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Ang Lay Kee, Ricky

Associate Provost, International Relations, and Ng Teng Fong Chair Professor

Website: https://people.sutd.edu.sg/ricky_ang/
Telephone: +65 6499 4558
Room Number: 1.402-16
Research Areas:
Quantum Physics, Optics, Photonics, Electrical Engineering

Pillar / Cluster: Engineering Product Development, Science, Mathematics and Technology


Lay-Kee (Ricky) ANG was trained as a theoretical and computational scientist, whose research interests are in the development of theoretical scaling laws and models that are able to capture the essential physics in any interesting problems with a strong focus on the physics and applications of charge particles (electrons) and lights (laser, electromagnetic wave) with surrounding structures including 2D materials, plasma and fractional modelling. He enjoys strong interactions with experimental works in all phase of his research from basic understandings to practical applications. He is a fellow of IEEE (2022), fellow of IOP (2020) and a IEEE NPSS Distinguished Lecturer (2018). For updated information on his research, please refer to his group website at http://people.sutd.edu.sg/ricky_ang/

  • Head, Science, Mathematics and Technology, Singapore University of Technology and Design, June 2018 – Present
  • Ng Teng Fong Chair Professor for SUTD-ZJU IDEA, June 2016 – Present
  • Professor, EPD, Singapore University of Technology and Design, 2016 – Present
  • Acting Head of Pillar (HOP), EPD, Singapore University of Technology and Design, 2017 – June 2019
  • Director of Graduate Studies, Singapore University of Technology and Design, 2015 – Dec 2017
  • SUTD PhD program director, Singapore University of Technology and Design, April 2012 – 2014
  • Associate Professor (tenured), EPD, Singapore University of Technology and Design, Nov 2011 – 2015
  • Visiting Associate Professor, Nanyang Technological University, October 2011 – June 2012
  • Adjunct Professor, Institute of High Performance Computing, A-STAR, April 2006 – Oct 2011
  • Associate Professor (tenured), Nanyang Technological University, April 2008 – October 2011
  • Assistant Professor, Nanyang Technological University, Sept 2001 – March 2008
  • Visiting Professor, National Central University, Taiwan, 2010
  • Visiting Technical Staff, Los Alamos National Laboratory, USA, 2003-2006 and 2011
  • Visiting Scientist, University of Michigan, USA, 2007
  • Director Postdoctoral Fellow, Los Alamos National Laboratory, USA, Sept 1999 – August 2001
  • Graduate Student Research Assistant, University of Michigan, USA, Sept 1994 – August 1999

Education Background

  • PhD Nuclear Engineering and Plasma Physics, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA, 1999
  • MSc Nuclear Engineering and Plasma Physics, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA 1996
  • BSc Nuclear Engineering, National Tsinghua University, Taiwan, 1994


  • USA AFOSR AOARD Window of Science (WOS) Award                    July 2015
  • SUTD Faculty Excellence award (Professional service)                      Feb 2015
  • USA AFOSR AOARD Window of Science (WOS) Award                     Jan 2012
  • Finalist, 2010 NTU-EEE Teaching Excellent Award                           June 2010
  • USA ONR Global Visiting Scientist Award                                            November 2009
  • USA AFOSR AOARD Window of Science (WOS) Award                    March 2007
  • World Knowledge Dialogue (WKD) Young Scientist Award              September 2006
  • LANL Director Postdoctoral Fellowship                                                 September 1999
  • Excellent Foreign Student Award by Taiwan, R.O.C.                           1991 and 1993
  • Outstanding Academic Award by NTHU, Taiwan, R.O.C.                  1991 and 1993

Group member awards

  • IEEE NPSS Graduate Fellowship: Shijun Liang                                                        March 2016
  • Institute of Physics Singapore (IPS) meeting poster award: Yee Sin Ang            March 2016
  • IVNC Shoulder-Gray-Spindt award: Shijun Liang                                                    July 2015
  • OCPA-APS best poster award-first in plasma: Yingbin Zhu                                   June 2014
  • OCPA-APS best poster award-third in photonics: Kelvin Ooi                                June 2014
  • IEEE NPSS Graduate Fellowship: Yingbin Zhu                                                        April 2014
  • IEEE ICOPS Best paper award (finalist), PhD student: Wu Lin                           June 2007

Research Interests

He has worked on laser-matter interaction, multipactor discharge, energy-beam ablation, and high power microwave sources during his PhD studies. His current research topics are quantum theory of collective electron-structure interaction (space charge limiting current, beam modulation, beam-loading, noise, etc), ultra-fast laser induced electron photo-field emission, electron emission from novel materials (carbon, graphene), charge injection in solids and organic electronics, compact THz coherent radiation sources, high power multipactor discharge, and plasmonic-based photonics devices.

Research Projects

Ongoing Projects

  • Modeling of ultrafast laser induced emission from Topological Insulator and Graphene (USA AFOSR -AOARD contract) 2014 – 2017
  • Quantum model of space charge limited charge injection into novel materials (Singapore MOE T2) 2014 – 2017
  • Electromagnetic Computational Tools at Fractional Dimensions (SUTD TL seed) 2016 – 2017

Completed Projects

  • Coherent control of ultrafast electron pulse emitted from sharp tip for localized nanometer scale imaging and diffraction (SUTD-ZJU Pilot) 2015-2016
  • Modeling and design of thermal energy harvesting devices (SUTD-MIT IDC) Sept 2013 – Aug 2015
  • Design of devices operating at space charge limited condition (SUTD SRG) Nov 2011 – Oct 2014
  • Modeling of electron field emission from graphene (USA AFOSR), June 2011 – June 2013
  • Theory of ultrafast laser induced high current electron beam, (USA ONR), 2011 –  2012
  • Modeling of ultrafast laser induced electron photo-field emission (Singapore MOE), 2009 – 2012
  • NTU-EEE-IHPC joint lab on computational nanoelectronics and photonics, 2008 – 2011
  • Exploration of plasma waves generation in HEMT (Singapore, NTU-JPP), 2010 – 2011
  • Multidimensional modeling of field emission (USA AFOSR), 2009-2010
  • Quantum electron-structure interaction (USA AFOSR), 2006-2007
  • High current CNT based cathode for THz source (Singapore ASTAR), 2005-2008
  • Two ROAR NTU PhD scholarship (Singapore NTU), 2006-2010
  • Design of free electron based TH sources (Singapore NTU-RGM), 2006-2008
  • Theory and modeling of quantum Child-Langmuir law (Singapore NTU-SUG), 2002-2003

Key Publications

See website: http://people.sutd.edu.sg/ricky_ang/

Open Positions
We are looking for students or researchers in the related areas (physics, applied maths, material, and EE) with at least a top bachelor and/or master degree (for RA and PhD) and a PhD degree for postdoctoral position - see website: http://people.sutd.edu.sg/ricky_ang/
If interested, please send me your CV (with selected publication) to the PI: Ricky Ang at ricky_ang@sutd.edu.sg
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Group Members

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