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Dr. CHIAM Sing Yang

Senior Scientist/Head of Electronic Materials


Electronic Materials (ELE) Department

(+65) 64168964

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

Research Details

Surface and interface physics
Thin film/Nanostructures growth and characterization

Materials for energy and environment
Studies and applications of electrochemistry

Photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS/UPS/ARUPS/IPES)
Semiconductor physics and device characterization
Interface physics and energy alignment 
Metal oxides and hydroxides

Applications and advancement of photoemission
Chromogenic materials and devices
Adsorbent materials
Electrochemistry studies


2011 - Current    Scientist, IMRE 

2009 - 2011         Research Engineer, IMRE

2008 - 2009         Research Associate, Imperial College London



B.Eng (ECE), National University of Singapore (2004)
Ph.D (Physics), DIC (Physics & Materials Science), Imperial College London, UK, 2008

  • 2004 AIP Scholarship (A*STAR)
  • NPG Asia Materials highlights,2009
  • FoE Innovation Award (Merit), 2010
  • Renewable Global Innovations highlights, 2011
  • Best Technical Presentation Award, ISRF 2014
  • Outstanding Contribution in Reviewing, Elsevier: Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells, 2015
  • Top 25 Most Read EES article 2012 Q3
  • SSEF Gold Medal Winner, 2016
  • JCO Ideation Challenge, 2016
  • Best Poster, International Conference on Electronic Materials, 2016


  • 2011 to 2019 Adjunct Assistant Professor, Physics and Applied Physics, School of Physical and Mathematical Science, Nanyang Technological University


Y. Ren, W. K. Chim, S. Y. Chiam, J. Q. Huang, C. Pi and J. S. Pan, "Formation of nickel oxide nanotubes with uniform wall thickness by low-temperature thermal oxidation through understanding the limiting effect of vacancy diffusion and Kirkendall phenomenon", Adv. Funct. Mater. 20 3336, (2010) 

L. M. Wong, S. Y. Chiam, J. Q. Huang, S. J. Wang, J. S. Pan and W. K. Chim, “Role of oxygen for highly conducting and transparent gallium-doped Zinc oxide electrode deposited at room temperature”, Appl. Phys. Lett. 98 022106 (2011)

Z. Q. Liu, W. K. Chim, S. Y. Chiam, J. S. Pan, and C. M. Ng, “An interface dipole predictive model for high-k dielectric/semiconductor heterostructures using the concept of the dipole neutrality point”, J. Mater. Chem., vol. 22, pp. 17887-17892 (2012)

J. Liu, Y. Ren, B. Dasgupta, H. Tanoto, H. L. Seng, W. K. Chim, S. F. Y. Li and S. Y. Chiam, “The role of ions and reaction sites for electrochemical reversible charge cycling in mesoporous nickel hydroxides”, J. Mater. Chem. A, vol. 1, 15095 (2013)

L. Guo, Y. Ren, J. Liu, S. Y. Chiam and W. K. Chim, “Nanostructuring of nickel hydroxide via a template solution approach for efficient electrochemical devices”, Small, vol. 10, 2611 (2014)

B. Dasgupta, Y. Ren, L. M. Wong, L. Kong, E. S. Tok, W. K. Chim and S. Y. Chiam, “Detrimental effects of oxygen vacancies in electrochromic molybdenum oxide”, J. Phys. Chem. C, vol. 119, 10592 (2015)

L. Guo, Y. Ren, L. Y. Kong, W. K. Chim and S. Y. Chiam, “Creating ordered fragmentation at the sub-micron and nano- scale”,
Nat. Comm., vol. 7, pg. 13148 (2016)

L. Kong, Y. Zhao, B. Dasgupta, Y. Ren, K. Hippalgaonkar, X. Li, W. K. Chim and S. Y. Chiam, “Minimizing isolate catalyst motion in metal-assisted chemical etching for deep trenching of silicon nanohole array”, ACS Appl. Mater. Int., vol. 9, pg. 20981 (2017)


J. Liu, S. Y. Chiam, J. S. Pan, L. M. Wong, S. F. Y. Li, Y. Ren, “Solution layer-by-layer uniform thin film dip coating of nickel hydroxide and metal incorporated nickel hydroxide and its improved electrochromic performance”, Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells, vol. 185, pg. 318 (2018)


S. J. Wang, L. M. Wong, S. Y. Chiam, “Method to fabricate highly conducting transparent zinc oxide at room temperature”, SG Patent Application No. 201105713-0, (2011)
H. Liu, W. P. Goh, J. Zhang, Z. J, S. Y. Chiam, “A method of preparing Molybdenum oxide films and their use thereof”, SG Patent Application No. 201203804-8 (2012)
Y. Y. Loh, Y. Ren, S. Y. Chiam, “Direct chemochromic sensing hydrated nickel hydroxide coatings and its application in alcohol detection”, SG Patent Application No. 10201507861T (2015)

Y. Ren, L. M. Wong, S. Y. Chiam, “Adsorbent material”, US patent application number: 15/660,626, (2019)

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