Associate Professor KANG Hway Chuan

(Director - University Scholars Programme)

B.Sc., Yale University, 1983; Ph.D., Caltech, 1989.

Contact Information

Office: S8-03-05
Tel: (65)-6516-2996 | Fax: (65)-6779-1691


Research Interests

Surface chemistry and physics and computational chemistry are my main interests. My specific foci include:

  •  Silicon-germanium surfaces/interfaces
  •  Electronic structure and reactivity of nanoclusters of pure and mixed transition metals
  •  Sputtering dynamics


Research Highlight

My research focuses upon the use of simulations grounded in statistical and quantum mechanics to provide molecular scale "pictures" of physical and chemical processes in molecules, clusters, surfaces and bulk materials. We are interested in modelling the kinetics of catalytic reactions, the structure and properties of solid and cluster surfaces, reaction energetics, the interactions and reactions of molecules adsorbed on surfaces, and the energetics of defects on surfaces and in the bulk.


Representative Publications 

  • Ng, R. Q. M.; Tok, E. S.; Kang, H. C. Disilane Chemisorption on SixGe1-x(100)-(2x1): Molecular Mechanisms and Implications for Film Growth Rates. J. Chem. Phys. 2009,131, 8.
  • Ong, W.; Tok, E. S.; Johll, H.; Kang, H. C. Self-Assembly, Dynamics, and Structure of Si Magic Clusters. Phys. Rev. B. 2009, 79, 9.
  • Johll, H.; Kang, H. C.; Tok, E. S. Density Functional Theory Study of Fe, Co, and Ni Adatoms and Dimers Adsorbed on Graphene. Phys. Rev. B. 2009, 79, 18.
  • Ng, R. Q. M.; Tok, E. S.; Kang, H. C. Molecular Mechanisms for Disilane Chemisorption on Si(100)-(2x1). J. Chem. Phys. 2009, 130, 11.
  • Li, Q.; Tok, E. S.; Kang, H. C. Energetics of Adsorbed Hydrogen and Surface Germanium on Stepped Si(x)Ge(1-x)(100)-(2 X 1) Surfaces. Phys. Rev. B. 2008, 77, 10.