Navigation Links
NTU assistant professor wins Young Scientist Award
Date:9/29/2009

A 34-year-old Physics lecturer from the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) received the Young Scientist Award for his research on metal oxide nanostructures and graphene, which are used to develop nanodevices and harvest energy.

Dr Yu Ting, who won in the Physical, Information and Engineering Services category of the Young Scientist Award, is an Assistant Professor with the Division of Physics and Applied Physics at NTU's School of Physical and Mathematical Sciences.

He has been studying and working in the field of nanoscience and nanotechnology for the past decade. His research focuses on the fabrication of metal oxide nanostructures and graphene (a single layer of carbon atoms), the investigation of their physical and biochemical properties, as well as the development of nanodevices. He has developed a method for the synthesis of metal oxide nanostructures which is substrate-friendly, low-cost, and applicable on a large scale. This method is now widely used by other researchers working in the field, which may potentially lead to novel high-yield, low-cost metal oxide nanostructures for practical nanodevice applications.

In addition, Dr Yu's work on the assembly of nanowires using optical tweezers has attracted the attention of Harvard and Berkeley professors. Based on his method, a powerful probe has been developed for the study of nanophotonics (the study of the behaviour of light on the nanometre scale).

In his study of graphene, Dr Yu has achieved many "firsts". For example, his studies have led to new approaches for engineering the electronic structure and properties of graphene. This has received attention from the Condensed Matter Physics Group at The University of Manchester, widely regarded as the leader of the graphene research community.

Dr Yu's achievements have gained international recognition in the nanoscience and nanotechnology community. He has published more than 85 papers in top international journals, and these papers have been cited more than 820 times. He has also contributed to two book chapters and has been awarded one patent.

Over the past three years, Dr Yu has received close to S$3.5m worth of research grants. In 2008, his team won the Nanyang Award for Research and Innovation, a prestigious NTU award presented in recognition of their outstanding research achievements.

Despite receiving this latest accolade, Dr Yu is clearly not resting on his laurels. He is currently working on two research projects fabricating high-quality and large-yield metal oxide nanostructures, and tailoring the electronic structure of graphene for nanoelectronic applications.

"For the metal oxide nanostructures, my team and I will focus on two aspects control and novelty. We want to control the quality and assembly of nanostructures by making use of new methods, models and systems," he said.

"As for graphene, we are already able to grow large pieces of it, which is the very first requirement for practical applications. We have also demonstrated two effective strategies to tailor the electronic structure of graphene. We will be studying more methods to optimise these parameters," added Dr Yu.

"Our work could possibly have useful applications for nanoelectronics, photonics and phononics," said Dr Yu. "For example, using graphene, we could possibly build an ultrafast computer where the electron could move about 200 times faster than silicon, which is currently used in computer chips," he explained. "Another application could be using graphene as electrodes in flexible display screens or solar cells because of its high conductivity and transparency."

Driven by a burning desire to see the world rely more on green energy, Dr Yu hopes his research efforts will result in the harvesting of green energy such as developing ultracapacitors, super-Lithium-ion batteries and wide-range solar cells.

"I hope the nanomaterials fabricated in my lab, and the methodologies developed and models invented by my team can be used in real nanodevices," he said.

"I also look forward to continue educating the young, introducing them to the whole big world of new physics, and developing in them a love for exploring the possibilities of science," said Dr Yu. "Hopefully one of my students several would be great will one day win the Nobel Prize!"

Dr Yu and the other two Young Scientist Award recipients received their awards from the Minister for Trade and Industry, Mr Lim Hng Kiang, at the President's Science and Technology Awards Ceremony held at the Istana on 28 September 2009.


'/>"/>

Contact: Edgar Lee
edgarlee@ntu.edu.sg
656-790-6052
Nanyang Technological University
Source:Eurekalert

Related biology technology :

1. National Institutes of Health Chooses Web of Science(R) to Power electronic Scientific Portfolio Assistant (eSPA)
2. NTU professor bags inaugural award honoring women in science
3. Professor Nancy Ip Joins aTyr Pharmas Scientific Advisory Board
4. Solace Pharmaceuticals Appoints Professor David Julius, Renowned Pain Physiologist, to Scientific Advisory Board
5. Brown engineering professor wins prestigious White House award
6. Professor Fisher receives ASEEs Beer and Johnston Award
7. Santaris Pharma Director Appointed Adjunct Professor in RNA Biology at the University of Aalborg, Denmark
8. Professor Wing Wong Elected to the National Academy of Sciences
9. Professor Hanna Nohynek Joins Encorium as Head Consultant of its Clinical Vaccine Research Team
10. University of Minnesota Professor Dr. David Pui to Speak at American Filtration and Separation Society Conference
11. Professors Raphael Haftka and C. T. Sun to receive AIAA-ASC James H. Starnes Jr. Award
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:4/28/2017)... , ... April 28, 2017 , ... ... organization (CRO) has validated a 0.2 ng/mL lower limit (LLOQ) assay for nicotine ... 0.5 ng/mL LLOQ assay, the ultra-low trace nicotine assay meets additional needs of ...
(Date:4/27/2017)... ... April 27, 2017 , ... Proscia ... their digital pathology technology has the potential to eliminate subjectivity in the detection ... The Netherlands as part of the 2017 ISBI CAMELYON Digital Pathology Challenge, ...
(Date:4/27/2017)... ... April 27, 2017 , ... ... Summit ( http://www.paintherapeuticsummit.com ) is coming to San Diego, CA on September 27-28, ... to learn about the latest advances in the treatment of various types of ...
(Date:4/27/2017)... ... April 27, 2017 , ... ... a comprehensive rebrand and a name change to Fluence Analytics. , ... laboratory monitoring of polymer and biopharmaceutical manufacturing processes and R&D applications. The ...
Breaking Biology Technology:
(Date:3/30/2017)... YORK , March 30, 2017 Trends, ... type (physiological and behavioral), by technology (fingerprint, AFIS, iris ... voice recognition, and others), by end use industry (government ... and immigration, financial and banking, and others), and by ... Europe , Asia Pacific , ...
(Date:3/24/2017)... -- Research and Markets has announced the addition of ... - Industry Forecast to 2025" report to their offering. ... The Global Biometric Vehicle ... around 15.1% over the next decade to reach approximately $1,580 million ... estimates and forecasts for all the given segments on global as ...
(Date:3/22/2017)... 2017 Vigilant Solutions , a vehicle ... agencies, announced today the appointment of retired FBI special ... safety business development. Mr. Sheridan brings more ... a focus on the aviation transportation sector, to his ... Mr. Sheridan served as the Aviation Liaison Agent Coordinator ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):