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Jin-Chong Tan BEng MA MEng PhD (Cantab)

Professor of Engineering Science (Nanoscale Engineering)

Tutorial Fellow at Balliol College

Biography

Professor Jin-Chong Tan has a BEng in Mechanical Engineering (Malaysia, 1999) and an MEng in Materials Engineering (Singapore, 2001). In 2005, he obtained a PhD in Materials Science from Cambridge University, where he studied lightweight composite materials constructed from stainless steel fibres.

He moved to Oxford University in September 2012 to take up a University Lectureship (Associate Professorship) in Mechanical Engineering, together with a Tutorial Fellowship in Engineering Science at Balliol College. In July 2018, he became a full professor and was conferred the title of Professor of Engineering Science (Nanoscale Engineering).

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Research Interests

Professor Jin-Chong Tan leads the Multifunctional Materials & Composites (MMC) Laboratory, where his group develops porous metal-organic frameworks, multifunctional thin films, polymer membranes and bespoke nanocomposite systems targeting real-world applications. Recent research interests include nanoengineering of novel lightemitting materials and tuneable nanocomposites for disruptive sensing technologies.

Their approach involves the application of cutting-edge experimental techniques, such as atomic force microscopy, nanoindentation, vibrational spectroscopy and imaging, in combination with theoretical modelling and quantum mechanical calculations on state-of-the-art supercomputers.

The group has strong links with the Diamond Light Source and the ISIS Neutron & Muon Spallation Source in Harwell campus, which are big science facilities in the UK. They use high-intensity synchrotron and neutron irradiation to probe the structure-property relations of new functional materials and complex composite systems.

Group Website

Current Projects

LUMIVOCS

Portable Luminescent Sensor for Volatile Organic Compounds

PROMOFS

Nanoengineering and processing of metal-organic framework composites for photonic sensors

DIAMOND

Imaging and high-resolution spectroscopy of metal-organic frameworks using synchrotron irradiation

ISIS

Uncovering the low-energy lattice dynamics in nanoporous materials via high-resolution neutron spectroscopy

MEMBRANES

Thermo-mechanical properties and engineering performance of mixed-matrix membranes integrating metal-organic frameworks

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Selected Publications

“High rate nanofluidic energy absorption in porous zeolitic frameworks”, Nature Materials, 20, 1015–1023 (2021). [DOI] Press releases / Journal cover: [Oxford University] [Ghent University] [Nature Portfolio]

 

"Near-field infrared nanospectroscopy reveals guest confinement in metal-organic framework single crystals", Nano Letters, 20, 7446-7454 (2020). [DOI]

"Nanomechanical Properties and Failure Mechanisms of Two‑Dimensional Metal-Organic Framework Nanosheets", Nanoscale Advances, 2, 5181-5191 (2020). [DOI] Journal cover:

  

"Guest-Tunable Dielectric Sensing Using a Single Crystal of HKUST‑1", Advanced Materials Interfaces, 7, 2000408 (2020). [DOIJournal cover: 

"Guest‑Host Interactions of Nanoconfined Anti-Cancer Drug in Metal‑Organic Framework Exposed by Terahertz Dynamics", ChemComm, 55, 3868–3871 (2019). [DOI] Press Release: [ISIS Science HighlightsJournal cover:

"A sol–gel monolithic metal–organic framework with enhanced methane uptake", Nature Materials, 17, 174–179 (2018). [DOI]

"Optochemically Responsive 2D Nanosheets of a 3D Metal-Organic Framework Material", Advanced Materials, 29, 1701463 (2017). [DOI] Press Release: [Oxford University NewsJournal cover:

"Detecting Molecular Rotational Dynamics Complementing the Low-Frequency Terahertz Vibrations in a Zirconium-Based Metal-Organic Framework", Physical Review Letters, 118, 255502 (2017). [DOI]

"Discovering Connections Between Terahertz Vibrations and Elasticity Underpinning the Collective Dynamics of the HKUST-1 Metal-Organic Framework", CrystEngComm, 18, 4303-4312 (2016). [DOI] Press Release: [Diamond Light Source - Science HighlightsJournal cover:

"Multifunctional Supramolecular Hybrid Materials Constructed from Hierarchical Self-Ordering of in situ Generated Metal-Organic Framework (MOF) Nanoparticles", Advanced Materials, 27(30), 4438-4446 (2015). [DOI] Press Release: [Oxford Science Blog - "Shape-shifting gels get smarter"Journal cover:

“Identifying the Role of Terahertz Vibrations in Metal-Organic Frameworks: From Gate-Opening Phenomenon to Shear-Driven Structural Destabilization” Physical Review Letters, 113, 215502 (2014). [DOI] Press Release: [Oxford Science Blog] [ISIS Science News] [Diamond Annual Review 2014/15]

“Exceptionally Low Shear Modulus in a Prototypical Imidazole-Based Metal-Organic Framework Material”, Physical Review Letters, 108, 095502 (2012). [DOI]

“Mechanical Properties of Hybrid Inorganic-Organic Framework Materials: Establishing Fundamental Structure-Property Relationships”, Chem. Soc. Rev., 40, 1059-1080 (2011). [DOI]

A full listing of research papers is available on GoogleScholar

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Teaching

P3 and A3 tutorials: structures, materials and solid mechanics

B8 Composites

C4 Modelling of Polymers

C13 Production Processes

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DPhil/Postdoc Opportunities

visit MMC Lab webpage for further information and contact Prof. Tan if you are interested in joining the research group.

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