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Dr Tay Beng Kang is a full Professor of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. He received his Bachelor (Hons) degree from National University of Singapore in 1985 and Ph.D. from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore in 1999. He is the pioneer in Filtered Cathodic Vacuum Arc (FCVA) technology and works over many years in thin film technology especially in graphene, transition metal dichalcogenides, nanocomposites and carbon nanotubes. His current research is includes growth and application of carbon based and 2D materials for thermal and high frequency applications. To date, Dr Tay has published more than 400 international journal papers with Google Scholar H index of 60. On top of that, he has jointly-invented an industrial viable film deposition system based on FCVA technology and is currently the co-inventor of 16 international patents filed between 1995 and 2018. The research team was awarded the ASEAN Outstanding Engineering Award and National Technology Award in 1997 and 2000 respectively for outstanding R&D contributions on a new Filtered Cathodic Vacuum Arc Technology.
The high quality of the films produced by FCVA attracted many foreign visitors and potential customers from abroad. Nanofilm Technologies International Pte Ltd (Nanofilm), a spin-off company (of which Prof Tay is the co-founder) was finally set up in May 1999 with NTU Ventures to design, develop and commercialize FCVA related vacuum coating systems.The FCVA technology represents a significant advancement in thin film deposition and has been commercialized successfully through Nanofilm. The production systems are now widely used in HDD industry for slider and media carbon overcoat applications. Nanofilm is doing well, not only selling machine and systems, but also the coating service. It received the prestigious National i-Award (Innovation) in 2001.
Prof Tay’s research has been recognized internationally where he works closely with companies such as Excelitas Technologies, IIA Technologies, Thales Group where he also supervised several EDB Industry Postgraduate Programme (IPP) students. He is also currently the Deputy Director of CINTRA, a UMI research unit cofounded by CNRS, NTU and Thales (http://cintra.ntu.edu.sg/). He has been an invited speaker at numerous international conferences and universities. Prof Tay was awarded the 2007 IES Prestigious Engineering Achievement Awards for their work in Nano-engineered Carbon Hybrid Systems, the NTU Alumni Service Award in 2003 and the Long Service Medal (Singapore National Day Awards) in 2015.
Presently, Prof Tay is maintaining research activities in the following areas through final year project students, postgraduate students, research staff and collaborative research interactions:
Fabrication of carbon nanotubes for high frequency applications (such as EM shielding, Slow wave devices, etc)
Preparation and characterization of wafer-scaled 2D materials and their heterostructures
Application of 2D materials for photodetectors (using graphene / 2D thermoelectric materials, etc)
Development of Filtered Cathodic Vacuum Arc technologies
Applications of diamond-like carbon / nanocomposites for wear resistive coatings