Ye Tao

Ye Tao

Rowland Junior Fellow
RJF Ye Tao

The Tao Lab seeks structure-property relationships in nanoscale, heterogeneous matter through the development of single-nucleon magnetic resonance imaging.   On this journey toward direct, 3D imaging of atomic structures, we are compelled to lift the performances of force-sensing and magnetic gradient-generating systems to new heights.   We expand the tool boxes of nanofabrication and material synthesis, for the existing arsenal of sample preparation methods usually proves inadequate to support this nano-engineering tour de force.   This multidisciplinary adventure will continue to enable discoveries and understanding of new physical phenomena and chemical processes.     

Selected Publications

  • Y. Tao, A. Eichler, T. Holzherr, and C. L. Degen, A switchable source for extremely high magnetic field gradients arXiv:1512.03185
  • Y. Tao, R. Hauert, and C. L. Degen, Exclusively gas-phase passivation of native oxide-free silicon(100) and silicon(111) surfaces ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces 8, 13157 (2016)
  • Y. Tao, P. Navaretti, R. Hauert, U. Grob, M. Poggio, and C. L. Degen, Permanent reduction of dissipation in nanomechanical Si resonators by chemical surface protection Nanotechnology 26, 465501 (2015) Selected for "Nanotechnology Select". See accompanying news article on NanoTechWeb (
  • Y. Tao and C. L. Degen, Single-crystal diamond nanowire tips for ultrasensitive force microscopy Nano Letters 15, 7893 (2015)
  • B. A. Moores, A. Eichler, Y. Tao, H. Takahashi, P. Navaretti, and C. L. Degen, Accelerated nanoscale magnetic resonance imaging through phase multiplexing Applied Physics Letters 106, 213101 (2015) Cover story. See news article "New Technique Speeds nanoMRI Imaging" (
  • Y. Tao, J. M. Boss, B. A. Moores, and C. L. Degen, Single crystal diamond nanomechanical resonators with quality factors exceeding one million Nature Communications 5, 3638 (2014)
  • H. Xu, S. J. Zuend, M. G.Woll, Y. Tao, and E. N. Jacobsen, Asymmetric Cooperative Catalysis of Strong Brønsted Acid-Promoted Reactions Using Chiral Ureas Science 327, 986-990 (2010).

Contact Information

Rowland Institute at Harvard
Harvard University
100 Edwin H. Land Blvd.
Cambridge, MA 02142
p: 617 497 4726