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  • 7 articles in Nature group journals: 1 Nature Reviews Materials (Cover Paper), 1 Nature Reviews Cardiology1 Nature Biomedical Engineering, 4 Nature Communications
  • 2 articles in Science group journals: 2 Science Translational Medicine (one of them is a Cover Paper)
  • 6 articles in Cell Press group journals: 5 Matter (one of them is a Cover Paper), 1 Trends in Chemistry
  • 1 article in PNAS
  • 23 articles in other journals: 2 Chemical Society Reviews (one of them is a Cover Paper), 1 Accounts of Chemical Research (Cover Paper), 1 Accounts of Materials Research (Cover Paper), 4 Angewandte Chemie (three of them are Cover Papers), 3 Advanced Materials (two of them are Cover Papers), 4 Nano Today, 1 Advanced Science (Cover Paper), 3 ACS Nano (one of them is a Cover Paper), 1 Nano Letters, 1 Progress in Materials Science, 1 Journal of Materials Chemistry A, 1 Nano-Micro Letters


39. Chen W, Schilperoort M, Shi J, Tabas I, Tao W*. Macrophage-Targeted Nanomedicine for Diagnosis and Treatment of Atherosclerosis. Nature Reviews Cardiology 2021.

38. Kong N, Zhang H, Feng C, Liu C, Xiao Y, Zhang X, Mei L, Kim JS, Tao W*, Ji X. Arsenene-mediated multiple independently targeted reactive oxygen species burst for cancer therapy. Nature Communications 2021, 10.1038/s41467-021-24961-5.

37. Zhang X, Li L, Ouyang J, Zhang L, Xue J, Zhang H, Tao W*. Electroactive electrospun nanofibers for tissue engineering. Nano Today 2021, 39:101196.

36. Zhang X, Koo S, Kim JH, Huang X, Kong N, Zhang L, Zhou J, Xue J, Harris MB, Tao W*, Kim JS. Nanoscale Materials-Based Platforms for the Treatment of Bone-Related Diseases. Matter (Cell Press) 2021, in press.

35. Liu C, Sun S, Feng Q, Wu G, Wu Y, Kong N, Yu Z, Yao J, Zhang X, Chen W, Tang Z, Xiao Y, Huang X, Lv A, Yao C, Cheng H, Wu A, Xie T, Tao W*Arsenene Nanodots with Selective Killing Effects and their Low-Dose Combination with ß-Elemene for Cancer Therapy. Advanced Materials 2021, doi:10.1002/adma.202102054.

34. Ouyang J, Feng C, Zhang X, Kong N, Tao W*. Black Phosphorus in Biomedical Applications: Evolutionary Journey from Monoelemental Materials to Composite Materials. Accounts of Materials Research 2021, 2(7): 489–500. (ACS Editors' Choice Featured; Front Cover Featured)

33. Farokhzad N, Tao W*. Materials Chemistry-Enabled Platforms in Detecting Sexually Transmitted Infections: Progress towards Point-of-Care Tests. Trends in Chemistry (Cell Press) 2021, 3(7): 589-602. (Invited Review

32. Zhang X, Duan X, Hu Y, Tang Z, Miao C, Tao W*, Wu J. One-step and facile synthesis of peptide-like poly(melphalan) nanodrug for cancer therapy. Nano Today 2021, 37:101098. (Web of Science Highly Cited Paper)

31. Ouyang J, Zhang L, Li L, Chen W, Tang Z, Ji X, Feng C, Tao N, Kong N, Chen T, Liu Y, Tao W*. Cryogenic Exfoliation of 2D Stanene Nanosheets for Cancer Theranostics. Nano-Micro Letters 2021, 13: 90. 

30. Ji X, Ge L, Liu C, Tang Z, Xiao Y, Chen W, Lei Z, Gao W, Blake S, De D, Shi B, Zeng X, Kong N, Zhang X, Tao W*. Capturing functional two-dimensional nanosheets from sandwich-structure vermiculite for cancer theranostics. Nature Communications 2021, 12: 1124. Highlighted: Nature Portfolio | Bioengineering Community - “Nature-Derived 2-Dimensional Materials for Cancer Therapy and Sustainable Solutions” (Web of Science Highly Cited Paper)

29. Liu C, Shin J, Son S, Choe Y, Farokhzad N, Tang Z, Xiao Y, Kong N, Xie T, Kim JS, Tao W*Pnictogens in Medicinal Chemistry: Evolution from Erstwhile Drugs to Emerging Layered Photonic Nanomedicine. Chemical Society Reviews 2021, 50(4): 2260-2279. (Web of Science Highly Cited Paper)

28. Chen W, Liu C, Ji X, Joseph J, Tang Z, Ouyang J, Xiao Y, Kong N, Joshi N, Farokhzad OC, Tao W*, Xie T. Stanene-Based Nanosheets for ß-Elemene Delivery and Ultrasound-Mediated Combination Cancer Therapy. Angewandte Chemie International Edition 2021, 60(13): 7155-7164. (Angew. Chem. VIP and Front Cover Featured) 

27. Yang J, Zhang X, Liu C, Wang Z, Deng L, Feng C, Tao W*, Xu X, Cui W. Biologically Modified Nanoparticles as Theranostic Bionanomaterials. Progress in Materials Science 2021, 118: 100768. 

26. Tang Z, Zhang X, Shu Y, Guo M, Zhang H, Tao W*. Insights from nanotechnology in COVID-19 treatment. Nano Today 2021, 36:101019. (Most Downloaded Nano Today Articles - TOP 2Web of Science Highly Cited Paper

25. Liu Y, Wang J, Xiong Q, Hornburg D, Tao W*, Farokhzad OC. Nano-Bio Interactions in Cancer: from Therapeutics Delivery to Early Detection. Accounts of Chemical Research 2021, 54(2): 291–301. (Cover FeaturedWeb of Science Highly Cited Paper) (Invited Review


24. Zhang Z, Tang Z, Farokhzad N, Chen T, Tao W*Sensitive, Rapid, Low-cost and Multiplexed COVID-19 Monitoring by the Wireless Telemedicine Platform. Matter (Cell Press) 2020, 3(6): 1818-1820. (Invited Preview)

23. Ouyang J, Ji X, Zhang X, Feng C, Tang Z, Kong N, Xie A, Wang J, Sui X, Deng L, Liu Y, Kim JS, Cao Y, Tao W*In situ sprayed NIR-responsive, analgesic black phosphorus-based gel for diabetic ulcer treatment. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS) 2020, 117(46): 28667-28677. Highlighted: Materials Research Society (MRS) Bulletin Materials News (MRS Bulletin 2021, 46(3): 199)

22. Tang Z, Kong N, Zhang X, Liu Y, Hu P, Mou S, Liljeström P, Shi J, Tan W, Kim JS, Cao Y, Langer R, Leong K, Farokhzad OC, Tao W*. A materials science perspective on tackling COVID-19. Nature Reviews Materials 2020, 5(11): 847-860. (Front Cover FeaturedHighlighted: Nature Portfolio Bioengineering Community - “Tackling COVID-19 with materials science”

21. Huang W, He L, Ouyang J, Chen Q, Liu C, Tao W*, Chen T. Triangle-Shaped Tellurium Nanostars Potentiate Radiotherapy by Boosting Checkpoint Blockade Immunotherapy. Matter (Cell Press) 2020, 3(5): 1725-1753.

20. Ouyang J, Tang Z, Farokhzad N, Kong N, Kim NY, Feng C, Blake S, Xiao Y, Liu C, Xie T, Tao W*. Ultrasound Mediated Therapy: Recent Progress and Challenges in Nanoscience. Nano Today 2020, 35: 100949. 

19. Xiao Y, Tang Z, Wang J, Liu C, Kong N, Farokhzad OC, Tao W*Oral insulin delivery platforms: Strategies to address the biological barriers. Angewandte Chemie International Edition 2020, 59(45): 19787-19795. (Angew. Chem. VIP and Cover Featured) (Invited Review

18. Tao W, Yurdagul A, Kong N, Li W, Wang X, Doran A, Feng C, Wang J, Islam MA, Farokhzad OC, Tabas I, Shi J. siRNA nanoparticles targeting CaMKIIγ in lesional macrophages improve atherosclerotic plaque stability in mice. Science Translational Medicine 2020, 12(553): eaay1063. (Front Cover FeaturedHighlighted: Nature Reviews Cardiology 2020, 17(10): 612; Matter (Cell Press) 2020, 3(3): 621-622

17. Hu K, Xie L, Zhang Y, Hanyu M, Yang Z, Nagatsu K, Suzuki H, Ouyang J, Ji X, Wei J, Xu H, Farokhzad OC, Liang SH, Wang L, Tao W*, Zhang MR. Marriage of black phosphorus and Cu2+ as effective photothermal agents for PET-guided combination cancer therapy. Nature Communications 2020, 11(1): 2778(Web of Science Highly Cited Paper

16. Feng C, Ouyang J, Tang Z, Kong N, Liu Y, Fu L, Ji X, Xie T, Farokhzad OC, Tao W*. Germanene-based Theranostic Materials for Surgical Adjuvant Treatment: Inhibiting Tumor Recurrence and Wound Infection. Matter (Cell Press) 2020, 3(1): 127-144. (Front Cover Featured; Web of Science Highly Cited PaperHighlighted: Matter (Cell Press), 2020, 3(1): 12-13

15. Kong N, Ji X, Wang J, Sun X, Chen G, Fan T, Liang W, Zhang H, Xie A, Farokhzad OC, Tao W*. ROS-Mediated Selective Killing Effect of Black Phosphorus: Mechanistic Understanding and Its Guidance for Safe Biomedical Applications. Nano Letters 2020, 20(5): 3943-3955. (Web of Science Highly Cited Paper

14. Tang Z, Kong N, Ouyang J, Feng C, Kim NY, Ji X, Wang C, Farokhzad OC, Zhang H, Tao W*. Phosphorus Science oriented Design and Synthesis of Multifunctional Nanomaterials for Biomedical Applications. Matter (Cell Press) 2020, 2(2): 297-322. (Web of Science Highly Cited Paper

13. Ji X, Kang Y, Fan T, Xiong Q, Zhang S, Tao W*, Zhang H. An antimonene/Cp* Rh (phen) Cl/black phosphorus hybrid nanosheet-based Z-scheme artificial photosynthesis for enhanced photo/bio-catalytic CO2 reduction. Journal of Materials Chemistry A 2020, 8(1): 323-333. 

Before 2019

12. Kong N#, Tao W#,*, Ling X, Wang J, Xiao Y, Shi S, Ji X, Shajii A, Gan ST, Kim NY, Duda DG, Xie T, Farokhzad OC, Shi J. Synthetic mRNA nanoparticle-mediated restoration of p53 tumor suppressor sensitizes p53-deficient cancers to mTOR inhibition. Science Translational Medicine 2019, 11(523): eaaw1565. Highlighted: F1000Prime Recommendation - Rated Very Good

11. Ji X, Kang Y, Ouyang J, Chen Y, Zeng X, Xiao Y, Feng C, Qi B, Kim N, Saw P, Farokhzad OC, Tao W*. Synthesis of Ultrathin Biotite Nanosheets as an Intelligent Theranostic Platform for Combination Cancer Therapy. Advanced Science 2019, 6(19): 1901211. (Cover Featured; Web of Science Highly Cited Paper

10. Ouyang J, Feng C, Ji X, Li L, Gutti HK, Kim NY, Artzi D, Xie A, Kong N, Liu YN, Tearney GJ, Sui X, Tao W*, Farokhzad OC. 2D Monoelemental Germanene Quantum Dots: Synthesis as Robust Photothermal Agents for Photonic Cancer Nanomedicine. Angewandte Chemie International Edition 2019, 58(38): 13405-13410. 

9. Tao W*, Kong N, Ji X, Zhang Y, Sharma A, Ouyang J, Qi B, Wang J, Xie N, Kang C, Zhang H, Farokhzad OC, Kim JS. Emerging two-dimensional monoelemental materials (Xenes) for biomedical applications. Chemical Society Reviews 2019, 48(11): 2891-2912. (Front Cover Featured; Web of Science Hot Paper | Highly Cited Paper 

8. Tao W*, Wang J, Parak W, Farokhzad OC, Shi J. Nanobuffering of pH-Responsive Polymers: A Known but Sometimes Overlooked Phenomenon and its Biological Applications. ACS Nano 2019, 13(5): 4876-4882. (Invited Perspective

7. Ling X, Tu J, Wang J, Shajii A, Kong N, Feng C, Zhang Y, Yu M, Xie T, Bharwani Z, Aljaeid BM, Shi B, Tao W*, Farokhzad OC. Glutathione-Responsive Prodrug Nanoparticles for Effective Drug Delivery and Cancer Therapy. ACS Nano 2019, 13(1): 357-370. (Cover Featured; Web of Science Highly Cited Paper

6. Islam MA#, Xu Y#, Tao W# (equal contribution), Ubellacker JM, Lim M, Aum D, Lee GY, Zhou K, Zope H, Yu M, Cao W, Oswald JT, Dinarvand M, Mahmoudi M, Langer R, Kantoff PW, Farokhzad OC, Zetter BR, Shi J. Restoration of tumour-growth suppression in vivo via systemic nanoparticle-mediated delivery of PTEN mRNA. Nature Biomedical Engineering 2018, 2(11): 850-864. 

5. Tao W, Ji X, Zhu X, Li L, Wang J, Zhang Y, Saw PE, Li W, Kong N, Islam MA, Gan T, Zeng X, Zhang H, Mahmoudi M, Tearney GJ, Farokhzad OC. Two-Dimensional Antimonene-based Photonic Nanomedicine for Cancer Theranostics. Advanced Materials 2018, 30(38): 1802061. (Cover Featured; Web of Science Highly Cited Paper

4. Rosenblum D#, Joshi N#, Tao W# (equal contribution), Karp JM, Peer D. Progress and challenges towards targeted delivery of cancer therapeutics. Nature Communications 2018, 9(1): 1410. (Web of Science Hot Paper | Highly Cited Paper)

3. Zhu X, Ji X, Kong N, Chen Y, Mahmoudi M, Xu X, Ding L, Tao W*, Cai T, Li Y, Gan T, Barrett A, Bharwani Z, Chen H, Farokhzad OC. Intracellular Mechanistic Understanding of 2D MoS2 Nanosheets for Anti-Exocytosis Enhanced Synergistic Cancer Therapy. ACS Nano 2018, 12(3): 2922–2938. (Web of Science Highly Cited Paper

2. Tao W, Ji X, Xu X, Ariful IM, Li Z, Chen S, Saw PE, Zhang H, Bharwani Z, Guo Z, Shi J, Farokhzad OC. Antimonene Quantum Dots: Synthesis and Application as Near-Infrared Photothermal Agents for Effective Cancer Therapy. Angewandte Chemie International Edition 2017, 56(39): 11896-11900. (Cover Featured; Web of Science Highly Cited Paper

1. Tao W, Zhu X, Yu X, Zeng X, Xiao Q, Zhang X, Wang X, Ji X, Shi J, Zhang H, Mei L. Black Phosphorus Nanosheets as a Robust Delivery Platform for Cancer Theranostics. Advanced Materials 2017, 29(1): 1603276. (Cover Featured; Web of Science Hot Paper | Highly Cited Paper