Professor Alfred Huan
Executive Director
Institute of High Performance Computing

Executive Director
Institute of Materials Research and Engineering

Prof Alfred Huan is the Executive Director (ED) of the A*STAR Graduate Academy (A*GA), concurrent with his appointment as ED of the Institute of High Performance Computing (IHPC) and ED of the Institute of Materials Research and Engineering (IMRE). Prof Alfred Huan received his education at the University of Oxford, graduating with Bachelor of Arts in Physics in 1983 and Doctor of Philosophy in 1987, working on acoustic interactions in low temperature paramagnetic insulators. He took up a Lecturer position at the Department of Physics, National University of Singapore (NUS) in 1989 and was eventually appointed as Deputy Head of Department in 2004.

At NUS, he worked on surface science and epitaxial thin films, understanding surface and interfacial electronic structure of high-k oxides and semiconductors. He also studied the relaxation and reconstruction on various metal and semiconductor surfaces.

In 1998, he joined the incipient A*STAR Institute of Materials Research and Engineering (IMRE) as a joint appointee, functioning as Manager of the Materials Characterization Lab. He remained in IMRE until 2010.

In early 2005, he left NUS to join a new school at the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) - the School of Physical and Mathematical Sciences (SPMS). He began as the Head of the Division of Physics and Applied Physics, and later on, added the portfolio of Associate Chair for Outreach and Admissions.

In NTU, his research focused on ultrafast charge and energy transfer in organics and II-VI semiconductor nanostructures, in particular the roles of defect states and the effect of dopants, leading to rich optical phenomena exciton relaxation and charge dissociation.

Prof Huan was seconded to the A*STAR Science and Engineering Research Council (SERC) in 2011. In 2012, he took up the position of Acting ED of IHPC, later assuming the position of full ED of the institute. In August 2013, he assumed the role of ED A*GA and added the portfolio of ED IMRE in 2017.