Dr Tan Sui


Employment history

  • 2017.02- 2018.02 Senior Researcher in Engineering and Microscopy, Department of Engineering Science, University of Oxford

My current role largely corresponds to that of Researcher Co-investigator under EPSRC Caries project (EP/P005381/1), but also encompasses a broader remit of responsibilities that include guiding other junior researchers engaged in related projects; making strategic decisions about research directions and the acquisition or development of new experimental capabilities; maintaining close links with collaborators involved in modelling and the reduction to practice of the newly developed approaches.

  • 2014.04- 2017.01 Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Engineering Science, University of Oxford

In this role, I enjoy taking responsibility for project management and operations, and independence in selecting different material problems. I am in charge of a range of lab facilities underpinning multiple research projects in biomaterials, artificial dental materials, structural polymers, composites, lithium-ion batteries, microsystems, and metallic alloys. These have allowed me to become an expert in multi-modal X-ray as well as multi-beam microscopy techniques. My expertise also includes analytical and numerical methods for validation against experimental observations and for solution of problems in mechanics and physics of materials. My achievement is reflected in my publications in a range of highly ranked journals, including Nature Communications, Nano Energy, etc. I co-authored an invited book chapter and conference contributions

Education history


  • I am participating in a research project approved as the major program of scientific instrument research by National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC), with Shanghai Jiaotong University (China) and Shanghai Synchrotron Radiation Facility (China) (Awarded, I am responsible for 10% of the total grant of over ~£1M).
  • I am the Researcher Co-Investigator for EPSRC grant (EP/P005381/1 : Tackling human dental caries by multi-modal correlative microscopy and multi-physics modelling) by the University of Oxford and University of Birmingham on the topic of human dental caries. (Awarded, ~£1.8M).

Teaching commitments

  •  ‘Learning, Teaching and Assessing’ certificate from SEDA, aligned to the UK Professional Standards Framework at Descriptor 2 (equivalent to Fellow of the Higher Education Academy).
  • Tutor in Engineering Science, St Anne’s College, University of Oxford
  • Tutor in Engineering Science, Oriel College, University of Oxford
  • Demonstrator (TA) for Dynamics Laboratory, Department of Engineering Science, University of Oxford

Administrative activities

  • Journal reviewer for Nano Energy, Acta Biomaterialia, Microscopy and Microanalysis, Materials, Journal of Dental Research, Archives of Oral Biology, The Journal of Strain Analysis for Engineering Design, Journal of Oral Pathology and Medicine, Materials & Design, Additive Manufacturing
  • Reviewer for the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) research proposals
  • Visiting Staff member of Research Complex at Harwell (RCaH)
  • Research Committee Member, Department of Engineering Science, University of Oxford
  • Visiting Researcher, Tescan Ltd., Brno, Czech Republic
  • Technical Committee Member of International Conference on Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (ICMAE), (UK, 2016; Czech Republic, 2017)
  • Program Committee Member, International MultiConference of Engineers and Computer Scientists (IMECS), Hong Kong, China
  • Program Committee Member, World Congress on Engineering (WCE), London, UK
  • Scientific Advisory Committee Member, Advances in Functional Materials (AFM), Los Angeles, USA, 2017
  • Building a Business” certificate, Saïd Business School, University of Oxford
  • ProfGradIMMM, The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3)


  • Excellent Oral Presentation” International Conference on Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (ICMAE), 2016 (ICMAE 2016)
  • Best Paper Award” for IAENG International Conference on Engineering Physics, 2015 (IMECS 2015)
  • Certificate of Merit” for the World Congress on Engineering (WCE) 2015
  • Certificate of Merit” for IAENG International Conference on Scientific Computing, 2014 (IMECS 2014)
  • Best Paper Award” for the World Congress on Engineering (WCE) 2014
  • Best Paper Award” for the 13th International Conference on Fracture (ICF13)
  • Student speech on behalf of all graduates in the 100th graduation ceremony of Xi’an Jiaotong University, Xi’an, 2009
  •  “Excellent Student Leader”, Shaanxi Province, 2009
  • Innovation Funding Project” for postgraduate student, Xi’an Jiaotong University, 2009
  •  “National Scholarship”, Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China (2006,2007,2008)
  •  “National XU Zhilun Excellent Students”, Chinese Society of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, 2007



  • Piano: pianist of amateur level 10 (China)

    Certification authority: Chinese Musicians’​ Association

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