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Dr. LIM Yee Fun

Scientist III/Deputy Dept Head


Electronic Materials (ELE) Department


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

Research Details

  • 2D Materials

  • Sol-gel thin film growth

  • Water splitting and photocatalys

  • PhotovoltaicsCoatings

  • Radiative cooling


  • Photovoltaic device fabrication
  • Sol-gel processing
  • Cleanroom micro/nanofabrication
  • Ferroelectric characterization
  • Photoelectrochemical (PEC) testing
  • Chemical vapor deposition
  • Jun 11 - To-date Scientist II, Institute of Materials Research and Engineering (Singapore)
  • Jun 05 - Jun 06 Research Officer, Institute of Microelectronics (Singapore)
  • Ph. D. (Applied Physics), Cornell University, USA, 2011
  • B. Sc (Physics), California Institute of Technology, 2003

2006 A*STAR National Science Scholarship (PhD)


    h-index: 19 (Google Scholar, as of Oct 2017)

    • W. L. Ong, J. H. M. Wong, S. W. L. Ng, H. R. Tan, Y. F. Lim, G. W. Ho, 2017. Simultaneous Activation–Exfoliation–Reassembly to Form Layered Carbon with Hierarchical Pores. ChemCatChem 9: 2488-2495
    • L.Zhu, C. K. N. Peh, T. Zhu, Y. F. Lim, G. W. Ho, 2017. Bifunctional 2D-on-2D MoO3 nanobelt/Ni(OH)2 nanosheets for supercapacitor-driven electrochromic energy storage. Journal of Materials Chemistry A 5: 8343-8351
    • W. Y. Lim, Y. F. Lim, G. W. Ho, 2017. Pseudomorphic-phase transformation of NiCo based ternary hierarchical 2D-1D nanostructures for enhanced electrocatalysis. Journal of Materials Chemistry A 5: 919-924
    • P. Wang, T. Li, Y. F. Lim, C. K. I. Tan, D. Chi, 2016. Sintering and mechanical properties of mechanically milled Inconel 625 superalloy and its composite reinforced by carbon nanotube. Metal Powder Report, DOI 10.1016/j.mprp.2016.10.065
    • P. Wang, B. Zhang, C. C. Tan, S. Raghavan, Y. F. Lim, C. N. Sun, J. Wei, D. Chi. 2016. Microstructural characteristics and mechanical properties of carbon nanotube reinforced Inconel 625 parts fabricated by selective laser melting. Materials and Design 112: 290-299
    • S. Masudy-Panah, M. Kakran, Y. F. Lim, C. S. Chua, H. R. Tan, G. K. Dalapati. 2016. Graphene nanoparticle incorporated CuO thin film for solar cell application. Journal of Renewable and Sustainable Energy 8: 043507
    • C. Shen, C. S. Chua, Y. F. Lim, J. Liu, X. Wang, B. Liu, Q. Wang. 2016. A Molecular Relay-Modified CdS-Sensitized Photoelectrochemical Cell for Overall Water Splitting. ChemElectroChem 3: 1471-1477
    • D. Ansovini, C. J. J. Lee, C. S. Chua, L. T. Ong, H. R. Tan, W. R. Webb, R. Raja and Y. F. Lim*. 2016. A highly active hydrogen evolution electrocatalyst based on a cobalt–nickel sulfide composite electrode. Journal of Materials Chemistry A 4: 9744-9749 (highlighted on inside back cover)
    • C. S. Chua, D. Ansovini, C. J. J. Lee, Y. T. Teng, L. T. Ong, D. Chi, T. S. A. Hor, R. Raja and Y. F. Lim*. 2016. The effect of crystallinity on photocatalytic performance of Co3O4 water-splitting cocatalysts. Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics 18: 5172-5178
    • G. K. Dalapati, S. K. Batabyal, S. Masudy-Panah, Z. H. Su, A. Kushwaha, T. I. Wong, H. F. Liu, T. Bhat, A. Iskandar, Y. F. Lim, L. H. Wong, S. Tripathy, D. Z. Chi. 2015. Sputter grown sub-micrometer thick Cu2ZnSnS4 thin film for photovoltaic device application. Materials Letters 160: 45-50
    • W. L. Ong, Y. F. Lim, J. L. T. Ong, G. W. Ho. 2015. Room temperature sequential ionic deposition (SID) of Ag2S nanoparticles on TiO2 hierarchical spheres for enhanced catalytic efficiency. Journal of Materials Chemistry A 3: 6509-6516
    • Y. F. Lim, C. S. Chua, C. J. J. Lee, D. Chi. 2014. Sol-gel deposited Cu2O and CuO thin films for photocatalytic water splitting. Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics 16: 25928-25934
    • J. Wang, Y. H. Ng, Y. F. Lim, G. W. Ho. 2014. Vegetable-extracted carbon dots and their nanocomposites for enhanced photocatalytic H2 production. RSC Advances 4: 44117-44123
    • B. Park, K. Whitham, K. Bian, Y. F. Lim, T. Hanrath. 2014. Probing Surface State in PbS Nanocrystal Films Using Pentacene Field Effect Transistors: Controlling Carrier Concentration and Charge Transport in Pentacene. Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, 16: 25729-25733
    • J. Wang, Y. F. Lim, G. W. Ho. 2014. Carbon-ensemble-manipulated ZnS heterostructures for enhanced photocatalytic H2 evolution. Nanoscale, 6: 9673-9680
    • S. C. Lai, K. Yao, Y. F. Chen, L. Zhang, Y. F. Lim. 2013. A Photovoltaic UV Sensor with a Ferroelectric Thin Film on Transparent Substrate. Electron Device Letters 34: 1427-1429
    • W. Ji, K. Yao, Y. F. Lim, Y. C. Liang, A. Suwardi. 2013. Epitaxial ferroelectric BiFeO3 thin films for unassisted photocatalytic water splitting. Applied Physics Letter 103: 062901
    • X. Li, Y. F. Lim, K. Yao, F. E. H. Tay, K. H. Seah. 2013. Ferroelectric poly(vinylidene fluoride) homopolymer nanotubes derived from solution in anodic alumina membrane template. Chemistry of Materials 25: 524-529
    • X. Li, Y. F. Lim, K. Yao, F. E. H. Tay, K. H. Seah. 2013. P(VDF-TrFE) ferroelectric nanotube array for high energy density capacitor applications. Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics 15: 515-520
    • Y. F. Lim, J. J. Choi, T. Hanrath. 2012. Facile Synthesis of Colloidal CuO Nanocrystals for Light-Harvesting Applications. Journal of Nanomaterials 2012: 393160
    • Z. Li, Y. F. Lim, J. B. Kim, S. R. Parkin, Y. L. Loo, G. G. Malliaras, J. E. Anthony. 2011. Isomerically pure electron-deficient anthradithiophenes and their acceptor performance in polymer solar cells. Chemical Communications 47: 7617-7619
    • Y. Shu, Y. F. Lim, Z. Li, B. Purushothaman, R. Hallani, J. E. Kim, S. R. Parkin, G. G. Malliaras, J. E. Anthony. 2011. A survey of electron-deficient pentacenes as acceptors in polymer bulk heterojunction solar cells. Chemical Science 2: 363-368
    • H. H. Fong, J. K. Lee, Y. F. Lim, A. A. Zakhidov, W. W. H. Wong, A. B. Holmes, C. K. Ober, G. G. Malliaras. 2011. Orthogonal processing and patterning enabled by highly fluorinated light emitting polymers. Advanced Materials 23: 735-739
    • W. J. Baumgardner, J. J. Choi, Y. F. Lim, T. Hanrath. 2010. SnSe nanocrystals: synthesis, structure, optical properties, and surface chemistry. Journal of the American Chemical Society 132: 9519-9521
    • J. J. Choi, Y. F. Lim, M. B. Santiago-Berrios, M. Oh, B. R. Hyun, L. Sun, A. C. Bartnik, A. Goedhart, G. G. Malliaras, H. D. Abruna, F. W. Wise, T. Hanrath. 2009. PbSe nanocrystal excitonic solar cells. Nano Letters 9: 3749-3755
    • Y. F. Lim, J. K. Lee, A. A. Zakhidov, J. A. DeFranco, H. H. Fong, P. G. Taylor, C. K. Ober, G. G. Malliaras. 2009. High voltage polymer solar cell patterned with photolithography. Journal of Materials Chemistry 19: 5394-5397
    • Y. F. Lim, Y. Shu, S. R. Parkin, J. E. Anthony, G. G. Malliaras. 2009. Soluble n-type pentacene derivatives as novel acceptors for organic solar cells. Journal of Materials Chemistry 19: 3049-3056
    • Y. F. Lim, S. Lee, D. J. Herman, M. T. Lloyd, J. E. Anthony, G. G. Malliaras. 2008. Spray-deposited poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) : poly(styrenesulfonate) top electrode for organic solar cells. Applied Physics Letters 93: 193301
    • M. T. Lloyd, Y. F. Lim, G. G. Malliaras. 2008. Two-step exciton dissociation in poly(3-hexylthiophene)/fullerene heterojunctions. Applied Physics Letters 92: 143308
    • S. C. Rustagi, N. Singh, Y. F. Lim, G. Zhang, S. Wang, G. Q. Lo, N. Balasubramanian, D. L. Kwong. 2007. Low-temperature transport characteristics and quantum-confinement effects in gate-all-around Si-nanowire N-MOSFET. IEEE Electron Device Letters 28: 909-912
    • Y. F. Lim, Y. Z. Xiong, N. Singh, R. Yang, Y. Jiang, D. S. H. Chan, W. Y. Loh, L. K. Bera, G. Q. Lo, N. Balasubramanian, D. L. Kwong. 2006. Random telegraph signal noise in gate-all-around Si-FinFET with ultranarrow body. IEEE Electron Device Letters 27: 765-768
  • S. C. Lai, K. Yao, Y. F. Chen, Y. F. Lim. Photo-sensor with a transparent substrate and an in-plane electrode pair. US Patent No: 9,423,295 B2, 23 Aug 2016.

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