Lizhen Tan

Research Staff, Nuclear Structural Materials

Dr. Lizhen Tan joined the Materials Science & Technology Division in 2010.  His research interests focus on advanced materials development and assessment for demanding fission and fusion energy environments.  He has obtained over 15 years of experience in the processing-microstructure-property relationships of a variety of traditional and advanced materials by leading and participating in multiple projects to assess microstructural evolution, radiation resistance, mechanical properties, weldability, and corrosion resistance, which were supported by the DOE Programs of LWRS, ART, CINR, NEET, NSUF, and Fusion Materials Science.  He has more than 100 publications in peer-viewed journals, conference proceedings, book chapters, and technical reports.


  • Ph.D., Materials Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2003.
  • M.S., Materials Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2001.
  • B.S., Materials Science & Engineering, Central South University (China), 1996.

Professional Experience:

  • Research Staff, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, 01/2010 – Present.
  • Visiting Scientist, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, 05/2009 – 01/2010.
  • Assistant Scientist, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 08/2006 – 01/2010.
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 11/2003 – 08/2006.
  • Research Scientist, GE Global Research, New York, 08/2002 – 11/2002.