Faculty - Tan

Dr. Li Tan

Dr. Li Tan, Associate Professor
Mechanical & Materials Engineering
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
W334 Nebraska Hall
Lincoln, Nebraska 68588-0526
Office: 402-472-4018
Tan's webpage

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.

Recent Publications


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 (* states the corresponding author) (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

Rosa L., Jiang J., Lima O., Xiao J., Utreras E., Dowben P.*, Tan L., “Selective Nanoshaving of Self-Assembled Monolayers of 2-(4-Pyridylethyl)triethoxysilane”, Materials Letters, 2009, 63, 961. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.matlet.2009.01.025

Jiang J., Lima O., Pei Y., Zeng X.*, Tan L.*, Forsythe E.*, “Dipole-Induced, Thermally Stable Lamellar Structure by Polar Aromatic Silane”, Journal of American Chemical Society, 2009, 131, 900. http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/ja808103h

Yan J., Chen Z., Jiang J., Tan L.*, Zeng X., “Free-Standing All-Particle Thin Fibers: A Novel Nanostructure Bridging One- And Two-Dimensional Nanoscale Features”, Advanced Materials, 2009, 21, 314. http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/adma.200801130

Lima O., Tan L.*, Goel A., Negahban M., Li Z., “Creating Micro- and Nanostructures on Tubular and Spherical Surfaces”, Journal of Vacuum Science and Technology B, 2007, 25, 2412. http://dx.doi.org/10.1116/1.2804428

Tan L., Ouyang Z., Liu M., Hu J., Patten T. E., Liu G.-Y.*, “High Efficiency Stepwise Contraction and Adsorption Nanolithography”, Journal of Physical Chemistry B, 2006, 110, 23320. http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/jp0630323

Ouyang Z., Tan L., Liu M., Hu J., Patten T. E., Liu G.-Y.*, “A Simple Miniaturization Protocol to Produce Multi-component Structures”, Small, 2006, 7, 884. http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/smll.200500420 (Cover Article)

(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)