Li Tan.

Associate Professor

Mechanical and Materials Engineering

W334 Nebraska Hall
Lincoln, NE 68588
(402) 472-4018
  • Ph.D. in Macromolecular Science and Engineering, 2002, University of Michigan (Ann Arbor)
  • M.E. in Civil Engineering, 1997, Tsinghua University (Beijing)
  • B.E. in Chemical Engineering, 1994, Tsinghua University (Beijing)

Research Interests
  • Crystallization, Self-assembly, and Material Design
  • Mechanics of Nanomaterials and Nanostructures
  • Direct Pattern Miniaturization Based on Elastomer Shrinkage, US patent filed, Nov., 2007 (UC-Davis)
  • Imprinting polymer film on patterned substrate, US 7,618,510 B2 (U. Michigan)
  • Methods of creating patterns on substrates and articles of manufacture resulting there from, US 6,860,956 (U. Michigan)
Honors and Awards
  • 2012, Invited Professor (one month), INSA de Rouen, France
  • 2010, Early promotion to Associate Professor with tenure, UNL
  • 2009-2010, Marquis Who’s Who in America 2009, Multi-Disciplinary Research Award, COE, UNL
  • 2008, Harold Edgerton Innovation Award (first recipient), COE, UNL
  • 2001, 2000, Graduate Travel Fellowship (summer), University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • 1998, Department Fellowship, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • 1996, GuangHua Graduate Fellowship (HongKong), Tsinghua University, Beijing, China
  • 1989-1994, Excellent Undergraduate, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China
Selected Publications
  • 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. (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.
  • 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. (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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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. (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.
  • 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.
  • 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. (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.
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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. (Cover Article)