Academic Profile

Academic Profile

Prof Lam Yeng Ming

Chair, School of Materials Science & Engineering
Professor, School of Materials Science & Engineering
Director, Facility for Analysis, Characterisation, Testing and Simulation (FACTS), Facility for Analysis, Characterisation, Testing and Simulation (FACTS)

Prof Lam Yeng Ming

Prof Yeng Ming LAM received her Bachelor in Applied Science with honours (Materials Engineering) from Nanyang Technological University, NTU, in 1996. After a stint in Texas Instruments as a development engineer, she went on to read her PhD in Materials Science and Metallurgy in University of Cambridge, UK. She joined NTU as an Assistant Professor in 2001. She is currently a Professor and the Chair of the School of Materials Science and Engineering, NTU. She is also the Director of the Facility for Analysis, Characterization, Testing and Simulations (FACTS), a University facility for electron microscopy and x-ray analysis. Prof Lam’s research focuses on the design of functional nanostructured materials for a sustainable future and this leads to applications in a wide range of fields from energy to food security. She is also the Founder for FytoSol Pte Ltd that is dedicated to deliver solutions to horticulture and agriculture needs. She sits on the governing board for International Symposium for Polymer Analysis and Characterization (ISPAC) and the National committee on Measurement and characterisation. She held a concurrent Senior Scientist position in RWTH University in Aachen, Germany, between 2011 and 2014 and a concurrent Senior Scientist position in IMRE, A*Star, from 2010-2011. She has more than 150 refereed publications and numerous patents, some of which are licensed to companies in US and Singapore. She was awarded the Nanyang Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2006 and the inaugural L’Oréal Unesco For Women in Science National Fellowship and the Nanyang Outstanding Young Alumni Award in 2009.
Research Interests
Yeng Ming’s research interests are in the understanding and the application of self-organization of peptides and polymers. She has studied a wide range of self-assembled systems in selective solvents and thin films. Her research also includes the application of self-assembly on the synthesis of nanostructures/nanoparticles, nanotemplating, organic memory, photovoltaics, etc.

Yeng Ming has also demonstrated through the use of both experiments and calculations, that it is possible to accurately parameterize copolymer systems. The mesoscale morphology of the copolymer system can be predicted accurately through simulation making use of the dynamic mean field density method. This allows for a simple approach in the design of copolymer for self-assembly and to understand the conditions for self-assembly. This work resulted in the publication of numerous papers and 2 book chapters. She has also obtained research funding for self-assembly work in other applications such as surface modifications and development of nanoreactors for controlled synthesis of nanomaterials. Her most recent funding obtained through the Competitive Research Programme funding from National Research Foundation as a Project PI under a S$10 million programme on Nanonets: New Materials, Devices for Integrated Energy Harvesting.
Current Projects
  • Advanced Characterization Using Transmission ElectronMicroscopy (ACTem)
  • CHALSOL - Chalcogenide solar cells of CZTS - Copper Zinc Tin Sulfide - A new, high-efficiency materials for low-tech solar cells of earth-abundant and environmentally friendly elements
  • Design singlet fission material/perovskite interface - Optimize charge generation
  • Facile Formulation for "Moisturizer" for Plants
  • Facile Non-toxic Formulation for smart water management for horticulture/agriculture application
  • Heteroacene as electron-transport layer for inverted perovskite solar cell
  • Inkjet printing of two-dimensional heterostructures for high performance micro-supercapacitors
  • Lightweight Systems: Evergreen Roof Greening
  • Materials Design Approach for Improved Optoelectronic Properties and Stability of Perovskites
  • Metallic Cu nanoparticle Inks for Flexible Electrode Application
  • Metallic Nanoparticles Enabled Low Temperature Processes for Interconnections in Flexible Electronics and 3D Electronics Packaging
  • Monetary Academic Resources for Research
  • Nanonets: New Materials, Devices for Integrated Energy Harnessing & Storage
  • Nanostructured Copper Inks for Flexible Electrode Applications
  • Novel Highly Ordered Heterojunction hybrid cell for solar energy harvesting
  • Novel materials design for plant nanotherapeutics
  • Phytoremediation: A Sustainable Approach Towards Ecosystem Restoration and Land Remediation
  • Polypeptides Based Molecular Electronics
  • Polypeptides Based Molecular Electronics
  • Quantify Polyhedral Nanoparticle Orientation at Fluid/Fluid Interfaces through Artificial Intelligence
  • SERI Santen Strategic Collaboration and Joint Ophthalmic Research Laboratory
  • Self-Assembly Induced Nanostructures For Surface Modification (NTU-Technion Project)
  • Stable Swollen Lamellar Phase for Future Hair Conditioner Application
  • Synthesis of New Donor-Acceptor Materials for Organic Photovoltaic Cells
  • Towards Hybrid devices for Energy Conversion
  • Understanding and predictions of interactions between multiple components for coloration of high performance polymer
  • Understanding charge distribution and transfer in solar cells using advanced microscopy techniques
  • Understanding the influence of the physicochemical properties of biodegradable nanoparticles on oral trans-epithelial transport
  • Understanding the influence of the physicochemical properties of biodegradable nanoparticles on oral trans-epithelial transport
  • Visualizing Perovskite Growth to Unlock Optoelectronic Secrets
Selected Publications
  • L. Xi, Y.M. Lam, W.X.W. Tan, C. Boothroyd. (2008). Understanding and Controlling the Growth of Monodisperse CdS Nanowires in Solution. Chemistry of Materials, 20.
  • W. L. Leong, P. S. Lee, A. P.C. Lohani, Y. M. Lam, T.P. Chen, S. Zhang, A. Dodabalapur, and S. Mhaisalkar. (2008). Non-volatile Organic Memory Applications enabled by in-situ synthesis of Gold Nanoparticles in a Self-assembled Block Copolymer. Advanced Materials, .
  • Lam YM, Song LX, Moy YC, Xi LF, Boothroyd C. (2008). Controlled chemical stabilization of self-assembled PS-P4VP nanostructures. Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, 317, 255-263.
  • 5. A. D. Aquila, R. Grisorio, G.P. Suranna, P. Mastrorilli, C.F. Nobile, L. Torsi, F. Marinelli, P. Cosma, J.-N. Tey, P. Keg, A. Marchenko, Y.M. Lam, D. Fichou, S.G. Mhaisalkar. (2008). An anthracene-based structure for high performance solution deposited OTFT. Journal of Materials Chemistry, 18, 786-791.
  • Tresset G, Cheong WCD, Lam YM. (2007). Role of multivalent cations in the self-assembly of phosphiolipid-DNA complexes. The Journal of Physical Chemistry Part B: Condensed Matter, Materials, Surfaces, Interfaces & Biophysical, 111, 14233-14238.

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