Associate Professor CHAN Yin Thai

(Assistant Dean - Research & Graduate Studies)

B.Sc., University of California, Berkeley, USA, 2001; Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA, 2006; Postdoctoral associate, Stanford University, USA, 2006.

Contact Information

Office: MD1-14-03D
Tel: (65)-6516-6788 | Fax: (65)-6779-1691
Email: | Personal webpage


ORCID: 0000-0002-8471-9009
ResearcherID: B-7493-2018


Recognition and Achievements

  • Distinguished Lectureship Award from the Chemical Society of Japan, 2014
  • Excellent Young Teacher Award, Faculty of Science, NUS, 2012
  • Howard Hughes Medical Institute Postdoctoral Fellow, Stanford University, 2006-2008


Research Interests

Our research interests generally lie in the development of novel hierarchically complex semiconductor nanomaterials for optoelectronic, photocatalytic and biological imaging applications. Specific foci are:

  •  Biological and chemical sensing using nanoparticle-based multilayer microfluidics
  •  Synthesis and characterization of hybrid metal-semiconductor nanostructures
  •  Developing the surface chemistry of semiconductor nanoparticles for bio-imaging


Teaching Contributions

  • CM2101 Physical Chemistry 2 


Representative Publications 

  • Chakrabortty, S.; Guchhait, A.; Ong, X.; Mishra, N.; Wu, W.; Jhon, M. H.; Chan, Y. Facet to Facet Linking of Shape Anisotropic Inorganic Nanocrystals with Site Specific and Stoichiometric Control. Nano Lett. 2016, 16, pp 6431–6436
  • Li, M.; Zhi, M.; Zhu, H.; Wu, W.-Y.; Xu, Q.-H.; Jhon, M. H.; Chan, Y. Ultralow-Threshold Multiphoton-Pumped Lasing from Colloidal Nanoplatelets in Solution. Nat. Commun. 2015, 6.
  • Wu, W. Y.; Li, M. J.; Lian, J.; Wu, X. Y.; Yeow, E. K. L.; Jhon, M. H.; Chan, Y. Efficient Color-Tunable Multiexcitonic Dual Wavelength Emission from Type II Semiconductor Tetrapods. ACS Nano 2014, 8, 9349-9357.
  • Lian, J.; Xu, Y.; Lin, M.; Chan, Y. Aqueous-Phase Reactions on Hollow Silica-Encapsulated Semiconductor Nanoheterostructures. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2012, 134, 8754-8757.
  • Liao, Y. L.; Xing, G. C.; Mishra, N.; Sum, T. C.; Chan, Y. Low Threshold, Amplified Spontaneous Emission from Core-Seeded Semiconductor Nanotetrapods Incorporated into a Sol-Gel Matrix. Adv. Mater. 2012, 24, OP159-OP164.
  • Mishra, N.; Lian, J.; Chakrabortty, S.; Lin, M.; Chan, Y. Unusual Selectivity of Metal Deposition on Tapered Semiconductor Nanostructures. Chem. Mater. 2012, 24, 2040-2046.
  • Li, X. H.; Lian, J.; Lin, M.; Chan, Y., Light-Induced Selective Deposition of Metals on Gold-Tipped CdSe-Seeded CdS Nanorods. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2011, 133, 672-675.
  • Chakrabortty, S.; Yang, J. A.; Tan, Y. M.; Mishra, N.; Chan, Y. Asymmetric Dumbbells from Selective Deposition of Metals on Seeded Semiconductor Nanorods. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2010, 49, 2888-2892.