Professor Jin-Chong Tan

Professor of Engineering Science

Dr. Jin-Chong Tan
Department of Engineering Science,
University of Oxford,
Parks Road,
+44 1865 2 73925


  • PhD in Materials Science, University of Cambridge (Downing College, 2005)
  • MEng in Materials Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (2001)
  • BEng (Class 1) in Mechanical and Materials Engineering, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Malaysia (1999)

Research interests

  • Nanomechanical characterisation utilising nanoindentation and atomic force microscopy (AFM)
  • Soft materials including Metal-Organic Frameworks (MOFs), hydrogels, aerogels, biopolymers
  • Nanocomposites – processing, characterisation, and novel applications
  • Two-dimensional materials – exfoliated nanosheets, thin-film coatings
  • Computational modelling and theoretical simulations (DFT, FEM)
  • In-situ experiments at national synchrotron and neutron radiation facilities
  • Highly porous materials, including MOFs, fibre networks and foams

Other appointments

Past Positions

  • 2006-2012: Post-Doctoral Research Associate, Department of Materials Science & Metallurgy, University of Cambridge
  • 2006-2010: Junior Research Fellow in Materials Science, Wolfson College, University of Cambridge

Current research projects

  • Nanoindentation studies of nanoporous materials, composites, and soft matter
  • Micro-mechanics of MOFs and hybrid framework materials
  • Two-dimensional layered materials and thin films
  • Modelling of nanoindentation processes in anisotropic materials
  • Nanocomposites for clean energy, environmental remediation, and biomedicine
  • Modelling the mechanical behaviour of MOF materials using quantum mechanics

  • Novel nanocomposite materials for clean energy and environmental remediation

  • Thin-film MOF materials for future microelectronics

  • For further details see

Recent Publications

Full List:

Selected Publications

  • J.C. Tan* and B. Civalleri*, "Metal–Organic Frameworks and Hybrid Materials: From Fundamentals to Applications", CrystEngComm, Guest Editorial for Themed Issue on MOFs and Hybrid Materials, 17, pp. 197-198 (2015) [DOI]
  • J.C. Tan*, B. Civalleri*, A. Erba, E. Albanese, "Quantum mechanical predictions to elucidate the anisotropic elastic properties of zeolitic imidazolate frameworks: ZIF-4 vs. ZIF-zni", CrystEngComm - Themed Issue on MOFs and Hybrid Materials, 17, pp. 375-382 (2015) [DOI]
  • T.D. Bennett*, J. Sotelo, J.C. Tan, S.A. Moggach, "Mechanical Properties of Zeolitic Metal-Organic Frameworks: Mechanically Flexible Topologies and Stabilization against Structural Collapse", CrystEngComm - Themed Issue on MOFs and Hybrid Materials, 17, pp. 286-289 (2015) [DOI]
  • B. Van de Voorde, I. Stassen, B. Bueken, F. Vermoortele, D.E. De Vos, R. Ameloot, J.C. Tan*, T.D. Bennett*, “Improving the mechanical stability of zirconium-based metal-organic frameworks by incorporation of acidic modulators”, J. Mater. Chem. A, 3(4), pp. 1737-1742 (2015) [DOI]

Institutional activities

  • Member of the Materials Research Society (MRS), USA
  • Member of the International Zeolite Association (IZA)
  • Member of the British Zeolite Association (BZA)
  • Associate Member of the Institute of Physics (IoP)
  • Fellow of the Cambridge Philosophical Society
  • Member of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IoM3)


  • Lectures: Paper B8 Composites, Paper C3 Deformation of Polymers
  • Tutorials: Materials and Solid Mechanics, Statics, Structural Analysis