Dr Robert E Simpson (Assistant Professor) holds an Assistant Professor position at the Singapore University of Technology and Design. His group’s research lies in the design and development of new materials for applications in photonics, electronics and data storage.

Before Joining SUTD Robert spent his postdoc years in Japan and Spain. After completing his PhD he was awarded a fellowship from Japanese Society for Promotion of Science and spent 3.5 years at the CAN-FOR research group, directed by Prof Junji Tominaga, at the Japanese national institute for Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST). In Spain Robert joined the group of Prof Valerio Pruneri as a COFUND Marie Currie Fellow at the Institute of Photonic Sciences (ICFO) in Barcelona.

In 2012 Robert moved to the Singapore University of Technology and Design, where he formed the ACTA research group. The ACTA research group aims to exploit atomistic modelling and experimentation to design new functional chalcogenide materials for applications in photonics, data storage and nanoelectronics.

Robert’s PhD is from the University of Southampton, UK, where he studied under the guidance of Prof Dan Hewak in the Optoelectronic Research Centre (ORC). His PhD thesis was titled “Chalcogenide Materials for Next Generation Data Storage”.
Jitendra Kumar Behera is a Ph.D. candidate at Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) in the pillar of Engineering Product Development (EPD) and a member of the Advanced Chalcogenide Technology & Applications (ACTA) Group. His research interests are centred on designing chalcogenides for data storage applications and switches using transient processes in phase change materials.

Jitendra gained his MSc degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur in the year 2010. Thereafter he joined RWTH (Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule Aachen) Aachen University, in Germany, as a research assistant under the supervision of Professor Dr. Matthias Wuttig as part of the DAAD German exchange program. In the ACTA group, Jitendra is currently developing an optical pump-probe experimental setup to study the switching in chalcogenide materials.
Weiling is a PhD candidate at Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) and a member of the Advanced Chalcogenide Technology & Applications (ACTA) Group.

Weiling Graduated from Suzhou Institute of Nano-tech and Nano-Bionics(SINANO), Chinese Academy of Sciences(CAS) as a Master student in July, 2013. During her masters’ studies she mainly focused on research of high performance cathode materials for lithium sulfur batteries, and investigated the formation of SEI on anode thin films using AFM force curves. With a dream of designing materials in a different way, she initially joined the ACTAlab as a research assistant and spent developed methods to design and fabricate chalcogenide materials and devices.

Weiling is now a graduate student working towards a PhD. Her research topic involve the design and fabrication of optical filters for applications ranging from imaging to pollution sensing.
Li Lu profile
Li Lu is a PhD candidate at Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) in the pillar of Engineering Product Development (EPD) and a member of the Advanced Chalcogenide Technology & Applications (ACTA) Group.

Li obtained his MSc degree from University of Strasbourg, France in September 2015. During his master’s study, he focused on physics and nanophotonics. Now his research interests focus on active photonic devices based on phase change chalcogenides.
Jing Ning is a PhD candidate at Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) in the pillar of Engineering Product Development (EPD) and a member of the Advanced Chalcogenide Technology & Applications (ACTA) Group.
Jing obtained her MEng degree from Cornell University, USA in May 2016. During her master’s studies, she studied water-resistant composites under the supervision of Prof. Netravali. Now her research interests involve the electrical and thermal properties of phase change chalcogenide materials.
Jose (Joel) Martinez
Litian (Clara) Chew
Jingqi Chan is an undergraduate project student

Alumini

Dr Janne Kalikka (Joint SUTD-MIT Postdoctoral Fellow, Sept 2013 –Aug 2016)
Dr Xilin Zhou
Dr Xilin Zhou (2014-2017) is now working at the Max Plank Institute of Micostructure Physics
Sreekanth K. V. is now working at the Center for Disruptive Photonics (NTU)
Ms Kaitlyn Mullin (Undergrad project student Jun – Aug 2016)
Kiara Cui (Undergrad project student Jun – Aug 2016) is now a PhD student at Stanford University
Ms Nina Anwar
Ms Nina Anwar (Undergrad project student Jun – Aug 2016) is now back at MIT
Ms Delin Wang and Lingyun Wu were Undergrad project students in 2016
Mr Mendel Oh (Undergrad project student Jun – Aug 2015)
Yu Han Quek (Undergrad project student 2014-- 2015)
Mr Zhang Hao (undergrad project student 2014)
Mr Tan You (SUTD Campus Builder, Summer 2014)