Prof Robert E Simpson
Prof. Robert E Simpson 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”.
Dr Xilin Zhou is a postdoctoral research fellow at Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) and a member of the Advanced Chalcogenide Technology & Applications (ACTA) Group. His research focuses on chalcongenide‐based nanostructured materials and devices for data storage.
In July 2014, Dr Zhou graduated with a Ph.D. in Microelectronics and Solid State Electronics from the State Key Laboratory of Functional Materials for Informatics of Shanghai Institute of Micro‐system and Information Technology (SIMIT), Chinese Academy of Sicences (CAS) in Shanghai, China. While at SIMIT, he had the honor of being advised by Prof. Zhitang Song and Prof. Liangcai Wu. He developed next generation data storage cells and high performance memory cells based on novel chalcogenide materials that exhibit energy efficient switching.
In June 2016 Dr Zhou’s PhD thesis was won a prestigious prize. It was awarded the best thesis from any institute in Shanghai.
To learn more about Xilin and his research please visit his homepage.
Dr Sreekanth Kandammathe (Postdoc)
Sreekanth K. V. is currently working as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Engineering Product Development department, Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD), Singapore. He has received his PhD degree from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. He then worked as a Postdoctoral researcher for three years at the department of Physics, Case Western Reserve University, USA.
His major research interests include nanophotonics, plasmonics, metamaterials, biosensing, graphene and phase change materials.
Mr Jitendra Behera (PhD Candidate)
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.
Ms Weiling Dong (PhD Candidate)
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.
Undergraduate Research Students
Ms Kaitlyn Mullin (Jun – Aug 2016)
Ms Mullin is an MIT International Science and Technology Initiatives (MISTI) summer scholar. She is spending 8 weeks in ACTAlab researching new ways to create self organised two dimensional lattices of polystyrene microparticles. This project forms part of a collaboration with the Short Lab at MIT. Ms Mullin is currently studying towards a degree in material science at MIT.
Ms Kiara Cui (Jun – Aug 2016)
Ms Cui is an MIT International Science and Technology Initiatives (MISTI) summer scholar. She is spending 8 weeks in ACTAlab developing and programming a system to do high throughout measurements of the optical and phase change properties of chalcogenide thin films. Ms Cui has recently graduated from MIT with a degree in chemical engineering. From Sept 2016 Ms Cui will commence a graduate degree at Stanford University.
Ms Nina Anwar (Jun – Aug 2016)
Ms Anwar is an MIT International Science and Technology Initiatives (MISTI) summer scholar. She is spending 8 weeks in ACTAlab developing and programming a system to do high throughout electrical measurements of amorphous chalcogenide thin films. Ms Anwar is currently studying towards a degree in chemical engineering at MIT.
Ms Delin Wang
Ms Delin Wang is an undergraduate student at SUTD. Her research project involves developing instrumentation to quickly screen chalcogenide materials for application in active chalcogenide pollution sensors.
Ms Lingyun Wu
Ms Lingyun Wu is an undergraduate student at SUTD. Her research project involves developing instrumentation to quickly screen chalcogenide materials for application in active chalcogenide pollution sensors.
Mr Mendel Oh (2015-2016 UROP student)
Mr Yu Han Quek
Mr Yuhan Quek is an undergraduate student at SUTD. His research project involved designin, building, testing, and programming a system to measure the phase transitions and optical properties of chalcogenide phase change materials
Dr Janne Kalikka (Joint SUTD-MIT Postdoctoral Fellow, Sept 2013 –Aug 2016)
Dr. Janne Kalikka is a SUTD-MIT postdoctoral research fellow in the Advanced Chalcogenide Technology & Applications (ACTA) Group. His research interests are in chalcogenide phase-change materials, strain engineering, and computational materials science.
He studied physics in University of Jyväskylä (Finland) under the supervision of Dr. Jaakko Akola, and received his Ph.D. in 2013 with a thesis titled “Density functional / molecular dynamics simulations of phase-change materials”.
Mr Zhang Hao (student- undergraduate research opportunities program)
Zhang Hao is an undergraduate student at Singapore University of Technology and Design and joined ACTAlab as a UROP (Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program) participant. He assisted Dr Xinlin Zhou on part of his GeTe research and has been upgrading an experimental setup that is used to study phase change material.
Zhang Hao is the recipient of the SM2 (Senior Middle 2) scholarship, which is a full scholarship supported by Ministry of Education in Singapore. He is keen a keen researcher and loves learning.
Mr Sajid Hussain (Postdoc)
Mr Tan You (SUTD Campus Builder, Summer 2014)
Mr Tan You spent a very productive and successful six weeks in the ACTA lab during the summer of 2014. Tan You was responsible for the development of new experimental tools.