Research Projects

Optical-based Multimodal In Vivo Imaging Using Rare-Earth Doped Nanoprobes
 in collaboration with Rutgers University and NUS-SINAPSE
Using our first generation library of RE-doped nanomaterials, we have reported the first evidence of multispectral, real-time short wavelength infrared imaging offering anatomical resolution and demonstrated their applicability toward disease-targeted imaging. We continue our research with our various partners and collaborators in the development of SWIR-emitting nanoprobes to advance disease monitoring based on pioneering SWIR imaging platforms to enhance sensitivity, improve resolution and enable deeper penetration.

Main driver: Dr. Yu Qi (

SWIR Contrast Agents






Nanostructured Photonic Composites for Waveguide Amplifiers and Optoelectronic Devices

 in collaboration with NUS, Assoc. Prof. He Chaobin and SUTD Asst. Prof. Dawn Tan 
Er-doped inorganic nanocrystals dispersed into polymers to construct Er-doped polymer-based optical waveguide amplifiers offer an attractive low cost solution compared to the costly conventional Er-doped ceramics.  We will address some of the existing technical challenges with the design of an easily processed optically-active composite to fabricate high gain waveguide amplifiers.

Main driver: Dr. ZHAO Xinyu (

High Gain Polymeric Waveguide Amplifier







CO2 Membranes for High Performance Low Carbon Footprint Building Materials
in collaboration with SUTD Assoc Prof. Low Hong Yee
The research program focuses on the development of ceramic or hybrid membranes to capture and separate carbon dioxide  in gas streams emanating from various potential chemical processes. We aim to advance the frontiers for product integration of our unique carbon capture materials (CCMs) leading to a disruptive technology that will reduce the carbon footprint of existing or new products and infrastructure. We will focus on developing two major areas: (1) scalable fabrication of carbon dioxide (CO2) capture modules (CCM), (2) integration of the CCMs with existing infrastructure.

Main driver: Dr. KIM Jinguk (, Mr. Daniel WIRAWAN (

Printed Multifunctional Material and Devices
in collaboration with SUTD  Assoc. Prof. Low Hong Yee, SUTD Assoc. Prof. Zhao Rong, SUTD Asst. Prof. Dawn Tan  
The versatility of additive manufacturing technologies to form complex hierarchical structures and products built from one material class of either ceramics, polymers of metallic colloids only have been well demonstrated.  The development of a fabrication platform that allows elegant control of the formation of mesoscale multifunctional materials that exhibit multiphysical performance opens an unexplored opportunity for the realization of functional products by design.  We seek to of design and create unique colloidal ink formulations (wet/dry) by controlling interfacial interactions to tailor its rheological and multiphysical performance, in conjunction with the co-development of multinozzle multimaterial inkjet printhead systems .

Main driver: Ms. WANG Zhaomin (

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS We would also like to gratefully acknowledge the funding support from the following funding agencies and research grants that have enabled the above research projects: Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) Start-up Research Grant, SUTD-MIT International Design Center, ASTAR Public Sector Funding, SUTD-JTC Industrial Infrastructure Innovation Centre, Ministry of Education Academic Research Fund,  National Research Foundation, and the National Institutes of Health (NIH, USA).