Daniel Tan earned his Ph.D. in Solid State Physics from the Chinese Academy of Science in 1989, and a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urban-Champaign in 1998. After working on metallic alloys in University of Science and Technology of China as an associate professor, he turned his interest in electrical ceramics, polymer-based nanocomposites, and energy storage working for Honeywell, CTS Corporation, GE Global Research, and W.L. Gore in the USA as a senior scientist. Since late 2018, he joined Guangdong Technion Israel Institute of Technology as an associate professor and deputy department head.
He has published 65 peer-reviewed papers, 5 book chapters, 2 university textbooks, and received 50 innovation patents, and has delivered many times invited talks worldwide.
- 1998, Ph.D., Dept. of Material Science & Engineering, University of Illinois, Urbana, IL
- 1989, Ph.D., Institute of Solid State Physics, Academia Sinica, Hefei, China
- 1986, M.Sc., Institute of Solid State Physics, Academia Sinica, Hefei, China
- 1983, B.Sc., Department of Physics, Anhui University, Hefei, China
My research areas are associated with materials for energy storage, conversion, and transmission. My major materials interests are the synthesis of surface modulated nanoparticles of oxides, nitride, carbides, and activated carbon, fabrication, modeling, and characterization of polymer-based nanocomposites including electromagnetic interference, atomic layer deposition of inorganic thin films, solution casting of polymer films, electrochemical supercapacitor, and piezoelectric ceramics. My purpose is to understand the nano/microstructure and mesoporous structure, the failure mechanism of dielectric materials and capacitors, surface and interfacial defect contribution, electrical charge transfer, to design novel electrodes for high energy storage devices, electromagnetic intervention device, and eventually to realize the technology transfer and utilization. The main research projects are below.
- Polymer-inorganic nanocomposites tailorable for electrical insulation, nonlinear resistance device, EMI reflection and absorption, and thermally conductive property
- Electrostatic capacitors and polymer film improvement by surface modification
- High voltage and high energy density electrochemical supercapacitors
- Electromagnetic intervention device for medical science and healthcare
- Piezoelectric and ferroelectric ceramics for medical imaging, power generation, and sonar.
HONORS AND AWARDS
- 2010-2016 GE New Ideas program funding (6 times); 2013 GE Global Research Technical Career Path award;
- 2008 GE Global Research Power Conversion System Innovation Award;
- 2006 GE Global Research Electronic and Energy Conversion System Management Award; 2004 CTS Corporation Technical Merit Award;
- 1997 1st Place Prize of Ceramographic Competition, American Ceramic Society; 1997 3rd Place Prize of Student Poster Contest, Chicago-Milwakee Section, AcerS; 1994 Scholar Award of Chinese Academy of Science for visiting research in the U.S.A.; 1993 1st Place Prize of Natural Science Awards, Chinese Academy of Science; 1992 Elite Young Teacher Prize, University of Science and Technology of China;
- 1985 Award of a grant from International Center for Theoretical Physics, Trieste, Italy.
IEEE, American Ceramic Society, Material Research Society, SAE, SPIE, iMPAS