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Jianchuan Tan

Jianchuan Tan

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Jianchuan Tan (JT) joined PNNL as a Lighting Research Scientist in 2021, and works in the Lighting Science Research team. He is a Ph.D. from Lighting Research Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, with areas of expertise in Lighting and Architectural Science. He is a PMP, LC and WELL AP. JT has more than 10 years of experience in lighting academia and industry. His works are mainly on research and development of lighting systems, lighting product management, application engineering, especially on human-centric lighting systems. He also has intense interest in lighting control on IoT platforms, as well as the implementation of human-centric lighting in the IoT environment.

Research Interests

  • Human-centric lighting theory and applications
  • IoT (Connected) lighting development and applications
  • Lighting quality metrics (flicker, color, glare, etc.)
  • Data science in lighting applications
  • Commercialization of new lighting technologies

Education and Credentials

  • Pass with High Honor, HBX CORe, Harvard Business School Online, 2019
  • Ph.D., Architectural Science, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 2014
  • M.S., Lighting, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 2012
  • M.S., Theoretical Physics, University of Science and Technology of China, 2009
  • B.S., Applied Physics and Applied Electronics, Beihang University, 2006
  • B.S., Applied Mathematics, Beihang University, 2006

Affiliations and Professional Service

  • IES committee member of ELO (Education, Library and Office Lighting) work group
  • Project Management Professional (PMP), Lighting Certified (LC), WELL Accredited Professional (WELL AP)

Selected Patents


    Low flicker alternating current (ac) led driver, RJ Lenk, J Tan, US20160088704A1.

Selected Publications


  • An approach to reduce AC LED flicker, J Tan, N Narendran, Journal of Light & Visual Environment 38, 6-11.
  • Defining phosphor luminescence property requirements for white AC LED flicker reduction, J Tan, N Narendran, Journal of Luminescence, 167, 21-26.


  • An imaging-based photometric and colorimetric measurement method for characterizing OLED panels for lighting applications, Y Zhu, N Narendran, J Tan, X Mou, Thirteenth International Conference on Solid State Lighting 9190, 91900E.
  • Understanding flicker in airfield lighting applications, JD Bullough, J Tan, N Narendran, JP Freyssinier, 2014 FAA Worldwide Airport Technology Transfer Conference.


  • A driving scheme to reduce AC LED flicker, J Tan, N Narendran, LED-based Illumination Systems 8835, 88350O.


  • Quantum strategies in moving frames, JC Tan, AM Wang, Physics Letters A 373 (7), 711-715.


  • Explanation of the Anomalous, weak, long-range Acceleration of Pioneer 10/11 by new physics, X Jiang, X Zhou, J Tan, L Wang, J Yu, Nuclear Physics B-Proceedings Supplements 166, 279-281.

Energy and Environment

Core Research Areas