Center for Functional Materials (CFM)


Center for Functional Materials (CFM)

The mission of the Center is to maximize the use of infrastructure at NUSRI in China and to promote the development of functional materials for environmental and energy use. The Center is committed to excellence in education and scientific discovery. The CFM achieves its mission through multi-disciplinary collaborations across the faculties of science and engineering at NUS, and with external partners and research institutions in China. It pursues basic research in developing functional materials intended to address some of society’s most important problems. The Center provides teaching and research training for young scientists, as well as resources for startups and new ventures.


Features of the Institute

In CFM, the researchers will focus on the fabrication of functional materials for environmental and energy applications. The CFM is striving to achieve breakthroughs in material sciences and technology development through interdisciplinary collaboration between chemistry, physics and material engineering.The center also promotes fusion research across different research groups from Singapore, China and other countries in the region. In addition, further collaboration with the Suzhou Industrial Park has great potential in realizing commercialization of the functional materials developed in our center.


Investigators (in alphabetical order)


Ang Wee Han




Chen Wei
Senior Investigator



Chin Wee Shong

Senior Investigator




Ding Jun
Principal Investigator




Lee Jim Yang
Principal Investigator




Liu Xiao Gang
Principal Investigator





Principal Investigator



Sow Chorng Har
Senior Investigator




Xu Guo Qin
Principal Investigator




Xu Qing Hua
Senior Investigator




Zeng Hua Chun
Principal Investigator








Zhang Chun

Research Interests

The center is designed to solve energy and environmental related issues by using functional materials. The research work within the center is generally classified into two parts, namely environmental materials and energy science related materials.

(1) Envuronmental Materials

– Fast detection of water pollutants

–  Recyclable materials for water purification

– The impact of functional materials on environmental system


(2) Energy Science related Material

– Nanocomposite materials for solar cell

– Graphene-based materials for lithium ion bayyery

– Pt-free catalysts for polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells


(1) Theoretical Investigation and Application of Energy Cluster based Lanthanide Doped Upconversion Luminescence

(2) Multi-level anti-counterfeiting using multi-color upconversion microcrystals


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