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Lee Pooi See
Graduate College

Prof. Lee received her Ph.D. degree from National University of Singapore in 2002. She joined Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing Ltd (now Globalfoundries) in research and technology development department from 2001-2003. She is a recipient of the 2001 Norman Hackerman Young Author award presented by the Electrochemical Society, USA. In January 2004, she joined the School of Materials Science and Engineering, Nanyang Technological University as an Assistant Professor. She was promoted to tenured Associate Professor in 2009. In Sept 2015, she was promoted to Full Professor.

Pooi See has authored and co-authored many publications in the field of nanomaterials for energy and electronics applications. She holds more than 30 patents filed/provisional applications at present. She served as the Sub-Dean/Asst. Chair (undergraduate) in MSE from July 2004-2008, Associate Chair (Research) in June 2012-2014, and Associate Chair (Faculty) in March 2014. She was the Associate Dean (Faculty Recruitment and Development) in College of Engineering from 2016 to 2019. Pooi See was appointed as the Dean, Graduate College, from 2020. She was awarded the National Day Awards, Public Administration Medal (Bronze) in 2014. Pooi See is a recipient of the prestigious NRF Investigatorship, Class 2015. She won the Nanyang Research Excellence Award in 2016 and the Nanyang Innovation and Entrepreneurship Award in 2018.

Pooi See is a member of Materials Research Society and she is the Senior Editor in ACS Energy Letters. She serves as the editorial board member of Advanced Energy Materials, Scientific Reports, PLoS One and Frontier. She is interested in synthesizing innovative advanced materials and harnessing its multi-functionality through understanding the structural-property characteristics. She has developed high energy capacitors, energy saving electrochromic coatings, novel transparent conductors, flexible and stretchable devices for human-machine interface. She is keen in advancing the frontier of green nanotechnology and to translate research outcomes into real solutions.

Research Statement

My research focus is based on the use of multifunctional hybrid nanostructures for electrical and electrochemical inspired devices. I am interested in the functional nanoelectronic and energy devices that deliver heterogeneous and versatile applications. My research group is currently focusing on transparent electronics, flexible and stretchable devices, resistive memory, sensors, actuators, electrochromics, energy storage supercapacitors and mechanical energy harvestors.

Research One-liner

Functional materials for deformable electronics, energy devices and human-machine interfaces

  1. Cai, J-H Ciou, L. Liu, Y. Jiang, P. S. Lee, “Leaf-inspired multiresponsive MXene-based actuator for programmable smart devices”, Science Advances 2019, 5(7), eaaw7956.
    – It shows our leadership in nature-inspired approaches for morphable smart devices
  1. Parida, G. Thangavel, G. Cai, X. Zhou, S. Park, J. Xiong, P. S. Lee, “Extremely stretchable and self-healing conductor based on thermoplastic elastomer for all-three-dimensional printed triboelectric nanogenerator”, Nature Communications 2019, 10(1), 1-9.
    – This work culminates our effort in bottom-up chemical synthetic approach and top-down 3D printing technology to deliver mechanical energy harvestors, an outcome of Industry 4.0. in meeting the UN Sustainable goals on clean energy
  1. Wang, C. Yan, K. J. Chee, P, S. Lee, “Highly stretchable and self-deformable alternating current electroluminescent”, Adv. Mat. 2015, 27(18), 2876-2882.
    – An unprecedented approach to iontronics, an important contribution to the hybrids of ionics and electronics.
Latest Projects

My latest project is deformable electronics for human-machine interfaces, and additive manufacturing for energy devices. I collaborated with industry partners on actuators, stretchable conductors, printable electrochromics, and energy harvestors. My recent external academic collaborators include Prof. Shlomo Magdassi and Prof. Daniel Mandler from Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Prof. Taiho Park from Postech, and Dr. M. Higuchi from NIMS, Japan.

Advice to young researchers

Continuous learning to enhance self-growth and build resilience to tackle challenges in the changing world.

Other affiliation(s)

Professor, School of Materials Science and Engineering, College of Engineering

Expert Areas
human-machine interface, nanomaterials for energy, soft electronics, stretchable devices

Research Interests
human-machine interface, nanomaterials for energy, soft electronics, stretchable devices

Research Category
Engineering & Technology
Research Sub-category
Materials Science & Engineering, Nanotechnology & Nano-Science
NISTH Assigned Topic Groupings
Tele-health, medicine, rehab & therapeutics
Affiliated Sustainable Development Goals
GOAL 7: AFFORDABLE AND CLEAN ENERGY – Energy is central to nearly every major challenge and opportunity.
GOAL 9: INDUSTRY, INNOVATION, AND INFRASTRUCTURE – Investments in infrastructure are crucial to achieving sustainable development.
GOAL 15: LIFE ON LAND – Sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, halt and reverse land degradation, halt biodiversity loss.
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), also known as the Global Goals, were adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015 as a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity by 2030.
Last Updated
17 Apr 2020
Last Updated
13 Sep 2020