Yap Research Lab
Department of Physics, Michigan Technological University
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Professor Yap received his Ph.D. in 1999 from Osaka University as a “Monbusho” scholar sponsored by the Japanese Government. He was a fellow of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) before joining Michigan Tech in 2002. His research interest is the synthesis, characterization, and application of nanomaterials, including carbon nanotubes (CNTs); boron nitride nanotubes (BNNTs); carbon nitrides (CN), boron-carbon nitrides (BCN) and Silicon (Si) nanostructures; single crystals and nanowires of wide band-gap semiconductors (AlN, GaN, ZnO); and new nonlinear optical crystals [CsLiB6O10, K2Al2B2O2, GdxY1-xCa4O(BO3) 3]. Professor Yap has edited a book (Springer) and two Materials Research Society (MRS) symposium proceedings. He has published eight book and encyclopedia chapters, participated in the making of a CD ROM (Nanopolis) in Nanotechnology, and co-authored more than 170 peer-reviewed articles, conference abstracts and proceedings.
Professor Yap received the prestigious National Science Foundation CAREER Award in 2005. In the same year, he was appointed as a Charter member of the users' executive committee of the Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences (CNMS) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, responsible for the creation of the CNMS user group. Professor Yap became the first elected Chair of the user group in 2008. The current CNMS user group consists of ~800 active users from America, Europe, and Asia. In addition, Professor Yap has created a biennially international symposium series in the MRS Fall meetings (2007, 2009, 2011) on B-C-N nanomaterials (Nanotubes, graphene, and Related Nanostructures, co-organized with Kenji Hata, Annick Loiseau, and Ming Zheng). In 2010, Dr. Yap served as a MRS task force member to provide input to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy for the development of a revised Strategic Plan for the National Nanotechnology Initiative. Dr. Yap received the Michigan Tech Bhakta Rath Research Award in April 2011.