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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
    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

    “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.

     Invited Talks

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

     Seminar Speaker

    ""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)

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