Chinese-American Chemistry & Chemical Biology Professors Association (CAPA)

Tao Xu

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Northern Illinois University
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Tao Xu joined the faculty of Northern Illinois University in August 2006 as an assistant professor in physical chemistry and nanotechnology, and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2012. He also currently serves as a Resident Associate for Argonne National Laboratory in the Materials Science Division.

Xu received his bachelor's degree from East China University of Science and Technology and his Ph.D. degree in 2003 from the University of Alabama. Xu did his postdoctoral research at Texas A&M University and Argonne National Laboratory.

Professor Xu's research focuses on the design, synthesis, characterization and applications of novel energy and environment-related materials and structures. Our group studies a variety of functionalized nanomaterials and nanoarchitectures for energy conversion, energy storage, catalysis, and safety monitoring. We pursue basic science understanding of charge and atom transfer processes at the interfaces in various energy systems including solar cells, battery, fuel cells, and sensors.


1. R&D 100 Award for “Ultrafast and ultrasensitive hydrogen sensors based on self-assembly monolayer promoted 2-dimensional palladium nanoclusters”, October, 2006.

2. R&D Magazine Micro/Nano 25 Award, 2006.

3. Northern Illinois University Outstanding Mentor Award, 2010.

4. National Science Foundation CAREER Award, 2012.

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