Faculty - Tan

Li Tan, Associate Professor

Li Tan

Li Tan
Associate Professor

Mechanical & Materials Engineering
University of Nebraska–Lincoln
W334 Nebraska Hall
Lincoln, Nebraska 68588-0526
Office: 402-472-4018

Research Interests

My research expertise falls into the following two categories:

  • Material Design, Self-Assembly, and Nanomanufacturing
  • Mechanics of Nanomaterials and Nanostructures.

Currently, my group and I are battling in several new frontiers, including programmable organic electronics, compressible liquids, and portable hydroelectricity.


  • Guo Z., Tan L., Fundamentals and Applications of Nanomaterials, Artech House: Boston, ISBN 978-1-59693-262-3, June 2009 (249 Pages) (foreword by Prof. J. W. Morris, Jr., Member of National Academy of Engineering).
Journal Publications
(a) In Crystallization, Self-Assembly, and Material Design
  • Chen Z., Baird L., Tan L.*, “Fixing Colloidal Motions at Micrometer Scale in an Open-Channel Fluid System”, Journal of Physical Chemistry B, 2013.
  • Dhôtel A., Chen Z., Delbreilh L., Youssef B., Saiter J.M., Tan L.*, “Molecular Motions in Functional Self-Assembled Nanostructures”, International Journal of Molecular Sciences, 2013, 14, 2303-2333. http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/ijms14022303 (Invited Review)
  • Poudel I., Lee J., Tan L., Lim J.*, “Micropatterning-Retinoic Acid Co-Control of Neuronal Cell Morphology and Neurite outgrowth”, Acta Biomaterialia, 2013, 9, 4592-4598.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.actbio.2012.08.039
  • Dhôtel A.*, Delbreilh L., Youssef B., Jiang J., Coquerel G., Saiter J.M., Tan L., “Thermal Growth of Organic Supramolecular Crystals with Screw Dislocations”, Journal of Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry, 2012.
  • Chen Z., Xu Z., Zhang M., Zhou Y., Patten T., Liu G-Y., Li H., Zeng X.*, Tan L.*, “Two-Dimensional Crystallization of Hexagonal Bilayer with Moiré Patterns”, Journal of Physical Chemistry B, 2012, 116, 4363-4369.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/jp211369r  (Cover Art)
  • Dhôtel A., Li H., Fernandez-Ballester L.*, Delbreilh L., Youssef B., Zeng X., Tan L.*, “Supramolecular Nanolayer Reconfiguration after Molecular Intercalation”, Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 2011, 115, 10351-10356.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/jp112025p
  • Chen Z., Yang J., Tan L.*, “Collective Buckling of Line Arrays Created by Soft Lithography”, Journal of Vacuum Science and Technology B, 2011, 29, 021001. http://dx.doi.org/10.1116/1.3545808
  • Yu C., Chen Z., Li H., Turner J., Zeng X., Jin Z., Jiang J.*, Youssef B., Tan L.*, “Molecular Intercalated Nanoflakes: A Supramolecular Approach for Strong Energy Absorption”, Advanced Materials, 2010, 22, 4457.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/adma.201000546
  • Jiang J., Schiaffo C., Schwartz C., Pei Y., Dumais J., Zeng X., Dussault P., Tan L.*, “Efficient Synthesis and Conformational Investigations of cis-Pentacenediols”, Tetrahedron Letters, 2010, 51, 5732. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.tetlet.2010.08.080
  • Jiang J., Lima O., Pei Y., Jiang Z., Chen Z., Yu C., Wang J., Zeng X., Forsythe E., Tan L.*, “Self-Assembled Nanolayers of Conjugated Silane with ?-? Interlocking”, ACS Nano, 2010, 4, 3773. http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/nn100273m
  • Yan J., Li X. Z.*, Jiang J., Tan L., “TEM Study of Lizardite-1T Particles in Toluene Solvent”, Journal of Failure Analysis and Prevention, 2010, 10, 3. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11668-009-9310-6 (Feature Article)
  • Rosa L.*, Jiang J., Li F., Utreras E., Alvira J., Lima O., Xiao J., Losovyj Y., Tan L., “Franck-Condon Coupling in Anthracene Isomers and Symmetry Effects on the High Resolution Ultraviolet Photoemission Spectra (HRUPS)”, Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 2010, 114, 2015. http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/jp906245w
(b) In Mechanics of Nanomaterials and Nanostructures
  • Chen Z., Yang J., Tan L.*, “Collective Buckling of Line Arrays Created by Soft Lithography”, Journal of Vacuum Science and Technology B, 2011, 29, 021001. http://dx.doi.org/10.1116/1.3545808
  • Lin H., Du H., Yang J., Tan L.*, “Collective Buckling of an Elastic Beam Array on an Elastic Substrate for Applications in Soft Lithography”, Acta Mechanica, 2010, 215, 235.
  • Zeng M., Du H., Chen Z., Tan L.*, “Hierarchical Buckling on Surfaces of Soft Lamellae”, Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 2010, 114, 16439. http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/jp103815p  (Cover Art)
  • Lin H., Chen Z., Yang J., Tan L.*, “Effects of Surface Deformation on the Collective Buckling of An Array of Rigid Beams on an Elastic Substrate”, Journal of Mechanical Materials and Structures, 2010, to appear.
  • Jin Z.*, Tan L., “Interface Debonding Between A Platelike Nanomaterial and the Substrate”, AIAA Journal, 2010, 48, 1276. http://dx.doi.org/10.2514/1.j050414
  • Li Z., Feng K., Yang J., Tan L.*, Lin H., “Collective Buckling of Nonuniform Nanobeams Interacting through an Elastic Substrate”, Acta Mechanica, 2010, 209, 285. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00707-009-0182-3
  • Chen Z., Liu M., Liu G.-Y., Tan L.*, “Evaporation Induced Two-Dimensional Buckling within Liquid Droplet”, Applied Physics Letters, 2009, 95, 223104 (selected by the Virtual Journal of Nanoscale Science & Technology, December 14, 2009). http://dx.doi.org/10.1063/1.3269930
  • Du F., Tang C.*, Xie X.*, Zhou X., Tan L.*, “Carbon Nanotube Enhanced Gripping in Polymer-Based Actuators”, Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 2009, 113, 7223. http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/jp807707m
  • Chen Z., Yang J., Tan L.*, “Collective Buckling of A Two-Dimensional Array of Interacting Columns on the Surface of An Elastic Substrate”, Journal of Physical Chemistry B, 2008, 112, 14766. http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/jp8046399
  • Lin H., Yang J., Tan L.*, Xu J., Li Z., “Collective Buckling in Periodic Soft Nanostructures and Promotion for Nanolithography”, Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 2007, 111, 13348. http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/jp0737000 (Cover Article)