Congratulation to Associate Professor Joel Yang who was recently awarded NRF Investigatorship Award for his Research Titled “3D Nanostructured Optics with Designer Elements (NODE) to Shape and Control Light”. Click here to see the List of awarded NRF Investigators.


Dr. Joel Yang is an Associate Professor of the Engineering Product Development (EPD) pillar at the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD). He holds a joint appointment as Senior Scientist III at the Institute of Materials Research and Engineering (IMRE) of A*STAR where he co-heads the Plasmonic and Semiconductor Nanostructures Lab. He received his SM (2005) and PhD (2009) degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. 

His research interests are in sub-10-nm precision lithography and nanofabrication, plasmonic color printing, and field-enhancements in ultra-small gaps. His notable scientific contributions include plasmonic color printing at the diffraction limit (100,000 dpi), and a “salty-developer” for improving the resolution of patterns in hydrogen silsesquioxane resist by electron-beam lithography.

Joel Yang is a fellow of OSA, and A*STAR Investigator (2010-2018). He has earned several local and international awards, including the MIT Technology Review TR35@Singapore award, and the 2012 Singapore Young Scientist Award. He serves as Associate Editor of Optics Express, Member of the Editorial Advisory Board of ACS Photonics, and Topical Editor of PhotoniX (a Springer journal). 

About NRF Investigatorship 

NRF aims to develop a strong science research and manpower base in Singapore. It runs initiatives to attract and retain top scientists, support competitive funding of research, establish world-leading research centres and engage eminent science and technology leaders.

The NRF Investigatorship provides opportunities for established, innovative and active scientists and researchers, in their mid-career, to pursue ground-breaking, high-risk research. It is designed to support a small number of excellent Principal Investigators who have a track record of research achievements that identify them as leaders in their respective field(s) of research.