Joint Seminar on Micro-Nano Processes & Materials Technologies

Date: 05 Mar 2009 - 05 Mar 2009

Venue: SIMTech Auditorium, Tower Block, Level 3

Great expectations have been and continue to be placed on micro-nanotechnology as a key driver to achieve quantum-magnitude progress in fields spanning physical science and engineering, and the biomedical sciences. The Foresight Nanotech Institute, a leading nanotechnology think tank, in partnership with the Battelle, have specifically identified nanotechnology to underpin solutions in renewable energy, clean water, healing and preserving the environment, making information technology available to all, and enabling space development. Regular breakthroughs are being reported in nanoelectronics such as the nanotech transistors, biomedicine such as sensors to detect cancer markers, extraterrestrial such as a space elevator cable, and so on. While considerable investments and efforts continue to be made in the laboratories to unravel and harness the potential of micro-nanotechnology, growing commercial activities are emerging. One noteworthy illustration of this is the recent announcement that Bayer will invest €22 million to set up the world’s largest plant for carbon nanotubes, with a capacity of 200 ton per year.

With this thrust towards nanotechnology, this seminar presents some forefront technologies on the materials and processes to provide some insights in this important field.

1.45 – 2.00 pm:  Registration
2.00 – 2.05 pm:  Opening address by Dr Lim Ser Yong (Executive Director, SIMTech)
2.05 – 2.10 pm:  Opening address by Dr Lim Khiang Wee (Executive Director, IMRE)
2.10 – 2.15 pm:  Opening address by Dr Lee Sang Chun (President, KIMM)
2.15 – 2.35 pm:  “Nano-Structured Functional Coatings” by Dr Zeng Xianting (Group Manager, Surface Technology Group, SIMTech)
2.35 – 2.55 pm:  “Micro-Nanotechnology Research Activities in KIMM” by Dr Choi Jun-Hyuk, Senior Researcher, KIMM)
2.55 – 3.15 pm:  MOU Signing Ceremony
3.15 – 3.30 pm: Tea-Break & Networking
3.30 – 3.50 pm: “Polymer Nanocomposites: Properties and Applications” by Dr He Chaobin (Manager, Nanocomposite Programme, IMRE)
3.50 – 4.10 pm: “Micro & Nano Fabrication by Lasers and Ultra-Precision Machining” by Dr Zheng Hongyu (Group Manager, Machining Technology Group, SIMTech)
4.10 – 4.30 pm: “3-D Structures by Nanoimprint Lithography” by Dr Low Hong Yee(Group Head/Research Scientist, Patterning and Fabrication Group, IMRE)
4.30 – 4.50 pm: “Nanometric Optical Measurements”by Dr Zhang Ying (Group Manager, Precision Measurements Group, SIMTech)
5.00 pm  End of Seminar

About the Speakers
Dr Zeng Xianting is a Senior Scientist and Group Manager of the Surface Technology Group of Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology (SIMTech). He received his PhD from the Chinese University of Hong Kong and has been working in the field of thin films and surface coatings as well as functional materials for more than 20 years.   As project leader, Dr Zeng has completed more than 30 international collaborations, industry or in-house research projects under various funding support.  He has published extensively on thin films and surface coating materials and has been invited for technical lectures and served as organising panel member in many international conferences and symposia.  A number of technologies developed in the group have been commercialised and implemented in industry. His current research interests include development of various functional coatings and thin film devices using PVD/CVD, sol gel, electro-chemical processes and thermal spray technologies.

Dr Choi Jun-Hyuk received his BSc from Chung-Ang University in Seoul Korea. He continued to study in University of California Berkeley and obtained his PhD in Mechanical Engineering in 2000. Following his graduation, Dr Choi continued as a post-doctorate fellow in the University of California before joining KIMM as a Senior Researcher in the Nanomechanical Department in 2003. His research interests pertain to the areas of direct micro-nanoimprint of functional nanomaterials and nanocolloid studies. Some of his works have been published in several well-known journals.

Dr He Chaobin is Senior Scientist and Manager of the Nanocomposite Programme, Institute of Materials Research and Engineering (IMRE). Dr He obtained his PhD from Cambridge University in 1995.  After graduation, he worked as a Postdoc Associate at Cavendish Laboratory for two years and later in the University of Southern Mississippi for another two years before joining IMRE in 1999. His current research interests are: polymer nanocomposites, functional polymers and structure characterisation of polymers. Dr He is author of over 130 peer-reviewed journal papers, two book chapters and a co-inventor of 11 patents.

Dr Zheng Hongyu gained his BEng in Mechanical Engineering from Tsinghua University Beijing in 1985 and PhD in Laser Materials Processing from Imperial College London in 1990. Since then he has been working in areas of laser microprocessing. Dr Zheng is currently Senior Scientist and Group Manager of Machining Technology Group, SIMTech.

Dr Low Hong Yee received her PhD from the Department of Macromolecular Science in Case Western Reserve University, USA in 1998.  She spent about 2 years with Motorola Semiconductor before joining IMRE.  Her recent research interests are in developing nanoimprint lithography (NIL) for the fabrication of complex and 3D micro- and nanostructures and in the understanding of polymer physics with respect to the NIL technologies.  She has co-authored more than 10 journal papers and 10 patent applications related to NIL technologies.  She also leads the Patterning and Fabrication Capability Group at IMRE.

Dr Zhang Ying received his BE, ME, and PhD degrees from Southeast University, China in 1989, 1992 and 1995 respectively. From 1996 to 1997, he was a postdoctoral fellow with Nanyang Technological University (NTU). Since 1998, he has been working with SIMTech, where he is a Senior Scientist with concurrent appointment as adjunct Associate Professor of NTU. His research interests include nano-scale optical measurements, photonics, adaptive signal processing and control, and image processing. He has published more than 100 referable journal papers. He received several accolades, including the National Outstanding Doctorial Dissertation Award from the State Council of China in 1999; the Best Project Award of Photonics Europe’ 2004 from SPIE in 2004, and the IES Prestigious Engineering Achievement Award 2005 in Singapore.
Who Should Attend
Researchers, academicians and industry professionals
This is a non-chargeable seminar. Please pre-register online by 4 Mar 2009 (Wednesday)
For general enquiries, please contact:
Ms Fong Cheng Yen,