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Mr. LAI Szu Cheng

Principal Specialist I


Advanced Characterisation and Instrumentation (ACI) Department


2 Fusionopolis Way. Innovis, #08-03, Singapore 138634

Research Details

Application innovations in the fields of sensors, actuators, diagnostics and energy harvesting.  

Electrical / electronic systems design and development.

Ferroelectric bulk photovoltaic sensors, and productisation of UV radiometer based on ferroelectric sensors.

Unique wireless and energy autonomous sensing and energy harnessing mechanisms, and technology innovations for self-powered photosensors and accelerometers.

High performance electrical driver system for piezoelectric actuators, and application developments for fluid dispensers and variable-focused microfluidic lens.   

Acoustic and  vibration control using electrically coupled piezoelectric materials.   

Optical-electrical analytical techniques for materials diagnostic, and development of a novel optical milk analyzer.

1999 – 2002             Advanced Materials Engineering, Singapore Technologies Engineering

2002 – Present         Institute of Materials Research and Engineering, Agency for Science, Technology and Research

B. Electrical Engineering, National University of Singapore


IES Prestigious Engineering Achievement Award 2018, Bulk Photovoltaics and Unique UV Sensors from Bulk Photovoltaics


S. C. Lai et al “Effects of Equivalent Series Resistance on the Noise Mitigation Performance of Piezoelectric Shunt Damping” 2017, Smart Mater. Struct., 26, 057005


F. Erden, S. C. Lai et al  “Tailoring the Diameters of Polyaniline Nanofibers for Sensor Application” 2017, ACS Omega, 2, pp 6506–6513


S. C. Lai et al “A Battery-less Sensor Concept Outputting Perceivable Signal Demonstrated with a Piezoelectric Accelerometer” 2016, IEEE Sensors J, 16, 7841


C. K. I. Tan, M. S. Mirshekarloo, S. C. Lai et al  “PNN-PZN-PMN-PZ-PT Multilayer Piezoelectric Ceramic with Low Sintering Temperature 2016, Int. J. Appl. Ceram. Tech., 5, pp.889-895


M. S. Mirshekarloo, C. K. I. Tan, Y. Li, S. C. Lai et al ‘‘Stress Effects on Stabilizing Antiferroelectric Phase in Multilayer Ceramics,’’ 2016, J. Am. Ceram. Soc., 99, 1429–1434


S. C. Lai et al “A Battery-less Photo-detector Enabled with Simultaneous Ferroelectric Sensing and Energy Harnessing Mechanism” 2013, Appl. Phys. Lett., 103, 092903


S.C. Lai et al “A Photovoltaic UV Sensor with a Ferroelectric Thin Film on Transparent Substrate” 2013, IEEE Elect. Dev. Lett., 34, 1427


L. Ke, S. C. Lai et al “Ultrasmooth Silver Thin Film on PEDOT:PSS Nucleation Layer for Extended Surface Plasmon Propagation” 2012, ACS Appl. Mater. & Interfaces, 4, 1247


B. K. Gan, K. Yao, S. C. Lai et al “A Ferroelectric Ultraviolet (UV) Detector with Constructive Photovoltaic Outputs” 2011, IEEE Elect. Dev. Lett., 32, 665


S. C. Lai et al “Degradation Mechanisms and Electron Kinetics Analysis in Dye-sensitized Solar Cells using Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy” 2011, J. of Electrochem. Soc., 158, H1193


S. C. Lai et al “Efficiency Optimization on Dye-sensitized SolarCcells with Low-Frequency Noise Analysis” 2010, IEEE Trans. of Elect. Dev., 57, 2306


L. Ke, S. C. Lai et al “Point Defects Analysis of Zinc Oxide Thin Films Annealed at Different Temperatures with Photoluminescence, Hall Mobility, and Low Frequency Noise” 2010, J. of Appl. Phys., 108, 084502 


S. B. Dolmanan, S. C. Lai et al “Improved Photoelectrochemical Ccell with Carbon Nanotubes” 2010, IEEE Elect. Dev. Lett., 31, 734


K. Lin, S. C. Lai et al “Correlation Analysis of Electrical and Optical Low Frequency Fluctuation in Organic Device Degradation” 2009, J. of Appl. Phys., 105, 064504


K. Lin, R. S. Kumar, S. C. Lai et al “Performance Improvement of Carbon-Nanotube-Incorporated Transparent Conducting Anode Film for Organic Device Application”, 2009, IEEE Trans. of Elect. Dev., 56, 31


B. K. Gan, K. Yao, S. C. Lai et al, “An Ultraviolet (UV) Detector Using a Ferroelectric Thin Film with In-plane Polarization”, 2008, IEEE Elect. Dev. Lett., 29, 1215


S.C. Lai et al “A System and Method for Fluid Analysis” 2017

M. Sharifzadeh Mirshekarloo, K. Yao, S. C. Lai et al “Fluid Jet Dispenser using Multilayer Ceramic Actuators” 2016

K. Yao, S.C. Lai et al “A Battery-less Accelerometer” 2015

S. C. Lai et al “A Photo-sensor with a Transparent Substrate” 2013

S. C. Lai et al “A Battery-less Photo-Detector” 2013

K. Yao, B. K. Gan, S. C. Lai “UV Detectors with Constructive Photovoltaic Effects” 2010

K. Yao, B. K. Gan, S. C. Lai “Ultraviolet Detector and Dosimeter” 2008

C.Y. Lim, S. C. Lai "A System and Method for Detecting Skin Penetration" 2007

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