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Wai Kian TAN

Affiliation Institute of Liberal Arts and Science
Title Assistant Professor
Fields of Research Functional Materials Engineering, Ceramics Materials, Functional Oxide Materials, Composite Materials
Degree Doctor of Engineering (Toyohashi University of Technology)
Academic Societies The Ceramic Society of Japan, The Inorganic Materials Society, The Japanese Sol-Gel Society
E-mail tan@las
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Research interests:

  1. Development of ceramic composite materials
  2. Development of advanced functional oxide materials
  3. Development of renewable energy materials such as metal-air batteries and dye-sensitized solar cells.

Theme1:Development of novel ceramic materials


Formation of composite materials with controllable desired properties.

Selected publications and works

1. Tan, W. K.; Araki, Y.; Yokoi, A.; Kawamura, G.; Matsuda, A.; Muto, H., Micro- and Nano-assembly of Composite Particles by Electrostatic Adsorption. Nanoscale Research Letters 2019, 14 (1).
2. Tan, W. K.; Yokoi, A.; Kawamura, G.; Matsuda, A.; Muto, H., PMMA-ITO Composite Formation via Electrostatic Assembly Method for Infra-Red Filtering. Nanomaterials 2019, 9 (6).
3. Tan, W. K.; Shigeta, Y.; Yokoi, A.; Kawamura, G.; Matsuda, A.; Muto, H., Investigation of the anchor layer formation on different substrates and its feasibility for optical properties control by aerosol deposition. Applied Surface Science 2019, 483, 212-218.


nanomaterials, functional ceramics, composite materials

Theme2:Controlled formation of ZnO nanostructures by liquid phase synthesis


Low-temperature formation of ZnO nanostructures via hydrothermal and hot-water treatment. The properties of the ZnO nanostructures were characterized and used for photocatalytic application and dye-sensitized solar cells.

Selected publications and works

1. Tan, W. K.; Lockman, Z.; Abdul Razak, K.; Kawamura, G.; Muto, H.; Matsuda, A., Enhanced dye-sensitized solar cells performance of ZnO nanorod arrays grown by low-temperature hydrothermal reaction. International Journal of Energy Research 2013, 1992-2000.
2. Tan, W. K.; Abdul Razak, K.; Lockman, Z.; Kawamura, G.; Muto, H.; Matsuda, A., Synthesis of ZnO nanorod–nanosheet composite via facile hydrothermal method and their photocatalytic activities under visible-light irradiation. Journal of Solid State Chemistry 2014, 211, 146-153.
3. Tan, W. K.; Ito, T.; Kawamura, G.; Muto, H.; Lockman, Z.; Matsuda, A., Controlled facile fabrication of plasmonic enhanced Au-decorated ZnO nanowire arrays dye-sensitized solar cells. Materials Today Communications 2017, 13, 354-358.
4. Tan, W. K.; Muto, H.; Ito, T.; Kawamura, G.; Lockman, Z.; Matsuda, A., Facile Fabrication of Plasmonic Enhanced Noble-Metal-Decorated ZnO Nanowire Arrays for Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells. Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology 2020, 20, 1-8.


Functional nano-oxide materials, dye-sensitized solar cells, photocatalyst, zinc oxide

Theme3:Development of metal-air batteries


Development of anode materials for metal-air battery.

Selected publications and works

1. Hayashi, K.; Wada, Y.; Maeda, Y.; Suzuki, T.; Sakamoto, H.; Tan, W. K.; Kawamura, G.; Muto, H.; Matsuda, A., Electrochemical Performance of Sintered Porous Negative Electrodes Fabricated with Atomized Powders for Iron-Based Alkaline Rechargeable Batteries. Journal of The Electrochemical Society 2017, 164 (9), A2049-A2055.
2. Tan, W. K.; Asami, K.; Maeda, Y.; Hayashi, K.; Kawamura, G.; Muto, H.; Matsuda, A., Facile formation of Fe3O4-particles decorated carbon paper and its application for all-solid-state rechargeable Fe-air battery. Applied Surface Science 2019, 486, 257-264.
3. Tan, W. K.; Wada, Y.; Hayashi, K.; Kawamura, G.; Muto, H.; Matsuda, A., Fabrication of an all-solid-state Zn-air battery using electroplated Zn on carbon paper and KOH-ZrO2 solid electrolyte. Applied Surface Science 2019, 487, 343-348.


metal-air battery, anode materials development, advanced functional materials

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