Academic Profile : Faculty

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Prof Lam Yeng Ming
Chair, School of Materials Science & Engineering
President's Chair in Materials Science and Engineering
Professor, School of Materials Science & Engineering
Director, Facility for Analysis, Characterisation, Testing and Simulation (FACTS)
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Prof Yeng Ming LAM received her Bachelor in Applied Science with honours (Materials Engineering) from Nanyang Technological University, NTU, in 1996. After a stint in Texas Instruments as a development engineer, she went on to read her PhD in Materials Science and Metallurgy in University of Cambridge, UK. She joined NTU as an Assistant Professor in 2001. She is currently a Professor and the Chair of the School of Materials Science and Engineering, NTU. She is also the Director of the Facility for Analysis, Characterization, Testing and Simulations (FACTS), a University facility for electron microscopy and x-ray analysis. Prof Lam’s research focuses on the design of functional nanostructured materials for a sustainable future and this leads to applications in a wide range of fields from energy to food security. She is also the Founder for FytoSol Pte Ltd that is dedicated to deliver solutions to horticulture and agriculture needs. She sits on the governing board for International Symposium for Polymer Analysis and Characterization (ISPAC) and the National committee on Measurement and characterisation. She held a concurrent Senior Scientist position in RWTH University in Aachen, Germany, between 2011 and 2014 and a concurrent Senior Scientist position in IMRE, A*Star, from 2010-2011. She has more than 150 refereed publications and numerous patents, some of which are licensed to companies in US and Singapore. She was awarded the Nanyang Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2006 and the inaugural L’Oréal Unesco For Women in Science National Fellowship and the Nanyang Outstanding Young Alumni Award in 2009.
Yeng Ming’s research interests are in the understanding and the application of self-organization of peptides and polymers. She has studied a wide range of self-assembled systems in selective solvents and thin films. Her research also includes the application of self-assembly on the synthesis of nanostructures/nanoparticles, nanotemplating, organic memory, photovoltaics, etc.

Yeng Ming has also demonstrated through the use of both experiments and calculations, that it is possible to accurately parameterize copolymer systems. The mesoscale morphology of the copolymer system can be predicted accurately through simulation making use of the dynamic mean field density method. This allows for a simple approach in the design of copolymer for self-assembly and to understand the conditions for self-assembly. This work resulted in the publication of numerous papers and 2 book chapters. She has also obtained research funding for self-assembly work in other applications such as surface modifications and development of nanoreactors for controlled synthesis of nanomaterials. Her most recent funding obtained through the Competitive Research Programme funding from National Research Foundation as a Project PI under a S$10 million programme on Nanonets: New Materials, Devices for Integrated Energy Harvesting.
  • All-solid-state batteries: unlock the stability issues to solid electrolytes and interfaces
  • Characterisation of memristive systems
  • Creating and exploring novel soil-replacement substrates for indoor farming applications
  • Design and Synthesis of dual site atomic catalyst on MXene for electrocatalyzing carbon dioxide to multicarbon products
  • Development of biocompatible and scalable Activated Carbon Beads (ACB) for adsorption of low molecular weight and high molecular weight uremic toxins
  • Development of novel sorbent materials for selective removal of uremic toxins and correction of acid-base homeostasis in next generation wearable kidney devices
  • Enhanced Learning via a Hybrid Training Method – Using Technology to Augment the Instrumentation Training Efficiency
  • Facile Formulation For "Moisturizer" For Plants
  • Furan-based materials for sustainable organic electronics
  • General Research Project
  • Green Microgel Formulation for Improving Land Productivity – RetenSol-G
  • Green phyto-mining processes (PI: Lam Yeng Ming) (Project Partner: UGM)
  • Low-dimensional Materials Interfaces towards Highly Efficient and Stable Perovskite Solar Cells
  • Memristive Halide Perovskites for Next Generation Embedded Neuromorphic Computing
  • Monetary Academic Resources for Research
  • Novel Design of Photochromic Dye Molecules for Hair Coloring
  • Rational Design of Bio-recognizable Nanocarriers for Targeted Agrochemical Delivery in Plants
  • Rational design of halide perovskite-based quantum dots for photonic applications (DesperQD)
  • TEM In-situ Electrical Characterization & Defect Isolation of Microprocessors
  • Understanding and predictions of interactions between multiple components for coloration of high performance polymer
  • Work Package 3: Characterisation of material and device by transmission electron microscope (TEM) (Programme Title: Integrating Wideband Tuneable Acoustic Filters on Silicon for High-Speed Wireless Communication)
US2009/0146202A1: Organic Memory Device With A Charge Storage Layer And Method Of Manufacture (2012)
Abstract: An organic memory device is disclosed that has an active layer, at least one charge storage layer of a film of an organic dielectric material, and nanostractures and/or nano-particles of a charge-storing material on or in the film of dielectric material. Each of the nanostructures and/or nano-particles is separated from the others of the nanostractures and/or nano-particles by the organic dielectric material of the organic dielectric film. A method of manufacturing the organic memory device is also disclosed.

US8080822B2: Solution-Processed Inorganic Films For Organic Thin Film Transistors (2011)
Abstract: A method for fabricating a sol-gel film composition for use in a thin film transistor is disclosed. The method includes fabricating the sol-gel dielectric composition by solution processing at a temperature in the range 60° C. to 225° C. The sol-gel film made by the method, and an organic thin-film transistor incorporating the sol-gel film are also disclosed.