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Scholarly Interest Report
Ming Tang
Assistant Professor
  • B.S. Materials Science and Engineering Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China
  • M.S. Materials Science and Engineering Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China
  • Ph.D. Materials Science and Engineering (2008) Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Primary Department
   Department of Materials Science and NanoEngineering
Department Affiliations
  • Department of Materials Science and NanoEngineering
     Mesoscale Materials Modeling Group
    Research Areas
     Materials phenomena at mesoscale, which bridge between atomistic building blocks and macroscopic properties.

    Research Summary


    Dr. Tang’s group is interested in materials phenomena at mesoscale, which bridge between atomistic building blocks and macroscopic properties. The focus of his research is two-fold: 1) advance novel mesoscale modeling techniques such as the phase-field method to enable more faithful and efficient simulation of structural or functional materials over ever increasing length and time scales, and 2) combine simulation (relying heavily on parallel computation), theory and experiment to explain and predict the thermodynamic stability and kinetic evolution of mesoscale-level structures under different stimuli (thermal, electrochemical, radiational, etc.), and apply obtained insights to tailor microstructural features for improved performance. Current research topics include electrochemically driven phase transformations in energy storage materials such as lithium-ion batteries, grain boundary complexion transitions, microstructural evolution in extreme environment and self-assembly kinetics in soft matter systems.

    Teaching Areas
     Transport Phenomena
    Selected Publications
     Refereed articles

    J. Liu, B. Ludwig, Y. Liu, Z. Zheng, F. Wang, J. Wang, J. Wang, H. Pan, Y. Wang "Scalable Dry Printing Manufacturing to Enable Long Life and High Energy Lithium-Ion Batteries." Advanced Materials, 2: 1700106.


    K. Xiang, W. Xing, D. B. Ravnsbæk, L., Z. Li, K. M. Wiaderek, O. J. Borkiewicz, K. W. Chapman, P. J. Chupas, Y.-M. Chiang "Accommodating High Transformation Strains in Battery Electrodes via Formation of Nanoscale Intermediate Phases: Operando Investigation of Olivine NaFePO4." Nano Letters, 17: 1696.


    L. Hong, L. Li, Y.-K. Chen-Wiegart, J. Wang, F. Wang, K. Xiang, L. Gan, W. Li, F. Meng, J. Wang, Y.-M. Chiang, S. Jin "2D Li Diffusion Behavior and Probable Hybrid Phase Transformation Kinetics in Olivine Lithium Iron Phosphate." Nature Communications , 8: 1194.


    “SolidLiquid Self-Adaptive Polymeric Composite”, P. Dong, A. C. Chipara, P. Loya, Y. Yang, L. Ge, S. Lei, B. Li, G. Brunetto, L. D. Machado, L. Hong, Q. Wang, B. Yang, H. Guo, E. Ringe, D. S. Galvao, R. Vajtai, M. Chipara, M. Tang, J. Lou and P. M. Ajayan, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces 8, 2142 (2015). DOI: 10.1021/acsami.5b10667


    “Defects, Entropy, and the Stabilization of Alternative Phase Boundary Orientations in Battery Electrode Particles”, T. Heo, M. Tang, L.-Q. Chen and B. C. Wood, Advanced Energy Materials, 1501759 (2015). DOI: 10.1002/aenm.201501759


    “Mitigating mechanical failure of crystalline silicon electrodes for lithium batteries by morphological design”, Y. An, B. C. Wood, J. Ye, Y.-M. Chiang, Y. M. Wang, M. Tang and H. Jiang, Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics 17, 17718 (2015). 


    Enhanced lithiation and fracture behavior of silicon mesoscale pillars via atomic layer

    coatings and geometry design”, J.C. Ye, Y.H. An, T.W. Heo, M. M Biener, R. J Nikolic, M.

    Tang, H. Jiang, Y. M. Wang, Journal of Power Sources 248, 447 (2014).


    “Thick, Carbon-black-free and Binder-free Graphene/Fe2O3 Nanoporous Electrodes for

    Electrochemical Energy Storage”, J. Ye, M. A. Worsley, E. Montalvo, E. D. Tylski, J. Biener,

    A. V. Hamza, M. Tang, Y. M. Wang.


    “Grain Boundary Complexions” (review article), P. R. Cantwell, M. Tang, S. J. Dillon, J.

    Luo, G. S. Rohrer, M. P. Harmer, Acta Materialia 62, 1 (2014).


    “Effects of Interfacial Coherency on Phase Boundary Orientations in LixFePO4 Electrode

    Particles for Li-ion Batteries”, T. W. Heo, M. Tang, B. C. Wood, L.-Q. Chen,


    “Design of Nano Silicon Electrode with Anisotropic Interface Reaction for Lithium Ion

    Batteries”, Y. H. An, B. C. Wood, Y. M. Wang, M. Tang, H. Jiang.

     Book chapters

    M. Tang and J. Luo "Interface Science and the Formation of Microstructure." Statistical Methods for Materials Science Data Analytics in Microstructure Characterization”,

     Invited Talks


    Simulating Microstructure Evolution with the Phase-Field Method: II. Application

    ." Computational Chemistry and Materials Science Summer, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (August)



    Surface-Reaction-Limited and Hybrid Phase Boundary Migration Mechanisms in Intercalation Compound LiFePO4


    ." Materials Sciecne & Technology Conference, Pittsburg, PA . (October)


    "Electrochemically-Driven Phase Transformations in Battery Storage Compounds." DOE BMR/ABR/Battery 500 Information Exchange , Berkeley, CA. (January )


    "Interplay between phase boundary motion, diffusion and surface reaction in ion-insertion compounds." Electronic Materials and Applications Conference,, Orlando, FL . (January)


    "Phase boundary migration in olivine battery compound — the effect of surface reaction, defects and stress." Advanced Photon Source User Science Seminar, Argonne National Lab. (February)


    "Simulating Microstructure Evolution with the Phase-Field Method: I. Fundamentals." Computational Chemistry and Materials Science Summer, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (August)


    ""Grain Growth in Twin-Related Microstructures", Materials Science & Technology 2015, Columbus, Ohio." (October 2015)

     Seminar Speaker

    "Modeling Mesoscale Phenomena in Materials." Research Experiences and Exploration in Materials Science, Houston Community College. (November)


    ""Tailoring the Morphological Evolution of Interfaces in Lithium Battery Materials", Electrical & Computer Engineering Department Seminar, University of Houston, TX.." (October 2015)


    ""Critical Point Wetting" - What I learned from John W. Cahn", John Cahn Workshop, Bainbridge Island, WA.." (September 2015)


    ""Mitigate Fracture in Si Anode for Li Batteries through Morphological Design", Bear Creek Workshop 2015, Lehigh, PA.." (September 2015)

    Supervised Theses & Dissertations
     Kaiqi Yang, PhD NA. (2020) (Thesis Director)

     Fan Wang, PhD NA. (2020) (Thesis Director)

    Awards, Prizes, & Fellowships
     American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund Doctoral New Investigator Grant., American Chemical Society (2017)

     Favorite Professor, 2017 Rice Scholar-Athlete (2017)

     Finalist of Sophia Meyer Farb Prize for Teaching, Rice Phi Beta Kappa Chapter (2017)

    Positions Held
     Assistant Professor, Dept of Materials Science & NanoEngineering, Rice University. (2014 - 2015)

     Symposium organizer, Computational and Data Sciences for the 21st Century Ceramics Research”, Electronic and Advanced Materials Meeting. (2017 - 2017)

     Symposium organizer, “Interfaces and Surfaces in Energy-Related Ceramic Materials”, Electronic Materials and Applications (EMA). (2017 - 2017)

     Conference organizer, Electronic Materials and Applications (EMA). (2017 - 2017)

     Program Chair and Robert B. Sosman Award Committee, American Ceramics Society (Basic Science Division). (2017 - 2017)