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Scientist III


Electronic Materials (ELE) Department


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

Research Details

  • Piezoelectric sensors and transducers
  • Acoustic-based nondestructive testing: guided waves, acoustic shearography and laser ultrasonics
  • Design of ultrasonic transducers: direct-write transducers, phased array transducers, medical transducers
  • Finite element simulations 


    • Piezoelectric sensors and transducers   



        • Acoustic shearography for non-destructive testing

        • Direct-write transducers for structural health monitoring

        • Phased array ultrasonic transducers
        • 2010-Current
        Scientist, Institute of Materials Research and Engineering
        • 2007-2009
        Project Officer/Research Fellow, Nanyang Technological University
        • Ph.D, Nanyang Technology University, Singapore, 2008
        • B.Eng, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China, 2002

        • Member of Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) since 2013




        1. Liu H., Liu M., Zhang L.*, Chen Y. F., Tan C. Y., Guo S. and Cui F. (2018), “Directed acoustic shearography for crack detection around fastener holes in aluminum plates”, NDT & E International, Vol 100, 124-131.

        2. Liu H., Guo S., Chen Y.F., Tan C.Y., and Zhang L.* (2018), “Acoustic shearography for crack detection in metallic plates”, Smart Materials and Structures, Vol. 27, 085018.

        3. Chen S., Tan C.K.I., Tan S.Y., Guo S., Zhang L. and Yao K. (2018), “Potassium sodium niobate (KNN)based leadfree piezoelectric ceramic coatings on steel structure by thermal spray method”, Journal of the American Ceramic Society,

        4. Guo S., Chen S., Zhang L., Mirshekarloo M.S. and Yao K. (2018), “Design and fabrication of direct-write piezoelectric ultrasonic transducers for determining yielding of aluminum”, NDT & E International, Vol 98, 186-194.

        5. Liu H., Zhang L., Liu H. F., Chen S., Wang S., Wong Z. and Yao K. (2018), “High-frequency ultrasonic methods for determining corrosion layer thickness of hollow metallic components”, Ultrasonics, Vol. 89, 166-172.

        6. Mirshekarloo M.S., Tan C. Y., Yu X., Zhang L., Chen S., Yao K., Cui F., Pandit S. M., Chong S.H., Tan S.T. (2018), “Transparent piezoelectric film speakers for windows with active noise mitigation function”, Applied Acoustics, Volume 137, August 2018, 90-97.

        7. Guo S., Chen S., Zhang L., Chen Y.F. and Yao K. (2018), "Plastic strain determination with nonlinear ultrasonic waves using in-situ integrated piezoelectric ultrasonic transducers," IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control, 65 (1), 95-101.

        8. Liu H., Guo S., Yang R. B., Lee C. J., and Zhang L. (2017), “Giant blistering of nanometer-thick Al2O3/ZnO films grown by atomic layer deposition: Mechanism and potential applications”, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, DOI: 10.1021/acsami.7b08260.

        9. Zhang L., Rahimabady M., Tan S.Y., Tan C. Y., Chen S., Chen Y.F., Yao K., Humbert A., Scoccol D., and Bolt M. (2017), “P(VDF-HFP) Polymer as sensing material for capacitive carbon dioxide sensors”, IEEE Sensors Journal, Vol (17), 4349-4356.

        10. Shen Z., Chen S., Zhang L., Yao K., and Tan C.Y., (2017), “Direct-write piezoelectric ultrasonic transducers for non-destructive testing of metal plates”, IEEE Sensors Journal, Vol (17), 3354-3361.

        11. Rahimabady M., Tan C. Y., Tan S. Y., Chen S., Zhang L., Chen Y. F., Yao K., Zang K., Humbert A., Scoccol D., and Bolt M., (2016) “Dielectric nanocomposite of diphenylethylenediamine and P-type multi-walled nanotube for capacitive carbon dioxide sensors”, Sensors and Actuators B: Chemical, Volume 243, 596-601.

        12. Guo S., Zhang L., Mirshekarloo M.S., Chen S., Chen Y. F., Wong Z. Z., Shen Z., Liu H., Yao K. (2016), “Method and analysis for determining yielding of titanium alloy with nonlinear Rayleigh surface waves”, Materials Science and Engineering: A, Volume 669, 4 July 2016, Pages 41–47.

        13. Tan C. K. I., Mirshekarloo M.S., Lai S. C., Zhang L. and Yao K. (2016), “PNN-PZN-PMN-PZ-PT multilayer piezoelectric ceramic with low sintering temperature”, International Journal of Applied Ceramic Technology, Volume 13, 889-895.

        14. Mirshekarloo M. S.,Tan C.K.I., Li, Y., Lai S.C., Zhang L., Wong T.I., Rahimabadi M., Yao K., and Samudra G.S. (2016), “Stress effects on stabilizing antiferroelectric phase in multilayer ceramics”, Journal of the American Ceramic Society, 99, 4, 1429–1434.

        15. Shen Z., Tan C. Y., Yao K., Zhang L., Chen Y. F. (2016), “A miniaturized wireless accelerometer with micromachined piezoelectric sensing element”, Sensors and Actuators A: Physical, Volume 241, Pages 113-119.

        16. Oh S.R, Yao K., Zhang L., and Tay F. E. H. (2015), "Asymmetric electrode design for significant performance enhancement of piezoelectric P (VDF-TrFE) polymer microcantilevers." Smart Materials and Structures, 24, 4, 045035.

        17. Jiang Y., Tan C.Y., Tan S.Y., Wong M.S.F., Chen Y. F., Zhang, L., Yao K, Gan S. K. E., Verma C., Tan Y.J. (2014), “SAW sensor for influenza A virus detection enabled with efficient surface functionalization”, Sensors and Actuators B: Chemical, Volume 209, Pages 78-84.

        18. Zhang L., Yao K., Keikha E., Chen Y.F., Rahman, M.A., Mamun, A.A., and Bhatia, C.S. (2014), “Dual-stage nano-positioning scheme for 10 Tbit/in2 hard disk drives with a shear-mode piezoelectric single crystal micro-actuator”, IEEE Transactions on Magnetics, vol. 51, no. 4, pp. 1-9.

        19. Zhang L., Oh S. R., Wong T. C., Tan C. Y., and Yao K. (2013), “Piezoelectric polymer multilayer on flexible substrate for energy harvesting”, IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control, 60(9), 2013-2020.

        20. Lai S. C., Yao K., Chen Y. F., Zhang L., and Lim Y. F. (2013), “A photovoltaic UV sensor with a ferroelectric thin film on transparent substrate”, IEEE Electron Device Letters, 34(11), 1427-1429.

        21.  Liu H. F., Dolmanan S. B., Zhang L., Chua S. J., Chi D. Z., Heuken M., and Tripathy S. (2013), “Influence of stress on structural properties of AlGaN/GaN high electron mobility transistor layers grown on 150 mm diameter Si (111) substrate”, Journal of Applied Physics, 113(2), 023510-023510.

        22. Mirshekarloo M. S., Zhang L., Yao K. and Sritharan T. (2012), “Electromechanical properties and fatigue of antiferroelectric (Pb, La)(Zr, Sn, Ti) O3 thin film cantilevers fabricated by micromachining”, Sensors and Actuators A: Physical,187,127-131.

        23. Yang, Y.W., Divsholi, B. S., Tang, L., and Zhang L. (2010), “Strain transfer models for macrofiber-composite strain actuators”, Materials and Manufacturing Processes, 25(4), 237-242.

        24. Yang Y.W. and Zhang. L. (2008), "Modeling of an ionic polymer-metal composite ring", Smart Materials and Structures, 17(1), 015023.

        25. Zhang L. and Yang Y.W. (2007), "Modeling of an ionic polymer-metal composite beam on human tissue", Smart Materials and Structures, 16(2), S197-S206.

        26. Yang Y.W. and Zhang L. (2006), "Optimal excitation of a rectangular plate resting on an elastic foundation by a piezoelectric actuator", Smart Materials and Structures, 15(4), 1063-1078.


          Book Chapters

        1. Yang Y.W., Zhang L., Jin Z.L. and Soh C.K., (2012) “Chapter 9 Smart Plates and Shells”, Smart Materials in Structural Health Monitoring, Control and Biomechanics, Springer and Zhejiang University Press.

        2. Yang Y.W., Zhang L. and Soh C.K., (2012), “Chapter 14 Ionic Polymer-Metal Composite and Its Actuation Characteristics”, Smart Materials in Structural Health Monitoring, Control and Biomechanics, Springer and Zhejiang University Press.

        3. Zhang L., Yang Y.W., and Soh C.K., (2012) “Chapter 15 IPMC Based Biomedical Applications”, Smart Materials in Structural Health Monitoring, Control and Biomechanics, Springer and Zhejiang University Press.

        4. Yang Y.W. Bhalla S., Tang L.H., Zhang L. and Soh C.K. (2012), “Chapter 17 Future of Smart Materials”, Smart Materials in Structural Health Monitoring, Control and Biomechanics, Springer and Zhejiang University Press.

        1. A method for monitoring pipeline structures with piezoelectric acoustic transducers, Singapore Patent Application No. 10201806508R, 2018.

        2. An acoustic shearography system and the method of using the same, under evaluation, Singapore Patent Application No. 10201802679Y, 2018.

        3. Multilayer structure with leadfree piezoelectric ceramic coating on metal substrate, Singapore Patent Application No. 10201710100V, 2017.

        4. A method of monitoring plastic deformation of a structural material, Singapore Patent Application No. 10201701466W, 2017.

        5. Noise mitigation window with multi-cell transparent electro-active film speaker, Singapore Patent Application No. 10201603967P, 2016.

        6. Fluid jet dispenser using multilayer ceramic actuators, Singapore Patent Application No. 10201504949P, 2015.

        7. Direct write acoustic transducers and method for structural health monitoring, Singapore Patent Application No: 10201408061Q, 2014.

        8. Piezoelectric actuator, head gimbal assembly including the same and method of forming the same, US 8767355 B2, 2014.

        9. A wireless piezoelectric accelerometer for vibration monitoring, Singapore Patent Application No. 10201401417Q, 2013, PCT Patent Application, US Patent Application.

        10. A surface acoustic wave sensor for influenza detection, Singapore Patent Application No. 201309151-7, 2013.

        11. A self-powered remote control device, Singapore Patent Application No. 201203340-3, 2012.

        12. A method for producing a piezoelectric polymer multilayer material, Singapore Patent Application No. 201106700-6, 2012.



        Last updated on : 20 Nov 2018 12:45 PM