Academic Profile : Faculty

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Asst Prof Wei Yan
Assistant Professor, School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering
Assistant Professor, School of Materials Science & Engineering
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Dr. Yan is a joint Assistant Professor at the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (EEE) and the School of Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) at the Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore. Prior to his appointment at NTU, he was a postdoctoral associate at the Research Laboratory of Electronics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, USA from September 2018 to January 2022, and a Scientist at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland from November 2017 to August 2018. He holds a PhD in Materials Science and Engineering from EPFL (2017), for which he was awarded the 2019 Professor René Wasserman Award, Switzerland, as well as a BS and MS in Materials Science from the Central South University (2010) and the Institute of Metal Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China (2013).

His research interests focus on the development of novel materials, peculiar structure and unique functions for next-generation human-interfaced flexible and soft electronics enabling unique solutions to grand challenges in various fields such as healthcare, medicine, energy, neuroscience, robotics and textiles. He has made several research breakthroughs including the nanowire-based semiconducting optoelectronic fibers; ultralong, complexly structured nanoscale metallic glasses fibers; a new generation of acoustic fabrics that hear and speak; as well as the multimaterial fiber enabled aerospace suits deployed at the International Space Station.

He has published over 20 articles in high-profile international journals, such as Nature (1), Nature Nanotechnology (2), Advanced Materials (4), and Nature Communications (2) as well as 4 US patents. His research work has been highlighted by many prestigious media and journals, such as Nature, Science, Nature Nanotechnology, National Science Review, MIT, EPFL, US Army, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Science and Technology Daily, China, China Science Daily.

He is the recipient of Professor René Wasserman Award in 2019, IEEE Best Young Scientist Award in 2021. He serves as Editorial Advisory Board of "Nanotechnology" (IOP Science) and Editorial Board member of "Advanced Fiber Materials" (Springer Nature).
- Fiber Electronics and Optoelectronics
- Wearable Electronics
- Soft Electronics
- Fiber Medical Robotics
- Smart Textiles
- Acoustic Sensing

We are always looking for outstanding and highly motivated students and postdocs to join the lab, working in a serious but friendly, vibrant and cooperative environment. Candidates with excellent background in materials science, electronics, electrical engineering, optoelectronics, optics, physics, mechanical engineering, robotics or biomedicine are welcome to apply.
  • Advanced Multimaterial Optoelectronic and Electronic Fibers for Computing Fabrics and Biomedicine