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Dr. Emily Hao Jianzhong received her Ph.D in 2001 from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, majored in fiber optic sensors. 

Currently she is a Senior Scientist III, Infrastructure and Asset Integrity Unit Head at Institute for Infocomm Research (I2R), Agency for Science, Technology, and Research (A*STAR).

Research Interest and Capabilities

  • Research interest: Using Fiber Bragg grating (FBG) sensors for battery health monitoring, anomaly detection and predictive maintenance.
  • Key capabilities: Fiber optic sensor design, packaging, system integration and data analysis.
  • Published 2 book chapters and 90 over papers in prestigious journals and conferences.
  • Filed 16 patents, in which 7 granted and 6 licensed.
  • As a principal investigator (PI) and Co-PI, led more than 10 projects and secured cash funding of SGD24 Million from various industries and funding agencies.
  • Key inventor of award winning and patent granted technology - FBG-based Perimeter Intrusion Detection System (PIDS), which has been licensed to ST Electronics (Satcom & Sensor Systems) Pte Ltd, and successfully deployed at Singapore Changi airport, bus/train depots, and many critical infrastructures overseas.  
  • Received several prestigious awards, such as ASEAN Outstanding Engineering Achievement Award and IES Prestigious Engineering Achievement Awards.


Dr. Yang Hui Ying received her B.S. degree from Nankai University, China, in 2002. She obtained her Ph.D. degree in Nanyang Technological University, Singapore in 2006. After her graduate study, she has been appointed as Singapore Millennium Fellow and Lee Kuan Yew Fellow in 2006 and 2008, respectively. She worked as research scholar in Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, USA in 2011. Currently, she is an associate professor at the EPD Pillar in SUTD.

Research Interest and Capabilities

  • Battery safety
  • 3D Printed Functional Electrodes/Batteries
  • Structural Batteries/ Flexible Batteries/Compressible Batteries
  • Advanced Analytical Techniques for Battery Performance
  • Operando Techniques for Mechanism/Failure Analysis


  • Chemistry
  • Materials Science
  • Nanotechnology
  • Chemical Engineering

Research Interest and Capabilities

Novel materials

  • Inorganic and organic
  • Methodology development
  • Morphology and size control
  • New compositions
  • Innovative processing

Electrochemical applications of materials

  • Rechargeable batteries (Li-ion and Li-S batteries)
  • Solid-state batteries
  • Fuel cells


  • 2014 MBA, INSEAD, France                 
  • 2014 MBA, Tsinghua University, China         
  • 2013 Innovative Business Leadership, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
  • 2004 PhD EEE, Surrey University, UK                
  • 1999 BEng EEE (First Class Hons.), Surrey University, UK


Current affiliated institutions

  • Institute of High Performance Computing (IHPC), A*STAR

Research Interest and Capabilities

Wireless Charging Technology

Design, System modules & prototype development, Integration, Testing & measurement of wireless charging across all classes of battery systems

Customization of wireless charging system from low power <10W to high power >10kW

Compatible & retrofittable system design and development for partners’ needs


  • Ph.D. in electro-analytic chemistry, Lanzhou University
  • School of Materials Science and Engineering, Nanyang Technological

Research Interest and Capabilities

  • Li-ion batteries, Li-S batteries
  • Techniques for improving battery safety
  • Electrocatalysis of small molecules