Dr. Tao Wu

Dr. Tao (Tom) Wu

Associate Professor of Materials Science and Engineering
Solar and Photovoltaics Engineering Research Center (SPERC)
Division of Physical Sciences and Engineering (PSE)

Research Interests

The research of Professor Wu's group focuses on exploring the emerging functionalities and novel devices of a wide range of oxide thin films and nanomaterials, aiming at applications in areas of spintronics, nonvolatile memory, energy harvesting, and sensors.

Selected Publications

  • A Versatile Light-Switchable Nanorod Memory: Wurtzite ZnO on Perovskite SrTiO3
    A. Bera, H. Peng, J. Lourembam, Y. Shen, X. W. Sun, T. Wu
    Advanced Functional Materials, (2013)
  • Bandgap engineering of Cu2CdxZn1−xSnS4 alloy for photovoltaic applications: A complementary experimental and first-principles study
    Z.-Y. Xiao, Y.-F. Li, B. Yao, R. Deng, Z.-H. Ding, T. Wu, G. Yang, C.-R. Li, Z.-Y. Dong, L. Liu, L.-G. Zhang, H.-F. Zhao
    J. Appl. Phys. 114, 183506, (2013)
  • Density-Controlled Synthesis of Uniform ZnO Nanowires: Wide-Range Tunability and Growth Regime Transition
    D. L. Guo, L. H. Tan, Z. P. Wei, H. Y. Chen and T. Wu
    Small, (2013)
  • Electrostatic tuning of Kondo effect in a rare-earth-doped wide-band-gap oxide
    Y. Li, R. Deng, W. Lin, Y. Tian, H. Peng, J. Yi, B. Yao, T. Wu
    APS, Journals, Phys. Rev. B, Vol. 87, Iss. 15, (2013)
  • Photoinduced phase transition and relaxation in bare SrTiO3 single crystal
    K. X. Jin, B. C. Luo, Y. F. Li, C. L. Chen, T. Wu
    J. Appl. Phys. 114, 033509, (2013)
  • Anomalous exchange bias at collinear/noncollinear spin interface
    Y. F. Tian, J. F. Ding, W. N. Lin, Z. H. Chen, A. David, M. He, W. J. Hu, L. Chen, and T. Wu
    Sci. Rep.3, 1094, (2013)

  • Realizing a SnO2-Based Ultraviolet Light-Emitting Diode via Breaking the Dipole Forbidden Rule
    Y. F. Li, W. J. Yin, R. Deng, R. Chen, J. Chen, Q. Y. Yan, B. Yao, H. D. Sun, S.-H. Wei, and T. Wu
    NPG Asia Mater. 4. E30, (2012)

  • Oxide nanowires for spintronics: materials and devices
    Y. F. Tian, S. R. Bakaul, and T. Wu
    Nanoscale (feature article) 4, 1529, (2012)

  • Tunable photovoltaic effect and solar cell performance of self-doped perovskite SrTiO3
    K. X. Jin, Y. F. Li, Z. L. Wang, H. Y. Peng, W. N. Lin, A. K. K. Kyaw, Y. L. Jin, K. J. Jin, X. W. Sun, C. Soci, and T. Wu
    AIP Advances 2, 042131, (2012)
  • Phase selection enabled formation of abrupt axial heterojunctions in branched oxide nanowires
    J. Gao, O. Lebedev, S. Turner, Y. Li, Y. Lu, Y. P. Feng, P. Boullay, W. Prellier, G. van Tendeloo, and T. Wu
    Nano Lett. 12, 275, (2012)
  • Deterministic conversion between memory and threshold resistive switching via tuning the strong electron correlation
    H. Y. Peng, Y. F. Li, W. N. Lin, Y. Z. Wang, X. Y. Gao, and T. Wu
    Sci. Rep.2, 442, (2012)
  • Robust room-temperature ferromagnetism with giant anisotropy in Nd-doped ZnO nanowire arrays
    D. D. Wang, Q. Chen, G. Z. Xing, J. B. Yi, S. R. Bakaul, J. Ding, J. L. Wang, and T. Wu
    Nano Lett.12, 3994, (2012)
  • Concurrent nonvolatile resistance and capacitance switching in LaAlO3
    S. X. Wu, H. Y. Peng, and T. Wu
    Appl. Phys. Lett.  98, 093503, (2011)
  • CrSi2 hexagonal nanowebs
    H. T. Wang, J. C. Wu, Y. Q. Shen, G. P. Li, Z. Zhang, G. Z. Xing, D. L. Guo, D. D. Wang, Z. L. Dong, and T. Wu
    J. Am. Chem. Soc. 132, 15875, (2010)
  • Comparative study of structural inhomogeneity enhanced room-temperature ferromagnetism in Cu-doped ZnO nanowires
    G. Z. Xing, J. B. Yi, J. G. Tao, T. Liu, L. M. Wong, Z. Zhang, G. P. Li, S. J. Wang, J. Ding, T.. C. Sum, C. H. A. Huan, and T. Wu
    Adv. Mater. 20, 3521, (2008)

Education Profile

  • Ph.D., Electrical Engineering, University of Maryland, USA, 2002
  • B.Sc., Physics, Zhejiang University, China, 1995

Professional Profile

  • 2013–present: Associate Professor, Materials Science and Engineering, KAUST, Saudi Arabia
  • 2006–2013: Assistant Professor, Physics and Applied Physics, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
  • 2003–2006: Postdoctoral Researcher, Materials Science Division, Argonne National Laboratory, USA
  • 1998–2003: Research Assistant, Center for Superconductivity Research, University of Maryland, USA


Lee Hsun Young Scientist Award, Institute of Metal Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 2012