Academic Profile : Faculty

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Assoc Prof Nam Donguk
Associate Professor, School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering
Assistant Chair (Student Development), School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (EEE)
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Dr. Donguk Nam received his Ph.D. (2014) and M.S. (2012) degrees both in the Department of Electrical Engineering from Stanford University, and obtained a B.Eng. degree from Korea University (2009). After working as a postdoctoral scholar at Stanford University for one year, he joined Inha University, South Korea, as an Assistant Professor. In Aug 2017, he joined NTU as an Assistant Professor. In Sep 2023, he is promoted to Associate Professor with tenure. He is currently an Assistant Chair (Student Development) at the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (EEE).

His research works focus on developing quantum photonic devices and systems for integrated optical and quantum computing technologies. His research group has constantly published research outputs in high-impact journals including Nature Nanotechnology, which have been highlighted by a number of media and magazines including Channel NewsAsia (CNA) and Optics and Photonics News (OPN). Dr. Nam has served and is currently serving as a committee chair and member for several top international conferences such as CLEO, IEEE SUM, ECS Meetings, etc. He has also delivered 10+ invited talks at several top conferences including SPIE Photonics West and CLEO. He is currently serving as a Guest Editor for a special feature on 2D photonics at Optical Materials Express and also as an Associate Editor at Journal of the Korean Physical Society (JKPS). His current research group has 10+ postdocs/staff/PhD students, who are supported by government funding from NRF, MOE, and ASTAR.

He is the recipient of several awards including 2023 NTU College of Engineering (COE) Research - Young Faculty Award (Special Mention), 2020 Early Career Teaching Excellence Award and 2023 Inspirational Mentor for Koh Boon Hwee Award from NTU. His students received several awards including 2023 Koh Boon Hwee Scholars Award (Wen Wei Lee), 2023 URECA Poster Competition Awards (Pratul Venkatesh, Zachary Liew Zhe Xi), and 2017 Korean Conference on Semiconductor Best Paper Award (Youngmin Kim). Additionally, several of his past lab members have become university professors at top universities, including GIST in Korea.

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Keywords: Silicon photonics, quantum photonics, 2D materials optoelectronics, quantum computing, optical computing, LiDAR sensors
  • Building Optical Phased Array for Chip-Scale LiDAR by Using Silicon Photonics Technologies
  • Material Characterization and Fabrication for GeSn Lasers Operating at Room Temperature
  • Photonic Integration of On-Chip Optoelectronic Devices for Mid-Infrared Optical Sensing Applications
  • Reprogrammable and Near-Optimal Single-Photon Emitters in 2D Materials by Harnessing Strain-Tunable Phase Change Materials
  • Smart Photonics: Integrated Nano Electro Thermo Mechanical Photonics
  • WP1: Reprogrammable and Near-Optimal Single-Photon Emitters in 2D Materials by Harnessing Strain-Tunable Phase Change Materials
  • WP2: Reprogrammable and Near-Optimal Single-Photon Emitters in 2D Materials by Harnessing Strain-Tunable Phase Change Materials
US 2024/0088628 A1: Optical Device And Method Of Forming The Same (2024)
Abstract: According to embodiments of the present invention, an optical device is provided. The optical device includes a substrate, a semiconductor layer on the substrate, the semiconductor layer having a beam structure that is subjected to a tensile strain, wherein the beam structure includes a plurality of nanostructures, and wherein, for each nanostructure of the plurality of nanostructures, the nanostructure is configured to locally amplify the tensile strain at the nanostructure to define a strain-induced artificial quantum heterostructure for quantum confinement. According to a further embodiment of the present invention, a method of forming an optical device is also provided.