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Robert E Simpson

Associate Professor

Website: http://people.sutd.edu.sg/~robert_simpson/
Telephone: +65 6499 4519
Room Number: 3.401.11
Research Areas:
Material Science, Quantum Physics, Optics, Photonics, Optical Metrology, Advanced Materials, Artificial Intelligence, Sensors, Big Data, Biosensors, Data Storage, Edge intelligence and computing, Machine Learning, Semiconductor, Electronics Engineering

Pillar / Cluster: Engineering Product Development

Please visit our group’s website: www.actalab.com


Rob is an Associate Professor at the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD), where he runs the Advanced Chalcogenides Technologies and Applications Lab (www.ACTALab.com). Rob’s research interests are focused on designing chalcogenides and applying them to applications in electronics, photonics, data storage, and biosensing. Prior to joining SUTD Rob received his PhD from from the Optoelectronics Research Centre at the University of Southampton, spent 3.5 years at the Japanese national institute for Applied Industrial Science and technology (AIST) as a JSPS postdoctoral fellow, and one year at the Institut de Ciencies Fotoniques (ICFO), Barcelona. Rob’s research has been awarded a number of prizes including the Westminster medal and the AIST best paper award.


  • PhD from the Optoelectronics Research Center, University of Southampton, UK (2003-2007)
  • MPhys (Master of Physics) degree from the University of Bath, UK, (1998-2002)

Awards and Honours

  • 2018 Best Poster, Photonics@SG, Weiling Dong.
  • 2018 Institute of Physics, Nano Futures Editors 2017 Highlight
  • 2017 Nominee for Poster Prize, MRS Spring Meeting, Weiling Dong
  • 2017 MRS Poster Prize, MRS Spring Meeting, Xilin Zhou.
  • 2014 Best Academic paper from the Japanese National Institute for Advanced Industrial Science and Technology
  • 2012 Academic poster nominated for Materials Research Symposium prize
  • 2011 Marie Curie COFUND Fellowship
  • 2008 Best Academic Paper (co-author)  at the Optical Data Storage Conference
  • 2008 Japanese Society for Promotion of Science (JSPS) Postdoctoral Fellowship
  • 2007 IET Electronics Letters, Letter of the Month
  • 2006 Japanese Society for Promotion of Science (JSPS) Summer Scholarship
  • 2005 Westminster Medal

Research Interests

  • Chalcogenides
  • Materials Design Methodologies
  • Crystal Nanostructure Design
  • Phase Change Memory
  • Photonics
  • Programmable materials
  • Materials Design

Representative journal publications are listed below. A complete list of publications can be found here.

PhD Scholarships

Fully funded PhD Scholarships are available 

The projects will involve applied and theoretical research into materials for nano-photonics and nano electronics.

Please email

robert_simpson@sutd.edu.sg for more information.