Dr Henry Tan

Dr Henry Tan
Dr Henry Tan

Dr Henry Tan

Senior Lecturer


School of Engineering, University of Aberdeen, Fraser Noble Building (room 375), King's College, Aberdeen, AB24 3UE, United Kingdom


Dr Henry Tan is a Senior Lecturer in Safety & Reliability Engineering of the University of Aberdeen. He graduated from the Tsinghua University which is ranked #1 of the Best Global Universities for Engineering by the US News & World Report since 2015. His PhD thesis was awarded the First National Excellent Doctoral Dissertation in 1999 by the State Council of China.

Dr Tan is a Chair Professor of Wuhan University. He is the Chairman of the 8th, 7th, 6th, 5th, 4th, 3rd, 2nd and 1st International Symposiums on Energy Challenges and Mechanics, the series that facilitate the multidisciplinary study of energy solutions from an international perspective, and the Chairman of the International Symposium on Quantum Science and Technology.

  • He delivered the Invited Lecture “Sudden energy release around interfaces during quasi-static loading” at the Surfaces, Microstructure & Fracture Group Colloquia, Department of Physics, University of Cambridge, in May 2008.
  • He delivered the Invited Lecture “Characterizing the relation between energetic material properties and the sudden energy release during quasi-static loading” at the EPSRC Network on Condensed Phase Reactive Flow Workshop on numerical modelling of condensed phase combustion and detonation. Centre for Mathematical Sciences, University of Cambridge, in April 2009.
  • He delivered the Opening Address, “Structural integrity management: adopting the right risk-based mitigation strategy”, at the 5th Annual Pipeline Integrity Management & Maintenance Forum, London, UK, in March 2011.
  • He delivered an Invited Speech “Performance of materials in challenging and harsh environments, including monitoring and managing continuous material service life” at Asset Integrity Management Stavanger, Norway, in February 2015.
  • He delivered the Invited Speech “Pipeline life extension: maintenance under limited data available”, at 8th Annual Pipeline Integrity Management Forum, London, UK, in February 2015.
  • He delivered the Invited Plenary Lecture "On surface roughness evolution and corrosion maintenance" at Corrosion and surface treatment in industry 2015, Slovakia.
  • He delivered Invited Seminars, “In vivo biomaterial surface roughness evolution
    for implant-associated infection prediction”, at Tsinghua University and Peking University, China, in January 2016.
  • He delivered the Keynote Speech, “Making the best use of available pipeline data for integrity management” at the 4th Pipeline Maintenance and Integrity Management for Oil & Gas Industry, in October 2016, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
  • He delivered Invited Seminars, “Energy Challenges and Mechanics – a Global Perspective”, at Tsinghua University and Peking University, China, in December 2018.

Dr. Tan was a Guest Professor at the School of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Zhejiang University, China (2008-2012). Prior to joining Aberdeen, he was a Lecturer in Extreme Loading and Design at the University of Manchester, England (2007-2009); a Research Scientist of the Center for Simulation of Advanced Rockets, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA (2003-2007); a Guest Professor of the School of Mechanical Science and Engineering, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China (2004-2006); a Visiting Assistant Professor of the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Louisiana State University, USA (2001-2003); a Research Assistant Professor of the Center for the Simulation of Accidental Fires and Explosions, University of Utah, USA (1998-2001); and a Postdoctoral Research Associate (1997) of the School of Engineering, Brown University.

Dr. Tan has broad interests in research. Some achievements are listed as follow:

1. Dr. Tan’s work, published in Physical Review Letters, Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids, etc. combines the theoretical and experimental approaches to study the surface roughness evolution caused by the stress in nanoscale chemical etching. The work found many applications, of cross-disciplinary in technologies including (papers in the following brackets cited his work):

Biomedical technology

• orthopaedic implants (Experimental Mechanics 47, 395-403)
• tissue engineering (Nanomedicine 1, 73-90)
• metallic implants in the corrosive physiological environment (Wear 263, 1117-1123; Acta Biomaterialia 4, 296-304; Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials 4, 1990-2001; Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials 14, 55-66)
• plasma-aided micro- and nanopatterning for biomedical applications (Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering 20, 045005; Journal of Optoelectronics and Advanced Materials 11, 1163-1169; Thin Solid Films 517, 3954-3957)
MEMS technology
• micro-electrical and mechanical systems (Journal of Materials Science, 38, 4145-4155; International Journal of Fracture 151, 269-279; Sensors and Actuators A: Physical 121, 121-130; Mechanics of Materials 36, 35-44; Materials Research Society Symposium - Proceedings 794, 253-258; Materials Research Society Symposium - Proceedings 687, 29-34; Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics 44, art. 455302)
• silicon-based integrated circuits (Plasma Science and Technology 12, 673-676)
• magnetic storage and optoelectronic devices (JOM 60, 54-58)
• heteroepitaxial thin film growth (Applied Physics Letters 92, 081908)
• short wavelength light emitting diodes and laser diodes (e.g., Experimental Mechanics 43, 289-302)
• magnetic and inertial fusion energy systems (Fusion Science and Technology 52, 579-583)
• solid-state nuclear track detection (Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research Section B: Beam Interactions with Materials and Atoms 268, 165-171)
• nanostructured materials (Thin Solid Films, 423, 136-145)
• ultraviolet nanoimprint lithography (Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering 20, 045005)
• chemical mechanical polishing (Materials Research Society Symposium Proceedings 867, 275-280; International Journal of Solids and Structures 44, 7924-7937; CIRP Annals - Manufacturing Technology 55, 605-608; Key Engineering Materials 270-273, 1779-1784)
Tectonic Engineering
• earthquake behaviour (Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 68, 3317-3325)
• tectonic engineering (The Geological Society of London Special Publication 200, 73-83; Physical Review E - Statistical, Nonlinear, and Soft Matter Physics 64, 416061-416065; Geophysical Research Letters 28, 603-606)
Measurement Tools
• microscopic stress measurement (Journal of Applied Physics, 87, 1211–1218; Key Engineering Materials 187, 1-8)
• glass microscope (Physics and Chemistry of Glasses - European Journal of Glass Science and Technology Part B, 449-18)
Corrosion protection
• Environmentally assisted cracking (International Journal of Fracture, 165, 211-221; International Journal of Solids and Structures, 47, 1838-1846; Fatigue and Fracture of Engineering Materials and Structures , 34, 227-239; American Journal of Science, 303, 956-971; Engineering Fracture Mechanics 75, 440-451; International Journal of Solids and Structures 44, 1880-1890; International Journal of Solids and Structures 38, 5185-5203; Interface Science 9, 93-104)
• porous anodic oxides (Electrochemistry Communications 12, 1174-1176)


2. He is one of the pioneers in combined atomistic and continuum simulation of fracture processes. Because of this achievement, he shared the First Prize of National Science and Technology Progress Award by the State Education Commission of China. He was the Keynote Speaker at the 3rd International Symposium on Multiscale Material Mechanics and Multiphysics and Sustainable Applications, 2016.

3. Dr. Tan's work on highly packed particulate composites was published in the Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids, the flagship journal in Solid Mechanics. The work was cited in journal articles by scientists in the USA, UK, China, Germany, France, Canada, Japan, Greece, Czech, Sweden, Italy and South Africa.

Dr. Tan supervised Engineering Doctorates (EngD) and PhDs on subjects including safety and risk management in energy industries, environmental protection, and condition monitoring. The courses he taught include:

  • Fundamental Safety Engineering and Risk Management Concepts
  • Applied Risk Analysis & Management
  • Human Factors Engineering
  • Subsea Integrity
  • Blast and Fire Engineering
  • Blast and Fire Resistant Structures
  • Simulation in Materials
  • Fluid Dynamics, Materials and Structures
  • Fluid Mechanics and Thermodynamics
  • Deformation and Fracture of Engineering Materials
  • Explosion Engineering
  • Aircraft Structural Analysis
  • Mechanical Design
  • Computation
  • Engineering Materials Laboratory
  • Plasticity
  • Impact of Cellular Materials
  • Research Methodology

He lectured at institutions:


Teaching Responsibilities

MSc course, EG50S1/1D Fundamental Safety Engineering and Risk Management Concepts
MSc course, EG5097 Blast & Fire Resistant Structures
MSc course, EG5558/1E Applied Risk Analysis & Management
EG5565 MEng Group Design


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