Assoc Prof. Robert E Simpson

Robert E Simpson is an Associate Professor at the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD). Rob’s research interests are focused on designing new materials for applications in electronics, photonics, data storage, and biosensing.


PhD from the Optoelectronics Research Center, University of Southampton, UK (2007)

MPhys (Master of Physics) degree from the University of Bath, UK, (2002)

 Research Areas

Material Science, Quantum Physics, Optics, Photonics, Optical Metrology, Advanced Materials, Artificial Intelligence, Sensors, Big Data, BioMedtech, Biosensors, Data Storage, Edge intelligence and computing, Engineering Design, Machine Learning, Nano-Photonics, Optics, Photonics, Semiconductor, Silicon Photonics, Electronics Engineering

Research Interests

Materials Design
High Throughput Methods
Nano engineering
Strain Engineering
Advanced computational materials design methods
Programmable materials
Photonics and optics
Data storage materials
Sensors and Sensing Materials


Best Poster, Photonics@SG, Weiling Dong (2018)
Institute of Physics, Nano Futures Editors 2017 Highlight (2018)
Nominee for Poster Prize, MRS Spring Meeting, Weiling Dong (2017)
MRS Poster Prize, MRS Spring Meeting, Xilin Zhou. (2017)
Best Academic paper from the Japanese National Institute for Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (2014)
Academic poster nominated for Materials Research Symposium prize (2012)
Marie Curie COFUND Fellowship (2011)

Selected publications

H. Liu, W. Dong, H. Wang, L. Lu, Q. Ruan, Y. S. Tan, R. E. Simpson, J. K. W. Yang; Rewritable Color Nano-Prints in Antimony Trisulphide Films, Science Advances 6 (51), eabb7171, 2020

KV Sreekanth, Q Ouyang, S Sreejith, S Zeng, W Lishu, E Ilker, W Dong, M ElKabbash, Y Ting, CT Lim, M Hinczewski, G Strangi, K-T Yong, RE Simpson, R Singh; Advanced Optical Materials, 7(12), 2019

W Dong, H Liu, JK Behera, L Lu, RJH Ng, KV Sreekanth, X Zhou, RE. Simpson; Wide bandgap phase change material tuned visible photonics; Advanced Functional Materials 29 (6), 1806181, 2019

W. Dong, Y. Qiu, X. Zhou, A. Banas, K. Banas, M.B.H. Breese, T. Cao, RE Simpson; Tunable mid-infrared phase-change metasurface, Advanced Optical Materials, 6(14) 1701346, 2018

X Zhou, J Kalikka, X Ji, L Wu, Z Song, RE Simpson; Phase-Change Memory Materials by Design: A Strain Engineering Approach, Advanced Materials, 28 (15), 3007-3016, 2016

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