Alvin Tan

PhD Student


M.S. Materials Science and Engineering, 2012, Northwestern University

B.S. Materials Science and Engineering, 2011, Northwestern University


    Graphene Oxide Nanocolloids –

    Steam Etched Porous Graphene Oxide Network for Chemical Sensing –

    Seeing Two-Dimensional Sheets on Arbitrary Substrates by Fluorescence Quenching Microscopy –

    “Graphene Oxide: New Insight into an Old Material” in Carbon Nanotubes and Graphene [2nd edition], edited by K. Tanaka & S. Iijima –


    Awards & Honors

    Fifty for the Future (2011)
    Hilliard Award for Undergraduate Research and Design (2011)
    ASM Chicago Regional Chapter Award (2011)
    1st Prize, ASM Chicago Student Poster Competition (2011)
    ISEN Undergraduate Research Grant (2010)
    National 1st Prize, Material Advantage Speaking Contest (2009)


    Research Interests

    Directed/self assembly

    Graphene-based materials

    Carbon nanomaterials


    Work Experience

    Adjunct Research Scientist, Temasek Laboratories, National University of Singapore (2013-2014)
    Research Engineer, DSO National Laboratories (2012-2014)
    Undergraduate Researcher, Jiaxing Huang Group, Northwestern University (2009-2012)
    Intern, DSO National Laboratories (2008, 2011)
    Operations Sergeant, Singapore Army (2006-2007)
    Intern, Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (2004)


    Other Interests and Hobbies

    Long distance running