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Ming Tang

Vincent Blouin

Associate Professor

Phone: (864) 656-3187
Office: 109 RICH Bldg


Dr. Ming Tang is currently an Associate Professor in the Materials Science and Engineering Department at Clemson University in Clemson, SC. Before joining Clemson in 2019, he was a staff scientist (2010-2019) in the Materials Science and Technology Division at the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), Los Alamos, NM. From 2006 to 2009, he worked as a Seaborg Institute Postdoctoral Fellow at LANL. He received his Ph.D. in 2006 from New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology in Materials Science and Engineering.

Tang has been an experimental researcher in the field of materials science for about 19 years; investigating processing-structure-property in ceramics, glasses, and metals, in bulk, thin-film, and composite forms. His research interests are primarily in the areas of radiation damage effects, corrosion behavior, and microstructure of materials, especially materials in extreme environments. Currently, his research focuses on highly radiation tolerant, thermally stable, and chemically durable materials. These materials have potential application as advanced nuclear energy systems. He has been author or co-author of more than 70 peer-reviewed papers.


Ph.D., New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (2006)
M.S., New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (2003)
B.S., East China University of Science and Technology (1990)

Research Areas

Ceramics and Glasses
Materials under Extreme Environments
Radiation Damage Effects
Electron Microscopy
Materials for Nuclear Energy and Environment Management Application

Selected Publications

R. Grote, M. Zhao, L. Shuller-Nickles, J. Amoroso, W. Gong, K. Lilova, A. Navrotsky, M. Tang, K.S. Brinkman, “Compositional control of tunnel features in hollandite-based ceramics: structure and stability of (Ba,Cs)1.33(Zn,Ti)8O16”, Journal of Materials Science, 54 (2019) 1112.

Yuying Zhou, Shimin Li, Ying Wang, Qing Huang, Wei Zhang, Yao Yao, Jiaming Hao, Yan Sun, Ming Tang, Jun Hu, Long Yan, “One-step Ion Beam Irradiation Manufacture of 3D Micro/Nanopatterned Structures in SiC Materials with Tunable Work Functions”, Carbon, 148 (2019) 387.

Wenjing Qin, Feng Ren, Russell P. Doerner, Guo Wei, Yawei Lv, Sheng Chang, Ming Tang, Huiqiu Deng, Changzhong Jiang, Yongqiang Wang, Nanochannel structures in W enhance radiation tolerance, Acta Materialia, 153 (2018) 147.

Guanhong Lei, Ruobing Xie, Hefei Huang, Renduo Liu, Qing Huang, Jianjian Li, Yuying Zhou, Cheng Li, Qiantao Lei, Qi Deng, Yongqi Wang, Chengbin Wang, Wei Zhang, Long Yan, Ming Tang, “The effect of He bubbles on the swelling and hardening of UNS N10003 alloy”, Jounal of Alloys and Compounds, 746 (2018) 153.

Jake W. Amoroso, James Marra, Christopher S. Dandeneau, Kyle Brinkman, Yun Xu, Ming Tang, Vince Maio, Samuel M. Webb, Wilson K.S. Chiu, “Cold crucible induction melter test for crystalline ceramic waste form fabrication: A feasibility assessment”, Journal of Nuclear Materials, 486 (2017) 283.

Jarrod V. Crum, James J. Neeway, Brian J. Riley, Zihua Zhu, Matthew J. Olszta, Ming Tang, “Dilute condition corrosion behavior of glass-ceramic waste form”, Journal of Nuclear Materials, 482 (2016) 1.

Ming Tang, James A. Valdez, Yongqiang Wang, Jian Zhang, Blas Uberuaga, Kurt Sickafus, “Ion irradiation-induced crystal structure changes in inverse spinel MgIn2O4”, Scripta Materialia, 125 (2016) 10.

Blas Pedro Uberuaga, Ming Tang, Chao Jiang, James A. Valdez, Roger Smith, Yongqiang Wang, & Kurt E. Sickafus, “Opposite correlations between cation disordering and amorphization resistance in spinels versus pyrochlores”, Nature Communication/DOI: 10.1038/ncomms9750, 2015.

Andrew T. Nelson, Jarrod V. Crum, and Ming Tang, “Thermophysical Properties of Multiphase Borosilicate Glass-Ceramic Waste Forms”, Journal of the American Ceramic Society, 97 [4] (2014) 1177.

T. Hartmann, A. Alaniz, F. Poineau, P.F. Weck, J.A. Valdez, M. Tang, G.D. Jarvinen, K.R. Czerwinski, K.E. Sickafus, “Structure studies on lanthanide technetium pyrochlores as prospective host phases to immobilize 99technetium and fission lanthanides from effluents of reprocessed used nuclear fuels”, Journal of Nuclear Materials, 411 (2011) 60.

M. Tang, K. Holliday, C. Jiang, J.A. Valdez, B.P. Uberuaga, P. Dickerson, R. Dickerson, Y. Wang, K. Czerwinski, and K.E. Sickafus, “Order-to-disorder Phase Transformation in Ion Irradiated Uranium-Bearing Delta-phase Oxides RE6U1O12 (RE = Y, Gd, Ho, Yb, and Lu)”, Journal of Solid State Chemistry, 183 (2010) 844 .

Kurt E. Sickafus, James A. Valdez, Antony Cleave, Ming Tang, Manabu Ishimaru, Siobhan M. Corish, Robin W. Grimes, Christopher R. Stanek, Blas P. Uberuaga, “Radiation Tolerance in Structurally-related Oxides”, Nature Materials, 6 (Mar. 2007) 217.