Joel Yang

Assistant Professor

Email: wbry_lnat@fhgq.rqh.ft
Telephone: +6564994767
Room Number: 3.401-03
Research Areas:
Material Science,Quantum Physics, Optics, Photonics,Electrical Engineering

Pillar / Cluster: Engineering Product Development


Joel K.W. Yang received his SM (2005) and PhD (2009) degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. He is an Assistant Professor in the Engineering Product Development pillar at the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) and holds a joint appointment as Senior Scientist I at the Institute of Materials Research and Engineering (IMRE) of A*STAR.  He is recognized for his pioneering work in plasmonic color printing, achieving record-level printing resolution at 100,000 dpi. He is also credited for the widely-used “salty-developer” to improve the resolution of electron beam lithography. His research interests include sub-10-nm resolution lithography, directed self assembly of nanoparticles, and quantum plasmonics. He serves as an Associate Editor of Optics Express, and as a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of ACS Photonics. Recent recognitions include the A*STAR Investigator Award, the MIT Technology Review TR35@Singapore award, and the Singapore Young Scientist Award.

Education Background

  • PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science 2009
  • MSc, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science 2005
  • BEng, Nanyang Technological University, Electrical and Electronic Engineering 2003

Research Interests

  • Nanoplasmonics, Plasmonic Color Printing
  • Nanofabrication at sub-10-nm dimensions: Electron Beam Lithography & Directed Self Assembly of Nanoparticles

Awards & Achievements

  • 2012 Young Scientist Award from the Singapore National Academy of Science
  • 2012 TR35@Singapore: MIT Technology Review’s List of Top Innovators in Asia Pacific
  • 2011 EIPBN Micrograph Contest Grand Prize Award
  • 2010 Nanyang Outstanding Alumnus Award
  • 2010 MIT EECS Jin-AuKong Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Award
  • 2010 R&D 100 Awards
  • 2009 A*STAR Young Investigatorship Award
  • 2009 MIT Lincoln Laboratory BestInvention Award
  • 2009 Philip Yeo Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Research

Key Publications

For most updated list: Google Scholar, Researchgate 

  1. Kun Huang, Zhaogang Dong, Shengtao Mei, Lei Zhang, Yanjun Liu, Hong Liu, Haibin Zhu, Jinghua Teng, Boris Luk’yanchuk, Joel K. W. Yang, Cheng‐Wei Qiu, “Silicon multi‐meta‐holograms for the broadband visible light,” Laser & Photonics Reviews Volume 10, Issue 3, pages 500–509, (2016)
  2. Xiao Ming Goh, Ray Jia Hong Ng, Sihao Wang, Shawn J. Tan, and Joel K.W. Yang, “Comparative Study of Plasmonic Colors from All-Metal Structures of Posts and Pits,” ACS Photonics DOI: 10.1021/acsphotonics.6b00099 (2016)
  3. Zhuo Wang, Zhaogang Dong, Yinghong Gu, Yung-Huang Chang, Lei Zhang, Lain-Jong Li, Weijie Zhao, Goki Eda, Wenjing Zhang, Gustavo Grinblat, Stefan A. Maier, Joel K.W. Yang, Cheng-Wei Qiu, Andrew T.S. Wee, “Giant photoluminescence enhancement in tungsten-diselenide–gold plasmonic hybrid structures,” Nature Communications 7, Article number: 11 (2016)
  4. Tingting Yin, Zhaogang Dong, Liyong Jiang, Lei Zhang, Hailong Hu, Cheng-Wei Qiu, Joel K.W. Yang, and Zexiang Shen*, “Anomalous Shift Behaviors in the Photoluminescence of Dolmen-like Plasmonic Nanostructures,” ACS Photonics DOI: 10.1021/acsphotonics.6b00058 (2016)
  5. Wang, R.J.H. Ng, S. Safari Dinachali, M. Jalali, Y. Yu, J.K.W. Yang, “Large Area Plasmonic Color Palettes with Expanded Gamut Using Colloidal Self-Assembly,” ACS Photonics DOI: 10.1021/acsphotonics.5b00725 (2016)Ray J. H. Ng, Xiao Ming Goh, and Joel K. W. Yang, “All-metal nanostructured substrates as subtractive color reflectors with near-perfect absorptance,” Optics Express 23, 32597-32605 (2015)
  6. Zhou Z., Zhao Z., Yu Y., Ai B., Möhwald H., Chiechi R.C., Joel K.W. Yang, Zhang G., “From 1D to 3D: Tunable Sub-10 nm Gaps in Large Area Devices”, Advanced Materials doi: 10.1002/adma.201505929 (2016)
  7. Ray J. H. Ng, Xiao Ming Goh, and Joel K. W. Yang, “All-metal nanostructured substrates as subtractive color reflectors with near-perfect absorptance,” Express 23, 32597-32605 (2015)
  8. Zhaogang Dong, Mohamed Asbahi, Jian Lin, Di Zhu, Ying Min Wang, Kedar Hippalgaonkar, Hong-Son Chu, Wei Peng Goh, FuKe Wang, Zhiwei Huang, Joel K.W. Yang, “Second-Harmonic Generation from Sub-5-nm Gaps by Directed Self-Assembly of Nanoparticles onto Template-Stripped Gold Substrates”, Nano Letters Article ASAP DOI: 10.1021/acs.nanolett.5b02109 (2015)
  9. Mohamed Asbahi, Shafigh Mehraeen, FuKe Wang, Nikolai Yakovlev, Karen SL Chong, Jianshu Cao, Mei Chee Tan, Joel K.W. Yang, “Large Area Directed Self-Assembly of Sub-10 nm Particles with Single Particle Positioning Resolution”, Nano Letters Article ASAP DOI: 10.1021/acs.nanolett.5b02291 (2015)
  10. Liyong Jiang, Ting-ting Yin, Zhaogang Dong, Hai-long Hu, Ming-yi Liao, David Allioux, Shawn J Tan, Xiao Ming Goh, Xiang-yin Li, Joel K.W. Yang, Zexiang Shen, “Probing vertical and horizontal plasmonic resonant states in the photoluminescence of gold nanodisks”, ACS Photonics DOI: 10.1021/acsphotonics.5b00308 (2015)
  11. Ying Min Wang, Liangxing Lu, Bharathi Madurai Srinivasan, Mohamed Asbahi, Yong Wei Zhang, Joel K.W. Yang, “High aspect ratio 10-nm-scale nanoaperture arrays with template-guided metal dewetting”, Scientific Reports 5, Article number: 9654 (2015)
  12. J Tao, Z Dong, Joel K.W. Yang, QJ Wang, “Plasmon excitation on flat graphene by s-polarized beams using four-wave mixing”, Optics Express Vol. 23, Issue 6, pp. 7809-7819 (2015)
  13. Zhaogang Dong, Hong-Son Chu, Di Zhu, Wei Du, Yuriy A Akimov, Wei Peng Goh, Tao Wang, Kuan Eng Johnson Goh, Cedric Troadec, Christian A Nijhuis, Joel K.W. Yang, “Electrically-Excited Surface Plasmon Polaritons with Directionality Control”, ACS Photonics, 2 (3), pp 385–391(2015)
  14. Lei Zhang, Zhaogang Dong,  Ying Min Wang,  Yan Jun Liu,  Shuang Zhang,  Joel K.W. Yang and Cheng-Wei Qiu, “Dynamically configurable hybridization of plasmon modes in nanoring dimer arrays”, Nanoscale, 2015,7, 12018-12022 (2015)
  15. Yinghong Gu, Lei Zhang, Joel K.W. Yang, Swee Ping Yeo, Cheng-Wei Qiu, “Color generation via subwavelength plasmonic nanostructures”, (Invited Review) Nanoscale (2015). doi:10.1039/c5nr00578g
  16. Zhu, Z. Dong, H.S. Chu, Y.A. Akimov, J.K.W. Yang, “Image Dipole Method for the Beaming of Plasmons from Point Sources”, ACS Photonics 12, 1307-1312 (2014)
  17. Xiao Ming Goh, Yihan Zheng, Shawn J. Tan, Lei Zhang, Karthik Kumar, Cheng-Wei Qiu , Joel K. W. Yang, “Three-dimensional plasmonic stereoscopic prints in full colour”, Nature Communications 5, 5361 (2014)
  18. YJ Chen, HZ Yang, SH Leong, BL Wu, M Asbahi, Hnin Yu Yu Ko, Joel K. W. Yang, V Ng, “A study on dynamic heat assisted magnetization reversal mechanisms under insufficient reversal field conditions”, Applied Physics Letters 105, 16, 162402 (2014)
  19. Michel Bosman, Lei Zhang, Huigao Duan, Shu Fen Tan, Christian A. Nijhuis, Cheng–Wei Qiu,  Joel K. W. Yang, “Encapsulated Annealing: Enhancing the Plasmon Quality Factor in Lithographically–Defined Nanostructures”, Nature: Scientific Reports 4, 5537 doi:10.1038/srep05537 (2014)
  20. Shawn J Tan, Lei Zhang, Di Zhu, Xiao Ming Goh, Ying Min Wang, Karthik Kumar, Cheng-Wei Qiu, Joel K.W. Yang, “Plasmonic Color Palettes for Photorealistic Printing with Aluminum Nanostructures”, Nano Letters (2014)
  21. Naganivetha Thiyagarajah, Mohamed Asbahi, Rick T.J. Wong, Kendrick W.M. Low, Nikolai L. Yakovlev, Joel K.W. Yang and Vivian Ng, “A facile approach for screening isolated nanomagnetic behavior for bit-patterned media”, IOP Nanotechnology 25 225203 (2014)
  22. Shawn J. Tan, Xian Ming Goh, Ying Min Wang, Joel K.W. Yang, and Jinghua Teng, “Engineering Plasmonic Colors In Metal Nanostructures”, Journal of Molecular and Engineering Materials (2014) DOI: 10.1142/S2251237314400115.
  23. Di Zhu, Michel Bosman, Joel K.W. Yang, “A circuit model for plasmonic resonators”, Optics Express Vol. 22, Issue 8, pp. 9809-9819 (2014)
  24. Mohamed Asbahi, Shafigh Mehraeen, Kevin T. P. Lim, Fuke Wang, Jianshu Cao, Mei Chee Tan, and Joel K. W. Yang, “Template-Induced Structure Transition In Sub-10-nm Self-Assembling Nanoparticles”, Nano Lett DOI: 10.1021/nl5004976 (2014)
  25. Shu Fen Tan, Lin Wu, Joel K.W. Yang, Ping Bai, Michel Bosman, and Christian A. Nijhuis, “Quantum Plasmon Resonances Controlled by Molecular Tunnel Junctions”, Science 343, 1496 (2014)
  26. Zhaogang Dong, Michel Bosman, Di Zhu, Xiao Ming Goh, and Joel K.W. Yang, “Fabrication of Suspended Metal-Dielectric-Metal Plasmonic Nanostructures”, IOP Nanotechnology 25 135303 (2014)
  27. Huigao Duan, Hailong Hu, Hui Kim Hui, Zexiang Shen, Joel K W Yang, “Free-standing sub-10 nm nanostencils for the definition of gaps in plasmonic antennas”, Nanotechnology 24, 185301 (2013). Editor’s pick of the month
  28. Michel Bosman, Enyi Ye, Shu Fen Tan, Christian A. Nijhuis, Joel K. W. Yang, Renaud Marty, Adnen Mlayah, Arnaud Arbouet, Christian Girard, Ming-Yong Han,” Surface Plasmon Damping Quantified with an Electron Nanoprobe”, Nature: Scientific Reports 3, doi:10.1038/srep01312
  29. Lin Wu, Huigao Duan,Ping Bai, Michel Bosman, Joel K. W. Yang, and Erping Li, “Fowler–NordheimTunneling Induced Charge Transfer Plasmons between Nearly TouchingNanoparticles”, ACS Nano, 2013, 7 (1), pp 707–716
  30. Hailong Hu, Huigao Duan, Joel K. W. Yang, and Ze Xiang Shen, “Plasmon Modulated Photoluminescence of individual Gold Nanostructures”, ACS Nano (2012)doi: 10.1021/nn3039066
  31. Mohamed Asbahi, KevinT. P. Lim, Fuke Wang, Huigao Duan, Naganivetha Thiyagarajah, Vivian Ng, and JoelK. W. Yang , “Directed Self-Assembly of Densely Packed Gold Nanoparticles”, Langmuir, Vol 28, Issue 49, pg 16725-17216 (2012) (Featured on Cover)
  32. Karthik Kumar, Huigao Duan, Ravi Hegde, Samuel Koh, Jennifer Wei, Joel K.W. Yang, “Printing Color at the Optical Diffraction Limit”, Nature Nanotechnology (2012) doi:10.1038/nnano.2012.128 (Featured on Cover)
  33. Huigao Duan, AntonioI. Fernandez-Dominguez, Michel Bosman, Stefan A. Maier, Joel K.W. Yang,“Nanoplasmonics: Classical Down To The Nanometer Scale”, Nano Letters Article 12 (3), 1683-1689 (2012)
  34. Huigao Duan, HailongHu, Karthik Kumar, Zexiang Shen, Joel K.W. Yang, “Direct and Reliable Patterning of Plasmonic Nanostructures with Sub-10-nm Gaps”, ACS Nano 2011, 5 (9), pp 7593–7600
  35. Ai Leen Koh, Antonio I. Fernandez-Dominguez, David W. McComb, Stefan A. Maier, Joel K. W. Yang,“High-Resolution Mapping of Electron-Beam-Excited Plasmon Modes in Lithographically Defined Gold Nanostructures,” Nano Letters Article 11 (3), pp 1323–1330(2011)
  36. Joel K. W. Yang, Yeon Sik Jung, Jae-Byum Chang, R. A. Mickiewicz, A. Alexander-Katz, C. A. Ross & Karl K. Berggren, “Complex self-assembled patterns using sparse commensurate templates with locally varying motifs” Nature Nanotechnology 5, 256 – 260 (2010)
  37. I. Bita, J. K. W. Yang, Y. S. Jung,C. A. Ross, E. L. Thomas, and K. K. Berggren, “Graphoepitaxy ofself-assembled block copolymers on two-dimensional periodic patterned templates,” Science, vol. 321, pp. 939-943, 2008
Office Location

Singapore University of Technology and Design

8 Somapah Road

SUTD-MIT International Design Center

Building 3.401-03

Singapore 487372

Job Opportunities

Prospective PhD students and Postdocs to kindly submit CV and a brief statement of interest directly to Joel Yang by email.

Positions are available for research in the following areas

  1. On-Chip Integrated Hybrid Si Lasers: Nanofabrication and Characterization
  2. Plasmonic Color Printing for Anti-Counterfeiting and Security Labels
  3. Active and Switchable Plasmonic Color Devices
  4. High-resolution sub-10-nm fabrication and patterning: Electron-Beam Lithography

Attractive PhD student scholarships are available and can be offered subject to the caliber of the candidate.