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Dr Robert E Simpson is an Associate Professor at the Singapore University of Technology and Design. His group’s research lies in the design and development of new materials for photonics and electronics.

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 exploits 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”.
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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.
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JC Martinez did his PhD at MIT. Prior to joining SUTD, he taught at NTU and did research at NUS.
Alyssa is a research assistant 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.
She is involved in both research activities and lab maintenance in ACTA lab. Her firm persistence in maintaining a clean lab that operates by a strong set of safety rules led to ACTA lab being awarded its very first (since operation in 2012) Best Lab Safety Award in 2019.
Her research focuses on the crystallization of Antimony Trisulphide where she is in a collaboration with A*STAR on an extensive project on Nanoantenna Spatial Light Modulators for Next-Gen Display Technologies (NSLM).
Ting Yu 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.

Ting Yu obtained her B.Eng. (Hons) in Electronics and Electrical Engineering from the University of Edinburgh in July 2018. Her final year project involves building an embedded system that transfers sensor data with wireless radio technologies. Now, Ting Yu’s Ph.D. research focus on developing reconfigurable Chalcogenide materials for hardware neural network components. Her research interests include neuromorphic computing, beyond-CMOS technologies, and nanomaterial development.
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Yunzheng Wang is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Singapore University of Technology and Design. He received his BS degree in Optical Information Science and Technology at Shandong University in 2011, and his PhD degree in Optical Engineering at Shandong University in 2017. From 2017 to 2019, he worked as a postdoctoral fellow in Prof. Han Zhang's group at Shenzhen University. Since then, he has worked as a postdoctoral fellow at Singapore University of Technology and Design. His research interest focuses on the optical applications of 2D nanomaterials and phase change materials.
Le Xuan is an undergraduate at SUTD under the Information Systems Technology and Design (ISTD) pillar.
He is interested in pursuing graphic design and game development after graduation.
For his UROP project in ACTAlab, Le Xuan is currently working on the extraction of open data from online sources relevant to chalcogenides.
Anshiqa Agrawal is an undergraduate at SUTD under the EPD pillar. She looks forward to becoming involved in the movement towards building Smart City tech, including devices and systems that automate community process, to achieve better efficiency and environmental care. In her current UROP project, she is creating a database for the digitisation of laboratory data in a convenient and sustainable manner.
Li Hung Ju is a dual master student of SUTD and Chang Gung University (CGU).
Professor Chao Sung Lai is his co-supervisors of Nano-Electronic Engineering and Design master program at CGU.
He is interested in memory devices and fabrication. His current research topic includes Phase change memory and neurotrophic.
Foo Shi Wan is a dual masters student at SUTD and CGU in the Nanoelectronics Engineering and Design (NEED) program. Her current research topic includes phase change memory. She obtained her BEng degree from Engineering Product Development (EPD) at SUTD, specialising in Electrical Engineering.
Cornelia is an undergraduate at SUTD under the Engineering Product Development (EPD) pillar. She is interested in material science and healthcare, which she plans to pursue in the future. For her UROP project, Cornelia is working on a plasmonic waveguide biosensor that incorporates Blacksilver, a newly discovered material by a team of researchers in the ACTAlab.
Koh Hui Juan is an undergraduate at SUTD under the Engineering Product Development (EPD) pillar.
She is interested in exploring the application of medical technology in enhancing the quality of disease management.
For her current UROP project in ACTAlab, Hui Juan is working on the design of a plasmonic waveguide biosensor for the detection of viruses.

Alumini

Li Tian (Clara) Chew (Research Assistant, 2017-2018. Masters Student, 2018-2020)
Dr Weiling Dong (Research Technician, 2013-2015. PhD student, 2015-2019)
Dr Jitendra Kumar Behera (PhD student, 2013-2018)
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)