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Dr. Bo Tan

Bo Tan
BEng, MASc, PhD, PEng
416-979-5000 ext. 554879

Areas of Academic Interest

Laser Synthesis of Nanomaterials

Nanomaterials for Engineering Applications

Nanomaterials for Biomedical Applications


Year University Degree
2001 Nanyang Technological University PhD
1997 Huazhong University of Science and Technology MASc
1994 Huazhong University of Science and Technology BEng

Selected Courses

Course Code Course Title
AER 222 Engineering Design and Graphical Communication
AER 606 Component Design and Material Selection
AE8145 Nanomaterials and Nanocomposites


The daughter of science-minded parents, Bo Tan knew she wanted to be an engineer from a young age. Today, Tan is sharing her passion for her profession with her students. “It’s wonderful to see the next generation of engineers just as excited about learning and research as I am,” she says. “The most inventive ideas come from that kind of enthusiasm.”

Tan gives her students free rein when it comes to the projects they take on. The result of that independence when combined with the rigorous experimentation and research Tan encourages? Innovative designs for all manner of essentials, from chairs and dollies to wheelchair lifts.

Tan, who worked in industry before turning to research, enjoys the level of collaboration that Toronto Metropolitan University is known for. “I give students my guidance and experience,” she says, “but they also bring something to the table.” She often works on research projects with her students, assigning them a hypothesis and then giving them the opportunity to run the required experiments.

“We have very bright students,” Tan says. “Seeing them grow over the years and take the path towards a successful future—it’s really rewarding.”

Bo Tan

“Experiments are necessary for research. Without experimentation and hands-on learning, there is no project.”

  • Early research Award, 2008-13
  • Keshavarz, M., Tan, B. , Venkatakrishnan, K., Cell Selective Apoptosis Induced by Polymorphic Alteration of Self-Assembled Silica Nanowebs, ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces, 2017, 9 (7), pp 6292–6305
  • S. C. Vijayakumar, K. Venkatakrishnan, B. Tan, SERS active nano-biosensor functionalized by self-assembled 3D nickel based nano-networks for glutathione detection, ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces, 2017, 9 (6), pp 5077–5091
  • P. Thakur, B. Tan, K. Venkatakrishnan, “Multiphase Titanium Oxide Nanomaterial for Augmented vis–NIR Photon Absorption,” Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells, vol. 152, pp. 161-169, Mar. 2016.
  • Powell, J.A., Venkatakrishnan, K., Tan, B. Programmable SERS active substrates for chemical and biosensing applications using amorphous/crystalline hybrid silicon nanomaterial (2016) Scientific Reports, 6, art. no. 19663
  • A. K. M. R. H. Chowdhury, A. Tavangar, B. Tan, K. Venkatakrishnan, Biofunctionalized 3-D Carbon Nano-Network Platform for Enhanced Fibroblast Cell Adhesion, Scientific Reports, March 2017, DOI: 10.1038/srep44250


  • Editor, Journal of Nanomaterials