, H. Zhang*, Epitaxial Growth of Hybrid Nanostructures. Nat. Rev. Mater.2018, 3, 17089. Link

  39. X. Zhang, Z. Luo, P. Yu, Y. Cai, Y. Du, D. Wu, S. Gao, C. Tan, Z. Li, M. Ren, T. Osipowicz, S. Chen, Z. Jiang, J. Li, Y. Huang, J. Yang, C. Y. Ang, Y. Zhao, P. Wang, L. Song, X. Wu, Z. Liu, A. Borgna, H. Zhang*, Lithiation-Induced Amorphization of Pd3P2S8 for Highly Efficient Hydrogen Evolution. Nat. Catal.20181, 460-468. Link

  40. C. Tan, X. Cao, X.-J. Wu, Q. He, J. Yang, X. Zhang, J. Chen, W. Zhao, S. Han, G.-H. Nam, M. Sindoro, H. Zhang*, Recent Advances in Ultrathin Two-Dimensional Nanomaterials. Chem. Rev.2017, 117, 6225-6331. Link

  41. C. Tan, L. Zhao, P. Yu, Y. Huang, B. Chen, Z. Lai, X. Qi, M. H. Goh, X. Zhang, S. Han, X.-J. Wu, Z. Liu*, Y. Zhao*, H. Zhang*, Preparation of Ultrathin Two-Dimensional TixTa1-xSyOz Nanosheets as Highly Efficient Photothermal Agents. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed.2017, 56, 7842-7846. Link

  42. C. Tan, Z. Lai, H. Zhang*, Ultrathin Two-Dimensional Multinary Layered Metal Chalcogenide Nanomaterials. Adv. Mater.2017, 29, 1701392. Link

  43. C. Tan, W. Zhao, A. Chaturvedi, Z. Fei, Z. Zeng, J. Chen, Y. Huang, P. Ercius, Z. Luo, X. Qi, B. Chen, Z. Lai, B. Li, X. Zhang, J. Yang, Y. Zong, C. Jin, H. Zheng, C. Kloc*, H. Zhang*, Preparation of Single-Layer MoS2xSe2(1-x) and MoxW1-xS2 Nanosheets with High-Concentration Metallic 1T Phase. Small2016, 12, 1866-1874. Link

  44. X. Cao, C. Tan, X. Zhang, W. Zhao, H. Zhang*, Solution-Processed Two-Dimensional Metal Dichalcogenide-Based Nanomaterials for Energy Storage and Conversion. Adv. Mater.2016, 28, 6167-6196. Link

  45. X. Wu, J. Chen, C. Tan, Y. Zhu, Y. Han, H. Zhang*, Controlled Growth of High-Density CdS and CdSe Nanorod Arrays on Selective Facets of Two-Dimensional Semiconductor Nanoplates. Nat. Chem.2016, 8, 470-475. Link

  46. C. Tan, H. Zhang*, Wet-Chemical Synthesis and Applications of Non-Layer Structured Two-Dimensional Nanomaterials. Nat. Commun.2015, 6, 7873. Link

  47. C. Tan, P. Yu, Y. Hu, J. Chen, Y. Huang, Y. Cai, Z. Luo, B. Li, Q. Lu, L. Wang*, Z. Liu*, H. Zhang*, High-Yield Exfoliation of Ultrathin Two-Dimensional Ternary Chalcogenide Nanosheets for Highly Sensitive and Selective Fluorescence DNA SensorsJ. Am. Chem. Soc.2015, 137, 10430-10436. Link

  48. C. Tan, X. Qi, Z. Liu, F. Zhao, H. Li, X. Huang, L. Shi, B. Zheng, X. Zhang, L. Xie, Z. Tang, W. Huang, H. Zhang*, Self-Assembled Chiral Nanofibers from Ultrathin Low-Dimensional NanomaterialsJ. Am. Chem. Soc.2015, 137, 1565-1571. Link

  49. C. Tan, H. Zhang*, Epitaxial Growth of Hetero-Nanostructures Based on Ultrathin Two-Dimensional Nanosheets. J. Am. Chem. Soc.2015, 137, 12162-12174. Link

  50. C. Tan, Z. Zeng, X. Huang, X. Rui, X.-J. Wu, B. Li, Z. Luo, J. Chen, B. Chen, Q. Yan, H. Zhang*, Liquid-Phase Epitaxial Growth of Two-Dimensional Semiconductor Hetero-Nanostructures. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed.2015, 54, 1841-1845. Link

  51. C. Tan, H. Zhang*, Two-Dimensional Transition Metal Dichalcogenide Nanosheet-Based CompositesChem. Soc. Rev.2015, 44, 2713-2731. Link

  52. C. Tan, Z. Liu, W. Huang, H. Zhang*, Non-Volatile Resistive Memory Devices Based on Solution-Processed Ultrathin Two-Dimensional Nanomaterials. Chem. Soc. Rev.2015, 44, 2615-2628. Link

  53. C. Tan, X. Qi, X. Huang, J. Yang, B. Zheng, Z. An, R. Chen, J. Wei, B. Tang, W. Huang, H. Zhang*, Single-Layer Transition Metal Dichalcogenide Nanosheet-Assisted Assembly of Aggregation-Induced Emission Molecules to Form Organic Nanosheets with Enhanced Fluorescence. Adv. Mater.2014, 26, 1735-1739. Link

  54. Z. Zeng†, C. Tan†, X. Huang, S. Bao, H. Zhang*, Growth of Noble Metal Nanoparticles on Single-Layer TiS2 and TaS2 Nanosheets for Hydrogen Evolution Reaction. Energ. Environ. Sci.2014, 7, 797-803Link

  55. X. Huang†, C. Tan†, Z. Yin†, H. Zhang*, 25th Anniversary Article: Hybrid Nanostructures Based on Two-Dimensional Nanomaterials. Adv. Mater.2014, 26, 2185-2204. Link

  56. C. Tan, X. Huang, H. Zhang*, Synthesis and Applications of Graphene-Based Noble Metal Nanostructures. Mater. Today2013, 16, 29-36. Link

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