|Assoc Prof Alfred Tok Iing Yoong||1) Carbon-based Field-Effect Transistor Sensors
The biosensors market, which is currently at USD 9.9 billion, is expected to reach USD 18.9 billion in 2019 (GIA Report, 2014) propelled by the growing population and health issues. Our group capitalizes on this emergent market and researches on disposable and low-cost sensor suitable for real-time sensing in field conditions. Our group focuses on sensors for biological and gas detection applications.
2) Synthesis of Nanostructured Materials using Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD)
Atomic layer deposition (ALD) has evolved to be a unique tool for nanotechnology with atomic level control of the depositions, 3D conformity and homogeneity. Film depositions can be realized for complex non-planar topographies for a wide range of applications such as energy conversion and storage, nanoparticle catalysts, nanostructures for drug delivery, gas separations, sensing, and photonic applications. Our group focuses on ALD materials for solar cell, hydrogen generation and smart window applications.
3) Hard & Tough Materials for Ballistic Protection Application
The next generation of military vehicular and soldier system requires light-weight materials with high strength-to-weight ratio. Our research focuses on the synthesis and densification of nanostructured materials & desired composite architecture to significantly raise the ballistic protection capability. The B-C-N-O group of compounds are potential candidates to form novel materials for ballistic protection application as they inherent the unique properties from both boron nitride and boron carbide which are known for their light weight, high hardness, low friction coefficient and high wear resistance. Prof Tok leads a team of collaborators in armour material research ranging from high temperature synthesis of novel superhard materials and consolidation by state-of-the-art Spark Plasma Sintering to advanced characterisation techniques such as depth of penetration test using Two-Stage Light-Gas Gun.
4) Institute for Sports Research
Our group is involved in the Institute for Sports Research, working on the damping property of midsoles which is based on carbon nanotube (CNT). CNT’s high aspect ratios (length/diameter) is particularly desirable for mechanical reinforcement, and it is found that the vertical aligned (VA)CNTs perform well in damping, to dissipate the energy absorbed under compression (Figure 7). Our present job is to tune the damping property of VACNT by adjusting the length, diameter and area density etc. parameters and try to reinforce the polymer with VACNT to fabricate midsole material with better cushion property.
In accordance with the objectives of the Energy Thrust Program of the NRF-CREATE Project, our group is focused on the design and synthesis of highly functional nanomaterials, which enables energy harvesting and conservation. Recently, novel graphene oxide synthesized nanoballs and nanoflowers were synthesized. These exhibit potentials for supercapacitors and energy applications. In general, these activities results in above 50 publications, 17 patent applications and projects discussions with companies regarding commercialization possibilities.
|Assoc Prof Ali Miserez||Structural properties of biological materials from the macro-scale to the nano-scale
Multi-scale structural and mechanical properties of biological materials, including biominerals.
Elastomeric and structural properties of bioelastomers
Protein chemistry of sclerotized hard-tissues from marine organisms, such as Cephalopod
Single-molecular force spectroscopy of structural and elastic proteins
Underwater adhesion mechanisms of adhesive proteins
RNA-sequencing and proteomics of extra-cellular biological materials
Advanced Metal/Ceramic composites
Experimental Fracture Mechanics
|Assoc Prof Andrew Clive Grimsdale||Prof Grimsdale?s areas of expertise are the synthesis of conjugated polymers for electronic applications, particularly light-emitting diodes, solar cells and thin-film transistors. His current research works focus on the synthesis of materials for solar cells and transistors and on the supramolecular assembly of organic materials.
|Assoc Prof Ang Diing Shenp||1. Reliability physics and characterization of nanoscale transistors (negative-bias temperature instability, hot-carrier effects, gate oxide breakdown, low frequency/RF noise, metal gate/high-kappa gate stack, non-volatile memories, silicon-on-insulator transistors, nanowire devices etc.)
2. Nano-characterization techniques (conductive atomic force microscopy, high-resolution transmission electron microscopy and associated anaytical techniques for alternative gate dielectrics, nanowire devices etc.)
3. Characterization of novel devices (e.g. tunneling FETs, novel memories etc.)
|Mr Ang Hock Eng||Fracture Mechanics Analysis of Engineering Components using Boundary Element Methods.
Instrumentation & Control of Fluid Power Systems.
|Assoc Prof Aravind Babu Dasari||Dr Dasari’s major research emphasis is on the development of in-depth understanding of the various facets of processing-structure-property relations in hybrid polymer nanocomposites to achieve synergistic properties for different end applications. These facets include:
1. Thermal stability and flame retardancy (with eco-benign agents)
2. Functional properties (electrical/thermal conductivities, biodegradability and UV shielding)
3. Electrospinning techniques
4. Wear/scratch damage at different scales (macro/micro/nano)
5. Deformation and Fracture mechanisms
6. Active food packaging
|Assoc Prof Atsushi Goto||Polymer Chemistry and Polymer Materials
1) Controlled syntheses of polymers
2) Development of new living radical polymerization via organic catalysis
3) Creation of new advance polymer materials using structurally controlled polymers
|Prof Atul N. Parikh||Membrane biophysics
biologically inspired materials
synthetic chemical biology
|Asst Prof Bae Tae-Hyun||1. Chemistry of materials
- nanoporous materials including zeolites, mesoporous materials and metal-organic frameworks
- thin films and nanocomposite membranes
2. Environmental technology
- CO2 capture
- water treatment
3. Molecular separaitons in chemical processes
- hydrocarbon separations
- gas separations
|Prof Bjorn Lindman||Björn Lindman is chair professor in physical chemistry at Lund University, Sweden since 1978 and is visiting professor at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. His research interests are in the field of colloid science, including surfactant and polymer self-assembly, polymer-surfactant systems, polymer adsorption, amphiphilic polymers and biopolymers like DNA and cellulose. He consults and gives training courses for industry on formulations and is also a co-founder of spin-offs in this area. He is a fellow of the Swedish Royal Academy of Sciences, the Swedish Royal Academy of Engineering Sciences and the Portuguese Academy of Science.
Björn Lindman has published over 600 papers in journals and books; these have been cited more than 20000 times, with an h-index of 80.
He has received the Overbeek Gold Medal of the European Colloid and Interface Society and the Life-time Achievement Award of the International Association of Colloid and Interface Scientists, and prestigious awards from US, China, Japan, India, UK, Finland and Sweden. He is a cofounder of the European Colloid and Interface Society and has been the president of this organization as well as the International Association of Colloid and Interface Scientists. He is one of the authors of the textbook Surfactants and Polymers in Aqueous Solutions (2 editions and translated into Chinese and Russian) as well as of Surface Chemistry of Surfactants and Polymers (Wiley 2014).