Summary
Overview
Work History
Education
Skills
List of selected publications
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Derrick Fam

Scientist
Singapore

Summary

Communicative Scientist proficient in teaching, programme management and networking. Talented individual educated in safety procedures, processes and regulations.

14 years of research experience specialising in the science of carbon nanostructures (CNTs, graphene and graphene related materials), synthesis of polymer electrolytes and other organic structures (polymers of intrinsic microporosity, metal organic frameworks) for applications in composites, nanoelectronics and energy storage. Project leader for various energy storage and composites projects in IMRE. Experienced in the synthesis of CNTs via Chemical Vapor Deposition, air-free techniques, wet-chemical synthesis of metal nanoparticles, chemical modification of carbon nanostructures and microfabrication techniques such as photolithography. Experienced in the synthesis and deposition of graphene related materials. Well-versed in nanomaterials deposition techniques such as electrophoretic deposition, inkjet printing, electrostatic atomization and various coating techniques. Also very experienced in various morphological characterization techniques such as Transmission Electronic Microscopy (TEM), Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), porosity measurement techniques, Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM), electronic characterization techniques such as Scanning Kelvin Probe Microscopy (KPFM) and optical techniques such as UV-Vis, FTIR and Raman spectroscopy. Specialised in electrochemical modelling and characterization techniques like Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy (EIS). Well-versed in Li-ion battery construction, electrode and electrolyte composite materials synthesis. Accustomed to handling both technical projects and teaching assignments. Managed the Energy Thrust lab as a collaborative project between the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (HUJ), Ben Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) and NTU under the Campus for Research Excellence and Technological Enterprise (BGU-HUJI-NTU-CREATE). Enthusiastic about and experienced in teaching both lectures and tutorials for statistics, Engineering Mathematics and laboratory techniques for undergraduate classes in NTU (consistent teaching review score of >4). Fluent in spoken and written English and Mandarin. Mentored students in NTU and M.Sc. in Imperial College London. Selected and participated as a young scientist representing Singapore in the 62nd Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting (Physics) in 2012. Selected as part of the post-conference contingent sponsored by the State of Baden-Württemberg to visit universities and research institute in Germany. Presented in European Materials Research Society (EMRS) meeting in Strasbourg, France in 2009 and MRS meeting, Boston, in 2015. Awarded the A*STAR International Fellowship in 2014. Worked as a postdoc in Imperial College London in collaborative projects with University of Vienna. Non-academic interests include playing the guitar, bass, drums, keyboard, long-distance running, playing various ball-games and reading.

Overview

8
8
years of post-secondary education
14
14
years of professional experience

Work History

Scientist

A*STAR
2016-05 - Current
  • Programme director (designate) for Structural Power for Portable and Electrified Transportation (AME Programmatic) (projected 2021-2024), including using digitalisation tools, development of high-throughput synthesis and machine learning for materials exploration in a multi-parameter space
  • Led planning and scoping of Structural power programme, including IP landscaping and forming of a Singapore-based research team with team members (Principle Investigators) from NUS, NTU, A*STAR (IHPC) and IMRE (2019-current)
  • Industry Liaison Officer for Singapore Battery Consortium, focused on forming meaningful collaborations between research performers in IHLs and industry partners (2019-current)
  • Led core funded project titled "Towards a structural battery half-cell" (2020- current)
  • Led team in development of flame retardant for thermplastics and thermosets under the Polymer Matrix Composites Programme (PMCP) (2018-2019)
  • Team member in industry project (A*STAR, IMRE- KIBING) to develop cathode materials for Li-ion batteries
  • Participated in outreach activities to JCs (2016-2019)
  • Supervised H3 students (2016-2019)

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Imperial College London
2014-04 - 2016-04
  • Developed structural supercapacitors based on carbon nanostructures, combining mechanical properties of composites with the electrochemical energy storage capabilities of carbon-based nanomaterials so as to produce structurally stable and weight efficient high performance charge storage devices
  • Supervised M.Sc student
  • Set-up the critical point drying facility in Chemistry Department
  • Conducted industry projects as an Scanning Electron Microscope Advanced User
  • Awarded the A*STAR International Fellowship

Research Fellow

School of Materials Science and Engineering, Nanyang Technological University
2011-11 - 2014-03
  • Collaborated with Hebrew University of Jerusalem (HUJI) to developed carbon nanostructures-based fabric supercapacitors
  • Spent 2 months in total in HUJI as part of an exchange

Laboratory Manager

CREATE, School of Materials Science and Engineering, Nanyang technological University
2011-11 - 2014-03
  • Led in purchasing, setting up and maintenance of instruments for the CREATE Energy Thrust Lab in the CREATE Campus, NUS University Town under the BGU-HUJ-NTU project.

Lecturer

School of Materials Science and Engineering, Nanyang Technological University
2011-11 - 2014-03
  • Conducted lectures and tutorials for Engineering Mathematics course
  • Set questions in final exam for Engineering Mathematics course
  • Highly rated in teaching feedback

Project Officer

School of Materials Science and Engineering, Nanyang Technological University
2011-02 - 2011-11
  • Assisted in the development of photonic crystals for photo-electrochemical cells.
  • Taught undergraduate engineering mathematics tutorials.

Research Assistant

School of Materials Science and Engineering, Nanyang Technological University
2006-06 - 2006-08
  • Developed prototype for patented liquid lens

Education

Ph.D. - Materials Science

School Of Materials Science And Engineering, NTU
2006-08 - 2011-01

B.Eng (Hons) - Materials Science And Engineering

School Of Materials Science And Engineering, NTU
2002-08 - 2006-08

Skills

    Nanomaterial synthesis and characterisation

Project management

Teaching

Electrochemical modeling of energy storage constituent materials

Composites fabrication

Python

Machine learning

List of selected publications

[1] M. Diba, D. W. H. Fam, A. R. Boccaccini, M. S. P. Shaffer, Prog Mater Sci 2016, 82, 83.

[2] J. Huang, H. Chen, D. Fam, S. H. Faulkner, W. Niu, M. Larisika, C. Nowak, M. A. Nimmo, A. I. Y. Tok, Mrs Proc 2014, 1702, mrss14.

[3] R. T. Woodward, D. W. H. Fam, D. B. Anthony, J. Hong, T. O. McDonald, C. Petit, M. S. P. Shaffer, A. Bismarck, Carbon 2016, 101, 253.

[4] H. Chen, J. Huang, D. W. H. Fam, A. I. Y. Tok, Bioeng Basel Switz 2016, 3, 23.

[5] J. Huang, H. Chen, L. Jing, D. Fam, A. I. Y. Tok, Biomed Microdevices 2016, 18, 61.

[6] D. W. H. Fam, S. Azoubel, L. Liu, J. Huang, D. Mandler, S. Magdassi, A. I. Y. Tok, J Mater Sci 2015, 50, 6578.

[7] N. Ding, X. Wang, Y. Hou, S. Wang, X. Li, D. W. H. Fam, Y. Zong, Z. Liu, Solid State Ionics 2018, 323, 72.

[8] B. Li, K. Igawa, J. Chai, Y. Chen, Y. Wang, D. W. Fam, N. N. Tham, T. An, T. Konno, A. Sng, Z. Liu, H. Zhang, Y. Zong, Energy Storage Mater 2020, 25, 137.

[9] J. Huang, D. Fam, Q. He, H. Chen, D. Zhan, S. H. Faulkner, M. A. Nimmo, A. I. Y. Tok, J Mater Chem C 2014, 2, 109.

[10] J. Huang, M. Larisika, W. H. D. Fam, Q. He, M. A. Nimmo, C. Nowak, I. Y. A. Tok, Nanoscale 2013, 5, 2945.

Timeline

Scientist

A*STAR
2016-05 - Current

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Imperial College London
2014-04 - 2016-04

Research Fellow

School of Materials Science and Engineering, Nanyang Technological University
2011-11 - 2014-03

Laboratory Manager

CREATE, School of Materials Science and Engineering, Nanyang technological University
2011-11 - 2014-03

Lecturer

School of Materials Science and Engineering, Nanyang Technological University
2011-11 - 2014-03

Project Officer

School of Materials Science and Engineering, Nanyang Technological University
2011-02 - 2011-11

Ph.D. - Materials Science

School Of Materials Science And Engineering, NTU
2006-08 - 2011-01

Research Assistant

School of Materials Science and Engineering, Nanyang Technological University
2006-06 - 2006-08

B.Eng (Hons) - Materials Science And Engineering

School Of Materials Science And Engineering, NTU
2002-08 - 2006-08
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