Academic Profile

Academic Profile

Prof Yao Kui

Adjunct Professor,

Office: N4.1 02 07
Prof Yao Kui

YAO Kui received the bachelor degree in electronics engineering and the Ph.D in electronic materials and devices, both from Xi'an Jiaotong University, China, in 1989 and 1995, respectively, and the master degree in technical physics from Xidian University, China, in 1992. He joined Institute of Materials Research and Engineering (IMRE) in Singapore in 1997 as a research fellow. After several promotions, he is currently a principal scientist and a program manager at IMRE, A*STAR. During 1998 - 1999, he worked in the Materials Research Laboratory (MRL), The Pennsylvania State University, USA. Previously, he was a postdoctoral fellow in the Microelectronic Center at Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore, during 1995-1997.
Research Interests
YAO Kui's research areas cover smart materials with sensing, actuation, energy harvesting and storage functions, and their applications as sensors, actuators and transducers. The materials studied through his current work include ferroic, piezoelectric, dielectric, photovoltaic, chemical and bio sensing materials. He is interested in understanding and improving the structure and properties of these smart materials, and further exploring their signal/energy conversion and storage functional mechanisms including their potential device applications. As the program manager, he is leading a research program focusing on material-critical sensor and transducers at Institute of Materials Research and Engineering in A*STAR. Working together with his colleagues and students, he has designed and demonstrated a variety of material-critical sensors, actuators, and transducers on the basis of the functional mechanisms of the smart materials. Processing of functional thin films, thick films, multilayers, and micro/nano fabrication processes are often applied to produce miniaturized devices.

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