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Prof. Alfred HUAN

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Prof Huan took up a Lecturer position at the Department of Physics, National University of Singapore (NUS) in 1989 and was eventually appointed as Deputy Head of Department in 2004. At NUS, he worked on surface science and epitaxial thin films, understanding surface and interfacial electronic structure of high-k oxides and semiconductors. He also studied the relaxation and reconstruction on various metal and semiconductor surfaces. Between 1999 and 2000, he worked as Visiting Beamline Scientist at the Advanced Light Source in the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab.

In 1998, Prof Huan joined the incipient A*STAR Institute of Materials Research and Engineering (IMRE) as a joint appointee, functioning as Manager of the Materials Characterisation Lab, and establishing it as the premier materials analysis lab in the region. He remained in IMRE until 2010. In early 2005, he left NUS along with some colleagues to start a new school at the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) – the School of Physical and Mathematical Sciences (SPMS). He began as the Head of the Division of Physics and Applied Physics, and later on, added the portfolio of Associate Chair for Outreach and Admissions. In NTU, his research focused on ultrafast charge and energy transfer in organics and II-VI semiconductor nanostructures, in particular the roles of defect states and the effect of dopants, leading to rich optical phenomena exciton relaxation and charge dissociation.

Prof Huan was seconded to A*STAR Science and Engineering Research Council (SERC) in 2011. In 2012, he took up the position of Acting Executive Director (ED) of A*STAR Institute of High Performance Computing (IHPC), later assuming the position of full ED of the institute. He was concurrently ED of A*STAR Graduate Academy (A*GA) from August 2013 till March 2017. In 2017, he added the portfolio of his present position as ED IMRE. He relinquished his appointment as ED IHPC on 31 May 2018 to focus on his role as ED IMRE. In July 2019, Prof Huan was additionally appointed as Executive Director of the Urban & Green Tech Office in A*STAR.


DPhil, University of Oxford, 1987
B.A. (Physics) First Class Honours, University of Oxford, England, 1983

Singapore National Day Awards 2017
National Day Public Administration Medal (Silver)

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