Henry Tan


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    1993 …2022

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    Subsea engineering
    Mechanical behaviour of highly packed particulate composites
    Multiscale simulation
    Nanomechancs of materials
    Micromechanics of materials

    Research Overview:

    Dr. Tan has broad interests in research. Some achievements are listed as follow:


    1. Dr. Tan’s work, published in Physical Review Letters etc., that combines the theoretical and experimental approaches to study the surface-roughness evolution caused by the stress in nanoscale chemical etching, found many applications, of cross-disciplinary in technologies including (papers in the following brackets cited his work):

    • magnetic and inertial fusion energy systems (Fusion Science and Technology 52, 579-583)
    • solid-state nuclear track detection (Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research Section B: Beam Interactions with Materials and Atoms 268, 165-171)

    Biomedical technology
    • orthopaedic implants (Experimental Mechanics 47, 395-403)
    • tissue engineering (Nanomedicine 1, 73-90)
    • metallic implants in the corrosive physiological environment (Wear 263, 1117-1123; Acta Biomaterialia 4, 296-304)
    • plasma-aided micro- and nanopatterning for biomedical applications (Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering 20, 045005; Journal of Optoelectronics and Advanced Materials 11, 1163-1169; Thin Solid Films 517, 3954-3957)

    • chemical mechanical polishing (Materials Research Society Symposium Proceedings 867, 275-280; International Journal of Solids and Structures 44, 7924-7937; CIRP Annals - Manufacturing Technology 55, 605-608; Key Engineering Materials 270-273, 1779-1784)

    MEMS technology
    • micro-electrical and mechanical systems (Journal of Materials Science, 38, 4145-4155; International Journal of Fracture 151, 269-279; Sensors and Actuators A: Physical 121, 121-130; Mechanics of Materials 36, 35-44; Materials Research Society Symposium - Proceedings 794, 253-258; Materials Research Society Symposium - Proceedings 687, 29-34)
    • silicon-based integrated circuits (Plasma Science and Technology 12, 673-676)
    • magnetic storage and optoelectronic devices (JOM 60, 54-58)
    • heteroepitaxial thin film growth (Applied Physics Letters 92, 081908)
    • short wavelength light emitting diodes and laser diodes (Experimental Mechanics 43, 289-302)

    • nanostructured materials (Thin Solid Films, 423, 136-145)
    • ultraviolet nanoimprint lithography (Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering 20, 045005)


    2. Dr. Tan was one of the pioneers in combined atomistic and continuum simulation of the behaviour of materials. Because of this achievement he was awarded National Excellent Doctoral Dissertation by the State Council of China in 1999, and the First Prize of National Science and Technology Progress Award (with Professors Wei Yang and Keh-Chih Hwang etc. of Tsinghua University) by the State Education Commission of China.


    3. Dr. Tan’s work on highly packed particulate composites, published on the Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids etc., was cited in journal articles by scientists in the USA, UK, China, Germany, France, Canada, Japan, Greece, Czech, Sweden, Italy and South Africa.


    Dr. Tan is a naturalized American under the first preference as a "scientist with extraordinary ability". He received his academic training from Brown University, USA, and Tsinghua University, China.

    Teaching Responsibilities:

    Dr. Tan supervised doctors and masters on subjects including condition monitoring, safety and reliability in subsea engineering and environment protection. He taught courses, such as Subsea Integrity, Fluid Dynamics, Simulation in Materials, Materials and Structures, Fluid Mechanics and Thermodynamics, Deformation and Fracture of Engineering Materials, Explosion Engineering, Aircraft Structural Analysis, Mechanical Design, Computation, Engineering Materials Laboratory, Plasticity, Impact of Cellular Materials, etc., at institutions world widely including: the School of Engineering, University of Aberdeen, Scotland;  International Centre for Mechanical Sciences, Udine, Italy; School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering, University of Manchester, England; Department of Mechanical Engineering, Louisiana State University, USA; and School of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Zhejiang University, China.


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