Nanyang Technology University

Academic Profile
Assoc Prof David Lee Butler

Associate Professor 
Division of Manufacturing Engineering 
School of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering 
College of Engineering 

Phone: (+65)6790 4884 
Office: N3.2-01-19 
  • PGDipTHE Nanyang Technological University 2001
  • PhD University of Birmingham 2000
  • MSc(Eng) University of Birmingham 1993
  • BEng(Hons) University Of Birmingham 1992
Professor David Butler is currently based in the School of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering since 1999 in addition he holds a joint appointment as a Senior Scientist with the Agency for Science Technology & Research (A*STAR). He recieved he Bachelor Degree in Manufacturing Engineering & Economics, Master of Science in Quality Systems and PhD in Engineering Metrology from the University of Birmingham (UK). His research interests include ultra precision machining processes,surface metrology and nanomanufacturing technologies. His research has attracted funding from Government and Industry and has resulted in over 80 conference and journal papers as well as several invention disclosures.
Research Interests
Prof Butler's area of expertise are surface metrology, machining processes and novel removal processes.
His current research focuses on electrokinetic removal, the application of diatoms for nanotechnology and ultraprecision grinding.
Research Grant
  • Advanced Remanufacturing & Technology Centre - NTU (2014-) [by Advanced Remanufacturing & Technology Centre (ARTC)]
  • Clean Energy Research Programme (2011-) [by Economic Development Board (EDB)]
  • NTU-Rolls-Royce Fuel Cell Systems Pte Ltd (RRFCS) Research Collaboration (2009-) [by Rolls-Royce PIc]
  • NTU-Rolls-Royce Fuel Cell Systems Pte Ltd (RRFCS) Research Collaboration (2010-) [by Rolls-Royce PIc]
  • Sentosa Development Corporation (2010-2013)
  • Sentosa Development Corporation – NTU (2010-) [by Sentosa Development Corporation]
  • Supplementary Equipment Purchase (2006-) [by MOE]
Current Projects
  • Benchmarking of Mechanical Systems Disassembly and Assembly
  • Efficient wafering and texturing of single and multi-crystalline silicon for solar cells
  • Feasibility Study on The Tapping of Wave Energy For Small-scale Installations (Using Sentosa's New Boardwalk as A Pioneering Test Bed)
  • Feasibility study on the tapping of wave energy for small-scale installations (using Sentosa's new Boardwalk as a pioneer test bed)
  • Investigation of fluid flow over patterned wafers
  • Media Development for Magnetic-Field-Assisted-Finishing (MFAF) for High Efficiency Material Removal
  • Robotised Finishing for Civil Aerospace - I
  • Robotised Finishing for Civil Aerospace III
  • Robotised Finishing for Marine Engineering - II
Selected Publications
  • Cheng Fang, David Lee Butler, Fan Kuang-Chao. (2011). Proc. SPIE: Measurement of microchannels inside transparent substrate based on confocal microscopy. Seventh International Symposium on Precision Engineering Measurements and Instrumentation (pp. 83212D)SPIE.
  • Jiao, Y.-Y., Du, J., Jiao, R.J. and Butler, D.L. (2008). Operational Implications of Early Supplier Involvement in Semiconductor Manufacturing Firms: A Case Study. Journal of Manufacturing Technology Management, 19(8).
  • Seng, L.C., Blackburn, T.L., Ng, S.H., Chun, Y., Butler, D.L., Danyluk, S. (2008). Nanometric material removal using the electrokinetic phenomenon. Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering, 6800.
  • K. L. S. Goi, D. L. Butler, A. E. W. Jarfors, J. M. S Yong, D. C. S Lim. (2008). Elastic modulus of sintered porous Ti-Si-Zr, using activation by Ti-Si mechanically alloyed powder and TiH2 powder. Materials Science And Engineering A-Structural Materials Properties Microstructure And Processing, 475, 45-51.
  • 2. Toh, A.G.G., Nolan, M.G., Cai, R., Butler, D.L. (2008). Reversible wetting of Titanium dioxide films. Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering, 6800.
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