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We always look for talented and motivated people to join the crew. 

We have multiple open positions. Please contact Di for more information.

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Di Zhu

Assistant Professor (Presidential Young Professor & NRF Fellow)

Department of Materials Science & Engineering (Staff page)

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (courtesy joint)

Fellow, Centre for Quantum Technologies (Staff page)

National University of Singapore (NUS)

Senior Scientist, Quantum Technologies for Engineering Department

Institute of Materials Research and Engineering, A*STAR

Di Zhu received his Ph.D. (2019) and M.Sc. (2017) from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and B.Eng. (2013) from Nanyang Technological University, all in Electrical Engineering. From 2019 to 2021, he was a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University. His Ph.D. thesis with Prof. Karl Berggren focused on superconducting nanowire single-photon detectors, and postdoc work with Prof. Marko Lončar centered around thin-film lithium niobate photonics. In 2021, he returned to Singapore and joined the Institute of Materials Research & Engineering at A*STAR as a research scientist and principal investigator. In September 2023, he joined the National University of Singapore as a Presidential Young Professor while keeping a joint appointment with A*STAR. He is also a Fellow of Centre for Quantum Technologies (CQT)

 

Di was a recipient of the NRF Fellowship (Class 2023), Harvard Quantum Initiative Postdoctoral Fellowship, A*STAR National Science Scholarship, and MIT Jin-Au Kong thesis award. His current research interests include integrated quantum photonics, applied superconductivity, and nanoscale electromagnetics.

Outside of research, Di enjoys reading and hiking.

NUS Team

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Guangxing Wu

Research Fellow

Department of Materials Science and Engineering, NUS

Guangxing Wu received his Bachelor’s degree in Optoelectronic Materials and Devices from Harbin Engineering University, China, in 2016 and his Master’s degree in Optical Engineering from Nanjing University, China, in 2019. Following that, he received his Ph.D. degree in Electronic Engineering from National University of Singapore, Singapore, in 2024. After graduation, Guangxing Wu joined the Department of Materials Science & Engineering of NUS as a postdoctoral research fellow. During his master’s studies, his research focused on second harmonic generation in optical fiber nanowires and optical multimode fiber endoscopes. During his Ph.D., he turned to developing advanced optical microsphere nanoscopes and driving applications of this technology. His current research interests include integrated photonics, nonlinear optics, and quantum optics in the thin-film lithium niobate platform.

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    Hao Hao

    Research Assistant/Visiting Scholar

    Centre for Quantum Technologies, NUS

    Hao Hao obtained his Bachelor's degree in Electrical Science and Technology from Central South University in 2019. Currently, he is pursuing his Ph.D. at the Research Institute of Superconductor Electronics, Nanjing University. Under the guidance of Prof. Qingyuan Zhao, his Ph.D. research focuses on photon number resolving superconducting nanowire single photon detector and its application in single photon communication. Hao is now serving as a visiting scholar in Prof. Di Zhu's group.

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      Angela Anna Baiju

      PhD Student (co-supervised)

      Department of Physics, NUS

      Angela is currently a PhD candidate at the National University of Technology Singapore, supported by the SINGA scholarship from ASTAR. She received her master’s degree in Quantum Technology from the Australian National University, where she conducted research on characterizing single photon sources of perovskite nanocrystal and briefly worked on producing Bose-Fermi mixture of metastable He atoms. Angela obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Engineering Physics from the National Institute of Technology Calicut. Her current research revolves around the production, measurement, and technical applications of non-classical light sources such as squeezed light, utilizing a non-linear integrated optics platform. Outside of academia, she likes reading sci-fi and mystery books, as well as exploring new places.

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        Ming Lu

        Visiting PhD Student

        Department of Materials Science and Engineering, NUS

        Ming Lu received his Bachelor’s degree in Electronic Science and Applied Physics from Hefei University of Technology, China. He is currently a Ph. D. candidate at Zhejiang University, and his research focuses on photodetector based on Si/Graphene heterojunction, with an emphasis on device design, Micro-Nano fabrication, characterization, and mechanism exploration, under the supervision of Prof. Chaofeng Lu. Now, he is conducting an exchange program in National University of Singapore with the guidance of Prof. Di Zhu. He enjoys swimming and playing badminton during his leisure time.

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          Jiapeng Sun

          Visiting PhD student

          Department of Materials Science and Engineering, NUS

          Sun Jiapeng is a graduate student at the Harbin Engineering University, where he obtained a master's degree in optics and is now pursuing doctoral degree. His research focuses on phase change materials, laser propulsion, and biochemical detection of liquid crystals. He is working on building an all-photon non-volatile programmable platform and achieving logic computing. He is currently conducting exchange research in Prof. Zhu Di's group at the National University of Singapore.

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            Lin Zhou

            Research Assistant

            Centre for Quantum Technologies, NUS

            (incoming PhD student at the Department of Materials Science and Engineering for Aug 2024 intake)

            Lin Zhou received his Master's degree (2023) in optical engineering and his Bachelor's degree (2020) in materials physics from Nanjing University, China. His Master's thesis focused on the implementation of quantum-inspired imaging techniques, under the supervision of Prof. Lijian Zhang. He is currently a research assistant at CQT, and will become a PhD student in 2024, under the supervision of Di Zhu. His current research interests include integrated quantum photonics and quantum computing on the thin-film lithium niobate platform. During his leisure time, he enjoys reading, music and multilingual learning.

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              Lixiang Wang

              Visiting PhD Student

              Department of Materials Science and Engineering, NUS

              Lixiang Wang is currently pursuing her Ph.D. at the State Key Laboratory of Silicon and Advanced Semiconductor Materials, Zhejiang University (ZJU). Her research focuses on preparation of perovskite single crystals, array integration as well as applications in the field of detection. Through Ph.D. New Star Program, she embarked on a year-long research project in Di Zhu’s group at the National University of Singapore (NUS), exploring the intersection of perovskite materials and quantum communication. During her leisure time, she frequents museums, historical and scenic landmarks.

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                Junyong Yan

                Visiting PhD Student

                Department of Materials Science and Engineering, NUS

                Junyong Yan is a PhD student at College of Information Science and Electronic Engineering, Zhejiang University. His PhD research focuses on III-V quantum dot-based quantum optics, including single-photon sources, entangled-photon sources, and solid-state stationary qubits.

                Currently, he is a visiting PhD Student in Prof. Zhu's group at NUS, aiming to develop high-performance near-infrared lithium niobate photonic circuits. His research interests include integrated photonics, quantum information processing, quantum emitters, and nanofabrication.

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                Yucheng Shen

                UROPS Student

                Department of Physics, NUS

                Shen Yucheng is currently an undergraduate at the Xi’an Jiaotong University majoring in physics honorable program.  He receives funding and support from Qian Xuesen College to study at the National University of Singapore for one semester. During his exchange at NUS, he conducts research training related to nonlinear optics and quantum optics under the guidance of professor Di Zhu. He has received university third-class scholarship and participated in mathematical modeling competition CUMCM getting provincial first prize. In his spare time, he likes reading, playing badminton, swimming, running, playing the piano and guitar. He also enjoys music, movies and traveling.

                  A*STAR Team 

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                  Veerendra Dhyani

                  Research Scientist

                  Quantum Technologies for Engineering Department

                  Institute of Materials Research and Engineering, A*STAR

                  Veerendra Dhyani has received his Ph,D degree from Centre for Applied Research in Electronics (CARE), IIT Delhi, India. His Ph.D. thesis (2020) with Dr. Samaresh Das was focused on the use of nanostructured materials (Si/Ge nanowire, porous silicon and TMDCs) to develop high-efficiency photodetectors. During this time, he has also worked on nanofabrication and characterization of Junction-less Nanowire Trigate MOSFET for THz detector. Later He moved to Trinity College Dublin (2020-2021) as a postdoc with Dr. Richard Hobbs, where he has worked on development of solid-state mask for near-field atom-beam lithography (metastable helium atoms) in collaboration with Prof. Bodil Holst (University of Bergen, Norway).

                   

                  His current research interests include nanofabrication, nano-electronics, and integrated photonics. Currently, he is working as research scientist at IMRE, A*STAR with Dr. Zhu Di on the advancement of integrated photonic devices for quantum communication. His hobbies include music, movies, and hiking.

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                  Xiaodong Shi

                  Research Scientist

                  Quantum Technologies for Engineering Department

                  Institute of Materials Research and Engineering, A*STAR

                  Xiaodong Shi joins the QTE department at IMRE, A*STAR, Singapore in 2023. He received his Bachelor's degree in Information Engineering from Beihang University, China, in 2016, followed by a Master's degree and Ph.D. in Photonic Engineering from Technical University of Denmark in 2018 and 2022, respectively. During his Ph.D., he focused on silicon carbide integrated photonics, with a particular emphasis on material preparation, device design, nanofabrication, and characterization, under the supervision of Prof. Haiyan Ou, Prof. Karsten Rottwitt, and Prof. Paul Michael Petersen. He then got the Villum Experiment grant from VELUX FOUNDATIONS and worked on silicon carbide quantum chips as a Postdoctoral Researcher at Technical University of Denmark. His research interests include integrated photonics, nonlinear optics, quantum optics, and nanofabrication.

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                  Sihao Wang

                  Research Scientist

                  Quantum Technologies for Engineering Department

                  Institute of Materials Research and Engineering, A*STAR

                  Sihao Wang received his Ph.D (2023), M.Sc (2019) and M.Phil (2019) from Yale University in Electrical Engineering after obtaining his B.Sc (2014) from National University of Singapore in Physics. He completed his Ph.D. thesis under the supervision of Prof. Hong Tang, on developing hybrid quantum systems interfacing photons with spins. A particular focus is to dope rare earth spins in thin film lithium niobate for efficient spin control with light. Sihao is a A*STAR National Science Scholarship recipient. His current research interests include spin-mediated hybrid system, integrated photonics, and superconducting electronics. In his leisure time, Sihao enjoys hiking, playing soccer and cycling. 

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                  Sakthi Sanjeev Mohanraj

                  Research Specialist

                  Quantum Technologies for Engineering Department

                  Institute of Materials Research and Engineering, A*STAR

                  I graduated from Vellore Institute of Technology, India, with an M.Sc. in Physics. I did my master’s thesis under the supervision of Dr. Balakrishnan focusing on optimizing quantum protocols for implementing non-local gates in distributed quantum computing. Currently, I am working as a specialist at IMRE, A*STAR with Dr. Zhu Di in integrated photonics.

                  My hobbies include graphic designing and traveling.

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