Prof. Tay Beng Kang





Prof. Tay Beng Kang is a pioneer in Filtered Catholic Vacuum Arc (FCVA) technology and works for many years in developing thin film materials especially in amorphous carbon, nanocomposites, graphene and carbon nanotubes. His current research includes growth and application of 2D TMDC materials and their heterostructures, fabrication and characterization of nanostructures for field emission, thermal and high frequency RF applications. To date, Prof Tay has published more than 400 journal papers with Google Scholar H index of 60.

Prof. Tay is also the co-inventor of 17 international patents for 7 technologies filed between 1995 and 1998. Nanofilm Technologies Pte Ltd was established in 1999 as a spin-off licensing exclusively IP developed at NTU on Filtered Cathodic Vacuum Arc technologies. The research team was subsequently 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.

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 currently the Deputy Director of CINTRA, a UMI research unit cofounded by CNRS, NTU and Thales. He has been an invited speaker at numerous international conferences and universities.


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


  • 2022 Prof Tay Beng Kang – Fellow of International Association of Advanced Materials, 2022-2025, in recognition for his contribution to “Deposition Techniques”, from International Association of Advanced Materials, awarded in Aug 2022
  • 2018 Dr Lim Yu Dian (supervised by prof Tay Beng Kang) – Doctorate Research Excellence Award, School of EEE, Nanyang Technological University
  • 2015 Prof Tay Beng Kang The Long Service Medal from Singapore National Day Awards (MOE) To recognize who have rendered outstanding service.
  • 2015 Dr Wang Xingli – Chinese Government Award for Outstanding self-financed Students Abroad – from China Scholarship Council (2015)
  • 2014 Dr Lu Cong Xiang – Chinese Government Award for Outstanding self-financed Students Abroad – from China Scholarship Council (2014)
  • 2007 IES Prestigious Engineering Awards (by The Institution of Engineers Singapore) In recognition of an outstanding project, Nano-Engineered Carbon Hybrid Systems, which has made significant contributions to Singapore’s development.
  • 2003 NTU Alumni Service Award To recognize alumni who have rendered outstanding service and contributed significantly in furthering the interests of the University and its alumni.
  • 2000 Singapore National Technology Award (by National Science & Technology Board) For their outstanding contributions in R&D on a new Filtered Cathodic Vacuum Arc Technology
  • 1997 ASEAN Outstanding Engineering Achievement Award (by AEFO, ASEAN Federation Engineering Organizations) For their outstanding contributions in R&D on a new Filtered Cathodic Vacuum Arc Technology


  • 2010 Poster Award 10th International Conference on Applied Surface Engineering / 5th International Conference of Surface and Interface Science and Engineering, Singapore
  • 2005 ”Diplomas of Distinction” for Student Papers, 13th POLYCHAR World Forum on Advanced Materials, Singapore
  • 2003 Best Paper Award – International Conference on Metallurgical Coatings & Thin Films (ICMCTF), San Diego, USA


  • 2004, Honorable Professor, East China Normal University, China


  • 2D Layered Antimonene By A Novel Sputtering System
  • 2D Material based Transistors for Ternary Logic Devices
  • Advanced EM shielding through novel CNT fence wall transfer technology
  • Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) Designs & Solutions for Infrared (IR) Pyroelectric Sensors
  • Emerging Technology for RF and Millimeter-Wave Circuits based on Carbone Nanotubes (TRiCOT)
  • Green Data Centres Through Cryogenic Energy System
  • Nanomaterials for Latent Heat Thermal Energy Systems
  • Project Nano Antenna Array
  • Rational Design of Carbon-Nanotube Interconnects
  • Sub-Project 2 – Setting-up an In-plane Thermal Conductivity Measurement System


  1. C.F. Siah, Lucas Y.X. Lum, J. Wang, Simon C.K. Goh, C.W. Tan, L. hu, P. Coquet, h. Li, C.S. Tan and B.K. Tay, , Development of a CMOS-Compatible Carbon Nanotube Array Transfer Method, Micromachines, 12(1), 95, Jan 2021 , 2021
  2. He, Y.; Tang, P.; Hu, Z.; He, Q.; Zhu, C.; Wang, L.; Zeng, Q.; Golani, P.; Gao, G.; Fu, W.; Huang, Z.; Gao, C.; Xia, J.; Wang, X.**; Wang, X.; Zhu, C.; Ramasse, Q.M.; Zhang, A.; An, B.; Zhang, Y.; Morante, J. R.;Tay, B.K.; Wang, Q. J., Engineering grain boundaries at the 2D limit for the hydrogen evolution reaction, Nature Communications, 11(1), 57, Jan 2020 , 2020
  3. L L Shiau,Simon C K Goh, X Wang, M Zhu, Ma Sahoo, C S Tan, C S Lai, Z Liu and B K Tay, Effects of precursors’ purity on graphene quality: Synthesis and thermoelectric effect, AIP Advances 10, 045016, April 2020, 2020
  4. Huang Mingqiang, Zhao Guangchao, Wang Xingli, Zhang wei, Coquet Philippe, Tay Beng Kang, Zhong Gaokuo, Li jiangyu, , Global-gate Controlled One-transistor One-Digital-Memristor Structure for Low-bit Neural Network, IEEE Electron Device Letters, doi: 10.1109/LED.2020.3037203, Nov 2020, 2020
  5. Mingqing Huang, Xingli Wang, Guangchao Zhao, Philippe Coquet, and Beng Kang Tay,, Design and Implementation of ternary logic integrated circuits by using novel two dimensional materials, Applied Science, MDPI, 9(20), 4212, 2019, , 2019
  6. L.Qiu, P.Guo, Q.Kong, C.W.Tan, K.Liang, J.Wei, J.N.Tey, Y.Feng, X.Zhang, B.K.Tay, Coating-boosted Interfacial Thermal Transport for Carbon Nanotube Array Nano-thermal Interface Materials, Carbon,, Volume 145, April 2019, Pages 725-733,accepted Jan 2019, 2019
  7. Q. Fu, C. Zhu, X. Zhao, X.Wang, A.Chaturvedi, C.Zhu, X.Wang, Q.Zeng, .Zhou, F.Liu, B.K.Tay, H.Zhang, S.J.Pennycook, Z.Liu, Ultrasensitive 2D Bi2O2Se Phototransistors on Silicon Substrate, Advanced Materials, Vol 31, issue 1, 1804945, Jan 2019, 2019

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