Ye Tao

Dr. Tao is a Fellow and Principal Investigator at the Rowland Institute at Harvard.

He is trained in several field of science and engineering, including low-temperature experimental physics (mechanical detection of weak forces in scanned probe microscopy, Christian Degen, MIT/ETH), mechanistic organic catalysis (Eric Jacobsen, Harvard), structural biology of RNA (Victoria D’Souza, Harvard), the mechanism of spontaneous crystal chiral symmetry breaking (Louis Cuccia, Concordia University), and combinatorial chemical syntheses (Olof Ramstrom, KTH).   These various topics are unified by a desire to rationally achieve optimal instruments, materials, and designs through understanding the mechanistic underpinning among structure, properties, and dynamical interactions.

Since starting an independent career in 2016, Dr. Tao’s team has achieved important advances in nanotechnology, including the synthesis of the most magnetic oxide thin film (Ho2O3), demonstration of machining with atomic depth resolution, and the design and fabrication of nanomechanical force sensors with the highest force sensitivity.  Dr. Tao is also the founder of Project MEER:ReflEction, a comprehensive adaptive mitigation framework with the potential to stop the ongoing ecological collapse on planet Earth projected to be wide-spread before or by 2050 on the current trajectory.



“Immediately ending carbon dioxide emissions will not be enough to solve the climate crisis; we also need to stabilise the Earth’s temperature.“



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