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Dr. LIN Ming

Scientist III


Advanced Characterisation and Instrumentation (ACI) Department


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

Research Details

Dr. Ming Lin is a scientist and project leader from Institute of Materials Research and Engineering (IMRE), A*STAR, Singapore. He has 17 years’ experience on materials analysis and characterization, specializing in electron microscopy and spectroscopy. His research interests include the growth of thin films, synthesis of novel particles, application of carbon based materials and development of new characterization technologies. He has published more than 90 papers on international scientific journals with citation over 3000 times. He has led a number of research projects in A*STAR and for industrial companies and filed three patents as main applicant.


Carbon based materials synthesis and functionalization

Sputtering deposition

TEM tomography, Lorenz TEM, Electron holography

Comprehensive materials analysis and characterization


Project leader: TEM Tomography of Nanostructured Materials, IMRE core project
Project leader: Detection and Characterization of Nanoparticles in Water, collaboration project with National nanotechnology center, Thailand
Project leader: Investigating Spin Topology (Skyrmions), Pharos project
Project leader: Manufacture of value-added carbon products from biomass, industrial project
Project member: New Absorber Material selection, industrial project


2015-current  Scientist III, IMRE
2013-2015     Scientist II, IMRE
2010-2013     Scientist I, IMRE
2007-2010     Senior Research Engineer, IMRE
2004-2007     Research Engineer IMRE


PhD, National University of Singapore, 2006
M.Sc., Department of Chemistry, Nanjing University, China, 2001
B.Sc, Department for Intensive Instruction, Nanjing University, China, 1998



Electron Tomography

  1. Wen-Ya Wu, Weng Weei Tjiu, Wei Wan, Hui Ru Tan, Siew Lang Teo, Shifeng Guo, Sze Ter Lim and Ming Lin*; “Endotaxial growth of FexGe single-crystals on Ge(001) substrates” CrystEngComm (2018) 20, 2916-2922. (featured on journal front cover)
  2. Shu Fen Tan, See Wee Chee, Guanhua Lin, Michel Bosman, Ming Lin, Utkur Mirsaidov* and Christian A. Nijhuis; “Real-Time Imaging of the Formation of Au−Ag Core−Shell Nanoparticles” Journal of the American Chemical Society (2016) 138, 5190−5193.
  3. Rachel Lee Siew Tan, Wen Han Chong, Yuhua Feng, Xiaohui Song, Chu Long Tham, Jun Wei, Ming Lin*, and Hongyu Chen* “Nanoscrews: Asymmetrical Etching of Silver Nanowires” Journal of the American Chemical Society (2016), 138, 10770−10773.
  4. J. Y. T. Chan, S. Y. Ang, E. Y. Ye, M. Sullivan, Jia Zhang and Ming Lin*; “Heterogeneous photo-Fenton reaction on hematite (α-Fe2O3){104}, {113} and {001} surface facets” Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. (2015), 17, 25333–25341. 
  5. Ming Lin*, Liling Tng, Tongyi Lim, Meeling Choo, Jia Zhang, Hui Ru Tan, and Shiqiang Bai; “Hydrothermal Synthesis of Octadecahedral Hematite (α-Fe2O3) Nanoparticles: An Epitaxial Growth from Goethite (α-FeOOH)” Journal of Physical Chemistry C (2014) 118, 10903-10910.
  6. Jianfeng Huang, Yihan Zhu, Ming Lin, Qingxiao Wang, Lan Zhao, Yang Yang, Ke Xin Yao, and Yu Han; “Site-Specific Growth of Au–Pd Alloy Horns on Au Nanorods: A Platform for Highly Sensitive Monitoring of Catalytic Reactions by Surface Enhancement Raman Spectroscopy” Journal of the American Chemical Society (2013) 135, 8552-8561.
  7. Ming Lin*, Hui Ru Tan, Joyce Pei Ying Tan, Shiqiang Bai; “Understanding the Growth Mechanism of α‑Fe2O3 Nanoparticles through a Controlled Shape Transformation” Journal of Physical Chemistry C (2013) 117, 11242–11250.
  8. Hui Ru Tan, Joyce Pei Ying Tan, Yong Lim Foo, Chris Boothroyd, Thomas Hansen, Ming Lin*; “Experimental Evidence for Self-Assembly of CeO2 Particles in Solution: Formation of Single-Crystalline Porous CeO2 Nanocrystals” Journal of Physical Chemistry C (2012) 116, 242–247. 
  9. Ming Lin*, Zi Yuan Fu, Hui Ru Tan, Joyce Pei Ying Tan, Seng Chee Ng, Eric Teo; “Hydrothermal Synthesis of CeO2 Nanocrystals: Ostwald Ripening or Oriented Attachment?” Crystal Growth and Design (2012) 12, 3296-3303. 
  10. Ming Lin*, Hui Ru Tan, Joyce Pei Ying Tan, Chris Boothroyd, Yong Lim Foo, Chao Bin He; “Electron tomography of nanostructured materials” Journal of Nanoengineering and Nanomanufacturing (JNN) (2011) 1, 257-264.
  11. Joyce Pei Ying Tan, Hui Ru Tan, Chris Boothroyd, Yong Lim Foo, Chao Bin He, Ming Lin*; “Three-Dimensional Structure of CeO2 Nanocrystals” Journal of Physical Chemistry C (2011), 115, 3544–3551.

In-situ TEM

  1. W. Tang, C. X. Peng, C. T. Nai, J. Su, Y. P. Liu, M. V. Reddy, Ming Lin* and K. P. Loh*; “Ultra-high capacity due to Multi-electron Conversion Reaction in Reduced graphene Oxides wrapped MoO2 Porous Nanobelts” Small (2015) 11, 2446–2453.
  2. Wei Tang, Yanpeng Liu, Chengxin Peng, Mary Y. Hu, Xuchu Deng, Ming Lin,* Jian Zhi Hu,* Kian Ping Loh*; “Probing Lithium Germanide Phase Evolution and Structural Change in a Germanium-in-Carbon Nanotube Energy Storage System” Journal of the American Chemical Society (2015) 137, 2600−2607. 
  3. Ming Lin, Joyce Tan, Chris Boothroyd, Kian Ping Loh, Eng Soon Tok, Yong Lim Foo; “Dynamical observation of bamboo-like carbon nanotube growth” Nano Letters (2007), 7, 2234-2238. 
  4. Ming Lin, Joyce Tan, Chris Boothroyd, Kian Ping Loh, Eng Soon Tok, Yong Lim Foo; “Direct observation of single-walled carbon nanotube growth at the atomistic scale” Nano Letters (2006) 6, 449-452.

Materials Growth and characterization

  1. Wen-Ya Wu, Sabyasachi Chakrabortty, Asim Guchhait, Gloria Yan Zhen Wong, Goutam Kumar Dalapati, Ming Lin, and Yinthai Chan; “Solution-Processed 2D PbS Nanoplates with Residual Cu2S Exhibiting Low Resistivity and High Infrared Responsivity” Chemistry Materials (2016) 28, 9132–9138.
  2. Junchao Chen, Xin-Ping Wu, Li Shen, Yuhong Li, Di Wu, Weiping Ding, Xue-Qing Gong∗, Ming Lin*, Luming Peng*; “Identification of different tin species in SnO2 nanosheets with 119Sn solid-state NMR spectroscopy” Chemical Physics Letters (2016) 643,126–130.
  3. Man Zhou, Ming Lin, Yongzheng Wang, Xuefeng Guo, Xiangke Guo, Luming Peng and Weiping Ding; “Organic-free synthesis of ultrathin gold nanowires as effective SERS substrates” Chemical Communications (2015) 51, 11841--11843.
  4. Wen-Ya Wu, Sabyasachi Chakrabortty, Corina K. L. Chang, Asim uchhait, Ming Lin*, Yinthai Chan*; “Promoting 2D Growth in Colloidal Transition Metal ulfide Semiconductor Nanostructures via Halide Ions” Chemistry of Materials (2014) 26, 6120−6126.
  5. Jie Lian, Kelvin Anggara , Ming Lin, and Yinthai Chan; “Formation of Hollow Iron Oxide Tetrapods via a Shape-Preserving Nanoscale Kirkendall Effect” Small (2014) 10, 667–673
  6. Xu Li, Stella See Soon Fang, Jaclyn Teo, Yong Lim Foo, Armando Borgna, Ming Lin*, Ziyi Zhong*; “Activation and Deactivation of Au-Cu/SBA-15 Catalyst for Preferential Oxidation of CO in H2-rich Gas” ACS Catalysis (2012) 2, 360-369.


Lin Ming et al IMRE know how No. 2017055, filed on May 2018
Lin Ming et al Singapore Patent Application No. 10201707943S, filed on April 2018
Lin Ming et al Singapore Patent Application No. 10201803053W, filed on July 2017


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