The Tian Research Group


*, co-first authorship; bold, co-corresponding authorship

Year 2022:

  • P. J. Li, S. Kim, B. Z. Tian. Nanoenabled Trainable Systems: From Biointerfaces to Biomimetics. ACS Nano, 2022, DOI: 10.1021/acsnano.2c08042. (Invited perspective) Link 
  • Y. L. Lin*, X. Gao*, J. P. Yue*, Y. Fang*, J. Y. Shi, L. Y. Meng, C. Clayton, X.-X. Zhang., F. Y. Shi, J. J. Deng, S. Chen, Y. Jiang, F. Marin, J. T. Hu, H.-M. Tsai, Q. Tu, E. W. Roth, R. Bleher, X. Q. Chen, P. Griffin, Z. H. Cai, A. Prominski, T. W. Odom, B. Z. Tian. A Soil-Inspired Dynamically Responsive Chemical System for Microbial Modulation. Nature Chemistry, 2022, DOI: 10.1038/s41557-022-01064-2. Link
  • A. Thalhammer, M. Fontanini, J. Y. Shi, D. Scaini, L. Recupero, A. Evtushenko, Y. Fu, S. Pavagada, A. Bistrovic-popov, L. Fruk, B. Z. Tian, L. Ballerini. Distributed interfacing by nanoscale photodiodes enables single-neuron light activation and sensory enhancement in 3D spinal explants. Science Advances, 2022, DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.abp925. Link
  • A. Prominski, J. Y. Shi, P. J. Li, J. P. Yue, Y. L. Lin, J. Park, B. Z. Tian, M. Y. Rotenberg. Porosity-based heterojunctions enable leadless optoelectronic modulation of tissues. Nature Materials, 2022, DOI: 10.1038/s41563-022-01249-7. Link
  • Y. Dai, S. Dai, N. Li, Y. Li, M. Moser, J. Strzalka, A. Prominski, Y. Liu, Q. Zhang, S. Li, H. Hu, W. Liu, S. Chatterji, P. Cheng, B. Z. Tian, I. McCulloch, J. Xu, S. H. Wang. Stretchable Redox-Active Semiconducting Polymers for High-Performance Organic Electrochemical Transistors, Advanced Materials, 2022, DOI: 10.1002/adma.202201178. Link
  • J. W. Phillips, A. Prominski, B. Z. Tian. Recent advances in materials and applications for bioelectronic and biorobotic systems, VIEW, 2022, DOI: 10.1002/VIW.20200157. Link
  • B. Miao, L. Meng, B. Z. Tian. Biology-guided engineering of bioelectrical interfaces, Nanoscale Horizons, 2022, DOI: 10.1039/D1NH00538C (Invited Review). Link
  • E. Liang, J. Y. Shi, B. Z. Tian. Freestanding nanomaterials for subcellular neuronal interfaces, iScience, 2022, DOI:10.1016/j.isci.2021.103534 (Invited Review). Link

Year 2021:

  • Z. F. Ye, A. Prominski, B. Z. Tian, G. Galli. Probing the electronic properties of the electrified silicon/water interface by combining simulations and experiments, PNAS,
  • X. L. Cai, M. Chen, A. Prominski, Y. L. Lin, N. Ankenbruck, J. Rosenberg, M. Nguyen, J. Y. Shi, A. Tomatsidou, G. Randall, D. Missiakas, J. Fung, E. B. Chang, P. Penaloza-MacMaster, B. Z. Tian, J. Huang. A Multifunctional Neutralizing Antibody-Conjugated Nanoparticle Inhibits and Inactivates SARS-CoV-2, Advanced Science, 2021, Link
  • J. Y. Shi, C. X. Sun, E. Liang, B. Z. Tian. Semiconductor Nanowire-Based Cellular and Subcellular Interfaces, Advanced Functional Materials, 2021, Link
  • A. Prominski, B. Z. Tian. Bridging the gap – biomimetic design of subcellular bioelectronic interfaces. Current Opinion in Biotechnology, 2021, 72, 69–75, Link
  • Y. Fang, X. Yang, Y. L. Lin, J. Y. Shi, A. Prominski, C. Clayton, E. Ostroff, B. Z. Tian. Dissecting biological and synthetic soft-hard interfaces for tissue-like systems, Chemical Reviews, 2021, 10.1021/acs.chemrev.1c00365, and the video.
  • S. Tang, Z. Davoudi, G. T. Wang, Z. H. Xu, T. Rehman, A. Prominski, B. Z. Tian, K. M. Bratlie, H. S. Peng, Q. Wang. Soft Materials as Artificial Biological Membranes, Chemical Society Reviews, 2021, in press. Link
  • A. Prominski, P. J. Li, B. Miao, B. Z. Tian. Nano-enabled Bioelectrical Modulation. Accounts of Materials Research, 2021, DOI: 10.1021/accountsmr.1c00132 (Invited Review). Link
  • E. Ostroff*, K. Parekh*, A. Prominski, B. Z. Tian. Biocompatible and Nanoenabled Technologies for Biological Modulation. Advanced Materials Technologies, 2021, DOI: (Invited Review). Link
  • K. Hou*, C. Yang*, J. Shi, B Kuang, B. Z. Tian. Nano‐and Microscale Optical and Electrical Biointerfaces and Their Relevance to Energy Research. Small, 2021, DOI: (Invited Review). Link
  • M. Chen, J. Rosenberg, X. L. Cai, A. C. H. Lee, J. Y. Shi, M. Nguyen, T. Wignakumar, V. Mirle, A. J. Edobor, J. Fung, J. S. Donington, K. Shanmugarajah, Y. L. Lin, E. Chang, G. Randall, P. Penaloza-MacMaster, B. Z. Tian, M. L. Madariaga, J. Huang. Nanotraps for the containment and clearance of SARS-CoV-2. Matter, 2021, DOI: Link
  • A. W. Phillips, R. Parameswaran, E. Lichter, J. Jeong, L. Y. Meng, M. Burke, K. Koehler, Y. V. Lee, B. Z. Tian, Gold-Decorated Silicon Nanowire Photocatalysts for Intracellular Production of Hydrogen Peroxide. ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 2021, 13, 15490–15500. Link
  • M. Y. Rotenberg*, E. N. Schaumann*, A. Prominski, B. Z. Tian, Silicon Nanowires and Optical Stimulation for Investigations of Intra- and Intercellular Electrical Coupling. Journal of Visualized Experiments, 2021, Link
  • B. Zhu, D. Yi, Y. Wang, H. Sun, G. Sha, G. Zheng, E. C Garnett, B. Z. Tian, F. Ding, J. Zhu, Self-inhibition effect of metal incorporation in nanoscaled semiconductors. PNAS, Link
  • B. Miao, B. Z. Tian, “Nanomaterial-enabled bioelectrical interfaces”, Book chapter in “Encyclopedia of Nanomaterials”, Elsevier. In production.
  • A. Prominski, B. Z. Tian, “Electrodes and materials”, Book chapter in “Introduction to Bioelectronics: Materials, Devices, Applications”, AIP Publishing. In production.
  • K. Parekh, B. Z. Tian, “Nanostructured silicon for biological modulation”, Book chapter in “Semiconducting Silicon Nanowires for Biomedical Applications”, Elsevier. In production.


Year 2020:

  • Y. Fang*, A. Prominski*, M. Y. Rotenberg*, L. Y. Meng*, H. A. Ledesma*, Y. Lv, J. P. Yue, E. Schaumann, J. Jeong, N. Yamamoto, Y. W. Jiang, B. Elbaz, W. Wei, B. Z. Tian, Micelle-enabled self-assembly of porous and monolithic carbon membranes for bioelectronic interfaces. Nature Nanotechnology, 2020. Link  Also see: A. Prominski, Bioelectronic modulation with porous and monolithic carbon membranes (Behind-the-paper). Link
  • K. Sim, F. Ershad, Y. C. Zhang, P. Y. Yang, H. Shim, Z. Rao, Y. T. Lu, A. Thukral, A. Elgalad, Y. T. Xi, B. Z. Tian, D. A. Taylor, C. J. Yu. An epicardial bioelectronic patch made from soft rubbery materials and capable of spatiotemporal mapping of electrophysiological activity. Nature Electronics, 2020, 3, 775-784. Link
  • Shen, L. Huang, J. H. Shen, L. Y. Meng, E. J. Kluender, C. Wolverton, B. Z. Tian, C. A. Mirkin, Synthesis of metal-capped semiconductor nanowires from heterodimer nanoparticle catalysts. Journal of the American Chemical Society, 2020, 142, 43, 18324–18329. Link
  • A. Prominski, B. Z. Tian, Quiet Brainstorming – Expecting the Unexpected. Matter, 2020, 3, 1-4 (Matter of opinion). Link
  • Y. V. Lee, L. Y. Meng, E. Ostroff, B. Z. Tian, Restructuring of ultra-thin branches in multi-nucleated silicon nanowires. Pure and Applied Chemistry, 2020, in press (Invited article for the celebration of the 60th anniversary of Pure and Applied Chemistry).
  • V. Nair*, J. Yi*, D. Isheim, M. Rotenberg, L. Y. Meng, F. Y. Shi, X. Q. Chen, X. Gao, A. Prominski, Y. W. Jiang, J. P. Yue, C. T. Gallagher, D. N. Seidman, B. Z. Tian, Laser writing of nitrogen-doped silicon carbide for biological modulation. Science Advances, 2020, 6 (34), eaaz2743. Link
  • Y. Fang*, L. Y. Meng*, A. Prominski*, E. N. Schaumann*, M. Seebald, B. Z. Tian, Recent advances in bioelectronics chemistry. Chemical Society Reviews, 2020, DOI: 10.1039/d0cs00333f. (Invited Review). Link
  • N. Schaumann, B. Z. Tian, Biological interfaces, modulation, and sensing with inorganic nano-bioelectronic materials. Small Methods, 2020, 4 (5), 1900868 (Invited Review). Link
  • J. Y. Shi, C. Clayton, B. Z. Tian, Nano-enabled cellular engineering for bioelectric studies. Nano Research, 2020, 13 (5), 1214-1227 (Invited Review). Link
  • Y. L. Lin, Y. Fang, J. P. Yue, B. Z. Tian, Soft-hard composites for bioelectric interfaces. Trends in Chemistry, 2020, 2, P519-534 (Invited Review). Link
  • X. Gao*, Y. W. Jiang*, Y. L. Lin*, K.-H. Kim., Y. Fang, J. Yi, L. Y. Meng. H.-C. Lee, Z. Y. Lu, O. Leddy, R. Zhang, Q. Tu, W. Feng, V. Nair, P. J. Griffin, F. Y. Shi, G. S. Shekhawat, A. R. Dinner, H.-G. Park, and B. Z. Tian, Structured silicon for revealing transient and integrated signal transductions in microbial systems. Science Advances, 2020, 6, eaay2760. Link
  • Y. V. Lee*, D. Wu*, Y. Fang, Y. X. Peng, B. Z. Tian, Tracking longitudinal rotation of silicon nanowires for biointerfaces. Nano Letters, 2020, 20, 3852-3857. Link
  • Y. Fang*, E. Han*, X.-X. Zhang*, Y. W. Jiang*, Y. L. Lin, J. Y. Shi, J. B. Wu, L. Y. Meng, X. Gao, P. J. Griffin, X. H. Xiao, H.-M. Tsai, H. Zhou, X. B. Zuo, Q. Zhang, M. Q. Chu, Q. T. Zhang, Y. Gao, L. K. Roth, R. Bleher, Z. Y. Ma, Z. Jiang, J. P. Yue, C.-M. Kao, C.-T. Chen, A. Tokmakoff, J. Wang, H. M. Jaeger, B. Z. Tian, Dynamic and programmable cellular-scale granules enable tissue-like materials. Matter, 2020, DOI: 10.1016/j.matt.2020.01.008. Link
  • M. Y. Rotenberg, B. Elbaz, V. Nair, E. N. Schaumann, N. Yamamoto, N. Sarma, L. Matino, F. Santoro, B. Z. Tian, Silicon nanowires for intracellular optical interrogation with subcellular resolution. Nano Letters, 2020, 20, 1226-1232. Link


Year 2019:

  • E. N. Schaumann, B. Z. Tian, Actin-packed topography: Cytoskeletal response to curvature. PNAS, 2019, 116, 22897-22898 (News and Views). Link
  • M. Y. Rotenberg, N. Yamamoto, E. N. Schaumann, L. Matino, F. Santoro, B. Z. Tian, Living myofibroblast-silicon composites for probing electrical coupling in cardiac systems. PNAS, 2019, 116, 22531-22539. Link
  • J. F. Zimmerman, B. Z. Tian, Multifunctional optofluidic brain probes. Nature Biomedical Engineering, 2019, DOI: 10.1038/s41551-019-0439-7 (News and Views). Link
  • B. Z. Tian, Nongenetic neural control with light, Science, 2019, 365, 457, DOI: 10.1126/science.aay4351 (Prize essay) Link
  • H. Acaron Ledesma, X. Li, J. L. Carvalho-de-Souza, W. Wei, F. Bezanilla, B. Z. Tian, An atlas of nano-enabled neural interfaces. Nature Nanotechnology, 2019, 14, 645-657. Link
  • Y. Fang, B. Z. Tian, Curving neural nanobioelectronics. Nature Nanotechnology, 2019, DOI: 10.1038/s41565-019-0503-1 (News and Views). Link
  • B. Z. Tian, C. M. Lieber, Nanowired bioelectric interfaces. Chemical Reviews, 2019, 119, 9136-9152. Link
  • Y. W. Jiang*, R. Parameswaran*, X. Li*, J. L. Carvalo-de-Souza*, X. Gao, L. Meng, F. Bezanilla, G. M. G. Shepherd, B. Z. Tian, Nongenetic optical neuromodulation with silicon-based materials. Nature Protocols, 2019, DOI: s41596-019-0135-9. Link
  • Y. V. Lee, B. Z. Tian, Learning from solar energy conversion: Biointerfaces for artificial photosynthesis and biological modulation. Nano Letters, 2019, 19, 2189-2197. Link
  • C. Clayton, B. Z. Tian, Biomimicry for injectable mesh nanoelectronics. Bioelectronics in Medicine, 2019, 2, editorial. Link


Year 2018:

  • Y. W. Jiang, B. Z. Tian, Inorganic semiconductor biointerfaces. Nature Reviews Materials, 2018, Link
  • R. Parameswaran*, K. Koehler*, M. Rotenberg, M. Burke, J. Kim, K.-Y. Jeong, B. Hissa, M. Paul, K. Moreno, N. Sarma, T. Hayes, E. Sudzilovsky, H.-G. Park, B. Z. Tian, Optical stimulation of cardiac cells with a polymer-supported silicon nanowire matrix. PNAS, 2018, in press. Link
  • R. Parameswaran, B. Z. Tian, Scalable breakthrough. Nature Nanotechnology, 2018, DOI: 10.1038/s41565-018-0248-2 (News and Views) Link
  • Y. Fang*, Y. W. Jiang*, H. A. Ledesma*, J. Yi, X. Gao, D. E. Weiss, F. Y. Shi, B. Z. Tian, Texturing silicon nanowires for highly localized optical modulation of cellular dynamics. Nano Letters, 2018, 18, 4487-4492. Link
  • J. F. Zimmerman, B. Z. Tian, Nongenetic optical methods for measuring and modulating neuronal response. ACS Nano, 2018, 5, 4086-4095 (invited perspective). Link
  • B. Z. Tian, S. Xu, J. A Rogers, S. Cestellos-Blanco, P. D. Yang, J. L Carvalho-de-Souza, F. Bezanilla, J. Liu, Z. N. Bao, M. Hjort, Y. H. Cao, N. Melosh, G. Lanzani, F. Benfenati, G. Galli, F. Gygi, R. Kautz, A. A Gorodetsky, S. S Kim, T. K Lu, P. Anikeeva, M. Cifra, O. Krivosudsk, D. Havelka, Y. Jiang, Roadmap on semiconductor-cell biointerfaces. Physical Biology, 15 (3), 031002. doi: 10.1088/1478-3975/aa9f34.
  • R. Parameswaran, B. Z. Tian, Rational design of semiconductor nanostructures for functional subcellular interfaces. Accounts of Chemical Research, 2018, DOI: 10.1021/acs.accounts.7b00555 (Invited review). Link
  • Z. Q. Luo, D. Weiss, Q. Y. Liu, B. Z. Tian, Biomimetic approaches toward smart bio-hybrid systems. Nano Research, 2018, (invited review) Link
  • M. Y. Rotenberg, B. Z. Tian, Talking to cells: semiconductor nanomaterials at the cellular interface. Advanced Biosystems, 2018, (invited review) Link
  • Y. W. Jiang*, X. J. Li*, B. Liu*, J. Yi, Y. Fang, F. Y. Shi, X. Gao, E. Sudzilovsky, R. Parameswaran, K. Koehler, V. Nair, J. Yue, K. H. Guo, Y. Fang, H.-M. Tsai, G. Freyermuth, R. C. S. Wong, C.-M. Kao, C.-T. Chen, A. W. Nicholls, X. Y. Wu, G. M. G. Shepherd, B. Z. Tian, Rational design of silicon structures for optically-controlled multiscale biointerfaces. Nature Biomedical Engineering, 2018, doi:10.1038/s41551-018-0230-1 ( Link  Also see: Y. W. Jiang, Tailoring silicon for optically controlled, non-genetic biological modulation (Behind-the-paper). Link
  • R. Parameswaran*, J. Carvalho-de-Souza*, Y. W. Jiang, M. J. Burke, J. F. Zimmerman, K. Koehler, A. W. Phillips, J. Yi, E. J. Adams, F. Bezanilla, B. Z. Tian. Photoelectrochemical modulation of neuronal activity with free-standing coaxial silicon nanowires. Nature Nanotechnology, 2018, Link


Year 2017:

  • Y. Fang*, Y. W. Jiang*, M. J. Cherukara*, F. Y. Shi, K. Koehler, G. Freyermuth, D. Isheim, B. Narayanan, A. W. Nicholls, D. N. Seidman, S. K. R. S. Sankaranarayanan, B. Z. Tian. Alloy-assisted deposition of three-dimensional arrays of atomic gold catalyst for crystal growth studies. Nature Communications, 2017, 8, article number: 2014. Link
  • J. Yi*, Y. C. Wang*, Y. W. Jiang, I. W. Jung, W. J. Liu, V. De Andrade, R. Q. Xu, R. Parameswaran, I. R. Peters, R. Divan, X. H. Xiao, T. Sun, Y. Lee, W. I. Park, and B. Z. Tian. 3D calcite heterostructures for dynamic and deformable mineralized matrices. Nature Communications, 2017, 8, article number: 509. Link
  • J. H. Lee, Z. Cheglakov, J. Yi, T. M. Cronin, K. J. Gibson, B. Z. Tian, Y. Weizmann. Plasmonic photothermal gold bipyramid nanoreactors for ultrafast real-time bioassays. J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2017, 139, 8054-8057. Link
  • H. A. Ledesma, B. Z. Tian. Nanoscale silicon for subcellular biointerfaces. Journal of Materials Chemistry B, 2017, DOI: 10.1039/C7TB00151G. (invited review as one of the Emerging investigators in Materials Chemistry) Link
  • M. Y. Rotenberg, B. Z. Tian. (News and Views) Bioelectronic devices: Long-lived recordings. Nature Biomedical Engineering, 2017, 1, 0048. Link


Year 2016:

  • J. F. Zimmerman, R. Parameswaran, G. Murray, Y. Wang, M. Burke, B. Z. Tian. Cellular uptake and dynamics of unlabeled freestanding silicon nanowires. Science Advances, 2016, 2:e1601039. Link
  • Y. W. Jiang*, J. Carvalho-de-Souza*, R. Wong*, Z. Q. Luo, D. Isheim, X. B. Zuo, A. W. Nicholls, I. W. Jung, J. P. Yue, D.-J. Liu, Y. C. Wang, V. De Andrade, X. H. Xiao, L. Navrazhnykh, D. E. Weiss, X. Y. Wu, D. N. Seidman, F. Bezanilla, and B. Z. Tian. Heterogeneous silicon mesostructures for lipid-supported bioelectric interfaces. Nature Materials, 2016, 15, 1023-1030. Link
  • D. Richads, Y. Tan, R. Coyle, Y. Li, R. Y. Xu, N. Yeung, A. Parker, D. R. Menick, B. Z. Tian, and Y. Mei. Nanowires and electrical stimulation synergistically improve functions of hiPSC cardiac spherioids. Nano Letters, DOI:10.1021/acs.nanolett.6b02093. Link


Year 2015:

  • J. F. Zimmerman, G. F. Murray, and B. Z. Tian. Optical Determination of Silicon Nanowire Diameters for Intracellular Applications. J. Phys. Chem. C, Article ASAP. DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpcc.5b10076. Link
  • J. F. Zimmerman and B. Z. Tian. Injectable electronics as a modern day ‘ship in a bottle’. NPG Asia Materials, invited commentary article, NPG Asia Materials, 2015, 7, e214; doi:10.1038/am.2015.104. Link
  • J. F. Zimmerman, G. F. Murray, Y. C. Wang, J. M. Jumper, J. R. Austin, II, and B. Z. Tian. Free-standing kinked silicon nanowires for probing inter- and intracellular force dynamics. Nano Lett., 2015, 15 (8), pp 5492?5498. Link
  • Z. Q. Luo*, Y. W. Jiang*, B. D. Myers, D. Isheim, J. S. Wu, J. F. Zimmerman, Z. A. Wang, Q. Q. Li, Y. C. Wang, X. Q. Chen, V. P. Dravid, D. N. Seidman and B. Z. Tian, Atomic gold-enabled three-dimensional lithography for silicon mesostructures. Science, 2015, 348, 1451-1455. Link
  • Y. Tan, D. Richads, R. Y. Xu, S. Stewart-Clark, S. K. Mani, T. K. Borg, D. R. Menick, B. Z. Tian, and Y. Mei. Silicon nanowire-induced maturation of cardiomyocytes derived from human induced pluripotent stem cells. Nano Letters, 2015, 15, 2765-2772. Link


Year 2014:

  • J. Zimmerman, R. Parameswaran and B. Z. Tian, Nanoscale Semiconductor Devices as New Biomaterials. Biomaterials Science, 2014, 2, 619-626. (invited review as one of the Emerging investigators in Biomaterials) Link


Year 2013:

  • B. Z. Tian and C. M. Lieber, Synthetic nanoelectronic probes for biological cells and tissue. Annual Review of Analytical Chemistry, 2013, 6, 31-51. (invited review) Link


Before UChicago:

  • B. Z. Tian*, J. Liu*, T. Dvir*, L. H. Jin, J. H. Tsui, Q. Qing, Z. G. Suo, R. Langer, D. S. Kohane and C. M. Lieber, Macroporous nanowire nanoelectronic scaffolds for synthetic tissues, Nature Mater., 2012, 11, 986-994. Link
  • B. Z. Tian and C. M. Lieber, Design, synthesis, and characterization of novel nanowire structures for photovoltaics and intracellular probes, Pure Appl. Chem., 2011, 83, 2153-2169. (invited review)
  • B. Z. Tian*, T. Cohen-Karni*, Q. Qing, X. J. Duan, P. Xie and C. M. Lieber, Three-dimensional, flexible nanoscale field-effect transistors as localized bioprobes, Science, 2010, 329, 830-834. Link
  • B. Z. Tian, P. Xie, T. J. Kempa, D.C. Bell and C. M. Lieber, Single crystalline kinked semiconductor nanowire superstructures, Nature Nanotechnol., 2009, 4, 824-829. Link
  • B. Z. Tian, T. J. Kempa and C. M. Lieber, Single nanowire photovoltaics, Chem. Soc. Rev., 2009, 38, 16-24. (invited review) (inside cover highlight) Link
  • B. Z. Tian*, X. L. Zheng*, T. J. Kempa, Y. Fang, N.F. Yu, G.H. Yu, J.L. Huang and C.M. Lieber, Coaxial silicon nanowires as solar cells and nanoelectronic power sources, Nature, 2007, 449, 885-888. Link
  • B. Z. Tian, X. Y. Liu, B. Tu, C. Z. Yu, J. Fan, L. M. Wang, S. H. Xie, G. D. Stucky and D. Y. Zhao, Self-adjusted synthesis of ordered stable mesoporous minerals by acid-base pairs, Nature Mater., 2003, 2, 159-163. Link
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