Siu-Yue Tam, Ph.D.

Siu-Yue Tam, Ph.D.

Adjunct Associate Professor of Engineering

Ph.D. in Civil Engineering at University of Minnesota

M.S. in Civil Engineering at University of Minnesota

B.S. in Civil Engineering and Physics at University of Minnesota



Siu-Yue Tam came to Northwestern with the experience of working in university, national laboratories, industry and as an entrepreneur.


Highlights and Awards

  • Research grants from federal agencies: DOE, NASA, NSF, EPA (>$2MM)
  • Partner of two of four teams selected for DOE Coal Gasification Demonstration project (two projects total ~$10MM)
  • Recipient of the 2014 Tekne Award in Advanced Manufacturing presented by Minnesota High Tech Association on new product with patented technology

Selected Publications

  • Y. Fu, Y.-B. Jiang, C.-Y. A. Tsai, S.-Y. Tam, B. Li, H. Fan, H. Zhang, S. Rempe, P. Atanassov, J. Cecchi, C.J. Brinker, D. Rogers, Atomic Layer Deposition of L-alanine polypeptide, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 136, 45 (2014) 15821-15824
  • C.-Y. Tsai, S.-Y. Tam, Y. Lu, C. J. Brinker, Dual-Layer Asymmetric Microporous Silica Membranes, J. Membrane Sci., 169 (2000) 255-268
  • M. Lu, S.-Y. Tam, R. Schunk and C. J. Brinker, In-Situ Characterization of Stress Development and Relaxation of Gelatin Film during Controlled Drying, Mater. Res. Soc. Proc., Editor: R. Vinci, O. Kraft, N. Moody, P. Besser, E. Shaffer II, 594 (1999) 263-269
  • S. -Y. Tam, L. E. Scriven, and H. K. Stolarski, Stress Effects in Drying Polymer Films, Mater. Res. Soc. Proc,356 (1995) 547-552

Selected Presentations

  • S. -Y. Tam, A. Tsai, R. Wickramasinghe, X. Quan, Novel Membrane Reactor Using Non-Metal Catalyst for Sugar Production as a Feedstock for Bio-Products, Int. Biomass Conf. & Expo, 2015, Minneapolis, MN
  • Tsai, S.-Y. Tam, Y.B. Jiang, From Fundamental Understanding to Pilot Demonstration, The Joint Workshop on Scale-up of Pd Membrane Technology, Petten, The Netherlands, November 2014, 20&21. (Invited talk)
  • S.-Y. Tam, A. Tsai, Y. B. Jiang, Contaminant Resistant High Temperature Hydrogen Purification, AIChE 2012, Houston, TX
  • Tsai, S.-Y. Tam, Y. B. Jiang, Sulfur Resistant High Temperature Hydrogen Purification Membranes, NAMS 2011, Las Vegas, NV


  • Magnetic Recording Tape Edge processing, US 7,597,607
  • Hydrogen Selective Protective Coating, Coated Article and Method US 8,900,344

Classes Taught

  • Numerical Analysis
  • Computer Simulation and Analysis
  • Thermal-Fluids Lab
  • Statics and Dynamics
  • Fundamentals of Physics