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Xiaoli Tan
Ames Laboratory-USDOE
2220G Hoover Hall
Tel: 515-294-3355
Fax: 515-294-5444

Ph. D. Materials Science and Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2002
Assistant Professor, Iowa State University, 2002-2008
Associate Professor, Iowa State University, 2008-present


  • Phase transformation in antiferroelectrics and relaxors
  • In-situ TEM technique
  • Magnetoelectric multiferroic compounds
  • Lead-free piezoelectric crystals and ceramics
  • Nanostructured electroceramics
  • Ferroelectric thin films
  • Mechanical behavior of materials

X. Tan, Z. Xu, J.K. Shang, and P. Han
“Direct observations of electric field-induced domain boundary cracking in <001> oriented piezoelectric Pb(Mg 1/3Nb 2/3)O 3 - PbTiO 3 single crystal,” Appl. Phys. Lett., Vol. 77, 1529 (2000).

X. Tan, H. He, and J.K. Shang
In situ TEM studies of electric field-induced phenomena in ferroelectrics,” J. Mater. Res., Vol. 20, 1641 (2005).

H. He and X. Tan
“Electric field-induced transformation of incommensurate modulations in antiferroelectric Pb 0.99Nb 0.02[(Zr 1-xSn x) 1-yTi y] 0.98O 3,” Phys. Rev. B, Vol. 72, 024102-01-10 (2005).

W. Qu, X. Tan, R. W. McCallum, D. P. Cann, and E. Ustundag
“Room temperature magnetoelectric multiferroism through cation ordering in complex perovskite solid solutions,” J. Physics: Condens. Matter, Vol. 18, 8935-42 (2006).

X. Zhao, W. Qu, X. Tan, A. Bokov and Z.-G. Ye
“Electric field-induced phase transitions in (111)-, (110)-, and (100)-oriented Pb(Mg 1/3Nb 2/3)O 3 single crystals,” Phys. Rev. B, Vol. 75, 104106-1-12 (2007).

R. Wongmaneerung, X. Tan, R.W. McCallum, S. Ananta, and R. Yimnirun
“Cation-, dipole-, and spin-order in Pb(Fe 2/3W 1/3)O 3-based magnetoelectric multiferroic compounds,” Appl. Phys. Lett. , Vol. 90, 242905-1-3 (2007).

X. Tan, R. Wongmaneerung, and R.W. McCallum
“Ferroelectric and magnetic properties of Pb(Fe 2/3W 1/3)O 3-based multiferroic compounds with cation order,” J. Appl. Phys. , Vol. 102, 104114-1-6 (2007).

C. Ma, J.Q. Yan, K.W. Dennis, R.W. McCallum, and X.Tan
“Size-dependent magnetic properties of high oxygen content YMn 2O 5 multiferroic nanoparticles,” J. Appl. Phys., submitted, 2008.


  • 2007 Young Engineering Faculty Research Award, College of Engineering, ISU
  • 2007 MSE Excellence in Research Award, Mater. Sci. & Eng., ISU
  • 2004 NSF CAREER Award
  • 2001 Phi Kappa Phi