Academic Profile : Faculty

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Prof Fan Hongjin
Professor, School of Physical & Mathematical Sciences - Division of Physics & Applied Physics
Professor, School of Chemistry, Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology (Courtesy Appointment)
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Dr. Fan received PhD degree from National University of Singapore in 2003. During 2003-2006, he conducted postdoc research at Max-Planck-Institute of Microstructure Physics, Germany, where he pioneered the growth and lasing of vertical-aligned ordered array of epitaxial ZnO nanowires and was the first to employ the Kirkendall effect in synthesizing single-crystalline inorganic nanotubes. In the University of Cambridge during 2006-2008, he worked on fabrication and THz emission of ferroelectric microtubes. Since he joined NTU in 2008, he focuses on sustainable energy, primarily batteries and hydrogen generation. In the meantime, his group also developed new hybrid ferroelectric materials with giant shear strain and high figure-of-merit value for mechanical energy harvesting.

He is the Editor-in-Chief of Materials Today Energy since 2021. He was invited to the editorial or advisory boards of many top journals including Energy and Environmental Sciences, Advanced Science, Advanced Materials Interface, Materials Today Advance, and Next Materials. Prof Fan has co-organized many international symposia including MRS and ACS in the US, and ICMAT in Singapore. Dr. Fan has been recognized as "Highly Cited Researchers" consecutively since 2016 by Clarivate Analytics. He received the Young Scientist Award by Singapore Institute of Physics and was selected as Fellow of Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC) in 2018.
Materials and technologies for energy and sustainability.
- Nanomaterials for electrocatalysis
- Thin film batteries for flexible devices
- Electrocatalysis for hydrogen generation and metal-air batteries
  • Mitigating chlorine side effects of low-cost catalysts for seawater splitting
  • Perovskite-integrated photobatteries
  • Promoting Anti-Catalysis Effect to Stabilize Interface in Aqueous Batteries
  • Universal strain induced basal plane activity in 2D material electrocatalysts
Fellowships & Other Recognition
WoS "Highly Cited Researchers" since 2016