Nongjian NJ Tao

Nongjian NJ Tao

Center Director and Professor, Biodesign Center for Bioelectronics and Biosensors


Nongjian “NJ” Tao, Ph.D., is the director of the Center for Bioelectronics and Biosensors at the Biodesign Institute and is a professor in the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering at Arizona State University. Tao joined ASU faculty as a professor of electrical engineering and an affiliated professor of chemistry and biochemistry in August 2001.

Specializing in the very small, Tao’s expertise lies in molecular electronics and nanoelectronics, chemical and biological sensors, and wireless devices for mobile health and environmental applications. Tao’s research center explores fundamental properties of single molecules and nanostructured materials, develops new sensing and detection technologies, and builds fully integrated devices for real-world applications.

Tao holds 26 issued U.S. patents, has published over 300 articles, given 280 invited and keynote talks worldwide and served in various scientific committees and review panels. He is an elected Fellow of AIMBE, AAAS, and APS, and has received various awards and honors, including Elsevier ISE Experimental Electrochemistry Prize, Hellmuth Fischer Medal, Alexander von Humboldt Senior Award, Arizona Technology Enterprise Innovator of the Year Award, Finalist of Arizona Governor's Innovator of the Year Award and Microscopy Innovation Today Award.