Teh Yu Tan

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Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science

Professor Tan is conducting fundamental research in materials science and processes related to electronic materials. He and his colleagues have originated the study of the subject of intrinsic gettering which is now widely used to improve yield in integrated circuit fabrications using Czochralski silicon. Primarily because of this work, the semiconductor industry granted him the SEMMY Award in the materials category in 1987. SEMMY is one of the highest awards the industry gives.

He has also studied the basic aspects of the following topics in silicon: precipitation, kinetic process of defect evolution, impurity diffusion mechanisms and point defects. These studies have led to greater understanding of the structure and properties of defects in silicon. Since 1986, his research interests have also included III-V compound semiconducting materials. He is a recipient of the 1994 Alexander Von Humboldt Prize.

Appointments and Affiliations
  • Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science
Contact Information:
  • Office Location: 186 Engineering Bldg, Durham, NC 27708
  • Office Phone: (919) 660-5323
  • Email Address: ttan@duke.edu
Education:

  • Ph.D. University of California at Berkeley, 1971
  • M.S. Tulane University, 1965
  • B.S. National Taiwan University, 1962

Curriculum Vitae
Research Interests:

Impurity diffusion mechanisms and point defects in silicon and III-V compounds; line defects; precipitation and gettering; kinetic processes of defect evolution; x-ray scattering and electron microscopy; crystal growth in nano-scale

Specialties:

Thermodynamics
Nanoscience
Nanomaterial manufacturing and characterization
Semiconductors
Materials

Awards, Honors, and Distinctions:

  • Alexander Von Humboldt Prize, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation
  • Excellent Foreign Scientist Invittee, Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science
  • Royal Society Visiting Professorship, City University of Hong Kong
  • Semmy Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Semiconductor Industry, Semiconductor Equipment and Materials Institute

Courses Taught:
  • ME 331L: Thermodynamics
  • ME 512: Thermodynamics of Electronic Materials

Representative Publications: (More Publications)
    • Li, N; Li, W; Liu, L; Tan, TY, A nucleation-growth model of nanowires produced by the vapor-liquid-solid process, Journal of Applied Physics, vol 114 no. 6 (2013) [10.1063/1.4817794] [abs].
    • Sopori, B; Tan, T; Rupnowski, P, Photovoltaic materials and devices, International Journal of Photoenergy, vol 2012 (2012) [10.1155/2012/673975] [abs].
    • Curtaroloa, S; Awasthia, N; Setyawana, W; Lia, N; Jianga, A; Tan, TY; Morab, E; Boltonc, K; Harutyunyanb, AR, Thermodynamics of carbon in iron nanoparticles at low temperature: Reduced solubility and size-induced nucleation of cementite, Physics Procedia, vol 6 (2010), pp. 16-26 [10.1016/j.phpro.2010.09.023] [abs].
    • Li, N; Tan, TY; Gösele, U, Transition region width of nanowire hetero- and pn-junctions grown using vapor-liquid-solid processes, Applied Physics A: materials science and processing, vol 90 no. 4 (2008), pp. 591-596 [10.1007/s00339-007-4376-z] [abs].
    • Zhao, L; Li, N; Langner, A; Steinhart, M; Tan, TY; Pippel, E; Hofmeister, H; Tu, KN; Gösele, U, Crystallization of amorphous SiO2 microtubes catalyzed by lithium, Advanced Functional Materials, vol 17 no. 12 (2007), pp. 1952-1957 [10.1002/adfm.200601104] [abs].