Dr Tan Kim Han

Dr Tan Kim Han

  • Research Fellow
Centre for Nano-Materials and Energy Technology


Dr. Tan Kim Han received his tertiary education at the University of Malaya (UM), where he earned a B.Eng. (Hons.) in Materials Science in 2008. As a scholar, he continued to pursue a Master of Eng. with a major in Nanotechnology at UM and completed it in 2012. He obtained his PhD in Advanced Materials & Nanomaterials from UM under a scholarship provided by the local government in 2019. He has worked on different materials such as nanocomposites, carbon nanotubes, & intermetallic compounds for applications in energy storage, optoelectronics, & electromagnetic absorbers. Currently, he is working on 2D nanomaterials. Several scientific research papers have been published internationally. He was one of the members of a team that won medals in research competitions, Malaysia Technology Expo (MTE, KL 2012) and International ​Invention, Innovation & Technology Exhibition (23rd ITEX 2012), for their work in developing eco-saving coatings in roofing systems. He peer-reviewed some research papers for an international journal. At present, he works as research fellow at the Research Centre for Nano-materials and Energy Technology (RCNMET), School of Engineering & Technology, Sunway University.

Academic & Professional Qualifications

  • PhD in Advanced Materials/Nanomaterials, University of Malaya (UM), Malaysia (2019)
  • Master of Engineering Science, Nanotechnology, University of Malaya (UM), Malaysia (2012)
  • Bachelor of Engineering (Hons), Materials Science, University of Malaya (UM), Malaysia (2008)
  • Board of Engineers Malaysia (BEM)-Graduated Engineer; Register Number: 81045A

Research Interests

  • Synthesis & development of 2D nanomaterials, composites, & intermetallic compounds
  • Optimization of material properties for energy storage, heat transfer, & electromagnetic applications

Notable Publications

  1. Meskher, H., Mustansar, H. C., Thakur, A. K., Sathyamurthy, R., Lynch, I., Singh, P., Han, T. K., & Saidur, R. (2023). Recent trends in carbon nanotube (CNT)-based biosensors for the fast and sensitive detection of human viruses: a critical review [10.1039/D2NA00236A]. Nanoscale Advances. https://doi.org/10.1039/D2NA00236A

  2. Tan, K., Samylingam, L., Aslfattahi, N., Johan, M. R., & Saidur, R. (2022). Investigation of improved optical and conductivity properties of poly(methyl methacrylate)–MXenes (PMMA–MXenes) nanocomposite thin films for optoelectronic applications. Open Chemistry, 20(1), 1416-1431. https://doi.org/10.1515/chem-2022-0221

  3. Tan, K. H, Samylingam, L., Aslfattahi, Navid, Saidur, A. R., & Kadirgama, K. (2021). Optical and conductivity studies of polyvinyl alcohol-MXene (PVA-MXene) nanocomposite thin films for electronic applications. Optics and Laser Technology, 136, 106772. doi:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.optlastec.2020.106772.

  4. Abdelrazik, A. S., Tan, K. H., Aslfattahi, N., Arifutzzaman, A., Saidur, R., & Al-Sulaiman, F. A. (2020). Optical, stability and energy performance of water-based MXene nanofluids in hybrid PV/thermal solar systems. Solar Energy, 204, 32-47. doi:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.solener.2020.04.063

  5. Abdelrazik, A. S., Tan, K. H., Aslfattahi, N., Arifutzzaman, A., Saidur, R., & Al-Sulaiman, F. A. (2020). Optical properties and Stability of Water-based nanofluids mixed with reduced Graphene Oxide decorated with Silver and energy performance investigation in hybrid PV/Thermal solar. International Journal of Energy Research, doi: https://doi.org/10.1002/er.5770

  6. Samylingam, L., Aslfattahi, Navid, Tan, K. H, Saidur, A. R., Yahya, S. M., & Afzal, A., Arifutzzaman, A., & Kadirgama, K. (2020). Thermal and energy performance improvement of hybrid PV/T system by using olein palm oil with MXene as a new class of heat transfer fluid. Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells, 218, 110754. doi:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.solmat.2020.110754

  7. Tan, K. H., Tajuddin, H. A., Ahmad, R., Shuhaimi, A., & Johan, M. R. (2017). Fabrications of Nanocomposite Gold-Polymer Metamaterials Consisting of Periodic Microcavities with Tunable Optical Properties. Optik, 150, 54-61. doi:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijleo.2017.09.081

  8. Tan, K. H., Tajuddin, H. A., & Johan, M. R. (2015). Feasibility Study on the Use of the Seeding Growth Technique in Producing a Highly Stable Gold Nanoparticle Colloidal System. Journal of Nanomaterials, 2015, 537125. doi:10.1155/2015/537125

  9. Han, T. K., Fen, L. B., Nee, N. M., & Johan, M. R. (2014). Synthesis and Optical Enhancement of Amorphous Carbon Nanotubes/Silver Nanohybrids via Chemical Route at Low Temperature. The Scientific World Journal, 2014, 847806. doi:10.1155/2014/847806

  10. Tan, K. H., Ahmad, R., & Johan, M. R. (2013). Electromagnetic and microwave absorbing properties of amorphous carbon nanotube–cadmium selenide quantum dot hybrids. Materials Chemistry and Physics, 139(1), 66-72. doi:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.matchemphys.2012.12.006

  11. Tan, K. H., Ahmad, R., Leo, B. F., Yew, M. C., Ang, B. C., & Johan, M. R. (2012). Physico-chemical studies of amorphous carbon nanotubes synthesized at low temperature. Materials Research Bulletin, 47(8), 1849-1854. doi:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.materresbull.2012.04.073

  12. Tan, K.H., Johan, M. R., Ahmad, R., Kadri, N. A., Zain, N. M., & Arof, A. K. (2012). Mechanical analysis of the effects of different mechanical alloying periods on Ni3Al intermetallic compound fabrication quality. Int. J. Electrochem. Sci, 7, 3765-3772. (Q2, JCR 2010) (ISI-Cited Publication)

  13. Han, T. K., Ahmad, R., & Johan, M. R. (2011). Phase, thermal and impedance studies of nanosize Li2WO4 via mechanical milling and sintering. Superlattices and Microstructures, 49(1), 17-31. doi:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.spmi.2010.10.003

  14. B. F. Leo, T. K. Han, M. N. Ng, M. R. Johan, Synthesis, characterization and gas adsorption of titania nanotubes, Advanced Materials Research 194 196 (2011) 446 - 449 (SCOPUS Cited Publication)

  15. T. K. Han, B. F. Leo, M. N. Ng, R. Ahmad, M. R. Johan, Optical studies on multiwalled carbon nanotubes via modified Wolf-Kishner Reduction Process, Advanced Materials Research 194 196 (2011) 618 - 624 (SCOPUS Cited Publication)

  16. Fen, L. B., Han, T. K., Nee, N. M., Ang, B. C., & Johan, M. R. (2011). Physico-chemical properties of titania nanotubes synthesized via hydrothermal and annealing treatment. Applied Surface Science, 258(1), 431-435. doi:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apsusc.2011.08.115

  17. Johan, M. R., Han, T. K., & Arof, A. K. (2010). Growth and sintering effects of hydrated polycrystalline Li2WO4. Ionics, 16(4), 323-333. doi:10.1007/s11581-009-0407-4