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. (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.
(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.
  • 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)