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Dr. NEO Chi Jin Darren

Scientist II


Nanofabrication (NFB) Department


2 Fusionopolis Way, Innovis, #08-03, Singapore 13632

Research Details

Optoelectronic devices
Solution-processed device fabrication
Surface chemistry of nanomaterials
Transport phenomena at the nano-scale

Agritech and urban farming

Sustainable urban development

Quantum dot synthesis
Material and device characterization
Solution-processed device fabrication techniques
Deposition techniques such as ALD and evaporation

Plasmonic enhanced quantum dot LED

Plasmonic tuning of QD emission

Non-toxic quantum dots for light harvesting

Atomic Layer Deposition

2017 - present: Research scientist, Institute of Materials Research and Engineering (IMRE), Singapore
2016 - 2017: Postdoctoral research scholar, University of California, Irvine (UCI), chemistry department
2011 - 2012: Research specialist, Institute of Materials Research and Engineering (IMRE), Singapore
2008 - 2009: Lab assistant, Bioprocessing Technological Institute (BTI), Singapore

Ph.D. (Material science), University of Oxford, UK, 2016
B.Eng (Material science and engineering), 1st class honors, National University of Singapore (NUS), Singapore

2010         Charted Semiconductor Prize. Best Student in department.

2012         NSS-PhD A*STAR Scholarship

2014         Best poster, ZiNG conference                                                                                                          2019         Career Development Award, SERC





Neo, D. C. J.; Cheng, C.; Stranks, S. D.; Fairclough, S. M.; Kim, J. S.; Kirkland, A. I.; Smith, J. M.; Snaith, H. J.; Assender, H. E.; Watt, A. A. R. Influence of Shell Thickness and Surface Passivation on PbS/CdS Core/Shell Colloidal Quantum Dot Solar Cells. Chem. Mater. 2014, 140606160802003.

Natasha E. Hjerrild, Darren C. J. Neo, Assia Kasdi, Hazel E. Assender, Jamie H. Warner, and Andrew A. R. Watt. Transfer Printed Silver Nanowire Transparent Conductors for PbS–ZnO Heterojunction Quantum Dot Solar Cells.ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces 2015 7 (12), 6417-6421 

Neo, D.; Stranks, S. D.; Eperon, G. E.; Snaith, H. J.; Assender, H. E.; Watt, A. A. R. Quantum funneling in blended multi-band gap core/shell colloidal quantum dot solar cells, Appl. Phys. Lett., 2015, 107, 103902

B. F. Spencer, M. A. Leontiadou, P. C. J. Clark, A. I. Williamson, M. G. Silly, F. Sirotti, S. M. Fairclough, S. C. E. Tsang, D. C. J. Neo, H. E. Assender, A. A. R. Watt and W. R. Flavell. Charge dynamics at heterojunctions for PbS/ZnO colloidal quantum dot solar cells probed with time-resolved surface photovoltage spectroscopy. Applied Physics Letters, vol. 108, p. 091603 (2016)

Darren C. J. Neo, Nanlin Zhang, Yujiro Tazawa, Haibo Jiang, Gareth M. Hughes, Chris R. M. Grovenor, Hazel E. Assender, and Andrew A. R. Watt
Poly(3-hexylthiophene-2,5-diyl) as a Hole Transport Layer for Colloidal Quantum Dot Solar Cells. ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces 2016 8 (19), 12101-12108
DOI: 10.1021/acsami.5b10228

Byung-Sung Kim, Darren C. J. Neo, Bo Hou, Jong Bae Park, Yuljae Cho, Nanlin Zhang, John Hong, Sangyeon Pak, Sanghyo Lee, Jung Inn Sohn, Hazel E. Assender, Andrew A. R. Watt, SeungNam Cha, and Jong Min Kim
High Performance PbS Quantum Dot/Graphene Hybrid Solar Cell with Efficient Charge Extraction. ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces 2016 8 (22), 13902-13908
DOI: 10.1021/acsami.6b02544


Nanlin Zhang, Darren C. J. Neo, Yujiro Tazawa, Xiuting Li, Hazel E. Assender, Richard G. Compton, and Andrew A. R. Watt
Narrow Band Gap Lead Sulfide Hole Transport Layers for Quantum Dot Photovoltaics
ACS applied materials & interfaces 2016, 8 (33), pp 21417–21422

TEO Ee Jin, SHI Yi (NUS), YANG Chengyuan, WU Qing Yang Steve, CHAN Yin Thai (NUS), XU Yang, Darren NEO Chi Jin. Light emitting device, method of fabricating same and method of controlling light emission (Tunable white light using plasmonics). PCT Patent Application No.: PCT/SG2018/050279

Last updated on : 03 Apr 2019 07:59 AM