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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. (27), etc. The total citation of his published papers is over 30,500 with a H-index of 79. Among them, more than 80 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).


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

  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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, Link
  6. 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, 10.1021/acsnano.4c05323. Link
  7. Z. Huang, J. Song, S. Huang, S. Wang, C. Shen, S. Song, J. Lian, Y. Ding, Y. Gong*, Y. Zhang, A. Yuan, Y. Hu, C. Tan*, Z. Luo*, L. Wang*, Phase and Defect Engineering of MoSe2 Nanosheets for Enhanced NIR-II Photothermal Immunotherapy, Nano Lett., 2024, doi.10.1021/acs.nanolett.4c01879. 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. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. 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
  23. 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
  24. 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
  25. 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
  26. 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

  27. 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

  28. 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

  29. 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

  30. 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

  31. 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

  32. 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

  33. 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

  34. 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

  35. 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

  36. 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

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

  38. 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

  39. 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

  40. 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

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

  42. 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

  43. 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

  44. 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

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

  46. 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

  47. 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

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

  49. 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

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

  51. 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

  52. 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

  53. 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

  54. 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

  55. 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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