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Lowell, Massachusetts, 01854, United States
October 12, 2016

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E-Mail: Tel.: 978-***-**** Adress: Apt# 1, 48 Riverside St, Lowell, MA 01854


Ph.D. candidate in Plastics Engineering with concentration in polyesters synthesis, semiconducting polymer colloids and electronics, polymer blends and composites compounding & manufacturing. 6+ peer reviewed journal papers, 1 ACS graduate traversal award. Expect to graduate in Dec. 2016

3+ years research experience in co-polyesters synthesis using polycondensation

4+ years research experience in polymer blends, compounding and thermoplastic composites

3+ years research experience in extrusion, extruder design using SolidWorks and AutoCAD

3+ years research experience in polymer nanoparticle, transistors, and electronic device manufacturing

Expertise in material characterization including structure-processing-property analysis, thermal properties, microscopy, spectroscopy, rheology and mechanical properties

Strong problem solving ability and creative thinking, had successfully created procedures to fabricate large area free standing ultra-thin polymer films for United Technologies Research Center

Toastmasters communication and leadership club president for leading 20+ club members to achieve “Distinguished Present Club” award


Ph.D. Eng. Plastics Engineering, University of Massachusetts, Lowell, MA. GPA: 3.58/4 2012-11/2016 Thesis: Aqueous Polymers Colloids for Electronics and Packaging Applications. Supervisor: M. Sobkowicz

M. Eng. Material Processing Engineering, South China University of Technology

(Top 10 engineering school in China), Guangzhou, China. GPA: 3.68/4 2009-2012

Thesis: Rheology and Transition Properties of Polymer in Vane Extruder. Supervisor: J.-P. Qu

B. Eng. Material Molding & Control Engineering (Plastics), South China U. of Tech. 2005-2009


Material Synthesis, Processing and Design: Hands-on Experience in Polycondensation Reaction, Polymeric Nanoparticle Synthesis, Polymer Compounding and Blending, SolidWorks, AutoCAD, Moldflow, Extruder design, Twin-screw Extrusion, Screw Programming, Coatings, Compression Molding

Material Characterization: Thermal Analysis Includes Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC), Thermal Gravimetric Analysis (TGA), Dynamic Mechanical Analysis (DMA); Microscopy Includes Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM), Transmission Electron Microscope (TEM), Atomic Force Microscope (AFM), Optical Microscope; Semiconductors Analysis Includes UV-Visible Spectroscopy, Organic Field Effect Transistor Test (OFET); Spectroscopy Includes Infrared Spectroscopy (FT-IR), Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR); Wetting Measurement Includes Contact Angle and Surface Tension Measurement; Mechanical Properties test, X-ray Diffraction (XRD), Rheology, Heat Deflection Temperature (HDT)

Nano-Manufacturing: E-Beam Evaporator, Mask Aligner, Profilometer, Probe Station, Photolithographic Processing, Fabrication of Organic Field Effect Transistors, Wafer Surface Treatment


Research Assistant, University of Massachusetts, Lowell, MA 09/2012-Present

Synthesis of poly(3-hexylthiophene) colloids for transistor applications 09/2012-Present

Synthesize stable poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT) colloids using mini-emulsion polymerization, and improve colloidal nanoparticle field effect transistor performance

Synthesis and characterization of poly(butylene succinate) copolyesters 01/2013-07/2016

Created poly(butylene succinate) copolyesters with tunable thermal and mechanical properties, and testified their potential packaging applications

Fabrication of polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) free-standing films with microscale thickness 03/14-03/2016

Developed PVDF films with controlled microscale thickness ranging from 2 to 10 micrometers, and controlled crystal structure; developed peeling off method to produce free-standing large area films

Fabrication of poly(phenylene sulfide)/carbon nanotubes composites 09/2013-12/2013

Compounded poly(phenylene sulfide)/carbon nanotubes composites using twin screw extruder with varied screw speed and screw programmings

Research Assistant, South China University of Technology, Guangzhou, China 09/2008-06/2012

Compounding natural fiber reinforced plastic composites 03/2010-03/2011

Formulated cotton stalk fiber reinforced poly(butylene succinate) composites using novel vane extruder and compression molding; investigated the effects of fiber contents and processing parameters on mechanical, rheological properties and crystallization behaviors of fiber/PBS composites

Design of novel vane extruder based on extensional (elongational) flow 09/2008-06/2012

Designed vane extruder using SolidWorks and AutoCAD; conducted melting and mixing mechanism research with extensive hands-on experiences of assembly and disassembly of extruder; investigated microstructure and phase separation of immiscible polymer blends in vane extruder

PUBLICATIONS (Citation: 110)

1. Bin Tan Margaret J. Sobkowicz. High mobility field effect transistors based on poly(3-hexylthiophene) /insulating polymer blends, in preparation, 2016.

2. Bin Tan Kyla Emery, Margaret J. Sobkowicz. Bio-based poly(butylene succinate-co-hexamethylene succinate) copolyesters with tunable thermal and mechanical properties, submitted, 2016.

3. Bin Tan, Margaret. J. Sobkowicz, etc. Effect of surfactant conjugation on structure and properties of poly(3-hexylthiophene) colloids and field effect transistors, Colloids and Surfaces A 2016, 488, 7-14.

4. Bin Tan, Jin-Ping Qu, etc. Non-isothermal crystallization kinetics and dynamic mechanical thermal properties of poly(butylene succinate) composites reinforced with cotton stalk bast fibers. Thermochimica Acta 2011, 525, 141-149.

5. Jin-Ping Qu, Bin Tan, etc. Mechanical properties of PBS reinforced with continuously steam exploded cotton stalk bast. Polymer-Plastics Technology and Engineering 2011, 50, 1405-1411.

6. Jin-Ping Qu, Li-Ming Liu, Bin Tan, etc. Effect of dynamical converging channels on fiber organization and damage during vane extrusion of sisal fiber-reinforced polypropylene composites. Polymer Composites 2012, 33, 185-191.

7. Ning Zhang, Jin-ping Qu, Bin Tan, etc. Non-isothermal crystallization kinetics and morphology of mica particles filled biodegradable poly(butylene succinate). Journal of Applied Polymer Science 2013, 130, 2544–2556.

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1.Bin Tan, Margaret Sobkowicz. Processing and Properties of Field Effect Transistors from Poly(3-hexylthiophene)/Insulating Polymer Blends, 252nd ACS National Meeting, Philadelphia, PA

August 2016.

2. Bin Tan, Margaret Sobkowicz. Fabrication and Properties of Field Effect Transistors from Poly(3-hexylthiophene) Colloidal Dispersions, 58th Electronic Materials Conference, Newark, DE, June 2016.

3. Bin Tan, Margaret Sobkowicz. Synthesis of poly(butylene succinate) and its copolyesters for coating applications, American Chemical Society Fall National Meeting, Boston, MA, August, 2015.

4. Bin Tan, Margaret Sobkowicz. Flexible electronics from conjugated polymers using aqueous process, ANTEC Meeting, Orlando, FL, March, 2015.

5. Bin Tan, Margaret Sobkowicz. Organic field effect transistors based on P3HT colloids, Material Research Society Fall Meeting, Boston, MA, December, 2014.

6. Bin Tan, Margaret Sobkowicz. Preparation of active layers based on P3HT colloidal suspensions, American Chemical Society Fall National Meeting, Indianapolis, IN, September, 2013.


POLY Graduate Student Travel Award, ACS Fall Meeting, September, 2013

Distinguished Graduate Student, South China University of Technology, 2011

President of New Life Toastmaster Club with 25+ members, leading the club achieved 10 distinguishing club goals, 7/2014- 06/2015


Peer reviewer for Elsevier (Plastics Engineering and Polymer Science books), polymer-plastics technology and engineering

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