Dr Wei Tan


Research Group News

March 2024

Professor Karin Hing discusses her research

A Night of Science and Engineering: Queen Mary showcases cutting-edge research and innovation

14 March 2024

On Thursday 29th February, Queen Mary’s faculty of Science and Engineering held its second annual Night of Engineering in the Octagon. The event brought together over 200 leading industry partners, researchers, academics, policymakers, and the public, for an evening of exploration, engagement, and celebration of Queen Mary's Faculty … [more]

February 2024

Dr Wei Tan giving a talk at DTU

Dr Wei Tan presents latest research on Leading Edge Erosion of Wind Turbines at International Symposium

13 February 2024

Dr Wei Tan presented his research on 'Mechanics-guided material design for leading-edge erosion' during the 5th International Symposium at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU). Leading-edge erosion, caused by environmental factors such as rain, hail, and debris, poses a significant threat to the performance and reliability of wind turbine blades. … [more]

December 2023

SEMS staff recognised at the awards were from left to right: Paul, Sanaa, Wei and Irene all being congratulated by James Busfield.

SEMS Staff Recognised at the Annual Science and Engineering Faculty Celebration

13 December 2023

SEMS staff were recognised at the Annual Faculty of Science and Engineering Celebration on the 13th December 2023. Irene Prieto Reina was awarded the Professional Services Excellence Award. Wei Tan was awarded the Research Excellence Award. Sanaa Hafeez was awarded the Student Experience and Education Award. Paul Balcombe was awarded the … [more]

November 2023

Many colleagues from SEMS attended the celebration including Olly Fenwick, Thomas Iskratsch, Karin Hing and Wei Tan being congratulated in the photo by Martin, Wen and James.

SEMS team recognised at QMUL Academic Promotions Event

21 November 2023

On 21st November QMUL hosted an event to celebrate the staff who have been promoted in the most recent academic promotion rounds. As we reported back in September, this was a very successful outcome for SEMS with 12 of our colleagues being promoted across all the different academic grades, reflecting the … [more]

October 2023

Jinlong Fu

Welcom Dr Jinlong Fu to join Dr Wei Tan's group!

16 October 2023

Mechanics of Composite Materials Group is pleased to welcome Dr. Jinlong Fu. He will work on the data-driven modelling of cellular composites, funded by EPSRC. Dr. Jinlong Fu is now a postdoctoral researcher in Mechanical Engineering. He started his research career in computational mechanics and numerical modelling by studying at … [more]

September 2023

ERC Starting Grant

Dr Wei Tan wins £1.2m grant to develop 'self-healing' materials

5 September 2023

Dr Wei Tan has been awarded a prestigious European Research Council (ERC) Starting Grant for ambitious research which focuses on self-healing engineering materials. Dr Tan, a Senior Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering at the School of Engineering and Materials Science, has been awarded with £1.2m towards his project, titled: Life-like … [more]

August 2023

Design Multifunctional Shape-Morphing Materials

Researchers Create Multifunctional Shape-Morphing Composite Materials Inspired by Kirigami

21 August 2023

Exciting news from the collaborative efforts of researchers at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL), Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and University of Nottingham (UoN) has brought about a novel development in shape-morphing structures. Led by Dr. Wei Tan (QMUL) and Dr. Mingchao Liu (NTU, currently at University of Birmingham), the … [more]

April 2023

Moisture-induced degradation of composite materials

Queen Mary Researchers develop a new model to understand the moisture-induced degradation of composite materials, impacting the offshore energy community.

25 April 2023

Exciting news! Our latest research on environmental-assisted modelling of composite materials has just been published in a top-tier journal: Engineering with Computers (Q1, IF=8.083). Due to their high strength-to-weight ratios and corrosion resistance, lightweight composite materials have found widespread use in aerospace, wind, and marine structural applications. However, these materials … [more]

November 2022


Siamak won 3-minute Flashing Presentation Competition at Industrial Liaison Forum

9 November 2022

Congratulations our postdoctoral researcher Siamak for winning the best flashing presentation at the Industrial Liaison Forum at QMUL, 9th Nov. Siamak is working under the supervision of Dr Wei Tan on data-driven topology optimisation of cellular composite for crash energy absorption. His work is funded by the EPSRC CELLCOMP … [more]

April 2022

MEng group

Best MEng project in SEMS Industrial Liaison Forum 2022

6 April 2022

Congratulations for the MEng group that has won the best project 2022. This is supervised by Dr Wei Tan and Dr Ana Belen Jorge Sobrido. A group of MEng  students (Moizz Ali, Aqil Ali, Jabril Abdinur, Rafi R. and M. Mebeha) attended an Industrial … [more]

MEng project presentation prize winners

MEng Group Project Presentation prize awarded at ILF April 2022

6 April 2022

Our MEng students presented their Research & Design Team Projects at the Industrial Liaison Forum on 6th April 2022. Our MEng students conduct team projects in their 4th year in groups of about 5 students. Currently towards the end of their projects, they were able to present a mix of prototypes, samples … [more]

February 2022

3D fibre bridging effect in composite materials

New paper: Phase field predictions of 3D microscopic fibre bridging behaviour of composite materials

8 February 2022

New paper with my collaborator Emilio Martínez Pañeda, Ph.D. (Imperial). Do you know why fibres are the ubiquitous reinforcement in many biological systems (articular cartilage, wood, etc.) and modern engineering structures (aircraft, wind turbine blade, etc.)? In this paper, we have revealed some … [more]

January 2022

The in person recipients line up for a photo at the annual award ceremony. More than half of the staff in the photo are from SEMS.

SEMS Staff Receive Many Awards at the Science and Engineering Faculty Awards Ceremony.

27 January 2022

The Science and Engineering Faculty Celebration took place in the Octagon to a large assembled in person gathering and was broadcast simultaneously online to an even larger audience on the 27th January 2022. SEMS had a very large number of the awards with Andrew Spowage winning the Faculty Award for Internationalisation … [more]

Siamak Khosroshahi

Welcome Dr Siamak to join our group as a postdoctoral researcher.

4 January 2022

Welcome Dr Siamak to join our group as a postdoctoral researcher from Jan 2022. He has got his PhD in the field of “new energy absorbing materials” from University of Padova in Italy and worked as a researcher at Imperial College London and UCL from 2019 to 2021. Siamak is now … [more]

November 2021

Daniel receiving his Royal Charter Award at the IOM3

Daniel Mills wins the Royal Charter Prize of the IOM3

17 November 2021

Daniel Mills - a 2021 MEng Materials graduate - has been awarded the Royal Charter Prize of the Institute of Materials, Minerals & Mining (IOM3). This award is given to the best Materials Science graduate on any accredited materials degree course, regardless of discipline. This is a competitive … [more]

Research summary

A new failure model to predict the fatigue life of aeronautical aluminium-alloy thin-sheets upon impact damage

3 November 2021

A new paper from Dr Wei Tan's group is published! A new fatigue crack growth model considering the effects of load interaction and low velocity impact damage of aluminium-alloy thin-sheets was proposed. Our theoretical model and test results can provide guidelines for the impact damage tolerance design and fatigue … [more]

October 2021

The nail penetration of composite electrodes

The Nail Penetration Behaviour of Carbon Nanotube Composite Electrodes for Energy Storage

28 October 2021

New paper! An excellent work from our MEng student group project Evangelos Koliolios, Daniel Mills, James Busfield. "The Nail Penetration Behaviour of Carbon Nanotube Composite Electrodes for Energy Storage" published in the Frontiers in Materials. Paper can be found here: https://lnkd.in/dr8… [more]

July 2021

Structural power composites

Recent advance on the structural power composites

25 July 2021

Dr. Tan's group has recently published a paper on "Journal of Energy Storage" regarding the recent development of structural power composites. These composites can simultaneously carry mechanical load and store electrical energy. The developed electrodes possess up to 63% of their theoretical capacitance, and their tensile strengths are … [more]

May 2021

Green car. Credit: EduardHarkonen/iStock.com

Queen Mary launches a new EPSRC research project to tackle safety concerns with zero emission vehicles

27 May 2021

The newly-funded EPSRC New Investigator project, led by Dr Wei Tan from Queen Mary’s Mechanics of Composite Materials Group (MCM), will create an intelligent data-driven virtual testing tool to assess an emerging type of lightweight materials, known as synthetic cellular composites (CCs). Materials found in nature are … [more]

April 2021

Daniel and Evangelos in full flow.

Industrial Liaison Forum #5 MEng Group Prize Winners Announced

29 April 2021

The fifth Industrial Liaison Forum (ILF#5) took place online on 28 April 2021. ILF#5 was the 4th year MEng Group Project Showcase. All 10 groups were invited to present their projects this year. The event attended by many external visitors including several of our Industrial Advisory Board Members, potential new … [more]

January 2021

Board member of UK Association for Computational Mechanics

Dr. Tan is elected as a board member of UK Association for Computational Mechanics

29 January 2021

Dr. Tan is honoured to be elected as a board member of UK Association for Computational Mechanics. He will represent Queen Mary University London in the field of Computatinal Mechanics and interact with many colleagues in other UK univerisities. The goal is to promote the impact of QMUL research in … [more]

Other News


My co-author (Dr. E. Martínez-Pañeda from Imperial) and I would like to announce that our new paper titled “Phase field predictions of microscopic fracture and R-curve behaviour of fibre-reinforced composites” has been accepted in Composites Science and Technology (The most prestigious journal in the composite field, IF=7.09), The archived version can be found from the DOI link (https://doi.org/10.1016/j.compscitech.2020.108539) or a free version (https://arxiv.org/abs/2011.00779).

Phase Field Model for composites


Welcome Mr Emilio Felipe Gomez  join our group as PhD student. He will work on thermal-mechanical modelling of graphene-related materials for improving battery saftey.


Our new paper titled ‘A physically-based constitutive model for the shear-dominated response and strain rate effect of carbon fibre reinforced composites’ has been published in the leading composite journal 'Composites Part B: Engineering'. This is the first time in the literature to demonstrate how the well-known crystal plasticity framework can be used to predict the plastic deformation and strain rate effect of composite materials. By analogy,  the plastic deformation of a composite lamina is assumed to be due to fibre slip along certain slip systems within the matrix. Reviewers comment "The paper is an excellent contribution to the literature. It is clear and concise, and the technical approach is very good" and "This is a very good manuscript, both regarding scientific content, novelty and thoroughness in the analysis".