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Linan An


Phone: 407-823-1009
Office: ENG I, Room 113

  • Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering, Lehigh University, 1996
  • M.S. in Materials Science and Engineering, Tsinghua University, 1991
  • B.S. in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Tsinghua University, 1986

Linan An’s recent research focuses on polymer-derived ceramics synthesized by thermal decomposition of polymer precursors at 400-1000 oC. This new class of materials, based on amorphous alloys of silicon, carbon, boron, and nitrogen, exhibits excellent mechanical and thermal properties up to 1800 oC, promising for ultrahigh temperature applications. The nanostructures and composites, thereby the properties, of PDCs can be tailored by modifying the chemistry of the precursors. This offers a unique opportunity to manipulate materials at the atomic level to achieve improved properties and multifunctional behavior. The chemical route is also leading to cost-efficient and flexible manufacturing techniques for the fabrication of ceramic components with these interesting materials.

An’s research group focuses on understanding nanostructure-properties relationships, designing novel multifunctional materials and synthesizing ceramic composites such as carbon nanotube reinforced PDC.

Research interests:

  • Micro-fabrication of ceramics for MEMS applications
  • Processing structure property relationships of ceramic materials
  • Polymer-derived ceramics
  • Nano-materials/composites: synthesis and properties
  • Mechanical behavior of materials: fracture, toughening, creep, wear and fatigue

  • Qu, H. Xu, Z. Feng, D.A. Frederick, L. An, and H. Heinrich. “Improving the tribological characteristics of aluminum alloys by forming a nanocomposite surface layer using friction stir processing” Wear, 271, 1940-45 (2011).
  • Wang, J. Ding, W. Feng, and L. An. “Effect of pyrolysis temperature on the piezoresistivity of polymer derived ceramics” Journal of the American Ceramic Society, 94[2], 359-362 (2011).
  • Jiang, A. Hill, W. Fei, Y. Wei, M. Tellam, C. Xu and L. An. “Making bulk ceramics from polymeric precursors” Journal of the American Ceramic Society, 93[10], 3017-3019 (2010).
  • Yu, L. An, Y. Chen and D. Yang. “Synthesis of SiFeC magnetoceramics from inverse polycarbosilane-based microemulsions” Journal of the American Ceramic Society, 93[10], 3324-3329 (2010).
  • Gao, Y. Wang, L. Zhang, W. Yang and L. An. “Optical properties of Al-doped single-crystal Si3N4 nanowires” Journal of the American Ceramic Society, 93[5], 1364-1367 (2010).
  • Wang, L. Lin, W. Yang, Z. Xie and L. An. “Preferred Orientation of SiC nanowires induced by substrates” Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 114[6], 2591-2594 (2010).
  • Yang, F. Gao, G. Wei and L. An. “Ostwald ripening growth of silicon nitride nanoplates” Crystal Growth & Design, 10, 29-31 (2010).
  • Sarkar, J. Zhou, C. Xu, L. An and L. Zhai. “Polymer-derived ceramic composite fibers with aligned pristine carbon nanotubes” ACS Materials & Interface, 2[4], 1150-1156 (2010).
  • Yang, C. Xu, Y. Chao, K. Lin, H. Yang and L. An. “Fabrication of AA6061/Al2O3 nano ceramic particle reinforced composite coating by using friction stir processing” Journal of Materials Science, 45, 4431-4438 (2010).
  • Yang and L. An. “Stress analysis of the field-assisted sintering: electrothermal mechanical interaction” International Journal of Applied Electromagnetic & Mechanics, 32, 125-132 (2010).
  • Yang, F. Gao, C. Xu, G. Wei and L. An. “Fabrication of Si3N4/SiC nanocomposites toughened by in-situ formed low-dimensional nanostructures” Solid State Science, 12, 1692-1695 (2010).
  • Yang, F. Gao, Y. Fan, and L. An. “Al-doped single-crystalline SiC nanowires synthesized by pyrolysis of polymer precursors” Journal of Nanoscience & Nanotechnology, 10[7], 4729-4732 (2010).

  • American Ceramic Society
  • ASM International
  • AAAS